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A’s gain momentum in Babe Ruth league

Tribune Staff Reports

The Mariners advanced on five wild pitches and four passed balls to score four earned runs in the fourth inning and win 6-3.

Otherwise, the A’s’ Kyle Churchill, Jake Cain and Daniel Tinlin combined for 10 strikeouts and as many walks in their three-run loss to the Mariners, who hit only twice all day.

Offensively, the A’s Ryan Gosh had the best record, hitting 2 for 3 with a homer in the first and a double in the fourth. However, as a team, the A’s had five hits in 26 at-bats and struck out only five times.

It was an errorless performance for the Mariners, who improved to 5-2, compared with the A’s two, and who now stand at 3-3.

Giants 8, Indians 3

Tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the third, the Giants jumped to a 6-2 lead over the Indians. They scored two more in the fifth.

The Giants’ four pitchers combined for four strikeouts, 11 walks and no errors for the win.

The Indians finished the day with three errors, five hits and four runners left on base.

Cubs 8, Red Sox 6

Despite a homer by Tommy Esquivel and the team’s seven hits, the Red Sox couldn’t connect against relief pitcher Chris Shapiro in the final two innings. Shapiro struck out five of the six outs.

It was a high-scoring few innings with the Cubs scoring four and the Red Sox scoring three in the first. The Cubs made three more key runs in the fifth.

When it was over the Red Sox’s Buck Pershing and Marcus Mellberg combined for 10 strikeouts and three walks. The Cubs’ Casey Curcee, Matt Bobman, Anthony Cecchettini and Shapiro made 11 strikeouts and five walks.

The Cubs’ Bobman and Alex Urreaga both hit 2 for 4 and scored twice.

Mariners 19, Reds 7

The Mariners scored at least three runs in all but the third and fifth innings to rough up the Reds.

They collected 14 hits and five errors.

The Reds had three hits and five errors.

The Mariners’ Greg Dupree hit a two-RBI triple in the first. Jerel Dutton, Jacob Hash and Nick Tefly all had doubles.

Rangers 18, Reds 4

The Rangers scored eight in the fourth and seven in the fifth, logging 15 hits against the Reds.

The Reds made seven errors and struck out seven batters. Gavin Smith hit 3 for 3 and scored once.

Rangers catcher Ryan Bosson hit 4 for 4 for three RBIs, three runs and two doubles.

A’s 11, Cubs 10

The A’s scored four runs in the final inning to sweep victory from the Cubs’ gloves when the game time expired in the bottom of the sixth.

The Cubs were leading 10-7 after the top of the sixth after coming back from a 7-2 deficit starting in the fourth inning.

The Cubs’ Urreaga went 2 for 4 for two runs; Shapiro went 2 for 2 for two RBIs; and Bobman hit 2 for 3 for two RBIs, two runs and a double.

The A’s Gosh hit 3 for 3 for three runs and double; Johnny Worley hit 1 for 3 for two RBIs and a run; and Jake Cain hit 1 for 4 for two RBIs and two runs.

Red Sox 17, Indians 2

The Red Sox made two errors but hit 16 times to beat the Indians.

Esquivel had an RBI homer in the fifth to finish the day going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and four runs.

The Sox’ Dillon Yuzbick hit 4 for 5 for six RBIs, two runs and a double; Buck Pershing went 3 for 4 for an RBI, two runs and a double; Mellberg hit 2 for 4; and Teddy Kosciolek hit 3 for 4 for two RBIs and three runs.

Giants 11, Yankees 9

The Yankees couldn’t climb past the Giants in six innings with only two hits for the day.

The Giants combined to make seven hits, four of them in the first inning, all of which resulted in runs.

Mariners 16, Red Sox 6

All but one player in the Mariners’ order scored against the Red Sox in the five-inning victory.

The Mariners scored six runs in the first and seven in the third to take a definitive lead.

The Red Sox made five errors, walked five batters among three pitchers and hit 13 times in 30 at-bats.

The Mariners’ Hash hit 2 for 2 for two RBIs and three runs; Chris Anton hit 2 for 3 for two RBIs and two runs; and David Schue hit 2 for 3 for two RBIs and three runs.

Cubs 13, Indians 6

The Cubs scored seven runs against the Indians’ pitcher Bo Hallam to charge ahead 13-5 in the top of the seventh after clinging to a precarious 6-5 lead after six.

Urreaga hit 2 for 5 for two RBIs and two runs; Justin Stang hit 2 for 3 for two runs; and Daniel Jones hit 2 for 3 for two runs.

A’s 17, Reds 9

Brian Hanson and Max Meeker both went 3 for 4 at the plate in the A’s victory against the Reds.

The A’s scored five in the first and eight in the second to head into the third leading 14-0.

The A’s hit 14 times in 33 at-bats and made no errors in the field.

The Reds had some productive offensive innings, scoring three runs in the third and four in the six. They hit the ball nine times in 19 at-bats and made six errors in the field.


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