Nate Freiman singled home the winning run in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees Thursday for a three-game sweep in Oakland, Calif.
As a day game after a night game turned into a night game after a day game, John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne (0-1) to start the decisive rally and went to third on Seth Smith’s soft single to shallow left field against Rivera.
Baseball’s career saves leader issued only the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career to Jed Lowrie before Freiman ended the 5-hour, 35-minute game.
Each team used seven pitchers and threw 255 pitches. In all, 137 batters came to the plate — short of the season high of 156 during Oakland’s 19-inning win over the Angels in April and also the 20-inning game between the Marlins and Mets last Saturday.
Cardinals 2, Mets 1 — Adam Wainwright became the major leagues’ first 10-game winner by pitching seven scoreless innings and sent Matt Harvey to his first loss of the season, leading visiting St. Louis over New York.
Wainwright retired his first 11 batters before David Wright’s single, and allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. He matched his career best by winning his fifth straight start, dropped his ERA to 2.18 and got his 1,000th career strikeout.
Cubs 6, Reds 5 — Pinch hitter Julio Borbon had a two-out RBI single in the 14th inning, helping Chicago end Cincinnati’s record 12-game winning streak at Wrigley Field.
Phillies 3, Twins 2 — Cliff Lee allowed two runs in seven strong innings, Ben Revere had four hits and scored the go-ahead run, and visiting Philadelphia rallied past Minnesota to snap a five-game losing streak.
Nationals 5, Rockies 4 — Ryan Zimmerman homered, doubled, and drove in three runs, and Ian Desmond got four hits as Washington beat Colorado in Denver.
Royals 10, Rays 1 — Elliot Johnson had a three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning as Kansas City routed Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1 — Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning and visiting Toronto handed Texas its third straight loss.
Giants 10, Pirates 0 — Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6⅔ innings and visiting San Francisco shut out Pittsburgh.