SEATTLE — Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning and Baltimore won its 15th straight extra-innings game with a 3-1 victory over Seattle on Wednesday night.
A night after the teams played an 18-inning marathon that lasted nearly 6 hours, Jones, the one-time Mariners prospect, gave Baltimore a huge boost in its race with the Yankees for the lead in the AL East. Even with New York sweeping a doubleheader from Toronto on Wednesday, the Orioles stayed just a half-game back in the division race. The Orioles moved into the top spot in the AL wild-card race after Oakland was handed a 6-2 loss in Detroit.
According to the Orioles, with information from the Elias Sports Bureau, the 15 straight extra-inning wins is the longest streak since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949.
Yankees 4-2, Blue Jays 2-1
At New York, Ichiro Suzuki had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, his seventh hit of the day, to help New York complete a doubleheader sweep of Toronto that ensured they remained atop the AL East — by a half-game over Baltimore.
Suzuki made a difficult catch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of the opener to preserve a lead for Andy Pettitte.
Tigers 6, Athletics 2
At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help Detroit.
Verlander (15-8) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.
Rays 13, Red Sox 3
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Desmond Jennings hit a two-run triple during Tampa Bay's seven-run sixth-inning, and the Rays snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jennings scored following his triple against reliever Alfredo Aceves when the throw from the outfield eluded third baseman Pedro Ciriaco.Four Boston pitchers walked six in the sixth, including passes to Carlos Pena and Jose Molina with the bases loaded. Luke Scott had a sacrifice fly, and Jeff Keppinger added an RBI single.
Twins 6, Indians 4
At Cleveland, Josh Willingham had four hits and four RBIs and Minnesota's Liam Hendriks finally got his first career win as Cleveland dropped into last place in the AL Central.
Royals 3, White Sox 0
At Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen pitched into the seventh inning and Alex Gordon hit a two-run double as Kansas City snapped Chicago's five-game winning streak.
Rangers 6, Angels 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Derek Holland pitched seven innings of six-hit ball and Geovany Soto hit a late two-run homer for Texas.
Elvis Andrus, Michael Young and Mike Napoli had run-scoring extra-base hits in the third inning as the Rangers chased former teammate C.J. Wilson (12-10), who flopped in his second-shortest start for Los Angeles.
Dodgers 7-1, Nationals 6-3
At Washington, Matt Kemp scored a phantom run early, then hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning — right after Washington rallied with a six-run eighth — and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed a victory for a doubleheader split that prevented the Nationals from sewing up a playoff berth.
Kemp was credited with crossing home to give Los Angeles a 6-0 lead in the fourth, even though TV replays showed the inning's last out already had been recorded on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's head-over-heels, reaching tag of runner Adrian Gonzalez.
Giants 7, Rockies 1
At San Francisco, Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings to earn his career-best 15th win, Pablo Sandoval homered for his first time in two months and San Francisco moved another game closer to clinching the NL West title.
Sandoval's three-run shot in the first inning off Tyler Chatwood (4-5) was his ninth homer of the season and helped hand Cain (15-5) another milestone in a season full of them.
Braves 3, Marlins 0
At Miami, Kris Medlen pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and the Braves won his start for the 21st straight time.
Medlen (9-1) lost the first two starts of his career in 2009. He hasn't taken a loss in any of his 26 starts since, with the Braves prevailing in the last 21 of those — making them the first team since the New York Yankees to have such a streak, according to STATS LLC.
Phillies 3, Mets 2
At New York, Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Phillies rallied for a dramatic victory.
Brewers 3, Pirates 1
At Pittsburgh, Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings and rookie shortstop Jean Segura hit a double and triple as the surging Brewers stayed in contention for a postseason berth.
Cardinals 5, Astros 0
At St. Louis, David Freese and Yadier Molina each hit their 20th home run of the season, and Lance Lynn threw 6 1/3 innings to lift the Cardinals to the win.
St. Louis now leads the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in the race for the second wild-card spot in the National League. Milwaukee is 21/2; games back.
Reds 6, Cubs 5, 11 innings
At Chicago, Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning and Cincinnati beat Chicago hours after Reds manager Dusty Baker left the ballpark for chest X-rays.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2
At Phoenix, Adam Eaton tripled to spark a three-run fifth inning and Arizona rallied to beat San Diego.
Dan Wheeler had an RBI triple, and Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt added run-scoring doubles for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight. Arizona remained 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.