Baltimore’s Chris Davis notched his American League-leading 14th homer of the season among his four hits as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 6-3 on Wednesday, further tightening the AL East division standings.
Elsewhere, Texas avoided a sweep by Oakland, Colorado drew level in the NL West standings with Arizona, and Detroit won a rain-interrupted contest against nearest division rival Cleveland.
St Louis’ Tyler Lyons pitched the Cardinals past San Diego in his major-league debut, Washington edged San Francisco in 10 innings and Boston dodged a sweep by the Chicago White Sox.
Baltimore got a three-run shot from Matt Wieters and a solo homer by Nick Markakis to move within three games of the first-placed Yankees in the AL East.
Curtis Granderson homered, doubled and singled for New York. Needing a triple to reach the cycle, he drew a walk in the seventh inning.
Texas’ David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning that proved enough for the Rangers to beat Oakland 3-1.
Rangers pitcher Ross Wolf was strong in his first major league start — and his first appearance since 2010 with Oakland — retiring the first nine hitters and giving up one run in five innings.
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs as the Rockies beat Arizona 4-1.
Jorge De La Rosa (6-3) allowed just one run in 5 1-3 innings for Colorado, which forced a three-way tie atop the NL West standings, with San Francisco the other team.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to guide the Tigers to an 11-7 win over Cleveland.
Verlander (5-4) was two outs from qualifying for a victory, when the game was stopped with the Tigers leading 9-5 in the fifth. He came back after the break and finished the inning to get the win.
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera connected for a two-run homer in the eighth, his fifth in three games and 13th this season. The shot was helped over the wall by center fielder Michael Bourn, who was in position to make the catch but had the ball bounce out of his glove and into the stands.
St Louis’ Tyler Lyons allowed one run in seven innings of his debut, pitching the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over San Diego.
Lyons was promoted from the minors to replace the injured Jaime Garcia, who will have season-ending shoulder surgery this week.
Yadier Molina had four hits and Carlos Beltran finished with three as the Cardinals took two of three from the Padres.
Washington’s Ian Desmond singled in Bryce Harper in the 10th inning to lift the Nationals to a 2-1 win over San Francisco.
Harper hit his 12th homer in the sixth and sparked the winning rally with a one-out double. After an intentional walk, Desmond came up with his game-winning hit against Jeremy Affeldt (1-1).
Boston’s Clay Buchholz improved his season record to 7-0 as he steered the Red Sox to a 6-2 win over Chicago.
Buchholz allowed just one run in seven innings while lowering his AL-leading earned run average to 1.73. He also matched the best start by a Boston pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 and joined Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin as the only unbeaten pitchers in the majors with seven or more wins.
Atlanta’s Evan Gattis kept up his amazing rookie season with his first grand slam as the Braves beat Minnesota 8-3 to complete a sweep.
Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie and lead the Reds to a 7-4 win over the New York Mets and a three-game sweep.