Tuesday American League results

Tigers 2, Royals 0 — Anibal Sanchez threw his first shutout in more than a year and the host Detroit Tigers moved into a tie for first in the AL Central. Detroit pulled even with the White Sox with eight games to play after Chicago lost 4-3 to Cleveland earlier in the day. Sanchez (4-6) retired the first 11 hitters he faced and allowed only three hits. He struck out 10 and walked one. Bruce Chen (11-13) gave up RBI singles by Prince Fielder and Delmon Young in the first inning.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0 — Aaron Laffey and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the second game in a row. Laffey (4-6) allowed five singles in 5? innings and won his first game since Aug. 5. The Orioles had not been shut out since Aug. 3. Joe Saunders (2-3) pitched 6? innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and 11 hits. He struck out two and walked none.

Rays 5, Red Sox 2 — David Price struck out a season-high 13 and Jeff Keppinger hit a three-run homer as visiting Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to six. The Rays got to Boston starter Clay Buchholz (11-7) quickly on Keppinger’s three-run homer in the second and Price (19-5) was able to preserve the lead despite balking with a runner on third to pull Boston within 3-2.

Twins 5, Yankees 4 — The host Minnesota Twins scored four runs in the seventh to rally from a 3-1 deficit. The Twins had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh and scored one run on a wild pitch. Denard Span’s two-run double put the Twins ahead. Joe Mauer followed with his third single of the game to drive in Span.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2 — George Kottaras hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to break a 2-2 tie and lift the visiting Oakland Athletics. Josh Hamilton gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run single.

Tuesday’s National League results

Braves 4, Marlins 3 — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to put the host Atlanta Braves back in the playoffs. Freeman’s drive off Mike Dunn clinched at least an NL wild-card berth for the Braves. Chipper Jones led off the ninth with a double and scored on Freeman’s 22nd homer.

Reds 4, Brewers 2 — Johnny Cueto pitched seven solid innings, and the host Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL’s top record. Cueto gave up two runs and five hits, including Aramis Ramirez’s solo homer. Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances. The Reds put together four consecutive hits to open the second, loading the bases on three singles. Dioner Navarro singled for a 2-0 lead. Zack Cozart opened the fifth with a triple that caromed off the wall in center, and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce doubled for a 4-1 lead.

Phillies 6, Nationals 3 — Darin Ruf homered for his first major-league hit, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown also went deep and the host Philadelphia Phillies beat the playoff-bound Washington Nationals. Cole Hamels (16-6) overcame five shaky innings to set a career high in wins.

Pirates 10, Mets 6 — Pedro Alvarez hit his 30th homer and drove in four runs to power the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh avoided elimination in the playoff race. David Wright had a homer and two-run single.

Cardinals 4, Astros 0 — Jamie Garcia pitched shutout ball for six innings and Jon Jay had two RBI and two hits to lift the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

— Associated Press