You guys aren’t going to believe this, but the Athletics won a game last night.
Fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, Jon Lester played the role of stopper as the Athletics defeated the Phillies 3-1 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland. The southpaw struck out seven and walked none over seven innings of one-run ball and is now 6-3 with a 2.20 ERA over 10 starts since coming over from the Red Sox at the trade deadline. Can’t blame him for the collapse.
Coco Crisp, Derek Norris, and Eric Sogard all had run-scoring hits for Oakland while Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 22nd save.
The Royals got blown out by the Tigers, so the Athletics are now back in the top spot in the American League Wild Card race by a half-game. The Mariners hit four home runs last night to power past the Astros, so they are just a half-game behind the Royals. This is fun stuff.
Your Friday box scores:
Phillies 1, Athletics 3
Dodgers 14, Cubs 5
Red Sox 5, Orioles 3 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 5
Brewers 2, Pirates 4
White Sox 4, Rays 3
Nationals 3, Marlins 2
Tigers 10, Royals 1
Mets 5, Braves 0
Indians 4, Twins 5 (10 innings)
Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 15
Mariners 10, Astros 5
Reds 1, Cardinals 2
Rangers 12, Angels 3
Giants 0, Padres 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).