The Oakland Athletics won the longest Major League Baseball game of the season when they beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-8 in 19 innings early yesterday.
Brandon Moss hit the winning runs with his second home run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the 19th.
The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes and finished at 1:41am on the west coast. It was the longest game ever played in Oakland by time and the longest in Angels history as well.
Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled off the left-center wall to drive in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Los Angeles went ahead 8-7 in the 15th on a bases-loaded walk, but the A’s tied it in the bottom half on Adam Rosales’ two-out single after a costly error by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
Much earlier, the Cleveland Indians downed American League Central rivals the Kansas City Royals 9-0 after Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning and Ryan Raburn hit two home runs.
In the National League, the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 to end their four-game losing streak.
Raburn hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth for Cleveland. He finished with four hits, while Jason Kipnis also went deep to pace a suddenly potent Indians offense.
Jimenez (1-2) allowed only two walks and an infield single by Billy Butler over his first seven innings. Otherwise, he kept the Royals off balance in a dazzling start that brought back memories of the pitcher who once threw a no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies.
Houston’s Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs in the Astros’ decisive 9-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
In their first game in the Bronx as an American League team, the Astros peppered Andy Pettitte (3-2) for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs for the left-hander. Brandon Barnes and Corporan had two-run doubles, while Barnes added an RBI single and a double. Barnes and Corporan each set career highs for hits and RBIs.
The Astros had 17 hits in improving the American League’s worst record to 8-18. Lucas Harrell (3-2) pitched 6-1/3 innings to get the victory.
In other games, Prince Fielder slammed a three-run homer to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for their fourth straight win, while Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list in the Seattle Mariners’ 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season.
Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright in St Louis, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17 games as the Cincinnati Reds handed the Cardinals their third straight loss, 2-1.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs as the Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4.
Gallardo (3-1) also allowed just three hits over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh.
Also on Monday, the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-3, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4, the Florida Marlins were 4-3 winners over the New York Mets in 15 innings, while the Colorado Rockies trounced the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2.