Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run, while Nate McLouth contributed his first career grand slam to a power display that carried the Orioles past the Mariners 11-8 on Friday night.
Ryan Flaherty also homered and had a career-high three hits for the Orioles, who never trailed, but had to withstand four homers by Seattle.
McLouth connected off Brandon Maurer to make it 11-6 in the sixth, and that was enough offense to fend off the Mariners, who closed the gap in the eighth with solo shots from Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.
Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 38th save and secure the win for Chris Tillman (14-3).
Davis drove a pitch from Aaron Harang (5-10) over the right-field wall and onto Eutaw Street to give Baltimore a 5-3 lead in the third inning. The solo homer traveled an estimated 135m and gave Davis a major-league high 101 RBIs.
He is the fifth Oriole to hit 40 homers in a season, joining Brady Anderson (50), Frank Robinson (49), Jim Gentile (46) and Rafael Palmeiro (43).
TIGERS 2, WHITE SOX 1
In Detroit, Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers over Chicago.
The White Sox lost their eighth straight, while AL Central-leading Detroit have won 10 of 11.
Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two.
Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.
Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.
Hector Santiago (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven.
RANGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3
In Oakland, California, Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, while Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot as Texas gamed ground on Oakland in the AL West.
Cruz, among 14 players facing suspension as part of MLB’s Biogenesis investigation, hit his 26th home run in the second inning. Profar put the Rangers ahead 6-2 with his fourth homer in the fourth.
The Rangers, who were six games behind first-place Oakland in the division earlier this week, are only 2.5 games back after the win.
Tommy Milone (9-9) allowed six runs — including both homers — and nine hits in 3-2/3 innings. Jason Frasor (2-2) tossed 1-1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
ANGELS 7, BLUE JAYS 5
In Anaheim, California, Kole Calhoun punctuated his first four-hit game with his first career homer, a tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth inning that lifted Los Angeles over Toronto.
J.B. Shuck’s triple drove in Chris Nelson with the tying run in the eighth for the Angels, who rallied against All-Star reliever Steve Delabar (5-2) for their second straight win over Toronto.
Nelson had two RBI singles before his leadoff double in the eighth, and Shuck followed with a triple to right after Jose Bautista misjudged the ball. Calhoun then homered to right.
Dane De La Rosa (5-1) pitched the eighth for Los Angeles, and Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Twins 4, Astros 3, 13 inns
Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games before both he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched an 89-year-old club record with their 12th straight road victory, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday.