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Luke Raley's tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series between the top two teams in the American League East.
Raley had only two RBIs in 12 games this month prior to the two-out blast off Orioles starter Kyle Bradish (11-7).
Randy Arozarena smacked a two-run triple for the Rays (91-57), who have won six of their last seven games to pull within one game of the first-place Orioles. Colin Poche (12-3) was the winner in relief with one shutout inning, and Pete Fairbanks struck out the side in the ninth for his 24th save.
Ryan O'Hearn and Gunnar Henderson homered for Baltimore, which managed just four hits. Bradish allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings.
Rangers 9, Blue Jays 2
Corey Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBIs as visiting Texas defeated Toronto to sweep a four-game series.
The Rangers registered a sixth consecutive victory and moved one game ahead of the Mariners in the race for the second American League wild card. The Blue Jays fell 1 1/2 games behind Seattle. Jonah Heim added a solo home run for the Rangers to finish with eight RBIs in the series.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays. Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman (11-9) allowed four runs on six hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Tigers 8, Reds 2
Matt Vierling hit a grand slam, Reese Olson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and host Detroit downed Cincinnati.
Akil Baddoo blasted a two-run homer for the Tigers, who salvaged the finale of a three-game series. Olson (4-7), who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his previous start, allowed one run and two hits in six innings.
Spencer Steer and TJ Friedl homered for the Reds, who are tied with the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks in the battle for the third and final National League wild-card spot.
Twins 10, White Sox 2
Edouard Julien, Royce Lewis and Kyle Farmer homered to back seven strong innings from Kenta Maeda as Minnesota beat host Chicago to lower its magic number to clinch the AL Central to eight.
Maeda (5-7) allowed just two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out eight. Josh Winder and Brent Headrick closed out the victory with a scoreless inning apiece.
Andrew Vaughn connected for a two-run home run against Maeda. White Sox starter Jose Urena (0-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Brewers 4, Marlins 2
Tyrone Taylor had a pair of RBI doubles and four relievers combined to allow just one hit over four innings to lift host Milwaukee over Miami.
Taylor's first run-scoring double tied the game in the fifth inning and his second provided the Brewers with an insurance run in the seventh. Adrian Houser (6-4) tossed five innings of two-run ball, and Devin Williams tossed a scoreless ninth for his 34th save.
Jake Burger had two hits and Jacob Stallings added a run-scoring single for the Marlins. Eury Perez (5-5) gave up three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Pirates 2, Nationals 0
Jack Suwinski and Alfonso Rivas homered to back Mitch Keller's eight scoreless innings as Pittsburgh topped visiting Washington to take three of four in the series.
Keller (12-9) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven for the Pirates. He combined with David Bednar -- who pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save -- on a two-hit shutout.
Nationals starter Josiah Gray (7-12) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out a season-high 10.
Red Sox 5, Yankees 0 (Game 1)
Wilyer Abreu recorded three hits while Ceddanne Rafaela and Trevor Story each homered to lead Boston over visiting New York in the opener of a doubleheader.
Abreu (3-for-4) and Rafaela (2-for-4) each had multiple hits, drove in a run and scored another for the Red Sox. Tanner Houck (5-9) gave Boston a much-needed lengthy start, finishing six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts while working around four hits and three walks.
Yankees starter Michael King (4-6) yielded six hits, walked one and struck out eight across 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Gleyber Torres hit two doubles.
Yankees 8, Red Sox 5 (Game 2)
Aaron Judge hit a grand slam and Oswald Peraza added a two-run shot as New York pulled out the nightcap to gain a split of the doubleheader at Boston.
Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Tommy Kahnle struck out four over two hitless innings to save a win for reliever Wandy Peralta (4-2).
Rafael Devers went 3-for-3 with a solo homer for the Red Sox, who dropped three of four in the series. Mauricio Llovera (1-2) took the loss in a bullpen game.
Mets 11, Diamondbacks 1
Kodai Senga combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as host New York topped Arizona. The Mets won the last three games of a four-game set.
Jonathan Arauz hit a three-run homer and Jeff McNeil (home run), Brandon Nimmo (double) and DJ Stewart (single) all had two-RBI hits for the Mets. Senga (11-7) gave up two hits, walked two and struck out 10 in six innings.
Merrill Kelly (11-7) gave up seven runs on six hits in five innings for the Diamondbacks.
--Field Level Media