Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday.
The Tigers have won two of three from New York and could win their first series since last month with a victory last night. Detroit began the day two-and-a-half games behind Cleveland in Major League Baseball's American League Central Division.
New York began the day six-and-a-half games behind Boston in the AL East, and two behind Seattle in the wild-card race.
Bobby Seay (1-0) was awarded the win after pitching two scoreless innings of relief. The Tigers needed five pitchers after rookie starter Jair Jurrjens left in the second inning because of a sore shoulder.
Red Sox 11, White Sox 1
In Chicago, David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and J.D. Drew and Bobby Kielty ended long homerless droughts to back Julian Tavarez's first win since late June as the Red Sox finished a four-game sweep of the White Sox.
The Red Sox outscored Chicago 46-7 in the series, dropping the White Sox to 18 games under .500. Boston has won four in a row, improved MLB's best record to 80-51 and increased their lead over second-place New York to seven-and-a-half games in the AL East Division.
In other games, it was: Angels 3, Blue Jays 1; Indians 5, Royals 3, 11 innings; Twins 11, Orioles 3; Devil Rays 7, Athletics 4; Rangers 5, Mariners 3.
Ryan Howard homered and drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-2 rout over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Howard, the reigning National League player of the year, ended a season-high 11-game homerless drought and finished with three hits and three runs scored.
Jayson Werth went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and Chris Coste hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who moved within three games of the Padres for Major League Baseball's National League wild card berth.
San Diego, which led Major League Baseball in ERA (3.51) coming into the game, surrendered 14 runs and 17 hits, both season highs.
Dodgers 6, Mets 2
At New York, David Wells pitched five effective innings in his Dodgers debut and Los Angeles salvaged the finale of the three-game series against New York.
In other games, it was: Cardinals 4, Braves 1; Rockies 10, Nationals 5; Giants 5, Brewers 4; Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4; Reds 9, Marlins 3; Astros 5, Pirates 4.