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Athletics beat Twins 11-7, capture AL West again

OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had solo shots and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 Sunday.

The A’s, who had MLB’s fourth-lowest opening day payroll at about $65 million, clinched their 16th division crown and 25th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City earlier.

Sonny Gray (4-3) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Oswaldo Arcia homered and drove in six runs for Minnesota. Cole De Vries (0-1) was the loser.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Enny Romero combined with five relievers on a three-hitter in his major league debut, two days watching Tampa Bay’s 18-inning win at home in the Dominican Republic and tweeting he was ready to pitch the following afternoon.

The 22-year-old left-hander allowed one hit and four walks in 4 2/3 shutout innings. Brandon Gomes (3-1) followed and struck out Manny Machado with a runner on second.

Tampa Bay remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL wild-card race, and Texas dropped 1½ games behind the Indians for the second berth, with Kansas City trailing the Indians by 3½, the Yankees by four and Baltimore by 4½ entering the final week.

Scott Feldman (5-5) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.


CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn had two RBIs apiece as Cleveland became the first team since the 1961 Yankees to sweep six four-game series in the same season.

Carlos Santana homered for the Indians and Corey Kluber (10-5) dodged trouble throughout 5 1/3 innings.

Houston lost its season-high ninth straight and fell to a major league-worst 51-105. Erik Bedard (4-12) lost for the ninth time in 10 decisions.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Justin Maxwell ended Kansas City’s home season with a two-out grand slam in the 10th off former Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-strike double leading off the 10th against Neal Cotts (5-3).

Tim Collins (3-6) pitched a perfect 10th.


NEW YORK — After honoring Mariano Rivera in a pregame ceremony and celebrating Andy Pettitte’s last regular-season home start, the Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim.

But Ehire Adrianza tied the score in the sixth with his first career home run. Leaving to standing ovations and a curtain call after Pedro Sandoval’s leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson.

New York is danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. Javier Lopez (4-2) relieved Yusmeiro Petit with two on and one out in the seventh and struck out two, and Sergio Romo pitched a hitless ninth for his 36th save.


DETROIT — The Tigers fell short in their effort to clinch the AL Central during their final homestand, and their magic number for the division title remained at two.

Erik Johnson (2-2) allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings in his fourth career start, and the White Sox held on a day after blowing a six-run, ninth-inning lead in a 7-6 loss in 12.

Anibal Sanchez (14-8) yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, his first defeat since July 19.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start — a game delayed twice by bees.

Both teams retreated to their dugouts during a 23-minute delay in the third inning when a swarm of bees invaded the outfield at the Big A, hovering over right-centerfield near the wall. Bees briefly delayed the game again in the fourth inning before they dispersed.

C.J. Wilson (17-7) pitched eight-hit ball into the ninth inning but lost for the first time since July 5 against Boston, ending a streak that saw him go 9-0 over 13 starts. Oliver Perez (3-3) struck out the side in the fifth after relieving Hernandez.


BOSTON — David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and Felix Doubront (11-6) gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings in his last start before moving to the bullpen for the playoffs.

R.A. Dickey (13-13) pitched a six-hitter with a season-high 11 strikeouts in his third complete game this year.

Braves 5, Cubs 2

CHICAGO — Atlanta clinched its first NL East title since 2005, then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a victory over the Chicago Cubs that touched off a wild party in the cramped visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

The game was in the sixth when Washington lost 4-2 to Miami in a doubleheader opener, giving the Braves the division championship. There were a few high-fives in Atlanta’s dugout when the Marlins won, and a couple of Braves fans did the tomahawk chop in the stands.

Simmons hit a solo drive in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth, giving him 17 homers on the year.

Julio Teheran (13-8) struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball. Edwin Jackson (8-17), who leads the major leagues in losses, allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.


MILWAUKEE — Norichika Aoki scored three times and doubled home a run, and Milwaukee beat sloppy St. Louis hours after the Cardinals clinched a playoff berth.

Wily Peralta (11-15) gave up five hits and walked five in five-plus innings for the Brewers. The Cardinals put the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs in the ninth, but closer Jim Henderson got slugger Matt Adams to strike out to end the game and earn his 26th save.

St. Louis learned earlier it was assured of at least an NL wild card after Washington lost its doubleheader opener against Miami.

However, the Cardinals weren’t sharp on the field. Starter Joe Kelly (9-5) had one of two errors in the Brewers’ two-run second.


PITTSBURGH — Rookie Billy Hamilton got three hits and stole two more bases as Cincinnati tied Pittsburgh for the NL wild-card lead at 89-67.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run double and Todd Frazier followed with a homer that capped a five-run burst in the first against Jeff Locke (10-7).

Bronson Arroyo (14-11) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings to win for the first time since Aug. 24.



WASHINGTON — Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich homered for the Marlins in a doubleheader opener after the Nationals honored retiring manager Davey Johnson with a 15-minute pregame celebration.

Tom Koehler (4-10) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, and Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth to tie a team record by converting his 27th consecutive save chance.

Dan Haren (9-14) lost to Miami for the third time this year, giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Wilson Ramos’ ninth-inning grounder bounced off a leg of third baseman Chris Coghlan for a game-ending error that allowed pinch-runner Eury Perez to score from third for Washington. The Nationals earned a split in the doubleheader that left them five games back in the NL wild-card race with six games left.

Rafael Soriano (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to win Washington’s regular-season home finale, and Denard Span drove in three runs.

Jayson Werth off Sam Dyson (0-2) leading off the ninth, and Perez pinch ran and stole third with one out.


PHILADELPHIA — Wilfredo Tovar hit a two-run, seventh-inning single in his major league debut, putting the Mets ahead for good at 3-2.

LaTroy Hawkins earned his 100th career save and 12th this season by striking out Jimmy Rollins to end it. Trying to stop a streak of four straight fourth-place finishes in the NL East, the Mets completed a three-game sweep and tied the Phillies for third.

Carlos Torres (4-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to beat Cliff Lee (14-7), who gave up three runs — two earned — and eight hits in seven innings.

Before the game, the Phillies said they were removing the interim tag on manager Ryne Sandberg.


SAN DIEGO — Adrian Gonzalez scored an unearned run and Zack Greinke combined with three relievers on a two-hitter for the NL West champions.

Andrew Cashner (10-9) had a two-hitter into the seventh when Gonzalez singled with one out, Matt Kemp struck out and Michael Young doubled off the right-field wall.


DENVER — Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer for the second straight day, and Arizona hung on after opening leads of 7-1 in the third and 13-5 in the ninth.

Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer was 3 for 5, raising his league-leading average to .334. Todd Helton, who is retiring at the end of the season, had four RBIs to raise his total to 1,402.