The Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-5 to take a share of the American League East lead with the New York Yankees, who lost 6-5 to the Oakland Athletics.
Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs as the Red Sox surged to a 7-3 lead through four innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, last night.
After Josh Hamilton hit a home run in the fifth for the Rangers, Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia each added two-run doubles in the eighth for Boston. Ian Kinsler wrapped up the scoring in the ninth with another home run for the hosts.
At Yankee Stadium, a home run by Brandon Allen in the eighth put the Athletics 6-0 ahead. Nick Swisher then hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning and Jorge Posada added a solo home run in the ninth.
Russell Martin then scored on Robinson Cano’s bases-loaded walk. Trailing by one run with two outs, and with Curtis Granderson on second base and Brett Gardner at third, Swisher flied out to centerfield to end the Yankees’ rally.
New York fell to 77-49 with its second loss in three starts, while Boston improved to 78-50.
Alex Rodriguez sat out the game with a sprained thumb that he sustained in his return for the Yankees on Aug. 21 after a monthlong layoff following knee surgery.
Also last night, Shane Victorino hit a solo home run and a two-run triple, while John Mayberry Jr. added a three-run homer as the Phillies marched to a 9-0 fifth-inning lead against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
After Nick Evans scored on a Justin Turner ground out in the seventh for New York, Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the eighth to narrow the deficit to 9-3. Evans made it 9-4 on Josh Thole’s groundout in the ninth to complete the scoring.
Vance Worley (9-1) gave up five hits and one run and struck out nine in seven innings for the Phillies, who hold the best record in Major League Baseball at 83-44. The Mets dropped to 60-68, 23 1/2 games behind the Phillies.