Brian Roberts hit a grand slam, while Adam Jones homered and had three RBIs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 9-7 on Friday to gain ground in the American League wild-card race.
Roberts and Jones connected in a six-run fourth inning that put Baltimore up 6-3. After Oakland rallied to take the lead, Jones drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run seventh.
The victory moved the Orioles past Cleveland into third place in the wild-card hunt. Tampa Bay is on top and Baltimore now stands two games behind Oakland. The top two teams make the playoffs.
Coco Crisp homered, had a career high-tying four hits and scored three runs for the A’s, who have lost four of their past six games.
In St Louis, Missouri, Adam Wainwright earned his National League-leading 15th win with his fifth complete game.
Wainwright had a key sacrifice fly to lead the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Matt Holliday’s 132m home run off Kris Medlen (10-12) snapped a sixth-inning deadlock for St Louis, who took the first two games of a four-game set against the NL East leaders.
In the AL, Chris Nelson hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez as the Los Angeles Angels spoiled Eric Wedge’s return to the dugout with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Wedge managed the Mariners for the first time since he had a mild stroke a month ago.
He acknowledged being anxious about getting back on the bench and called his ailment “a heads up.”
Ian Kinsler raced around the bases for a bizarre inside-the-park home run and Adam Rosales had a conventional two-run shot to help the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 11-5.
The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) had five homers in all while winning for the 19th time in 23 games. Jeff Baker and pinch hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shot, and Adrian Beltre belted a solo drive.
Tampa Bay rookie Chris Archer beat the New York Yankees for the third time and Evan Longoria hit one of four homers off Hiroki Kuroda as the Rays topped their AL East rival 7-2.
The Minnesota Twins downed the Cleveland Indians 5-1, while the Houston Astros trounced the Toronto Blue Jays 12-4.
In interleague play, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-0 in the opener of a series between playoff contenders, while Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Torii Hunter also connected in the Detroit Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals edged the Kansas City Royals 11-10. In the NL, Clint Barmes hit a three-run homer, while Charlie Morton pitched eight strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 for their fourth win in five games.
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-4, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3, the Colorado Rockies downed the Florida Marlins 3-2 and the San Diego Padres were 8-6 winners over the Chicago Cubs.