The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 to stay tied atop the American League East division with the Baltimore Orioles, who defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 14 innings.
Andruw Jones’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning scored Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees the lead last night at Fenway Park in Boston. Derek Jeter’s run-scoring single, which tied him with Willie Mays on the all-time hits list, helped the Yankees take two of the three games in the series.
Manny Machado delivered the winning run-scoring single for the Orioles, who completed a three-game Major League Baseball sweep of the Rays at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
The Orioles and Yankees improved their records to 81-62. The Yankees next play three games at home against the Rays (77-66), who are four games behind in the AL East and the chase for a wild-card spot. The Oakland Athletics (82-61) lead the wild-card standings after a 6-0 loss yesterday to the Los Angeles Angels, who are 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.
The top two non-division winners in each league earn wild-card spots in the postseason.
Jeter’s seventh-inning single gave him 3,283 hits in his career, tying him with 24-time All-Star Mays, the former San Francisco Giants outfielder elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
The Rays held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run double to put the home team ahead.
Tampa Bay tied the game in the top of the eighth inning as Desmond Jennings walked, moved to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on an infield single by Ben Zobrist.
The Orioles failed to score in the bottom of the 13th inning, when they loaded the bases with no outs, then pulled out the win in the next inning as Adam Jones walked with two outs and Endy Chavez and Machado followed with back-to-back singles.