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Mariners 6, Rays 4
Justin Smoak doubled in a pair of runs off Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta in the eighth inning and Seattle rallied for a victory over the Rays on Friday night.
The Rays' lead was cut to two games over the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles in the race for the second wild-card berth in the American League.
After tying the game in the top of the eighth, the Rays couldn't keep the Mariners from going ahead.
Kyle Seager hit a fly ball off Peralta (2-6) deep into the gap in left-center.
Though center fielder Desmond Jennings got in position for the play, the ball caromed off the heel of his glove and fell to the turf allowing Seager to reach second base on the error.
Kendrys Morales walked before Smoak's fly down the right field line just missed the glove of a diving Wil Myers. Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte scored to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead.
Carter Capps (3-3) picked up the victory in relief.
Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.
Athletics 7, Astros 5
Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Oakland beat Houston to move into first in the AL West.
Jed Lowrie added two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Yoenis Cespedes and Nate Freiman had two hits apiece.
The A's grabbed a half-game lead over the Rangers, who lost 6-5 at the Los Angeles Angels.
A.J. Griffin (13-9) gave up four runs over six innings.
Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook combined to retire six batters, and Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 37th save.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (5-9) struggled in his third start against the A's this season, allowing 10 hits and five runs in just 3 2-3 innings.
Orioles 4, White Sox 0
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th home run, Scott Feldman pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout and Baltimore beat extended Chicago's losing streak to eight games.
Davis connected in the sixth inning off John Danks to move within two homers of tying Brady Anderson for the single-season club record. The solo shot gave Davis 123 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (130).
Danny Valencia and Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles. All three long balls came off Danks (4-12).
Making his 11th start since he was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on July 2, Feldman (5-4) allowed only one runner past first base. The right-hander walked one and struck out three in improving to 5-2 lifetime against the White Sox.
Angels 6, Rangers 5
Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer and C.J. Wilson pitched into the seventh inning to beat Texas for the first time, leading Los Angeles over the Rangers.
Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun had RBI singles during a five-run fourth inning for the Angels, who have won 11 of 14 late in their lost season. Trumbo capped the rally with his 30th homer.
Alex Rios and Elvis Andrus homered for the Rangers.
Ernesto Frieri allowed Leonys Martin's two-out double in the ninth before Andrus' single to left, the first run allowed by the Angels' Colombian closer in 11 games since Aug. 10. Frieri then struck out Ian Kinsler on a 95-mph fastball for his 31st save.
Wilson (15-6) allowed seven hits and four runs, persevering through a few jams for his first win over the Rangers since he left the club two seasons ago.
Matt Garza (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs over seven innings in his third straight winless start, largely staying in control outside the Angels' big fourth inning.
Tigers 16, Royals 2
Omar Infante set career highs with five hits and six RBIs, Andy Dirks also went 5 for 5 and Detroit pounded Kansas City.
Austin Jackson drove in four runs as the Tigers finished with a season-high 26 hits. Dirks, who is hitting .410 against Kansas City this season, scored four times.
Infante had run-producing singles in the second, fourth and seventh innings and a three-run double in the fifth. It was more than enough support for Anibal Sanchez (13-7), who allowed one run in seven innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.61.
James Shields (10-9), who was 4-0 in his previous five starts, was charged with 10 runs and 14 hits in 3 2-3 innings in his shortest start of the season. The runs and hits matched career-worst totals for the right-hander.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 5
R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning for Toronto, and the Blue Jays hung on for a victory over Minnesota.
Dickey (12-12) won his third straight start, giving up seven hits and three runs to a Twins team he was a reliever for in 2009. He struck out four and walked one.
Jose Reyes reached base all four times and sparked a five-run second against Mike Pelfrey (5-11) with an RBI single. Brett Lawrie hit a two-run single and Moises Sierra followed with a two-run double in that inning.
Casey Janssen gave up a home run to rookie catcher Josmil Pinto in the ninth, but closed it out for his 28th save in 30 tries on a strikeout-caught stealing double play.
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 0
Yusmeiro Petit almost got the perfect revenge against his former team.
Petit lost his bid for a perfect game on Eric Chavez's two-out single in the ninth, and then recovered to retire the final batter in San Francisco's victory over Arizona.
Petit (3-0) struck out Chris Owings to begin the ninth, and Gerardo Parra followed with a routine grounder to second. He then went to a full-count on Chavez, who dumped a pinch-hit single just in front of Hunter Pence in right field.
The crowd of 41,190 fans responded with a standing ovation for Petit, who struck out seven in his 95-pitch gem. A.J. Pollock grounded out to third to finish Petit's first career complete game.
Pence had three hits, including a home run, and scored all three runs.
Corbin (13-6) tossed eight strong innings, giving up eight hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Cardinals 12, Pirates 8
Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay had three hits apiece, and St. Louis beat Pittsburgh to move within a half-game of the NL Central leaders.
The Cardinals opened a seven-run seventh with nine straight hits off three relievers, including Yadier Molina's three-run homer off Bryan Morris. The Pirates have lost two straight, both blowouts, and remain a win shy of clinching their first winning season since 1992.
Jay had three RBIs and Beltran drove in two runs. Joe Kelly (8-3) allowed one run and eight hits over six innings while improving to 7-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last eight starts.
Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett (7-10) gave up five runs in three innings in his shortest outing of the year.
Reds 3, Dodgers 2
Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump with a single and a two-run homer, leading Cincinnati to the victory.
The NL West-leading Dodgers lost Chris Capuano to a mild groin strain in the second inning, when he grimaced on a pitch to Zack Cozart. Already this week, the Dodgers had to push Hyun-Jin Ryu back from a scheduled start because of a sore back.
Mike Leake (12-6) emerged from his recent slump, helping the Reds get their fourth win in their last five games. Leake allowed five hits, including Hanley Ramirez's two-run homer, in 7 2-3 innings.
Aroldis Chapman, pitching for the fourth day in a row, fanned three in the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.
Votto hit a two-run homer — his 22nd — off J.P. Howell (2-1) in the fifth inning for a 3-2 lead.
Marlins 7, Nationals 0
Jose Fernandez allowed one hit and struck out nine in seven innings to lead Miami to the win.
Giancarlo Stanton homered and drove in three runs for the Marlins. Logan Morrison hit an estimated 484-foot home run, which would be the longest in the majors this season, and drove in two runs.
Fernandez (11-6) retired his first 14 batters before walking Adam LaRoche. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Stanton hit a two-run single in the first inning and Placido Polanco followed with a sacrifice fly to give Miami an early 3-0 lead against Dan Haren (8-13).
Phillies 2, Braves 1
Cody Asche hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee outdueled fellow left-hander Mike Minor.
Lee (12-6) allowed one run on Andrelton Simmons' leadoff homer in the third while striking out 10 in eight innings. He gave up two hits and walked none.
Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 25th save in 31 chances.
Asche's homer came on the first pitch he saw from Minor in the seventh. In his first time facing the Phillies this season, Minor (13-6) allowed four hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.
Cubs 8, Brewers 5
Rookie Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam in Chicago's five-run first inning, leading the Cubs to the victory.
Lake was 2 for 4 and has five homers since being called up July 19.
The Cubs and Brewers are tied for fourth place in the NL Central at 60-80.
Carlos Villanueva (5-8) struck out five in 2 1-3 scoreless innings to get the win. Kevin Gregg got the final three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (9-9) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in five innings. Scooter Gennett had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth for Milwaukee.
Padres 4, Rockies 3
Pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman singled in the winning run in the ninth inning to give San Diego the win.
Chase Headley started the rally with a tying homer against Rex Brothers (2-1). The Padres went on to load the bases with one out, and Guzman's hit went over third base.
Huston Street (2-4) got the win despite allowing a home run to Todd Helton on his first pitch in the ninth. Helton's 13th homer was the first run allowed by Street in 20 1-3 innings.
San Diego's Will Venable continued his hot streak with a leadoff homer in the first. It extended Venable's career-best mark to 21 homers.
Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler left the game in the sixth inning when he aggravated a left knee injury. Fowler appeared to hurt the knee when he stole second base in the fifth.