The Orioles loss meant that the rest of the AL East had a chance to move up in the standings. The Yankees and Rays took advantage of that, but the Sox and Jays could not.
New York Yankees 6, Boston Red Sox 4
The Yankees didn’t get a good start from Shane Greene, who went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs. However the bullpen would combine to throw the next 5.1 innings while allowing just 1 run, with Dellin Betances contributing well by throwing 1.2 scoreless innings. Derek Jeter had a solid night to led the offense, going 2 for 5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Both Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran went 2 for 5, and Martin Prado and Stephen Drew were on base multiple times. Prado and Drew were acquired at the deadline to shore up the Yanks poor infield depth, and they should be nice pieces for the Yankees down the stretch.
Allen Webster had a miserable start for the Sox, lasting just 2.2 innings and allowing 4 runs while walking 6. It was Webster’s second start of the season in the big leagues, and as a young player he could factor into the Sox rotation for years to come. However he has walked 11 and struck out just 5 in his 8.0 innings this year and that is going to have to get better in the future. Offensively Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia had 2-hit nights, and Mike Napoli smacked his 13th homer of the year. Also notable was that Yoenis Cespedes made his Sox debut in this game, getting a hit in his first at-bat.
Seattle Mariners 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
The news that every other AL East team wanted to hear- the 1st place Orioles lost to the Mariners. Miguel Gonzalez wasn’t at his sharpest giving up 4 runs in 5.0 innings. The bullpen wasn’t great either as Tommy Hunter and T.J. McFarland each allowed runs. Manny Machado stayed hot at the plate, going 3 for 5. Usual defensive-minded catcher Caleb Joseph was also solid, going 2 for 3 with a homer. However, the Orioles went just 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position, and that would be their undoing.
Houston Astros 8, Toronto Blue Jays 2
This was an exciting game… for the Astros. Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes made incredible catches, and Jon Singleton hit an inside the park homer. The Jays, meanwhile, didn’t do much right in this game. R.A. Dickey provided length, going 7+ innings, but he wasn’t effective as he allowed 5 runs. Brett Cecil was even worse, allowing 3 runs and not even getting an out. Dickey himself and Danny Valencia both made errors, and no Jay had multiple hits. Needless to say, this is not a game that makes you think the Jays are going to give the Orioles a run for their money.
Tampa Bay Rays 10, Las Angeles Angles 3
The Rays broke out offensively and cruised to a win against the Angles. Take a look at our recap to see how it happened.
Here’s a look at the updated standings, with the Rays and Yankees moving up a game.
1. Baltimore (61-48) -
2. Toronto (60-52) 2.5 GB
3. New York (56-53) 5.0 GB
4. Tampa Bay (54-56) 7.5 GB
5. Boston (49-61) 12.5 GB
Here’s a look at today’s AL East action