Bucs level series with Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates evened up their National League Divisional Series as they beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-1.
The Bucs were humbled 9-1 in the series opener on Thursday night but bounced back in fine style as Gerrit Cole allowed just two hits in six innings.
Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte hit home runs for the Pirates while Russell Martin recorded two RBIs.
The Atalanta Braves also levelled their series at one as they claimed a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves were leading 2-1 when a two-run single from Jason Heyward in the seventh gave them some breathing space.
Henley Ramirez then hit a two-run homer in the eighth for LA but Atlanta held on.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox opened their series against the Tampa Bay Rays with a convincing 12-2 victory.
A five-run fourth inning proved pivotal for the Red Sox with Jonny Gomes hitting a two-run double.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia also provided three RBIs with Jon Lester allowing three hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Three runs in the first-inning helped hand the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in their series opener.
Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila each had an RBI for the Tigers with Max Scherzer surrendering just three hits in his seven innings.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the seventh to close the gap but it would not be enough for the As.