The Tampa Bay Rays benefited from an error to down the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in MLB action on Wednesday.
Touted rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi was helped off the field after spraining his left knee in the seventh inning and an error in the 11th cost Boston the game.
The Rays' Luke Maile scored from second with two outs after Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree dropped a throw while covering first base on Kevin Kiermaier's grounder. Hembree's throw to the plate was in time but catcher Sandy Leon could not hang onto the ball as Maile slid head first for the walk-off win.
The Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays remain level in the American League (AL) East with identical 71-55 win-loss records after the latter lost 8-2 to the Los Angeles Angels.
Elsewhere, the Baltimore Orioles outlasted the Washington Nationals 10-8, the St Louis Cardinals accounted for the New York Mets 8-1, reigning World Series champions the Kansas City Royals were shutout 3-0 by the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4.
The Colorado Rockies fell 7-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees blanked the Seattle Mariners 5-0, the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3, the Texas Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5, the Detroit Tigers were 9-4 winners over the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox were beaten 5-3 by the Philadelphia Phillies and the Oakland Athletics trumped the Cleveland Indians 5-1.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers held out the San Francisco Giants 1-0 and the Atlanta Braves were beaten 10-9 by the Arizona Diamondbacks after an 11th inning.
MACHADO POWERS ORIOLES
All-Star third baseman Manny Machado connected on four hits including a home run to drive in four runs in the win over the Nationals. Machado is now batting .306/.359/.557 with 29 homers and 78 RBIs.
DARVISH HITS FIRST HOMER
Rangers ace Yu Darvish belted his first career home run, a solo shot, to straightaway centre field against the Reds. Darvish is the fifth pitcher to homer against Cincinnati this season.
ROYALS FINALLY BEATEN, PUJOLS BRINGS UP HOMER NO.584
Behind Jose Fernandez's seven scoreless innings and nine strikeouts, the Marlins ended the Royals' nine-game winning streak with a three-run win. Fernandez moved to 27-2 in his young career at Marlins Park.
With a homer against the Mariners, Yankees young gun Gary Sanchez became the third American League (AL) player in the past 100 years (joining George Scott and Alvin Davis) with at least nine homers in his first 21 career games.
In a four-for-four performance against the Blue Jays, Albert Pujols hit home run number 584, moving ahead of Mark McGwire for 10th all time.
ORIOLES SEEKING FOURTH SUCCESSIVE WIN
Starting in place of the injured Chris Tillman (shoulder), Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA) faces a tough task against Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05 ERA) and a potent Nationals line-up on Thursday as Baltimore look to remain in the second AL wildcard spot.
Division leaders square off in a potential American League Championship Series matchup as Josh Tomlin (11-7, 4.39 ERA) and the Indians open a four-game series against Cole Hamels (13-4, 2.80 ERA) and the Rangers. Despite his ace form, Hamels has never beaten the Tribe, going 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA (three starts) against them in his career.