Pinch hitter Mike Carp’s bloop single to left in the eighth dropped just beyond the glove of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second with the tiebreaking run and lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night.
Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single after collecting a career-best seven RBIs and hitting two homers in a 13-2 win on Tuesday night.
Craig Breslow (4-2) got two outs to earn the win and Koji Uehara got his 14th save with a perfect ninth for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won their fourth straight game.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 47th homer and added an RBI double for Baltimore, who lost for the sixth time in their past eight games.
Saltalamacchia hit a two-out double high off the left-field wall against Tommy Hunter (3-3) and Stephen Drew was walked intentionally before Carp’s bloop fell just past the glove off Machado in short left field.
RANGERS 12, MARINERS 4
In Washington, Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs as Texas roughed up Felix Hernandez in a win over Seattle.
The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Hernandez (12-8) for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. The former AL Cy Young award winner’s ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97.
Martin Perez (8-3) limited the Mariners to two runs and five hits in six innings. The rookie won his fifth straight decision.
Adrian Beltre, who hit his 28th homer, and Elvis Andrus each got three of the Rangers’ 17 hits. Mitch Moreland also homered as every Texas starter got a hit except for Alex Rios.
ATHLETICS 14, TIGERS 4
In Detroit, Michigan, Brandon Moss homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Oakland over Detroit.
Moss has three home runs in his past two games for the A’s, who had a season-high 21 hits and have won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 28-13.
Josh Donaldson had three hits and drove in two runs, while Eric Sogard had two RBIs for Oakland.
Torii Hunter homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Oakland starter Daniel Straily (7-7) got his first win since July 9. He allowed a run and eight hits over six innings, walking two and striking out four.
Doug Fister (11-7) gave up seven runs and 13 hits in five innings for the Tigers.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2
‧ Rays 4, Angels 1
‧ Royals 8, Twins 1
‧ White Sox 6, Astros 1
AP, LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after four innings following a pair of early episodes, as Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday.
Puig did not slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning, then slammed his bat after striking out in the third. The Cuban newcomer is hitting .346.
Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the game.
Ricky Nolasco (11-9) pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start this month.
Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier homered as the first-placed Dodgers earned their 21st victory this month, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month.
Edwin Jackson (7-14) took the loss for the Cubs.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Pirates 7, Brewers 1
‧ Reds 10, Cardinals 0
‧ Braves 3, Indians 2