Red Sox extend AL East lead as Yankees lose
The Boston Red Sox extended their lead atop the American League East division with a 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday while the New York Yankees slipped to third after another defeat. The Yankees were beaten 2-0 by Texas, with the hosts unable to find anything against Rangers pitcher Derek Holland. Baltimore moved above the Yankees into second in the tightly-contested division by rallying for a win over Cleveland, while Arizona avoided a sweep by beating Washington and the Los Angeles Angels extended their hoodoo over Detroit.
Texas' Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a shutout against New York. Holland (6-4) threw his sixth career shutout and two hits represented the fewest in a shutout by a visiting Rangers pitcher against the Yankees since the franchise moved to Texas in 1972.
He struck out seven, walked two and didn't permit a runner after the third. AL West-leading Texas went 5-1 on its trip to St.
Baltimore's Chris Davis drove in the tiebreaking run on a fielder's choice grounder in a wild five-run fifth inning, lifting the Orioles to a 7-3 win over Cleveland. The Orioles used six hits and two errors to erase a 3-2 deficit in the fifth, salvaging a split in the four-game series.
Arizona's Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning as the Diamonbacks beat Washington 3-2. Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3).... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online