Machado’s blast caps improbable O’s rally
BOSTON — Manny Machado’s three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox had gone ahead 5-3 in the sixth on consecutive homers by Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But closer Joel Hanrahan couldn’t hold the lead on a night when their nearly 10-year home sellout streak ended after two seasons in which they missed the playoffs.
Chris Davis led off the ninth with his fifth homer. Hanrahan (0-1) retired the next two batters, then allowed a single by Ryan Flaherty. He then walked Nolan Reimold and Nate McLouth to load the bases and threw a wild pitch that brought pinch runner Alexi Casilla home with the tying run. On the next pitch, Machado hit the ball over the Green Monster for his first homer.
Boston’s sellout streak began on May 15, 2003, lasted 820 games, including the postseason, and was the longest in major pro sports history. It broke the record of 814 set by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-95.
ATHLETICS 11, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brandon Moss tied a career high with five RBIs, including his second homer in two games, and Oakland extended its winning streak to seven games with a victory over Los Angeles.
Moss finished with four hits. His other five-RBI game was on Sept. 29 against Seattle, when he hit a game-ending, three-run homer in the 10th inning to give Oakland a 7-4 victory.
ASTROS 8, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE — Rick Ankiel and Chris Carter each hit a two-run homer to help Houston beat Seattle before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history.
Carlos Pena had three hits and scored twice for the Astros, who also got two RBIs from J.D. Martinez and a late home run by Marwin Gonzalez.
RAYS 2, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Tampa Bay beat Texas in the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
It was only 39 degrees when the game started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 29 minutes. That was 40 degrees colder than Tuesday night.
BLUE JAYS 8, TIGERS 6
DETROIT — J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in the seventh inning, and Toronto rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Detroit.
ROYALS 3, TWINS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered, and Kansas City beat Minnesota to sweep the three-game set.