BOSTON — Danny Valencia tripled to stop closer Koji Uehara’s streak of 37 consecutive outs and scored on Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly in the ninth inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit on Brian Roberts’ run-scoring groundout in the fifth and Chris Davis’ 51st homer of the season in the sixth that tied the score 2-2. Davis broke the club record set by Brady Anderson in 1996.
Uehara (4-1) fell four outs short of Bobby Jenks’ major league record for a reliever of 41 consecutive retired batters set in 2007 and Mark Buehrle’s mark for all pitchers of 45 in 2009. The run was the first off Uehara in 30 2-3 innings and ended a streak of 27 scoreless outings since July 9.
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0
TORONTO — R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered handing the slumping Yankees’ fourth straight loss.
New York, which came in 2 1-2 games behind Texas in the AL wild card race, lost for the eighth time in 12 games. The Yankees have 11 games remaining.
Dickey (13-12) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight. The knuckleballer retired the final 11 batters he faced and 15 of the last 16.
Dickey has not lost since the Yankees beat him in the Bronx on Aug. 21. He’s 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts since.
Sergio Santos pitched the eighth and Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.
Rangers 7, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each as Texas snapped a seven-game losing streak.
The Rangers pulled even with the Rays at the top of the AL wild-card race.
Kinsler hit Jeremy Hellickson’s first pitch for his 12th home run, breaking a streak of seven homerless games for the Rangers, their longest in 23 years. The 1-0 lead marked the first time Texas has led in a game since its last victory, on Sept. 8.
Kinsler added a two-run single in the Rangers’ four-run third, driving in three runs on the first two pitches he saw from Hellickson (11-9). Andrus followed with his third home run of the season to put the Rangers up 5-0.
Alexi Ogando (7-4) won in his first start since Aug. 13, giving up two hits in five innings.
Tigers 6, Mariners 2
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers held on despite a short-handed bullpen.
The AL Central-leading Tigers were ahead 3-2 when they escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth while playing without closer Joaquin Benoit and left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. They were both given the night off.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings, but the Mariners tied it at 2 against him in the seventh, forcing Detroit’s relievers into action.
Al Alburquerque (3-3) got out of the seventh, and Phil Coke and Jose Alvarez made it through a dodgy eighth. Alvarez got two outs in the ninth, and Jose Veras finished.
Yoervis Medina (4-6) took the loss.
Reds 10, Astros 0
HOUSTON — Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and had 5 RBIs, Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and Cincinnati cruised, handing the Astros their 100th loss.
Cincinnati is 4½ games ahead of Washington for second NL wild card.
The Astros are the first major league team to lose at least 100 games in three straight seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06.
The Reds got to work early, with Zack Cozart driving in two runs in a four-run first inning.
Cincinnati was up by five in the fourth before Bruce’s towering slam to the Crawford Boxes in left field pushed the lead to 9-0 and chased Jordan Lyles (7-8).
Leake (14-6) allowed five hits over eight innings and struck out six with two walks.
Sean Marshall, who hadn’t pitched since May 20 because of shoulder tendinitis, threw a perfect ninth to complete the shutout.