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Game roundup: A's beat Orioles on walk-off home run

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 20 2014 11:48:17 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2014 11:49:12 AM CDT

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run Friday night, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory against the Baltimore Orioles at the O.co Coliseum.

The walk-off hit was the fifth of Donaldson's career, including three homers.

Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes led off the ninth with an infield single off Baltimore closer Zach Britton and moved to third on right fielder Brandon Moss' broken bat single to right.

Donaldson, who started for the American League All-Star team, crushed Britton's first pitch over the center field fence for his 21st home run of the season.

Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit two-run homers, powering the Orioles to a 4-2 lead, but it disappeared in the ninth.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday drove in all three St. Louis runs with a double and a two-run homer, and starter Lance Lynn worked into the seventh inning in a win over Los Angeles.

Lynn (11-6) allowed four hits and two runs in six-plus innings, leaving after the Dodgers started the seventh with consecutive doubles by Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis. Ellis scored on reliever Seth Maness' wild pitch with one out, but the St. Louis bullpen kept things in check after that.

Pat Neshek worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Trevor Rosenthal pitched a clean ninth for his 29th save in 33 chances.

Yankees 4, Reds 3

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and New York ended a five-game home losing streak with a victory over Cincinnati in the opener of a 10-game homestand.

Ellsbury gave the Yankees the lead for good with nobody out in the fifth when he drove a 1-1 pitch from right-hander Mike Leake (7-8) over the right field wall for his seventh home run of the season.

The Yankees improved to 19-23 at home by getting production from their three big offseason additions to the lineup as Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann were a combined 5-for-12 with four RBIs.

Brewers 4, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON -- Milwaukee starting pitcher Kyle Lohse outdueled Washington's Stephen Strasburg, and solo home runs from Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis sparked the Brewers to victory.

Lohse (10-4) joined Wily Peralta as Milwaukee's second 10-game winner thanks to a seven-inning effort in which he scattered 10 hits but walked none and allowed just one run.

The victim of five blown saves this season, Lohse received help from three relievers, including Francisco Rodriguez, who picked up his 28th save despite giving up a ninth-inning home run to Bryce Harper.

Strasburg (7-7) racked up nine strikeouts to boost his NL-leading total to 158.

Rangers 5, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO -- J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer against his former team, and Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning as Texas snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Toronto.

Adrian Beltre also homered for the Rangers, and Rougned Odor had three hits, including a double and an RBI triple.

Darvish (9-5) allowed five hits, three walks and one run while equaling his season high with 12 strikeouts.

Giants 9, Marlins 1

MIAMI -- Left-hander Madison Bumgarner pitched six strong innings, and the San Francisco offense broke out in a win over Miami.

Bumgarner (11-7), an All-Star in each of the past two years, allowed four hits, two walks and one run, striking out seven. His only blemish was a solo homer blasted to center by Giancarlo Stanton, his 22nd home run of the season.

The nine runs were the most the Giants have scored since May 30, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4.

Braves 6, Phillies 4

ATLANTA -- Right-hander Ervin Santana, supported by a string of two-out hits, won for the third time in four starts as Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Santana (8-6) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits. He was backed by two double plays and some timely offensive support.

Nine of Atlanta's 10 hits came with two outs, and the Braves scored five runs after two were out and no one was on base. The Braves had averaged only 2.9 runs in support of Santana in his previous 17 starts.

The losing pitcher was A.J. Burnett (6-9), who now has a 5-13 career record against the Braves.

Indians 9, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Jason Kipnis homered twice, including a three-run blast to highlight a seven-run outburst in the seventh inning, as Cleveland defeated Detroit.

Nick Swisher had a two-run single and Asdrubal Cabrera followed Kipnis' first homer with one of his own during the Indians' highest-scoring inning of the season. Kipnis smacked his second homer and Swisher added an RBI double in the ninth.

Tigers All-Star designated hitter Victor Martinez contributed two hits in his return after missing eight games because of side soreness.

Red Sox 5, Royals 4

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes hammered two-run homers into the center-field bleachers in the sixth inning as Boston charged from behind to beat Kansas City.

Bogaerts, batting .116 in his last 32 games coming in, hit his first homer in 90 at-bats with one out against right-hander James Shields. Later in the inning, with left-hander Scott Downs (0-3) in relief, Gomes batted for Jackie Bradley Jr. and connected for his second pinch-homer of the season for a 5-4 lead.

Koji Uehara worked a one-hit ninth for his 19th save, leaving the tying run at second. The win was the fifth in the past six games for the Red Sox.

Pirates 4, Rockies 2

PITTSBURGH -- Travis Snider's pinch-hit double broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted Pittsburgh over Colorado.

With the game tied at 2, Neil Walker started the winning rally with a single off Matt Belisle (2-5) and took third on Gaby Sanchez's single.

Snider then pinch hit for left-handed reliever Tony Watson (6-1) and laced a double past diving right fielder Carlos Gonzalez to drive in Walker. Josh Harrison capped the inning with a sacrifice fly. Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.

White Sox 3, Astros 2

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers hit a late-inning double to drive in the winning run and lead Chicago to victory over Houston.

Chicago snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Alejandro De Aza singled, stole second and then scored on Flowers' RBI double. The catcher was among the American League leaders in batting average in April and early May but entered the game hitting .218.

The White Sox had tied the score at 2 in the bottom of the sixth on a long two-run homer by Dayan Viciedo with two outs.

Rays 6, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay got a solid performance from starter Alex Cobb and a pair of timely hits in a victory over Minnesota.

Cobb pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball to earn his fifth victory of the season, allowing five hits and two walks. He hit two batters.

Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson ran into trouble in the third. With the bases loaded, Evan Longoria hit a 2-0 fastball off the wall in right for a double, clearing the bases for a 3-0 lead. Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, but Rays regained a three-run lead in the fifth when Ben Zobrist ripped a Gibson fastball for a two-run blast.

Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt homered and Didi Gregorius had two RBI singles as Arizona overcame a three-run deficit to beat Chicago.

Goldschmidt hit his 17th home run of the season with one out in a three-run sixth inning, when Arizona had five hits off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson and three relievers. Gerardo Parra hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Brian Schlitter (2-3) to tie the score at 4 later in the inning before Gregorius' second RBI single gave reliever Eury De La Rosa (1-0) the victory.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and three RBIs for the Cubs, who have lost nine of their last 11.

Mets 5, Padres 4

SAN DIEGO -- Travis d'Arnaud singled home Curtis Granderson with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lead New York past San Diego.

D'Arnaud, who also singled home Granderson in the Mets' three-run first, snapped a 4-4 tie with his full-count, opposite-field grounder past Padres first baseman Jake Goebbert.

The hit came off Joaquin Benoit, who was pitching the ninth because the Padres had agreed to trade right-handed closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the evening.

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