Melky Cabrera could not corral Nick Punto’s double with one out in the 12th inning, sending the surging Oakland Athletics to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball on Friday.
Derek Norris had a leadoff walk in the Oakland 12th against Chad Jenkins (0-1). After Jed Lowrie lined out, Punto hit a slicing double down the line in left.
Cabrera moved to his right to cut off the ball, which squirted by his glove for an error. Norris scored from first for an odd ending to a game highlighted by stellar pitching performances by starters Tommy Milone of Oakland and Marcus Stroman of Toronto.
Dan Otero (7-1), the fifth Oakland reliever to toss a scoreless inning, earned the win for the league-leading A’s.
The Los Angeles Angels won their eighth game in a row at home for the first time in nearly nine years when they defeated the Houston Astros 7-6.
Mike Trout homered leading off the ninth inning after the Angels twice rallied to tie the game. Trout hit his team-leading 20th homer, and has eight homers in his past 18 games.
Joe Smith (3-0) got the victory for the Angels, who trail Oakland by 3.5 games in the American League West.
The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw nearly had a no-hitter against Colorado again, allowing only two singles over eight masterful innings to beat the Rockies 9-0.
Kershaw (10-2) extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. He nearly matched the no-hitter he threw against the Rockies on June 18, striking out eight and walking one.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer and Scott van Slyke added a three-run homer as the National League (NL) West-leading Dodgers had a season-high 19 hits.
San Diego won their season-high fifth straight game, topping San Francisco 2-0.
Eric Stults pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time in nearly two months, while Alexi Amarista homered to lead the Padres to the win.
NL East-leading Atlanta moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 29 with a 5-2 win over Arizona. It was the Braves’ 10th win in 11 games.
Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and Ervin Santana won his second straight start for the Braves.
Arizona and Houston are tied for the most losses in the majors with 52.
The New York Mets overcame an early injury to starter Jonathon Niese to beat Texas 6-5 to stop a four-game slide.
Travis d’Arnaud broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double for the Mets.
Niese left in the first with a bruised lower back after he was hit by Alex Rios’ line drive.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen had four hits and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs, powering the Pirates to an 8-2 victory over Philadelphia.
The Yankees’ Brian Roberts hit three doubles and a triple, leading New York to a 6-5 win over spiraling Minneapolis.
Chicago’s Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game to lead the Cubs to a 7-2 win over Washington.
Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon moved into a tie for the National League lead with his 11th win and Billy Hamilton homered as the Reds ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Milwaukee.
In other games, Kansas City topped Cleveland 7-1 and Tampa Bay beat Detroit 6-3.
The Chicago White Sox defeated Seattle 7-1 and St Louis edged Miami 3-2.