Omar Infante’s throwing error on a potential double play helped Chicago scored two runs in the fifth inning on Monday and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in a pivotal makeup game.
Chicago increased their lead in the AL Central to three games.
Nate Jones (8-0) pitched 2-2/3 innings of one-hit relief and the White Sox won their fourth straight.
The game had been postponed by rain on Thursday, and Monday’s makeup was the final meeting of the season between the two front- runners in the division.
Addison Reed, the last of three relievers in the ninth, got the final out for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Trailing 4-3, the White Sox loaded the bases for a third straight inning in the fifth, driving out Detroit starter Doug Fister (9-9).
When Dayan Viciedo hit a one-out grounder to short, the Tigers tried to turn the inning-ending double play, but Alex Rios slid hard into second baseman Infante and forced an errant throw that got by Prince Fielder as two runs scored, giving Chicago the lead.
ORIOLES 10, MARINERS 4
In Seattle, Nate McLouth gave Baltimore a quick start with a leadoff home run and the Orioles beat Seattle to tighten the AL East race.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run shot and Adam Jones scored four times for the Orioles, who moved within a half-game of the first-place New York Yankees. Baltimore also opened a three-game cushion over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot.
Chris Tillman (8-2) allowed one run and three hits over six innings, supported by Baltimore’s 15 hits. He is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in four career starts against his former club and 11-17 with a 5.44 ERA against everyone else.
McLouth, Wieters and Jones each had three hits. Mark Reynolds added two RBIs.
Michael Saunders, Eric Thames and John Jaso homered for the Mariners. Hector Noesi (2-12) gave up seven runs —six earned — and eight hits in 1-1/3 innings.
RED SOX 5, RAYS 2
In St Petersburg, Florida, Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs, Aaron Cook stopped his five-game losing streak and Boston beat Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay, coming off a 1-5 road trip to Baltimore and New York, fell 5.5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees. The Rays started play four games back of the Orioles — who were at Seattle later Monday night — for the second AL wild-card spot.
Ellsbury hit a two-run homer in the sixth and added an RBI single during a three-run seventh for the Red Sox, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. Cook (4-10) allowed one run and five hits over six innings in his first win since Aug. 6.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (9-9) allowed one baserunner — a two-out walk in the second to Jarrod Saltalamacchia — through five innings. The right-hander made a nice defensive play to end the second, grabbing a hard grounder by Ryan Lavarnway and throwing the catcher out at first.
Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Martin Prado tied a career best with four hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 on Monday night.
Tim Hudson (15-6) allowed a season-high 10 hits in five innings, but still beat the Marlins for the fifth straight time. Atlanta, which swept a three-game series from Washington last weekend, moved within five games of the first-place Nationals in the NL East.
Miami was without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, out because of muscle soreness in his rib cage. Chipper Jones got the night off for Atlanta and Prado went 4 for 4 playing third base in his place, including an RBI single in the eighth.