MLB Wrap: Victorino, BoSox beat Yanks in extras

MLB Wrap: Victorino, BoSox beat Yanks in extras
September 6, 2013, 12:30 am
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Shane Victorino delivered the go-ahed hit in the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller.

Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications.

It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes and pinch-hitters and a key pinch-runner, plus an outburst - Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit.

The Red Sox own the best record in the AL, and won for the 10th time in 12 games. The Yankees had their three-game winning stopped in a loss that dented their push for a wild-card spot. This was the start of an 11-day stretch in which the longtime rivals will face each other seven times (see full recap).

Reds power past Cardinals
CINCINNATI -- A sleepless night gave way to a satisfying finish for the Cincinnati Reds.

Todd Frazier hit two homers, including the first of Cincinnati's three off Lance Lynn, and the Reds recovered from a 16-inning loss by overpowering the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Thursday night, taking three of four in their final series of the season.

"That's the biggest part of what we needed to do: We needed to win," Frazier said.

Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo also hit solo homers off Lynn (13-10), who lasted five innings and gave up three homers for only the second time in his career. Frazier also connected off Seth Maness for the third multihomer game of his career (see full recap).

Moustakas' home run beats Mariners
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas hit two balls that had chances to go deep.

The first one was just foul down the right-field line, but the second was fair as Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Moustakas homered to right on an 0-2 pitch from Chance Ruffin (0-1), who had not pitched in the majors since 2011.

"The second one I knew was going to stay fair. I hit it pretty good. I kept my hands in pretty good. It was pretty special with the race we're in right now."

The Royals entered the game 5 1/2 back in the wild-card standings (see full recap).

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