The Tampa Bay Rays slipped down to second place in the American League East after a 7-0 defeat to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The Rays fell a half-game behind the New York Yankees, whose scheduled game in Boston was rained out. Tampa Bay have two games left against the last-placed Royals, while the Yankees have to play three at Fenway Park. Both teams are guaranteed of a playoff spot, with the second-placed side to get the wild-card.
Kansas City pitcher Bruce Chen (12-7) struck out a season-high seven to record his first ever shutout and only the third complete game of his 12-year career. He became the first Kansas City pitcher to get 12 wins in a season since 1988.
Tampa Bay starter James Shields (13-15) dropped to 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in six starts since Aug. 29.
The Rays have lost five of six, managing just nine runs during that span.
Orioles 10, Tigers 6, 1st game
Orioles 2, Tigers 1, 2nd game
In Baltimore, Maryland, the hosts recorded a doubleheader sweep of Detroit.
In the opener, Chris Tillman (2-5) pitched seven strong innings and Adam Jones drove in four runs to lead the Orioles.
It was the second time in three days that Detroit were swept in a doubleheader — Cleveland did it on Wednesday. The Tigers (80-80) have lost five straight and must win at least once this weekend to avoid a losing season.
In the second game, Jeremy Guthrie (11-14) allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, struck out five and permitted only one runner past first.
Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who have won three in a row to edge past their wins total of last season.
Jeremy Bonderman (8-10) took the loss in the first game and Rick Porcello (10-12) in the second.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 3
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run homer highlighted Toronto’s four-run eighth inning that sparked victory over Minnesota.
Encarnacion had three hits and four RBIs and has hit three homers in the first two games of the season’s final series.
Normally reliable reliever Jesse Crain (1-1) gave up four runs in the eighth and the American League Central champions have lost seven of eight with the playoffs less than a week away. They fell one-and-a-half games behind New York for the best record in the American League.
Toronto starter Ricky Romero (14-9) gave up two runs in eight innings to claim the win.
Angels 5, Rangers 4, 11 innings
In Arlington, Texas, Juan Rivera homered twice, including a tie-breaking drive in the 11th as Los Angeles beat Texas.
Rivera hit the winning pitch off Matt Harrison (3-2) into the left-field seats.
Los Angeles’ Rich Thompson (2-0) pitched an inning for the win and Michael Kohn worked out of a jam to earn his first major league save.
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton went none-for-three in his first game since breaking two ribs while crashing into the outfield fence a month ago.
Athletics 9, Mariners 0
In Seattle, Daric Barton homered in his first two at-bats, including a Grand Slam, to set up Oakland’s big win over Seattle.
Barton, who had six RBIs, cracked a solo homer in the first to begin a miserable outing for Luke French (5-7). An inning later, Barton added his first career Slam. He also doubled in the sixth, before leaving the game with a tight quadriceps.
Oakland starter Trevor Cahill (18-8) pitched seven sharp innings in his last outing of the season. He finished the campaign with a 2.97 ERA and became the first American League pitcher 22 or younger to win 18 or more games since Bret Saberhagen in 1985.