Boston 8, N.Y. Yankees 4 A 4 run first inning gave hope for Boston that it would be an easy night, but the Yankees clawed back to tie it. The Red Sox ended it empathically it in the 7th though with a Grand Slam by Saltamacchia.
Baltimore 5, Toronto 3 A few early home runs put the Orioles behind. However, they scored 3 in the 7th, tying it on a double by Steve Clevenger, playing his first game as an Orioles. The O's then took the lead in the 8th on Chris Davis's 50th homer of the season. They'd get an insurance run later in the inning, and Johnson closed it out.
Oakland 9, Texas 8 The A's led 9-2 after the 7th. In the 8th, however, Texas caught fire, scoring six runs. It could've been more, but Alex Rios was called out at 3rd to end of the inning. As you can see, that might have been the wrong call. Rios was ejected. The Rangers still had a chance in the 9th with a man on second, but Jurickson Profar struck out to end the game.
Bad call or not, Texas has lost 4 in a row and 8 of 10, and are starting to come back to the pack in the Wild Card. Oakland now leads the AL West by 4.5 games.
Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 1 Indians starter Danny Salazar struck out 9 in 3.2 innings and didn't give up a run. He was pulled after that with 2 men on in the 4th and having thrown 78 pitches. Cleveland is truly babying him. The bullpen was able to handle the rest of the game and give Cleveland another important win. This helped.
Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 0 Chris Archer went 6 scoreless and the bullpen finished the shutout. That's 2 wins in a row for the Rays, who may have stopped the bleeding in the nick of time.
Detroit 6, Kansas City 3 A 3 RBI day from both Torii Hunter and Prince Fielder led the Tigers to the win. The Royals have very little margin for error, and as you can see by the other results that Friday was essentially a disaster for their faint playoff hopes. Here are the standings for both AL Wild Cards. The fourth column is Baseball Prospectus's Playoff Odds.
Chicago Cubs 5, Pittsburgh 4 Jason Grilli is back, but it didn't help as he gave up a 2 run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the 7th, giving the lead and eventually the game to the Cubs. The Pirates lose despite hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs.
St. Louis 2, Seattle 1 (10 innings) A walk-off passed ball? Really? That's how this one ended. It makes you incredulous until you see it was Oliver Perez. Then it makes sense.
In addition, Matt Carpenter had himself a night with the glove.
Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 1 Mat Latos didn't have it last night, giving up 5 runs in 6.2 innings. Kyle Lohse did have it, going the distance, giving up just 1 run and 4 hits. Here are the NL Central standings.
Washington 6, Philadelphia 1 Is it too late? Probably. However, the Nationals are on fire and are now just 4.5 games back in the Wild Card. They basically have to stay this hot the rest of the way, and BP only gives them a 5.5% chance, but they're not completely down just yet.
The Rest of the Games
N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 3
San Diego 4, Atlanta 3
Houston 9, L.A. Angels 7
Colorado 7, Arizona 5
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 2