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Homer Bailey gave the ideal post-season audition as he threw a no-hitter to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bailey, who is not assured of a place in the Reds' play-off rotation, struck out 10 and walked just one as he went tantalisingly close to perfection, throwing the 16th no-no in Reds history.
It was the seventh no-hitter of the season, tying an MLB record set in 1990.
The only run of the contest came in the first inning as Todd Frazier scored Brandon Phillips on a sacrifice fly.
The Detroit Tigers slipped to a 4-2 loss against the Minnesota Twins, allowing the Chicago White Sox to come back to within a single game in the chase for the American League Central crown.
The White Sox halted their three-game losing streak, and snapped the Tampa Bay Rays' winning run at eight, with a 3-1 win in Chicago.
Alex Rios homered for the White Sox.
Russell Martin crushed a three-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4.
It cut their post-season magic number to two games and kept them one clear at the top of the AL East as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1.
Chris Tillman allowed one hit and one unearned run in eight innings, while Ryan Flaherty hit his first Major League grand slam as part of a six-run first inning.
The Los Angeles Angels used home runs from Mike Trout and Chris Iannetta to beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 and stay in the hunt for a Wild Card spot, with Jered Weaver reaching 20 wins for the season.
It allowed the Oakland Athletics to narrow the gap at the top of the AL West to three games with an 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners and kept their Wild Card advantage over the Angels at two.
In the National League Wild Card race, meanwhile, the St Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 12-2 to cut their magic number to three.
The Cardinals scored nine in the first two innings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are three games back following their 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on the back of eight scoreless frames from Clayton Kershaw, who fanned 10.
The Houston Astros all but dropped out of contention with a 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sandy Alomar Jr got a win in his first game as Cleveland's interim manager as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 and the Arizona Diamondbacks saw off the Chicago Cubs 8-2.
The Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1, the New York Mets were 3-1 winners over the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants overcame the San Diego Padres 3-1.