Wild day in Bronx; Reds, Giants clinch divisions
Here's how the pennant races look with under two weeks to go:
- BRONX BASH: The Yankees and Athletics needed 14 innings and almost six hours to settle a wild game that ended when Ichiro Suzuki scored on first baseman Brandon Moss' two-out error to give New York a 10-9 victory. Jonny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter homered to help the A's take a 9-5 lead in the 13th, but the Yankees tied it in the bottom half.
The back-and-forth struggle in the Bronx affected a couple of AL races. East-leading New York maintained its one-game advantage over Baltimore, which won 9-6 in 12 innings at Boston. Oakland's lead in the competition for the second wild card was sliced to 2 1/2 games over the Angels, who beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2.
- EXTRA, EXTRA: The Orioles have won 16 consecutive extra-inning games for the majors' best streak since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949. The Orioles are 16-2 in extras this year, losing only to the Yankees on April 10-11.
- DIVISION RACES: The Reds (NL Central) and the Giants (NL West) became the first two teams to secure division titles. Washington could be next after lowering its magic number for clinching the NL East to six over Atlanta.
- NEXT UP: The Los Angeles Angels send ace Jered Weaver (18-4, 2.79 ERA) to the mound for the finale of a three-game set against the AL Central-leading White Sox. Chicago has a half-game advantage over second-place Detroit and needs a strong performance from Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.50 ERA) on Sunday.
- CHASE CHATTER: ``I kissed him right on the cheek. I'm not afraid to tell the whole world, either. I wanted to kiss him on the mouth. He saved me, he saved the team today,'' St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright said about Carlos Beltran's tying solo homer in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals went on to a 5-4 victory in 10.