Jeter-less Yankees sink Orioles
The New York Yankees boosted their American League wild-card hopes on Wednesday with a come-from-behind 5-4 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles.
Having headed into the game on the back of the news that shortstop Derek Jeter's season was over after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury, the day looked to be going from bad to worse for the Yankees when they trailed 3-1 in the fifth inning.
But solo shots from Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez got the visitors back level and then a third homer, from Robinson Cano, sealed victory in the ninth.
Kansas City moved within a half-game of Cleveland in the wild-card hunt thanks to a 6-2 win against the Indians, Alex Gordon spurring the Royals by homering on the game's first pitch, while Mike Carp's pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning helped the Boston Red Sox prevail 7-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The Oakland Athletics, boosted by a 10-run fourth inning, thrashed the Minnesota Twins 18-3 to stretch their AL West advantage to three games over the Texas Rangers, who went down 7-5 against Pittsburgh as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep in interleague play.
Elsewhere in the AL, CJ Wilson threw seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Angels edged the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4, the Detroit Tigers squeezed past the Chicago White Sox 1-0 and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1.
The St Louis Cardinals overcame the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 to stay a game ahead of Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Lance Lynn pitched six solid innings for the Cards, who surged clear with a four-run eighth inning.
Cincinnati remained within striking distance of St Louis and the Pirates courtesy of a 6-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs. Devin Mesoraco and Jack Hannahan both connected for the Reds.
The result in Cincinnati meant reigning World Series champions San Francisco were eliminated from wild-card play-off contention just as their game against the Colorado Rockies was getting under way. The Giants went on to post a 4-3 win, consecutive RBI singles in the eighth inning from Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt proving decisive.
Jose Fernandez gave up one run in seven innings, striking out five, and crushed his first major league homer in the Miami Marlins' 5-2 win against the Atlanta Brave, while Freddy Galvis hit the go-ahead run in the seventh to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 success against the San Diego Padres.
In other NL action, the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 3-0 and the Arizona Diamondbacks were 4-1 winners against the Los Angeles Dodgers.