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9/13/2013
MLB Roundup: Tampa Bay Slips Past Red Sox
FROM AP REPORTS
Sports Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Myers drove in Evan Longoria, who also doubled off Rubby De La Rosa (0-1), to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.

Jake McGee (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth before Fernando Rodney got three outs to earn his 34th save for the Rays, who lead the race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.

David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Boston, which has an 8½-game advantage over second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

The Red Sox threatened in the ninth when Stephen Drew had an infield single and pinch-hitter Mike Carp walked with one out. Rodney worked out of the jam when pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks lined out to third and Dustin Pedroia popped out.

A's 8, TWINS 2: In Minneapolis, A.J. Griffin allowed two hits in seven innings.

Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3½-game lead over idle Texas in the AL West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are playing a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.




In winning his fourth straight start, Griffin (14-9) struck out eight and walked just one batter.

Making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, Minnesota's Scott Diamond (5-11) allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PIRATES 3, CUBS 1: In Pittsburgh, Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months.

Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.

Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with an RBI double for Pittsburgh. Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI single.

Chris Rusin (2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings for the Cubs.

NATIONALS 7, METS 2: In New York, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered off Aaron Harang in his Mets debut, and Washington completed a four-game sweep.

Anthony Rendon also connected for Washington, which outhomered the Mets 13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.

The Mets have lost nine of 11 and fallen to 64-81, ensuring a non-winning record in all five seasons at Citi Field.







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