Yankees 10, Orioles 8
CC Sabathia won for just the second time since the All-Star break, Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks hit two-run homers as host New York built a six-run lead and beat Baltimore on Friday night to close in on a second straight American League wild card.
Luke Voit added a two-run single to give him 24 RBI in 31 games with the Yankees, and Hicks scored four runs. After Baltimore closed to 9-8 in the eighth, Aaron Judge doubled in a run for his first RBI since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 14.
New York lowered its magic number to two over Tampa Bay for ensuring a wild-card game on Oct. 3, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees began the night 1½ games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage.
Baltimore dropped to a major-league-worst 44-109, overtaking the 1937 St. Louis Browns for second-most losses in franchise history behind the 111 of the 1939 Browns.
Rays 11, Blue Jays 3
Austin Meadows drove in three runs, Tommy Pham reached base three times and had two RBI and Tampa Bay beat host Toronto to keep its postseason hopes alive.
Pham walked twice, tripled and added a sacrifice fly as the Rays bounced back from a tough, 9-8 loss Thursday, when the Blue Jays scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the victory. Tampa Bay has not lost consecutive games since Aug. 17-18 at Boston.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit two home runs for the Blue Jays, and Randal Grichuk added a solo shot. Toronto has lost 10 of 14 games against Tampa Bay this season.
Gurriel's older brother, Yuli, hit two home runs for Houston on Friday night. They are the first brothers in major-league history to have multihomer games on the same day.
With the win, the Rays moved six games behind Oakland in the race for the second American League wild-card spot. Tampa Bay is 15-4 in September.
Gurriel, who hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning of Toronto's win on Thursday, became the first rookie in Blue Jays history to homer in three straight at bats when he connected off Diego Castillo in the first and off Jalen Beeks in the fourth. Gurriel Jr. is the 14th Toronto player to achieve the feat, the first since Josh Donaldson on Sept. 16-17, 2017.
Royals 4, Tigers 3
Ian Kennedy pitched three-run ball into the eighth inning, and Kansas City stopped a five-game slide by holding off host Detroit.
Alex Gordon had three hits for the Royals, who led 4-0 after four innings.
The Tigers committed three errors while losing for the eighth time in 11 games.
Kennedy (3-8) won his second straight start, permitting two earned runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six and walked none.
Marlins 1, Reds 0 (10)
Pinch-hitter Isaac Galloway smacked an opposite-field double in the 10th inning to score Brian Anderson and give host Miami a win over Cincinnati.
Galloway drove David Hernandez’s 3-2 slider past right fielder Phillip Ervin to plate Anderson, who had reached on a double to right.
Kyle Barraclough (1-6) retired the final two batters in the top of the 10th.
Hernandez (5-2) relieved Luis Castillo with two on and one out in the ninth, retiring Peter O’Brien on a double play.
Castillo allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in his 8⅓ innings, his longest start of the season.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Marlins, striking out eight in his final home start of the season. Chen finished with a 1.62 ERA in 13 starts at Marlins Park.
Mets 4, Nationals 2
Jacob deGrom turned in a record 23rd consecutive quality start, lowered his ERA to 1.77 and boosted his record to .500 as he bids to earn the NL Cy Young Award, allowing one run in seven innings to help New York beat host Washington.
Throwing fastballs in the 97-99 mph range, deGrom (9-9) struck out eight and walked one while allowing just one run and three hits, all singles. Bob Gibson (in 1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) each had single-season runs of 22 quality starts, the previous major-league mark.
The right-handed deGrom has given up as many as four earned runs in only one of his 31 starts in 2018, back on April 10 against Miami. He’s now up to 28 in a row allowing three runs or fewer, the longest single-season streak in major league history.
So this game was pretty much wrapped up by the third inning, which ended with the Mets ahead 4-1. Jay Bruce had two run-scoring hits, and Devin Mesoraco and Dominic Smith also delivered RBI, all off Joe Ross (0-1).
White Sox 10, Cubs 4
The visiting Chicago Cubs were unable to overcome a shaky performance by Jose Quintana in a loss to the crosstown White Sox.
Quintana (13-11) was charged with five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings against his former team. The left-hander had been pitching well, going 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA over his previous six starts.
The Cubs began the day with a 2½-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the National League Central.
Kevan Smith hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who finished with 19 hits. Daniel Palka also homered at Guaranteed Rate Field, and Ryan LaMarre went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) struck out eight while pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He improved to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in his last five outings.
Daniel Murphy led off the game with his 12th homer, but the White Sox went ahead to stay with three in the second. Matt Davidson and Welington Castillo before Smith hit a drive to center for his second of the year.