Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run double to cap a ninth-inning rally that lifted the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, moving them to the top of the American League East standings.
Boston moved level in the standings with the New York Yankees, who lost to Tampa Bay.
Also on Sunday, San Francisco rallied for a win over Colorado, Seattle ended an eight-game losing skid with a marathon 13-inning win over Texas and St Louis improved their league-leading record with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Washington broke out with a five-run seventh inning to beat Philadelphia, the Chicago Cubs ended a six-game skid by downing Cincinnati in 10 innings and Pittsburgh hung on to edge Milwaukee.
Cleveland led Boston 5-2 entering the ninth, when Chris Perez (2-1) issued a walk, David Ortiz doubled, and Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit consecutive RBI groundouts.
Two walks, each side of Stephen Drew’s single loaded the bases. Perez fell behind Ellsbury 2-1 in the count and left with an arm injury. He was replaced by Joe Smith, who gave up a double on his first pitch.
The New York Yankees slipped back into a tie with Boston as they lost 8-3 at Tampa Bay.
Rays starter Alex Cobb (6-2) held the Yankees scoreless for the first eight innings and finished with eight strikeouts.
Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia (4-4) dropped to 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA over his past five starts and will match a career-worst six games without a win unless he wins his next start. Pitching for the Yankees, he has a 3-10 record against Tampa Bay.
San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the fifth inning to lead the Giants to a 7-3 win over Colorado.
Giants starter Matt Cain (4-2) matched his season-worst five walks, but allowed only two hits in five innings.
San Francisco play 14 of their next 18 games on the road.
Seattle’s Jason Bay hit a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over Texas.
Bay delivered after he was robbed of a game-winning homer in the 11th when David Murphy leaped above the fence in left-center field to take a catch.
Raul Ibanez tied it at 3-3 earlier in the 11th with a home run.
St Louis’ Matt Carpenter drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single as the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.
Peter Kozma hit a three-run double for the Cardinals, who improved the major league-best record to 32-17 and increased their NL Central lead over Cincinnati to 1-1/2 games.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg came out on top of Cole Hamels in a match of two ace pitchers with poor records, helping the Nationals to a 6-1 win over Philadelphia.
Strasburg (3-5) allowed one run — with his first balk in the majors — in eight innings, walked none and struck out a season-high nine.
Hamels (1-8) struck out six and allowed only three hits through six innings, but still took the loss.
Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single started the five-run seventh-inning rally that included a pair of errors and Steve Lombardozzi’s two-run double.
Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the Cubs rally from a four-run deficit to beat Cincinnati 5-4.
After Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double in the eighth — his third double in two games — Soriano followed with his fifth homer of the season and first since May 13. Soriano had also singled in the seventh and scored Chicago’s first run.