The Miami Marlins walked off against the St Louis Cardinals in MLB as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Derek Dietrich delivered a two-out RBI triple as the Marlins clinched a 5-4 walk-off win against the Cardinals, moving above St Louis in the National League (NL) wildcard standings.
The Orioles scored four times in the 12th to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 and reclaim top spot in the American League (AL) East.
Claiming big wins were the Detroit Tigers (11-0 over the Houston Astros), Cleveland Indians (8-0 over the Oakland Athletics) and Los Angeles Dodgers (14-3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks).
The Cincinnati Reds edged the San Diego Padres 3-2 and the San Francisco Giants overcame the Washington Nationals 3-1.
A five-run ninth saw the Boston Red Sox rally past the Los Angeles Angels 5-3, the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 and the Milwaukee Brewers claimed a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brian Dozier homered twice as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4, the Atlanta Braves were 2-1 winners over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays claimed a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
The Chicago Cubs rallied past the Seattle Mariners 7-6 through 12 innings and the New York Mets got past the Colorado Rockies 6-4.
CABRERA CRUSHES ASTROS
The Tigers thrashed the Astros and Miguel Cabrera had more fun than anyone, crushing two home runs and driving in four. He had three hits in four at-bats and scored three runs.
MYERS STEALS HOME
Stealing home has become a rarity in major-league baseball. And a player who steals home standing up? That's rarer than a total eclipse. Wil Myers caught Reds pitcher Homer Bailey napping to swipe home.
Things got strange in San Francisco. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner pinch-hit for Matt Cain, who had a no-hitter intact through five innings. Bumgarner doubled off the wall and then was replaced by pinch runner (and fellow pitcher) Jeff Samardzija. It is certainly not the first time a pitcher has pinch-hit for a pitcher in MLB history, but we cannot imagine too many scenarios where that pitcher was in turn replaced by a fellow pitcher as a pinch runner.
1. Bumgarner pinch-hits for Cain-- MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2016
2. Bumgarner doubles
3. Samardzija pinch-runs for Bumgarner
4. Samardzija scores pic.twitter.com/dsQxGqqx5H
NEW YORK RIVALS MEET
The Yankees and Mets are viewed as heading in opposite directions, but the former are only two games behind the Mets in terms of their won-loss record. CC Sabathia (6-8, 3.95 ERA) will open the series for the Yankees. He pitched very well early in the season, but has a 6.70 ERA in his last seven starts. The Mets will counter with Logan Verrett, who has a 4.12 ERA in 27 appearances as a starter and reliever.