MLB roundup: A’s catch Texas at top of AL West

Indians manager Terry Francona removes ailing righthander Justin Masterson in the second inning.
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Indians manager Terry Francona removes ailing righthander Justin Masterson in the second inning.

Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review as the Oakland Athletics pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West by beating the visiting Rangers, 4-2, on Monday.

Yoenis Cespedes homered leading off the second inning and Chris Young added an RBI single in Oakland’s fourth straight win. David Murphy hit a tying two-run shot in the Texas fifth, but the Rangers loaded the bases against Dan Otero with one out in the sixth and couldn’t deliver.

Crisp set a career high with his 17th homer that stayed just fair of the left-field foul pole. He homered for the third straight game to help the A’s (79-58) win for the seventh time in eight games.


Crisp fouled a ball off the area below his right knee in the sixth. He stayed in and struck out, and then was removed for what the team called a shin contusion.

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Dodgers 10, Rockies 8 — Clayton Kershaw (14-8) surrendered a career-high 11 hits in five shaky innings and got the win and Yasiel Puig scored the go-ahead run before leaving with a strained right knee as Los Angeles won in Denver.

Puig was called out for interference on the bases in the first inning. He then hurt his knee on an awkward slide into third base and gingerly jogged home on Hanley Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, before being replaced in right field.

Orioles 7, Indians 2 — Bud Norris allowed one run in seven innings, improving to 4-0 with Baltimore, and Nate McLouth homered and had three RBIs for the visitors.

The Indians lost for the sixth time in seven games and could be without All-Star Justin Masterson (14-10) for a time. Masterson left in the second with what the team said is ‘‘soreness’’ in his rib area.


Pirates 5, Brewers 2 — Charlie Morton (7-3) won his fourth consecutive decision, pitching seven strong innings to help visiting Pittsburgh retake the NL Central lead.

Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Royals 3, Mariners 1 — Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start for the first time since 2008 and reliever Will Smith struck out a career-high eight to help host Kansas City beat Seattle.

Hernandez (12-9) left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.

Smith (2-1) pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory, allowing just one hit, after starter Danny Duffy failed to make it through four innings.


Reds 7, Cardinals 2 — Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered as host Cincinnati roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second start in a row, and Mat Latos (14-5) went the distance for the first time this season in a victory over St. Louis.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2 — Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking RBI single in host Philadelphia’s two-run eighth and Jonathan Papelbon got his 24th save in 30 chances.

Padres 4, Giants 1 — Ian Kennedy (6-9) beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching host San Diego past San Francisco.

Marlins 4, Cubs 3 — Henderson Alvarez (3-3) hit his first career home run, pitched six innings, and hurt his right hamstring while running the bases for visiting Miami.

Braves 13, Mets 5 — Freddie Freeman had a two-run double and three-run homer in the first two innings off Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3) to power host Atlanta.

Blue Jays 4, Diamondbacks 1 — Esmil Rogers (4-7) pitched 6 innings of one-hit ball and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot in the ninth to lead Toronto in Phoenix.

Yankees 9, White Sox 1 — Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs and Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth for host New York.

Twins 10, Astros 6 — Rookie Chris Colabello homered twice, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth, to lift Minnesota in Houston.

Angels 11, Rays 2 — Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run triple in the sixth as host Los Angeles rolled.