Rays 5, Orioles 1
A dominant pitching performance by Alex Cobb led the Tampa Bay Rays to a comfortable victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Less than 11 hours after completing their marathon 18-inning game in the wee hours of Saturday, the teams fronted up again - and this time the Rays polished off their opposition in less than three hours.
Tampa Bay (85-69) won for the seventh time in 10 games and fortified its hold on the top wild card spot in the American League. The Orioles (81-73) slumped to 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot.
Indians 4, Astros 1
Scott Kazmir pitched seven scoreless innings on four hits and Michael Brantley homered as the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the American League wild card race with a comfortable win over the Houston Astros.
The streaking Indians have won eight of their last 10 games while Houston, which absorbed its 104th loss of the season, has lost eight in a row.
The victory keeps the Indians in the second wild card spot, a half-game behind wild card leader Tampa Bay.
Rangers 3, Royals 1
Matt Garza pitched eight strong innings as the Texas Rangers clinched a vital road victory over fellow American League wild card contender Kansas City.
The Rangers won for just the sixth time in their past 21 games to remain one game behind Tampa and a half-game behind Cleveland in the race for the two wild card spots. Kansas falls 3 ½ games behind Cleveland.
Yankees 6, Giants 0
Ivan Nova pitched a six-hitter for the second shutout of his career, leading the New York Yankees to an emphatic victory over the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium.
Eduardo Nunez and Alfonso Soriano hit home runs for the Yankees, who won for only the seventh time in 17 games.
The Yankees (82-73) still have a small chance of claiming the second American League wild card spot, three games behind the Cleveland Indians.
Athletics 9, Twins 1
Pitcher Jarrod Parker gave up just one run and four hits in six innings as the Oakland A's closed in on their second consecutive American League West title with a big victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The A's clinched a tie for first in the division and reduced their magic number to win the West to one. One more A's win or one more Texas Rangers loss, and the Athletics can start celebrating and planning their 25th trip to postseason in franchise history and 17th since moving to Oakland.
Cubs 3, Braves 1
Travis Wood threw seven strong innings and the Chicago Cubs scored three times in the eighth inning, vaulting past the Braves to delay Atlanta's inevitable National League East championship.
Atlanta was five outs away from winning its first division title since 2005, thanks to another strong start from Kris Medlen.