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Hicks hits maiden homer for A’s win

GOOD START:Brandon Hicks was the fourth Oakland player to ever hit a game-winning homer with his first run and the second this year, while the Giants beat the Braves 9-4

AP, OAKLAND, California

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Oakland’s Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his first major league home run to lift the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers in the American League on Wednesday.

Hicks connected off Michael Kirkman (0-1) for Oakland’s major league-leading ninth walkoff win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a game-ending homer with his first career shot and the second this year — Derek Norris did it on June 25 against San Francisco.

Ryan Cook (3-2) worked the ninth inning for the win for the A’s, who split the series with the AL West-leading Rangers.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 0, 6.5 inns

In New York, Hiroki Kuroda allowed just four hits in pitching New York past Toronto in a rain-shortened game.

Kuroda (9-7) allowed a single hit in each of four innings.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in a four-run first inning for the New York Yankees, who have won eight straight at home against the Blue Jays.

The game was called off after a 58-minute rain delay, before the Yankees could come to bat in the seventh. The game was delayed 51 minutes at the start.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-6) suffered his career-worst fifth straight loss, giving up six runs in six innings.

TIGERS 7, ANGELS 2

In Detroit, Michigan, Doug Fister gave up just two hits over eight innings, steering Detroit past Los Angeles.

Fister (4-6) allowed one run and struck out a season-high 10 for his third straight win.

Prince Fielder capped a four-run Tigers second inning with a two-run single.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson (9-6) gave up a season-worst seven runs with five walks over six innings, extending his winless streak to three starts.

RED SOX 10, WHITE SOX 1

In Boston, Massachusetts, Cody Ross hit three-run homers in consecutive innings to power Boston past Chicago.

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (10-4) pitched six solid innings, and joined Jon Lester (in 2008) as the only two Boston pitchers to have reached double-digit wins in a season at age 24 or younger since Roger Clemens in 1987.

Chicago’s Pedro Hernandez (0-1) took the loss in his major-league debut, giving up eight runs in four-plus innings.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Indians 10, Rays 6

‧ Orioles 2, Twins 1

‧ Royals 8, Mariners 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, ATLANTA, Georgia

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco hit three-run homers in the 11th inning as the Giants recovered from blowing the lead in the 10th and beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 on Wednesday.

Atlanta’s Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit one batter to open the 11th, then walked another. Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro on the mound and got a strikeout. Crawford came up to bat and fouled a ball off his right knee, collapsing to the ground in pain. Crawford then pulled the next pitch from Durbin into the seats in right.

Chipper Jones’ second throwing error of the game allowed a runner. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk before giving up Blanco’s homer to make it 9-3.

The Giants had been one out from the win in the 10th when Atlanta’s Brian McCann hit a tying two-run homer off Santiago Casilla (3-4). Casilla blew the save, but took the win.

NATIONALS 4, METS 3

In Washington, Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings as Washington edged New York, opening a 4.5-game lead atop the National League East division.

Zimmermann (7-6) won his fourth straight, walking none.

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