Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double and scored three runs as the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday for their second straight winning series.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning that held up for Tommy Milone, and Crisp also singled and stole his 28th base to give the A’s a much-needed boost only a couple of hours after right-hander Bartolo Colon received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test a day before he had been scheduled to start the opener of a series at Tampa Bay.
Milone (10-9) allowed one run and two hits, struck out five and walked one in eight impressive innings to end a five-start winless stretch.
Minnesota starter Liam Hendriks (0-6) is still searching for his first major league win after 13 career starts, and nine this season.
RANGERS 12, ORIOLES 3
In Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, including two in a nine-run fourth inning, and had five RBIs for the Rangers in a victory over the Orioles.
Beltre hit his first homer leading off the second against former teammate Tommy Hunter. He connected again off Hunter for a two-run shot with none out in the fourth. He then hit another two-run drive with two outs while facing Kevin Gregg.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Mariners 3, Indians 1
‧ Rays 5, Royals 3
‧ White Sox 2, Yankees 1
‧ Tigers 3, Blue Jays 2
‧ Angels 7, Red Sox 3
AP, PHOENIX, Arizona
Rookie Wade Miley pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory, and Arizona beat Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night to complete a sweep of the first home doubleheader in Diamondbacks history.
Fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0) made his major league debut in the opener, allowing two runs and three hits over 6-2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory.
Miley (14-8) gave up four singles, struck out five and walked one.
Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run in the first, then doubled and scored in the fourth for Arizona. Aaron Hill had a two-run homer and RBI single in the first game.
Miami’s Wade LeBlanc (2-3) gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in seven innings in the nightcap.
J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth in both games for his 16th and 17th consecutive saves. He has 26 saves in 29 tries on the year.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Brewers 3, Cubs 2
‧ Braves 5, Nationals 1
‧ Reds 3, Phillies 2
‧ Rockies 5, Mets 2
‧ Cardinals 4, Astros 2
‧ Padres 4, Pirates 2
‧ Giants 8, Dodgers 4