San Francisco 3, Arizona 0 Journeyman Yusmeiro Petit has bounced around for some time, including being taken off the Giants 40 man roster twice this year. Last night though he pitched the game of his life, coming within one out, one strike, one foot from a perfect game. With 2 outs in the 9th, Eric Chavez lifted a liner to right field. Hunter Pence dove for it, but was just short. Petit finished the one hit shutout the next batter. Here's video of the final inning, including every angle of the heartbreaking hit you could ever want.
Boston 12, N.Y. Yankees 8 Things looked good for the Yankees when they were up 8-3 after six. Then the Boston offense exploded. A Mike Napoli grand slam tied it up, and a Shane Victorino homer put them ahead to stun New York.
St. Louis 12, Pittsburgh 8 The Cardinals scored 7 runs on 9 straight hits to take a 12-1 lead in the 7th. Game over right? Well, not quite. Credit the Pirates for not giving up. They scored 4 in the 8th, 3 in the 9th, and had two men on when the Cards finally closed it out, finally ending the miracle comeback bid.
Cincinnati 3, L.A. Dodgers 2 A Joey Votto homer in the 5th put the Reds ahead, and Mike Leake and the bullpen made it stand up. With these results, here's how the NL Central looks.
Seattle 6, Tampa Bay 4 The Rays struggles on the West Coast continue. A 2 RBI double by Justin Smoak in the 8th broke the tie.
Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 0 Chris Davis hit his 48th home run of the year, and Scott Feldman pitched the first complete game shut out by an Oriole this year.
Cleveland 8, N.Y. Mets 1 Zach Wheeler struggled but kept the Mets in the game, at least until Nick Swisher's grand slam in the 8th ended all doubt.
Detroit 16, Kansas City 2 Big Game James was anything but the Royals, giving up 14 hits and failing to get out of the 4th. The last pitcher to do that was...James Shields in June 2012 against the Tigers.
As you can see overall, it was a bad night for the Rays, Yankees, and especially the Royals. Here are the standings for the second AL Wild Card.
L.A. Angels 6, Texas 5 The Angels got to Matt Garza in the 4th for 5 runs, highlighted by a Mark Trumbo three run shot, and would hang on from there.
Oakland 7, Houston 5 The A's won and take a half-game lead in the AL West (Texas is still 5 clear of the outside looking in teams in the Wild Card). More importantly, thanks to @TheMrDouglass for this image of 5-foot-5 Jose Altuve and 6-foot-8 Nate Freiman.
Miami 7, Washington 0 In his next to last start before being shut down for the year, Jose Fernandez was dominant, giving up just 1 hit in 7 innings and striking out 9. He didn't lose the no-hitter until the 7th.
Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 1 A fine pitchers duel between Cliff Lee and Mike Minor was settled in the 7th by a 2 run homer by Cody Asche.
San Diego 4, Colorado 3 Your walk-off hero is Jesus Guzman on this single.
Toronto 6, Minnesota 5 From down 6-1, a Twins late comeback falls one run short on a strike him out, throw him out play.
Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee 5 Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam, and both of these teams are now 60-80. Tight battle to avoid last place in the NL Central.