Thursday’s American League results

Mariners 5, Twins 4 — Blake Beavan gave up two runs in seven innings and Trayvon Robinson drove in two runs to lift the visiting Seattle Mariners. Beavan (9-8) scattered five hits, walked two and struck out one. Kyle Seager also drove in two runs for the Mariners, who have won 11 of their last 15 games. Brian Duensing (3-10) gave up three earned runs and four hits in 5? innings. He left after loading the bases in the sixth, and left fielder Josh Willingham’s blunder contributed to Seattle’s four-run inning. Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 21st save.

Orioles 5, White Sox 3 — Zach Britton struck out a career-high 10 in eight innings, Taylor Teagarden and Adam Jones homered and the host Baltimore Orioles got their eighth win in 11 games. Baltimore took three out of four from the AL Central-leading White Sox to complete a 5-1 homestand that started with a two-game sweep of Toronto. The victory moved the Orioles (72-58) within three games of the idle AL East-leading New York Yankees, who host Baltimore in a three-game series that begins tonight. Britton (4-1) gave up one run, seven hits and did not issue a walk.

Blue Jays 2, Rays 0 — Carlos Villanueva (7-4) gave up five singles in six sharp innings and the host Toronto Blue Jays beat slumping Tampa Bay to snap a five-game losing streak against the Rays. Kelly Johnson hit a two-run double in the first inning and Toronto won consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 12-13. Rays rookie left-hander Matt Moore (10-8) got two quick outs in the first but Edwin Encarnacion walked, Adam Lind singled and Yunel Escobar walked to load the bases for Johnson, who doubled into the right-field corner.

Royals 2, Tigers 1 — Jeremy Guthrie (3-3) pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon homered to lead the host Kansas City Royals to a three-game sweep. Prince Fielder had three hits for the Tigers.

Thursday’s National League results

Phillies 3, Mets 2 — Phillies star Jimmy Rollins was benched after two baserunning blunders in host Philadelphia’s win. The former NL MVP failed to run hard on a dropped popup that could have put him on second base. He stole second base, then was caught in a rundown on a grounder and was tagged out. Kyle Kendrick allowed solo homers early to Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston. Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 30th save. Kevin Frandsen had an RBI single in the third and Ty Wigginton tied it with a double in the fourth. Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly in the fifth put the Phillies up 3-2.

Cubs 12, Brewers 11 — Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee, but Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning that lifted the host Chicago Cubs over the Brewers. In a seesaw game featuring a combined 15 extra-base hits, the Cubs led 3-0, trailed 9-3 and were still down 11-9 going into the ninth. Starlin Castro hit an RBI single against Francisco Rodriguez (2-7), Anthony Rizzo tied it with his second double of the afternoon and Soriano won the game with his one-out drive off the center-field wall. Lucroy tied his career high for RBI and Rickie Weeks had five hits.

Nationals 8, Cardinals 1 — Bryce Harper hit his third home run in two games, Jason Werth homered for the first time since May, and Edwin Jackson struck out 10 to help the host Washington Nationals pad their NL East lead. Jackson (8-9) was so dominant that three of his strikeouts required throws to first because the Cardinals were chasing balls in the dirt. The victory moved the Nationals 5½ games ahead of idle Atlanta.

Giants 8, Astros 4 — Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and the visiting San Francisco Giants rallied to win. The Giants were down 4-0 after four innings, but scored three in the fifth and Pablo Sandoval singled in a run in the seventh to tie it.

— Associated Press