x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

MLB round-up: Oakland record third victory over Yankees as Detroit overhaul Chicago

Athletics claim their third straight win over New York while the White Sox fall in the battle of the top two.

Brandon Inge is congratulated by Derek Norris as Oakland defeat the Yankees
Brandon Inge is congratulated by Derek Norris as Oakland defeat the Yankees

The Oakland Athletics secured their third straight win over the New York Yankees on Saturday with a 2-1 success against the American League leaders.

Yoenis Cespedes connected in the fourth inning to tie the game for the A's and Brandon Inge smashed the go-ahead home run off Phil Hughes in the eighth, while rookie starter Jarrod Parker shut down the Yankees for eight innings.

Detroit leapfrogged Chicago atop the AL Central thanks to a 7-1 victory in the battle of the top two. Rick Porcello limited the White Sox to five hits over eight innings and Brennan Boesch hit a three-run homer for the Tigers.

JP Arencibia blasted the go-ahead run for Toronto in the seventh inning, lifting the Blue Jays to a 7-3 triumph over the Boston Red Sox, while Mike Napoli had two homers in the AL West-leading Texas Rangers' 9-2 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

In other AL action on Saturday, the Kansas City Royals overcame the Minnesota Twins 7-3, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1 and the Seattle Mariners edged the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1.

Washington and Atlanta split their day-night double header, the Braves winning the first game 4-0 and the National League East-leading Nationals responding with a 5-2 triumph.

Ben Sheets threw six scoreless innings for the Braves in the first meeting before, in the second, Roger Bernadina singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Nats snap a three-game skid.

Gregor Blanco knocked in the go-ahead run with a drag blunt single in the 10th and Cole Hamels hit his first career homer in the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants' 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Juan Uribe drove in four runs to help the Los Angeles Dodgers post an 8-5 win over the New York Mets and Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips both had two-run homers for Cincinnati as the Reds toppled the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2.

Elsewhere, the St Louis Cardinals had a club-record-tying 12 runs in the seventh inning en route to a 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks trounced the Houston Astros 12-3, the Colorado Rockies won 8-6 against San Diego Padres in 12 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates prevailed 5-1 against the Miami Marlins.

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