The Fynal Out: Things are heating up

Crazy IchiroOne day after they put up 30 runs on the Orioles, the Rangers welcomed the Mariners — one of the hottest teams in baseball.

The M’s had to be at least a little nervous — with Jeff Weaver on the mound — they would be the second-straight team to give up double-digit runs to Texas.

Luckily for Seattle, it was the Pacific Northwest wood that got the slugging underway, with the Mariners scoring 7 runs in the sixth inning.

That was enough for Weaver, who picked up win No. 6 on the season and ended the Rangers short win streak at two games.

Mariners 9, Rangers 4: The M’s win moved them within just one game of the Angels in the A.L. West. The two teams face off next early next week with a crucial three-game series in Seattle.

Indians 3, Tigers 1 (F/10): Detroit dropped yet another decisive game in the A.L. Central race, this time in extra innings. After pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings, Nate Robertson gave way to Zoomin’ Joel Zumaya, who got rocked for 3 runs in the top of the 10th. The Tigers are now 2 1/2 games out of first.

Padres 9, Mets 8 (F/10): Although it seems the three-game lead the Diamondbacks have in the N.L. West is holding steady, the Padres are doing what they need to. Adrian Gonzalez’s solo homer in the 10th gave San Diego a two-game lead in the Wild Card race.

Marlins 11, Cardinals 3: St. Louis blew a chance to make a move in the N.L. Central with the Cubs loss, getting blown out by Florida. Josh Willingham had a grand slam for the fishes. Next up for the Cards — the Hotlanta Braves.

More scores…

American League

Twins 5, Orioles 2

Athletics 12, Devil Rays 2

Red Sox, White Sox (PPD)

Blue Jays 5, Angels 4

National League

Dodgers 5, Phillies 2

Pirates 5, Rockies 1

Cubs 1, Giants 4

Braves 7, Reds 9 (F/12)

Nationals 7, Astros 6


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