Around the horn: Aug. 30
? In one of the best games of the season, Bobby Kielty hit an 11th-inning homer off Francisco Rodriguez to give the A’s a dramatic 2-1 win and a two-game lead over the Angels in the AL West.
Big Red’s tater ended one of the best pitching duels this year. Barry Zito worked a stellar nine innings, allowing only one run on three hits, with nine strikeouts. And Bartolo Colon became the first Angel in 13 seasons to pitch into the 10th inning. Colon allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three. Colon lowered his ERA from 3.34 to 3.23, and the burly righty finished August with a 5-0 mark and a 1.72 ERA.
? The Angels are free-falling. In their last 20 innings, the Halos have scored two runs and collected 10 hits, and they’ve dropped 5 1/2 games in the standings in just one week.
? K-Rod is gassed. He’s 0-2 this month with a 5.63 ERA.
? Bad news for the A’s: They placed shortstop Bobby Crosby on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 28 with a fractured left ankle.
? It was a very Wild (Card) night in the National League East. The Marlins and Phillies are tied atop the NL Wild Card standings after Florida clipped the Cardinals, 7-6, and the Mets rallied to top Philly, 6-4. Meanwhile, the Nationals gained a game after edging the Braves, 3-2. The Mets are a half-game back while the Nats are 1 1/2 behind.
? Let’s not forget about the Astros in that race. Morgan Ensberg tagged his 34th homer of the year as part of a five-run fifth inning that rallied Houston past the Reds, 5-2, on Tuesday night and closed the Astros within half a game of the frontrunning Phillies and Marlins in the National League Wild Card race.
? Despite another rocky start by Curt Schilling, which placed the Red Sox in a swift, 5-0 hole, Boston came storming back, tying it with two in the eighth, and then walking off with a 7-6 win over the Rays on Trot Nixon’s game-ending, RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.