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How The Rivals Did: Manny Machado Slams Walk-Off Homer

By Drew Jenkins

It was an exciting day in the AL East, with the Orioles winning in walk-off fashion and the Yankees taking a slugfest. Thanks to the O’s victory, it was up to the rest of the teams to just try to stay put in the standings.

Baltimore Orioles 7, Los Angeles Angels 6 in 12 innings

The Orioles outlasted the Angels in this marathon contest, with the O’s walking off on Manny Machado‘s solo shot in the bottom of the 12th innings. Machado also had another key hit in the game, an RBI double as part of a 2 for 6 performance. Nick Markakis also went 2 for 6, and former Ray Delmon Young went 3 for 5. Young has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season, hitting .323/.348/.465 primarily as a platoon DH. Most Rays fans will remember Young as a bust after being a number one overall pick, but in his 9th year in the league Young is still finding a way to add to a team. Pitching-wise Chris Tillman was so-so, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) in 5.0 innings. However the bullpen was magnificent, as they allowed just 1 run over the next 7 innings.

Toronto Blue Jays 4, Boston Red Sox 2

The Red Sox have hit rock bottom, and with their continual losing, they are now being rumored to be willing to move ace Jon Lester before Thursday’s trade deadline. The pitching staff wasn’t bad, with Rubby De La Rosa giving up 3 runs in 6.0 innings as the starter. However, Marcus Stroman was great for the Jays, giving up 1 run in 7.0 innings while striking out 8. Stroman has thrown to a 3.03 ERA this season, and the Jays will need him to keep it up if they want to climb back into first place. Colby Rasmus led the way for the Jays offensively, going 2 for 4 with a homer and 2 runs scored. For the Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, but in the end they could not outmatch the Jays.

New York Yankees 12, Texas Rangers 11

This wasn’t exactly a pitching duel, as 9 of the 10 pitchers that threw in the game gave up at least 1 run. Brandon McCarthy wasn’t awful as the Yanks’ starter, giving up 4 runs in 6.0 innings while Nick Martinez gave up 6 in 5.2 innings for the Rangers. Brett Gardner was great for the Yankees, going 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Mark Teixeira was also key, going 1 for 2 with 3 walks, 2 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. Teixeira could be a huge part of any Yanks turnaround this season…if he can stay healthy.

Tampa Bay Rays 5, Milwaukee Brewers 1

Behind efforts from Alex Cobb and Ben Zobrist, the Rays were able to pull within 1 game of .500. Check out our in-depth recap of the game.

With the Orioles winning with the help of Manny Machado, there would be no moving up in the division. Here’s the updated standings in the AL East and the schedule of games for Wednesday.

1. Baltimore (59-46) –
2. Toronto (58-50) 2.5 GB
3. New York (55-51)) 4.5 GB
4. Tampa Bay (53-54) 7.0 GB
5. Boston (48-59) 12.0 GB

12:10 PM- Milwaukee Brewers (Yovani Gallardo) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (David Price)
7:05 PM- Los Angeles Angels (Garrett Richards) vs. Baltimore Orioles (Kevin Gausman)
7:10 PM- Toronto Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle) vs. Boston Red Sox (Brandon Workman)
8:05 PM- New York Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda) vs. Texas Rangers (Colby Lewis)

Notable about those games: Jon Lester was scratched amid trade speculation while Price will start as planned for the Rays.