Printed on: September 19, 2013

Padres paddle Pirates


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Forsythe's single to right scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie it and Rivera's blooper brought home Chris Denorfia as the Padres sent the Pirates to their third straight loss. Dale Thayer (3-5) picked up the win in relief. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.

Melancon (2-2), who inherited the closer's role when All-Star Jason Grilli went out with a forearm injury in July, blew his third save of the season.

Around the majors

RAYS 4, RANGERS 3: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race by beating Texas 4-3 on Wednesday night.

BRAVES 5 NATIONALS 2: In Washington, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Braves rallied past the Nationals, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.

MARLINS 4, PHILLIES 3, 10 INNINGS: In Philadelphia, Ed Lucas homered in the 10th inning to lift the Marlins to a victory over the Phillies.

METS 5, GIANTS 4: In New York, Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past San Francisco.

Angels 5, Athletics 4 11 INNINGS: In Oakland, Calif., Josh Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading Los Angeles over Oakland 5-4 on Wednesday.

TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 3: In Chicago, Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June, and Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep.

YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 3: In Toronto, Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save as New York rallied from three runs down to snap a four-game skid.

MARINERS 8, TIGERS 0: In Detroit, Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Seattle's Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander.

ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 3, 12 innings: In Boston, Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Baltimore.

ROYALS 7, INDIANS 2: In Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs for Kansas City.

BREWERS 7, CUBS 0: In Milwaukee, Sean Halton hit his first career grand slam and Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings, leading the Brewers to victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

CARDINALS 4, ROCKIES 3: In Denver, Adam Wainwright pitched effectively into the eighth after a shaky start and helped himself at the plate with three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies to expand their lead in the NL Central race.