Baseball roundup: Orioles tighten grip on wild card; Astros' Triple-A coach gets the call-up

Published: Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 10:26 p.m. MDT

Baltimore's J.J. Hardy hits a double to left field to drive in two runs and help the Orioles rally past Detroit on Sunday.    (Associated Press) Baltimore's J.J. Hardy hits a double to left field to drive in two runs and help the Orioles rally past Detroit on Sunday. (Associated Press)

DETROIT — Nate McLouth hit a go-ahead, two-run triple and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Sunday.

McLouth, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds each had two hits for the Orioles, who have won five of seven, including the last two of the key weekend series at Detroit. Chris Davis homered for the second straight game and J.J. Hardy had a two-run double.

Baltimore leads Detroit by two games in the race for the second wild-card spot in the American League.

Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer for the Tigers, who led 5-0 after the first inning.

ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Jeremy Guthrie flirted with a no-hitter, Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Kansas City completed a three-game series sweep of the AL Central leaders. Guthrie allowed two unearned runs and three hits in 7 2-3 innings.

Baltimore's J.J. Hardy hits a double to left field to drive in two runs and help the Orioles rally past Detroit on Sunday.    (Associated Press) Baltimore's J.J. Hardy hits a double to left field to drive in two runs and help the Orioles rally past Detroit on Sunday. (Associated Press)

RANGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 2: At Toronto, Michael Young hit a three-run homer and a two-run double to power Texas to the victory. The AL West leaders top the majors with 606 runs scored.

RAYS 8, ANGELS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Matt Moore shrugged off home runs by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to win his fourth straight decision, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Angels.

MARINERS 5, TWINS 1: At Seattle, Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer, Blake Beavan pitched into the sixth inning and Seattle picked up its fifth straight victory.

ATHLETICS 7, INDIANS 0: At Oakland, Calif., Jarrod Parker pitched eight sharp innings and Coco Crisp homered and drove in five runs to help Oakland finish off the three-game sweep.Brandon Moss also homered and Cliff Pennington scored three times.

YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1: At New York, Ichiro Suzuki hit two solo home runs and Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight innings of four-hit ball as New York took the rubber match of its weekend series with Boston.


PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 3 (19): At St. Louis, Pedro Alvarez homered in the 19th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season, outlasting St. Louis. It took 6 hours, 7 minutes to finish. Both teams scored a run in the 17th.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ASTROS 1: At Houston, the Houston Astros lost in their first game under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco as Aaron Hill homered for Arizona. Houston dropped its fourth straight and fell to 7-33 in its last 40 games.

NATIONALS 5, METS 2: At Washington, Bryce Harper homered and tripled, and Danny Espinosa also homered to lift the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets.

DODGERS 5, BRAVES 0: At Atlanta, Chad Billingsley combined with two relievers on a three-hitter to win his sixth straight start, Luis Cruz homered for the second game in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Atlanta.

REDS 5, CUBS 4: At Cincinnati, Xavier Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs.

PADRES 7, GIANTS 1: At San Diego, Clayton Richard pitched eight sparkling innings, Cameron Maybin drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres snapped a five-game losing streak. The Giants dropped out of first in the NL West and trail the Dodgers by a half-game.

ROCKIES 3, MARLINS 2: At Denver, Jordan Pacheco homered among his three hits as the banged-up Colorado Rockies slowed down Giancarlo Stanton and beat Miami.

PHILLIES 8, BREWERS 0: At Milwaukee, Kyle Kendrick pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Philadelphia beat Milwaukee after waiting out a rare rain delay at Miller Park.

HOUSTON — Tony DeFrancesco helped Houston's Triple-A affiliate find success.

The Astros hope he can do the same for their young, struggling major league club.

DeFrancesco was chosen interim manager Sunday, a day after Brad Mills was fired.

"There's going to be a commitment to excellence," DeFrancesco said. "Believe me, I want to be the guy that changes the environment around here. I grew up a winner, I had success in the minor leagues, and it's time for it to translate to the major league level. I'm sure I'm going to make mistakes, but that's part of baseball."

DeFrancesco managed Oklahoma City to a 67-60 record and has the RedHawks contending for a playoff spot this season. Houston has the worst record in the major leagues at 39-83.

He takes over an Astros club that is the youngest in the National League at 26.5 years — and even younger than the Oklahoma City team, 27.3 years.

In his third season running the Astros, Mills was dismissed Saturday night after Houston lost to the Diamondbacks 12-4.

SHOPPACH DENIES INVOLVEMENT: New York Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied that he had any part in text messages that reportedly undermined Boston manager Bobby Valentine to Red Sox owners.

Boston traded Shoppach to the Mets on Tuesday. The New York Daily News reported that Shoppach sent text messages using the phone of Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

"I wasn't behind any texts," Shoppach said. "I've already gotten some text messages from some of my former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it. Everybody that's involved in that whole situation knows that I have nothing to do with it."

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