ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Hisashi Iwakuma tied his major league career high by winning his 14th game as the Seattle Mariners edged the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Friday.
Iwakuma labored through 5⅓ innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk, but still won his fifth straight start as the Mariners stretched their winning streak to four.
Iwakuma (14-6) also struck out five. He is now tied with ace Felix Hernandez for the team lead in wins, and the Mariners moved into the second wild card spot in the American League, half a game in front of the Detroit Tigers.
“My pitches felt good coming out of my hand and my splitter was working,” Iwakuma said. “I’ve managed to match (my win total from last year) and now I hope I can pass it.”
Kendrys Morales hit two of Seattle’s four homers and the Rangers lost their seventh straight loss only hours after manager Ron Washington resigned unexpectedly.
Morales went deep to right field against Scott Baker (3-4) to put the Mariners ahead 2-0 in the second inning. His sixth homer of the season was another two-run shot in the sixth.
Mike Zunino became the first Seattle catcher with 20 homers, and Brad Miller hit his 10th.
Angels 7, Twins 6
In Minneapolis, Kole Calhoun had three hits and scored four times, sliding into home for the go-ahead run in the 10th to lift Los Angeles past Minnesota.
Royals 1, Yankees 0
In New York, James Shields took a two-hitter into the ninth inning and Norichika Aoki lined a run-scoring single in the third following Chase Headley’s two-base error, leading Kansas City over the Yankees.
Aoki went 1-for-3.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-3.
Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 8 (10)
In Boston, Yoenis Cespedes had four hits, including a game-winning single that capped a three-run 10th inning, and the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto.
Indians 2, White Sox 1 (10)
In Cleveland, pinch hitter David Murphy drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning.
Rays 3, Orioles 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a six-hitter against Baltimore for Tampa Bay’s AL-best 19th shutout this season.
Astros 4, Athletics 3
In Oakland, Chris Carter hit his 36th homer and drove in three runs against his former team.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 2
In Milwaukee, Scooter Gennett drove in three runs and Mike Fiers pitched into the seventh inning as the Brewers snapped their nine-game losing streak and trimmed St. Louis’ lead in the NL Central to three games.
Pirates 3, Cubs 3 (7, susp.)
In Chicago, the game was suspended by rain with one out in the top of the seventh inning.
Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada left with one out in the fourth due to mild cramping in his left calf.
Phillies 9, Nationals 8 (11)
In Washington, Rafael Soriano blew another save, and an error by Bryce Harper on a routine fly ball in the 11th inning led to the go-ahead runs.
Rockies 3, Padres 0
In Denver, Tyler Matzek pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Nolan Arenado and Drew Stubbs homered, and Colorado beat San Diego.
Mets 14, Reds 5
In Cincinnati, Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, powering New York to its third straight victory.
Marlins 11, Braves 3
In Miami, Jarred Cosart pitched into the eighth inning and Marcell Ozuna had four hits and four RBIs for the Marlins.
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1
In Los Angeles, Dan Haren pitched well on two extra days of rest, Matt Kemp homered and the Dodgers beat Arizona.
Giants 8, Tigers 2
In Detroit, Jake Peavy pitching six innings — three before a rain delay and three after it — without allowing an earned run, and San Francisco routed Detroit.
Pablo Sandoval homered for the Giants, who are two games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
The Tigers fell two games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central — and now trail Seattle by a half-game for the second wild card.