Athletics 5, Rays 1
Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt homered, A.J. Griffin struck out seven in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay.
Twins 4, Rangers 2
Kevin Correia pitched seven strong innings and the Twins clinched their first series victory at Texas in four years. Correia (9-10) allowed one run and scattered five hits. The right-hander struck out two and got 14 outs on the ground, including a pair of double plays. Mitch Moreland and A.J. Pierzynski homered for the Rangers, who had finished August with an AL-best 20-7 record.
Orioles 7, Yankees 3
J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones hit three-run homers in the seventh inning as the Orioles suddenly broke loose, jolting the Yankees to avert a sweep in a matchup of wild-card contenders. Shut out on three singles Saturday, the Orioles were blanked by Andy Pettitte for six innings before their seven-run rally against the 41-year-old lefty and a faltering bullpen.
Royals 5, Blue Jays 0
James Shields pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, Eric Hosmer drove in two runs and the Royals beat the Blue Jays to avoid a three-game sweep. The Royals won for the sixth time in eight games. They are 51/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race. Former Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio had two hits, scored twice and stole two bases for the Royals. Shields (10-8) improved to 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his past five starts. T
Red Sox 7, White Sox 6
David Ortiz continued to rebound from a miserable stretch with two hits and three RBIs, leading the Red Sox to a win over the White Sox that completed a three-game sweep. Stephen Drew added a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Ortiz is 5 for 9 with six RBIs since going hitless in his previous 23 at-bats.
Astros 2, Mariners 0
Rookie Brett Oberholtzer pitched a four-hitter and Jason Castro hit an RBI double in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old Oberholtzer (4-1) struck out five and walked one. He did not allow an extra-base hit in his sixth career start and ninth appearance to lower his ERA to 2.79. Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma scattered six hits and struck out seven. It was the third time in four starts that he’d pitched seven innings.
Rockies 7, Reds 4
Todd Helton doubled for his 2,500th career hit, Michael Cuddyer homered among his four hits and Colorado overcame the loss of starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to beat Cincinnati. Helton became the 96th player in major league history to reach 2,500 hits. Cuddyer went 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo homered and had three hits for the Reds. Chris Heisey was 4 for 4.
Nationals 6, Mets 5
Jayson Werth’s two-out RBI double in the eighth inning capped a late rally and the Washington Nationals avoided a series sweep. The Nationals trailed 5-2 entering the seventh, but scored once in that inning on Wilson Ramos’ run-scoring single and added three in the eighth. The victory moved Washington within 61/2 games of Cincinnati for the final National League wild card berth. The Reds lost at Colorado 7-4 on Sunday. Rafael Soriano, Washington’s sixth pitcher, finished the Mets off in the ninth for his 36th save.
Dodgers 2, Padres 1
Zack Greinke allowed one run over seven innings, Yasiel Puig homered in the sixth and Los Angeles beat San Diego to complete a three-game sweep. The NL West leaders earned their 10th sweep of the season and first against San Diego. They extended their roll from August, when the Dodgers went 23-6 for their most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. Greinke (14-3) won his sixth straight start for the first time since winning nine in a row over the 2008-09 seasons. Puig hit his 14th homer on the first pitch he saw from Dale Thayer (2-5) in the sixth.
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 2
Yusmeiro Petit struck out a career-high 10, Hector Sanchez drove in three runs and San Francisco beat Arizona to take two of three from the Diamondbacks. Hunter Pence homered, doubled and singled, driving in two runs and scoring three times as the Giants improved to 10-5 against Arizona this season. Patrick Corbin (13-5), pitching on two extra days of rest, allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings to fall to 1-4 in his last seven starts.
Marlins 7, Braves 0
Nathan Eovaldi combined with Steve Cishek on an eight-hit shutout, Jeff Mathis homered and drove in three runs, and Miami beat Atlanta to stop a six-game losing streak. Ed Lucas had a two-run single and Mathis added a two-run double in the Marlins’ five-run third inning. Eovaldi (3-5) halted Miami’s skid and his personal five-game slide by earning his first win since July 12 against Washington. He gave up seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in eight innings, his longest start of the season.
Cubs 7, Phillies 1
Jake Arrieta allowed three hits while pitching into the seventh inning and Welington Castillo drove in two runs to lead Chicagoa. Acquired from Baltimore on July 2, Arrieta (2-1) worked around three walks in 62/3 innings. Three relievers combined for 21/3 shutout innings to give the Cubs their first consecutive home wins since a stretch of three straight July 6-9.
Angels 5, Brewers 3
J.B. Shuck hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the Los Angeles Angels past Milwaukee for a three-game sweep. Mike Trout tripled and doubled among his three hits to help the Angels finish an 8-1 road trip. They have won eight in a row against the Brewers in Milwaukee, dating to 1997. C.J. Wilson (14-6) gave up three runs and three hits over six innings, improving to 10-1 in his last 15 starts. Wilson has gone 10 consecutive starts without a loss, tying his career high set in 2011 with Texas. Kole Calhoun drove in two runs for the Angels. Kyle Lohse gave up one run in six innings for Milwaukee, and Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer. Rob Wooten (3-1) allowed three runs in relief.