Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Blue Jays win ninth straight game

PINCH-RUNNER Kevin Pillar scored the winning run on a throwing error by pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight game and completed a sweep of visiting Tampa Bay, beating the Rays, 3-2, last night.

Dioner Navarro singled to begin the ninth and was replaced by Pillar. Oviedo fielded Anthony Gose's bunt along the first base line and threw wildly to first, with the ball rolling into foul territory down the right field line. Pillar was waved home by third base coach Luis Rivera and slid home safely under the tag of catcher Ali Solis.

Aaron Loup (2-1) worked one inning for the win as Toronto won for the 14th time in 16 games.

Oviedo (1-1) faced just two batters.

In AL games

* At Kansas City, Chris Carter hit two home runs, George Springer set a rookie club record for homers in a month and the Houston Astros beat the Royals, 9-3, for their fifth straight win. The Astros, with the worst record in the AL, won three times in Kansas City for their first sweep of the season. Houston's winning streak is its longest since a six-game string that ended last June 3. The Royals have lost four in a row.

* At Minneapolis, Joe Saunders made an impressive return to the Texas rotation and Luis Sardinas drove in the only run of the game to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

* At Chicago, Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

In NL games

* At New York, Bartolo Colon carried a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Mets got home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda in a 5-0 victory over the sloppy Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colon (4-5) struck out a season-high nine in his second consecutive win, and Wright added an RBI single during an eventful afternoon. He also stole a base, made two throwing errors and robbed Andrew McCutchen of extra bases with a diving play at third.

New York salvaged the final two games of a 4-5 homestand after firing batting coach Dave Hudgens and replacing him with minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson.

* At San Francisco, Tim Lincecum and five relievers combined on a weird two-hitter, leading the Giants over the Chicago Cubs, 5-0. Lincecum was pulled after pitching five innings and not allowing a hit. He threw 96 pitches and struck out five, walked four and hit a batter in another wild but effective start.

* At Washington, Casey McGehee's fourth hit of the game drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Reed Johnson doubled home two more as the Miami Marlins defeated the Nationals, 8-5.

In interleague

* At Boston, John Lackey (6-3) pitched neatly into the seventh inning and the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, their third straight victory after their longest losing streak in 20 years.

The Red Sox honored Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and members of their 2004 World Series championship team before the game, then put on another winning performance at Fenway Park.

* At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun hit a two-run double and Khris Davis added a three-run homer in the Brewers' 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

* At St. Louis, Jacoby Ellsbury had three RBI and scored two runs in the Yankees' 7-4 win over the Cardinals.

Noteworthy

* Dodgers leftfielder Carl Crawford went on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. This is Crawford's sixth trip to the DL in 13 big league seasons.

* The Boston Red Sox placed struggling righthander Clay Buchholz on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.

* Los Angeles Angels reliever Sean Burnett is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow. Burnett was diagnosed with having a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Burnett had just made his debut with the Angels last weekend after having elbow surgery last August.

* San Francisco Giants rightfielder Hunter Pence's now-famous stolen scooter has been returned.

Pence said the customized motor scooter that he rides a few blocks to every home game was returned to police at AT&T Park during the Giants' 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs yesterday. He said reliever Juan Gutierrez informed him of the scooter's safe return when he came back to the dugout between innings.

Pence said he doesn't know who returned the scooter. And because he never filed a criminal complaint, he said police will not pursue the alleged thief.

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