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Another setback for Rangers

Orioles take series, dim playoff hopes

Toronto rookie Randy Ruiz is hit by a pitch from New York’s Josh Towers. He walked off the field on his own and did not suffer a concussion. Toronto rookie Randy Ruiz is hit by a pitch from New York’s Josh Towers. He walked off the field on his own and did not suffer a concussion. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)
Associated Press / September 7, 2009

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Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers, 7-0, yesterday in Baltimore to earn their second series win since the All-Star break.

Brian Roberts, Jeff Fiorentino, and Chad Moeller each had two hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who took two of three.

Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz had two singles apiece for the Rangers, whose pursuit of a playoff berth took an unlikely hit against a last-place team that remains one defeat away from clinching a 12th straight losing season.

Texas now stands 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and three games in back of the Red Sox for the AL wild card.

Blue Jays 14, Yankees 8 - Rookie Randy Ruiz hit an RBI single during an eight-run fifth, then was hit in the face by a pitch later in the inning as host Toronto beat New York.

Ruiz joined the growing list of hitters to get beaned in recent weeks. Down for a few minutes after being hit by Josh Towers, Ruiz walked off the field without assistance and left the game.

His left cheek swollen and his lip bloodied, Ruiz was checked out by doctors at the stadium. He did not suffer a concussion and had no vision problems.

Reds 4, Braves 2 - Micah Owings walked off the field after getting beaned with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and visiting Cincinnati picked up its seventh consecutive win.

Owings (7-12), who pitched two scoreless innings, was hit on the batting helmet by an 0-1 fastball from Kenshin Kawakami. Owings was on his back for several seconds before Reds staff helped him sit up and walk to the dugout. He was OK but is expected to rest for a couple of days.

Joey Votto scored on the play and Corky Miller followed with a sacrifice fly, making it 4-2.

Brewers 2, Giants 1 - Prince Fielder hit a solo home run with one out in the 12th inning and host Milwaukee, helped by a triple play, beat San Francisco.

San Francisco led, 1-0, when it put Randy Winn on second and Ryan Garko on first. Aaron Rowand followed with a grounder that third baseman Casey McGehee fielded right on the bag.

McGehee touched third and threw to second baseman Felipe Lopez for the force. Lopez’s relay to Fielder beat Rowand by a step.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 5 - Garrett Jones hit a game-ending RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the ninth and host Pittsburgh avoided a record-setting loss at least for one day, stopping a nine-game skid. With a loss, the Pirates would have assured themselves of a record 17th consecutive losing season, the most ever for any team in the four major American pro sports.

Tigers 5, Rays 3 - Brandon Inge hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and visiting Detroit picked apart Tampa Bay’s bullpen to finish a three-game sweep.

Rockies 13, Diamondbacks 5 - Chris Young hit three home runs for Arizona, but Seth Smith homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs as host Colorado completed a three-game sweep.

Astros 4, Phillies 3 - Rookie righthander Bud Norris snapped a personal three-game losing streak when he struck out six in six efficient innings for his first win in a month for host Houston.

Indians 3, Twins 1 - Michael Brantley hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the seventh inning to lead David Huff and host Cleveland past Minnesota.

Angels 7, Royals 2 - Joe Saunders won his third straight start and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs as visiting Los Angeles routed Kansas City.

Mets 4, Cubs 2 - Daniel Murphy homered, tripled, and drove in four runs to back Mike Pelfrey’s eight efficient innings as host New York edged Chicago.

Athletics 5, Mariners 2 - Ichiro Suzuki’s 2,000th major league hit was overshadowed by the go-ahead grand slam Scott Hairston hit in the seventh inning for host Oakland.

Nationals 5, Marlins 4 - Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning as host Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3 - Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in San Diego’s first three runs and Adrian Gonzalez homered to beat host Los Angeles.

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