Texas 3, Kansas City 1 The Rangers traded for Matt Garza for games like this, and he delivered with 8 innings with just one earned run in the 9th to stop the bleeding in Texas. For the Royals, it's a disastrous loss that puts them essentially out of the picture.
Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 1 Less than 11 hours after losing an 18 inning game, the Orioles played like it. Alex Cobb took advantage of the listless Birds, throwing 8 1/3 innings and only losing the shutout because the left fielder lost a ball in the roof. The Orioles joins the Royals at 81-73, and as you'll see, that's not going to do it. Joe Schultz from Ball Four verbalized my thoughts about that well, but I can't repeat them here.
N.Y. Yankees 6, San Francisco 0 The Yankees got homers from Nunez and Soriano, and Ivan Nova pitched a complete game shutout while striking out seven. The problem for the Yankees is that they're just a half game ahead of the basically eliminated O's and Royals.
Cleveland 4, Houston 1 Three runs in the first were all Cleveland needed, as Scott Kazmir looked like the Kazmir of old, with seven shutout innings and 10 strikeouts. Playing the Astros probably helped in that regard. With that, here are the Wild Card standings.
It's clearly a three team race for those two spots. New York, Kansas City, and Baltimore would have to literally win out to have a chance, and even that doesn't guarantee anything.
Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 2 AJ Burnett struck out 12, but the Reds did have a 2-0 lead for a bit. Russell Martin tied it up with a homer in the 2nd, then Pittsburgh scratched out two runs in the 6th. Jason Grilli came in and closed it out for his first save in exactly two months. The Pirates are back in the Wild Card hosting spot.
St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 2 The Cardinals broke open a tight game with 5 runs in the 8th. With that, here are the NL Central standings.
Detroit 7, Chicago White Sox 6 (12 innings) These are the things that happen to Chris Sale: Pitch 7 2/3 shutout innings against tough lineup, see team take a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th, watch Tigers score 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game, then win on a walk-off single off the pitchers' glove in the 12th. This is how you pitch as well as Sale has this year and end up 11-13. The Tigers' magic number is now 2.
Chicago Cubs 3, Atlanta 1 Despite the loss, the Braves would've clinched the NL East had the Nationals lost. However, the Nats/Marlins game was rained out, so the Braves will have three chances to clinch today: winning their game or Washington losing either or theirs.
Oakland 9, Minnesota 1 Despite the raw sewage, they were able to play this game. The A's scored five in the 2nd to put this one away quickly, and their magic number is down to 1.
L.A. Dodgers 4, San Diego 0 The game didn't really matter, but let's watch Yasiel Puig make a baseball feel pain.
The Rest of the Games
N.Y. Mets 5, Philadelphia 4 (7 innings)
Toronto 4, Boston 2
Arizona 7, Colorado 2
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 5