Major League Baseball
Sonny Gray threw a 6-hitter to win for the first time in 5 September starts and the A’s beat the Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the American League’s second wild card.
The A’s couldn’t take advantage of their first chance to clinch an AL wild-card spot on their own, allowing homers to rookie Jake Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos in a 5-4 win for the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
San Francisco (87-74) already has clinched a playoff berth and will play at Pittsburgh or St. Louis in the one-game, wild-card playoff on Wednesday.
The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night.
Josh Reddick drove in 3 runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in 7 starts and the Oakland A’s moved close to their 3rd consecutive playoff appearance with a 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.
Andrew Cashner pitched brilliantly into the 9th inning and the Padres beat San Francisco 3-2 Saturday night to keep the Giants from gaining ground on the NL West-leading Dodgers
The A’s missed an opportunity to extend their lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Zack Greinke pitched 6 scoreless innings and hit his 4th career home run, and the Dodgers romped past the Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Dodges Questions On A’s Stadium, Domestic Violence During AT&T Park Visit
The outgoing commissioner refused to commit to a resolution of the Oakland ballpark situation, though he admits the A’s desperately need a new place to play.
Jed Lowrie hit a game-ending RBI single in Oakland’s 3-run 9th inning, sending the A’s to a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday.