Cincinnati’s hopes of getting back to the top of the Central took a major blow with a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the New York Mets.
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake (14-7), whose streak of 210-2/3 scoreless innings got shattered early. Leake gave up four runs in only 1-2/3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career.
Toronto eliminated Baltimore from the playoff hunt, using two clutch RBI singles by Mark De-Rosa to beat the Orioles 3-2 in 10 innings.
Seattle’s Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Mariners beat Kansas City 4-0, putting the Royals’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy.
Los Angeles’ Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season, leading the Angels to a 3-0 victory over Oakland.
Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth, lifting the Braves to a 3-2 victory against Milwaukee.
Philadelphia’s Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen each drove in a run in the first inning, as the Phillies won 2-1 to hand Miami their 100th loss of the season.
Arizona’s Didi Gregorius tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning to lift the Diamondbacks over the Padres 2-1.
Los Angeles’ Ryu Hyun-jin and two relievers combined on a five-hitter that sent the Dodgers past San Francisco 2-1.
Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon hit his first career leadoff homer to set up the Rockies’ 8-3 win over Boston.