Espinosa’s tiebreaking hit lifts Nationals over Rays


WASHINGTON — Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta — playing with a suspension pending — served up a tiebreaking, two-run double to Washington’s Danny Espinosa in the sixth inning which lifted the Nationals to a 5-2 win over the Rays in interleague play Thursday. Earlier in the day, Peralta (0-3) learned that he had been penalized by Major League Baseball for eight games after being caught with pine tar in his glove on Tuesday. Peralta is appealing the decision and can keep playing until a final decision is reached. Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (9-3) pitched six innings on a steamy night. Athletics 4, Dodgers 1 In Oakland, Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning for his first career game-ending shot as Oakland beat Los Angeles for a three-game sweep. Cespedes connected off Josh Lindblom (2-1), sending a drive just inside the left-field foul pole. Oakland has won eight of nine after holding the National League’s best team to eight hits over the three-game series. Oakland’s Ryan Cook (2-1) took the win after relieving Travis Blackley, who allowed only one run in eight innings. Tigers 2, Cardinals 1, 10 Innings In Detroit, Quintin Berry hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning to give Detroit a win over St. Louis. Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta hit one-out singles off Victor Marte (0-1), who then grazed Austin Jackson’s jersey with a pitch. Berry followed with a base hit up the middle through a drawn-in infield. Other games on Thursday: Red Sox 6, Marlins 5 Pirates 9, Twins 1

Rockies 4, Phillies 1