A’s Davis stings Rays with an­other big swat

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. Khris Davis led off the 10th in­ning with his ma­jor league-lead­ing 42nd homer and the Oak­land Ath­let­ics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Fri­day night.

Oak­land ex­tended its lead for the sec­ond AL wild card to nine games over the sur­pris­ing Rays. Tampa Bay has 16 games left.

The A’s re­mained 1½ games be­hind the New York Yan­kees for the first wild card. The Yan­kees beat Toronto 11-0.

Davis’ drive to cen­tre off Jaime Schultz (2-1) was his 40th this sea­son as a des­ig­nated hit­ter. He joins David Or­tiz has the only DHs to have 40 or more homers.

At Cleve­land, An­drew Miller gave up two RBI dou­bles in the sev­enth in­ning as the In­di­ans’ march to the AL Cen­tral ti­tle was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who won 5-4 to end a 10-game los­ing streak at Pro­gres­sive Field.

The In­di­ans en­tered the night with a 15-game lead and magic num­ber of two to win their third straight di­vi­sion ti­tle and se­cure a post-sea­son berth that has been a fore­gone con­clu­sion for months. Any cel­e­brat­ing re­mains on hold for at least an­other day.

At Chicago, Ian Happ hit a three­run homer in the sev­enth in­ning, Jorge De La Rosa worked a shaky ninth for his first ca­reer save and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2.

Ben Zo­brist had three hits for NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Chicago, which en­tered with a 1½-game ad­van­tage over sec­ond-place Mil­wau­kee. Af­ter Cole Hamels al­lowed two runs over 6⅔ in­nings, Dil­lon Maples (10) got the fi­nal out of the sev­enth for his first ca­reer win.

The Brew­ers, mean­while, kept pace by dump­ing the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 7-4 in Mil­wau­kee.

At St. Louis, the Dodgers notched their third straight win, blank­ing the Car­di­nals 3-0 to pull even in the race for the sec­ond wild-card berth in the Na­tional League.

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