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Orioles close gap on first-place Sox

BOSTON — J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer and Nolan Reimold added a two-run shot later in the second as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 6-3 Tuesday night and pulled within two games of the AL East leaders.

Jonathan Schoop added a leadoff homer in the ninth as Baltimore outslugged Boston one night after getting rocked 12-2 in the series opener. With Toronto's loss to the Rays, the Orioles pulled even with the Blue Jays for second in the division and tied for the two wild-card berths.

Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy survived a rocky second inning and pitched into the sixth.

Xander Bogaerts homered for Boston, which had won five of six and missed a chance to gain a little space.

Drew Pomeranz lasted two-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. He has pitched erratically since a July trade from the Padres and has a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts with Boston.

YANKEES 3, DODGERS 0: Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius came off the bench to hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning for host New York, which won its eighth in 10 games.

RANGERS 3, ASTROS 2: Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth, and visiting Texas rallied to improve to 15-3 against Houston this season. The Rangers are 33-10 in one-run games.

WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1: Todd Frazier and Carlos Sanchez each drove in two runs in a seven-run sixth inning, and host Chicago handed AL Central-leading Cleveland its second straight lopsided loss.

TWINS 8, TIGERS 1: Jorge Polanco homered and drove in four runs, Brian Dozier added three more hits to his torrid second half and visiting Minnesota beat Detroit for the third time in 14 games, costing the Tigers precious ground in a crowded wild-card race.

A'S 5, ROYALS 4: Pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning for visiting Oakland. Defending World Series champion Kansas City dropped five games out of the wild-card race with only 18 games left.

METS 4, NATIONALS 3 (10): T.J. Rivera homered in the 10th for visiting New York, which pulled within nine games of Washington in the NL East and retained its hold on the second wild-card spot with its eighth win in 10 games.

PIRATES 5, PHILLIES 3: Former Ray Sean Rodriguez had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning for visiting Pittsburgh, which remained six games behind the Mets for the second NL wild card.

MARLINS 7, BRAVES 5: Ichiro Suzuki scored two runs and drove in another in the 900th multihit game of his career, and visiting Miami boosted its fading wild-card hopes with its fifth win in 17 games.

Around the league

ORIOLES: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez officially became a United States citizen Monday. Jimenez, 32, was born in the Dominican Republic and signed by the Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2001.

PIRATES: Right-hander Gerrit Cole was shut down for the season because of posterior elbow inflammation.

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Orioles close gap on first-place Sox 09/13/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:21pm]
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