Raul Ibanez hit his second home run of the game during a startling rally in the 13th inning, then the Yankees won a thriller when first baseman Brandon Moss’s two-out error in the 14th lifted them over the Oakland Athletics, 10-9, in New York on Saturday.
Moments after pinch runner Melky Mesa — in his big league debut — missed third base and had to retreat, the Yankees found another way to win. Moss let a bases-loaded grounder by Eduardo Nunez skip off his glove, allowing Ichiro Suzuki score.
Johnny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Chris Carter homered in the 13th, putting the A’s ahead. New York rallied in the bottom half, scoring runs on a wild pitch and Nunez’s sacrifice fly before Ibanez hit a tying, two-run drive off Pat Neshek.
Eric Chavez led off the 14th with a single against Tyson Ross (2-10) and Mesa pinch ran. Derek Jeter sacrificed and Suzuki was walked intentionally.
Alex Rodriguez singled to center, and the Yankees erupted in the dugout, sensing they had won. But Mesa stepped over third base, had to retrace a few steps and was held up. Robinson Cano followed with a bouncer between the mound and first base. Ross lunged for the ball, spun and threw home for a forceout.
That left it up to Nunez, and he sliced a grounder toward first base. Moss slid over and was in position to make the play, but the ball bounced off his mitt and skittered away for Oakland’s third error of the game.
Rays 11, Blue Jays 5 — B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth as host Tampa Bay won its fourth straight.
Angels 4, White Sox 2 — Mark Trumbo capped a four-run first with a two-run single as host Los Angeles sliced Chicago’s AL Central lead to a half-game over Detroit.
Nationals 10, Brewers 4 — Gio Gonzalez became the majors’ first 20-game winner as host Washington beat Milwaukee.
Reds 6, Dodgers 0 — Jay Bruce’s 34th homer put host Cincinnati ahead to stay in the fourth as the host Reds clinched the NL Central title.
Giants 8, Padres 4 — Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs as host San Francisco won its second NL West title in three years.
Braves 8, Phillies 2 — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor as visiting Atlanta roughed up Roy Halladay.
Halladay (10-8) lasted just 1⅔ innings, the second-shortest outing in his 376 career starts.
Tigers 8, Twins 0 — Miguel Cabrera hit his 42d homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister (10-9) pitched his first career shutout to help host Detroit beat Minnesota.
Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth tied him with Texas’s Josh Hamilton for the AL lead. Cabrera has a comfortable lead with a .332 batting average and 131 RBIs.
Mariners 1, Rangers 0 — Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the second inning and former Texas prospect Blake Beavan (10-10) threw seven shutout innings against his former club for host Seattle.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 — Carlos Beltran hit a tying solo homer in the ninth, a one-out shot off Carlos Marmol that wrapped just inside the right-field foul pole, and Jon Jay doubled in the winning run an inning later as visiting St. Louis beat Chicago.
Mets 4, Marlins 3 — R.A. Dickey was able to win his 19th game, but only after Jon Rauch allowed a three-run homer in the ninth, in New York.
Royals 5, Indians 3 — Billy Butler hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to reach 100 RBIs — a first for host Kansas City since Carlos Beltran in 2003 — as the Royals beat Cleveland.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7 — Aaron Hill tripled and drove in four as visiting Arizona sent Colorado to its eighth straight loss.
Astros 4, Pirates 1 — Jason Castro hit a three-run homer in the seventh as host Houston beat fading Pittsburgh, which has lost five straight and 17 of 21.