An apparent game-tying homer by Oakland’s Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Rosales sent a drive off Indians closer Chris Perez that looked as if it cleared the left-field wall. However, second-base umpire Angel Hernandez called it a double, and the crew concurred with the original ruling after leaving the field to review the videotape.
When the umpires returned and told Rosales to stay at second, A’s manager Bob Melvin sprinted onto the field and was immediately ejected.
TV replays appeared to show the ball cleared the yellow stripe and hit a metal railing above the 5.8m-high wall.
Perez wound up loading the bases before getting the final out as the Indians won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland.
TWINS 15, RED SOX 8
In Boston, Pedro Florimon had a solo homer and a two-run double in Minnesota’s season-high, seven-run second inning that carried the Twins to a rout over Boston.
David Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and three groundouts to snap his 27-game hitting streak, dating back to last season. Ortiz had hit safely in his first 15 games this season, giving him Boston’s longest since Manny Ramirez also hit in 27 straight in 2006.
Ryan Doumit had a two-run homer, Oswald Arcia went four-for-five with three singles and a double, and Trevor Flouffe drove in three of the Twins’ season-high runs. Minnesota also had a season-high 19 hits.
Jonny Gomes hit his fourth career grand slam — first with the Red Sox — and drove in five runs. Shane Victorino added a solo homer for Boston, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched four shutout innings of relief for the win.
Boston’s Allen Webster (0-1), making his second career start, gave up eight runs, six hits and walked three, while getting only five outs.
RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 4
In St Petersburg, Florida, Matt Moore won his sixth straight decision to start the season, while Evan Longoria drove in three runs as Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
Moore (6-0) overcame control issues, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks in five innings. The left-hander threw 104 pitches, including 56 strikes, during his seventh start of the year.
Longoria had a two-run homer and RBI single, and Kelly Johnson had three hits, including a two-run shot.
The Rays lost the first two games of the series, blowing a seven-run lead on Monday and a three-run advantage on Tuesday.
Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (0-2) gave up three run-scoring singles and got just one out during his second outing this year.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Astros 3, Angels 1
‧ Orioles 5, Royals 3
AP, SAN FRANCISCO
Andres Torres lined a game-ending single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday to avoid a sweep.
Javier Lopez (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win after Sergio Romo blew his second save in 14 opportunities, failing to finish off Barry Zito’s gem.
Buster Posey hit a pinch-hit single to start the 10th against Antonio Bastardo (1-1) and was sacrificed to second by Joaquin Arias.
Posey advanced to third on a wild pitch, before Torres came through with his fourth career game-ending hit.