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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ripken Gives Orioles Win in a 'Walk'

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Cal Ripken's bases-loaded walk scored Brady Anderson with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the Baltimore Orioles regained control of the top spot in the wild-card race with a 12-11 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Trailing by a run entering the 11th, the Orioles rallied against Oakland reliever Mark Acre (0-2) with a walk and a triple by Brady Anderson to tie the game. Then Oakland manager Art Howe decided to intentionally walk Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla to load the bases but Acre was nowhere near the plate to Ripken.

The decisive pitch nearly hit Ripken and gave the Orioles a one-half game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the wild-card race.

Boston 4, California 1. At California, Tim Wakefield pitched a six-hitter and Mo Vaughn and Troy O'Leary hit solo home runs in the second inning as the surging Boston Red Sox won 4-1 over the California Angels.

Boston has won seven of eight and is 20-6 since Aug. 2. The Red Sox are two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Milwaukee 3, Chicago 2. In Chicago, Cal Eldred pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings and John Jaha scored one run and doubled in another as the Milwaukee Brewers held off the slumping Chicago White Sox, 3-2.

Eldred (6-5) walked one and struck out three. Angel Miranda retired one batter and Bob Wickman retired the next four but loaded the bases in the eighth.

San Francisco 1, Philadelphia 0. The National League saw William VanLandingham pitch eight scoreless innings and Glenallen Hill drove in the game's only run with a first-inning single as the San Francisco Giants claimed a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

VanLandingham (8-13), who entered the game with one complete game in the first 56 starts of his career, limited the Phillies to two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

"We've been working all year on my follow-through, and I really concentrated on that," VanLandingham said. "It gave me more life in all of my pitches, so the ball moved more."

Colorado 9, Cincinnati 5. At Colorado, Andres Galarraga homered and drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies had 10 extra-base hits and Billy Swift won his first game in almost a year in a 9-5 rain-shortened seven-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis 3, Houston 2. In Houston, Andy Benes allowed two runs over seven innings and Royce Clayton had a run-scoring single in the seventh to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Benes (14-9) allowed five hits, walked five and struck out 10 for his 11th win in 12 decisions. The Cardinals moved within one-half game of first-place Houston in the NL Central Division.