Thursday’s American League results
Rays 4, Red Sox 3 — Wil Myers hit a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning and host Tampa Bay avoided a three-game sweep. Myers drove in Evan Longoria, who also doubled off Rubby De La Rosa (0-1), to give the Rays a 4-3 lead. Jake McGee (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth before Fernando Rodney got three outs to earn his 34th save for the Rays, who lead the race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.
Athletics 8, Twins 2 — A.J. Griffin allowed two hits in seven innings and visiting Oakland won to increase its division lead heading into a crucial weekend series. Josh Reddick homered and had three RBI for Oakland, which has a 3½-game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. Griffin (14-9) struck out eight and walked one. Making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5-11) allowed five runs — four earned — in 4⅔ innings.
Angels 4, Blue Jays 3 — Garrett Richards pitched 6⅔ innings for his third consecutive win, Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run and visiting Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep. Erick Aybar had two hits and scored twice as the Angels won for the 15th time in 20 games and improved to 12-2 in their past 14 road games. Calhoun went 2-for-3 with a walk to help the Angels win for the 10th time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays. Los Angeles recorded its first sweep in Toronto since April 16-18, 2010. Jose Reyes homered and finished 4-for-4.
Yankees 6, Orioles 5 — Baltimore closer Jim Johnson had a fielding error and later threw a wild pitch that allowed Brendan Ryan to score with one out in the ninth inning to lift visiting New York. The Orioles had rallied from a 5-2 deficit and tied the score on Danny Valencia’s three-run homer in the eighth.
Thursday’s National League results
Pirates 3, Cubs 1 — Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months and host Pittsburgh beat Chicago. Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth game in a row as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.
Nationals 7, Mets 2 — Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered off Aaron Harang in his debut for host New York and Washington completed a four-game sweep. Anthony Rendon also connected for Washington, which outhomered the Mets 13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race. They moved within 5½ games of idle Cincinnati for the final spot with the rain-interrupted win. Denard Span extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a leadoff double in the eighth. The Nationals won 17 of those games. The Mets have lost nine of 11 and fallen to 64-81, ensuring a nonwinning record in all five seasons at Citi Field.
Braves 6, Marlins 1 — Freddy Garcia earned his second NL victory since 2007, and his first since joining Atlanta last month, pitching six innings to help beat host Miami. Freddie Freeman had three hits on his 24th birthday, including his 20th home run. Chris Johnson also had three hits to raise his average to .330. Garcia (1-1) allowed five hits and one run.
Phillies 10, Padres 5 — Carlos Ruiz had three hits and three RBI and rookie Cesar Hernandez reached base four times, scored twice and drove in two runs as host Philadelphia rode a six-run first inning. Five Philadelphia relievers held San Diego hitless over the final four innings to lead the Phillies to their fifth victory in their last six games.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 — Sean Halton had a run-scoring single in the second and hit a two-run homer in the fourth to power visiting Milwaukee.
— Associated Press