Yankees Edge Orioles
Baltimore — Brendan Ryan scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Jim Johnson, and the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Thursday night after blowing a four-run lead.
Mark Reynolds and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yankees, who remained one game behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. New York next travels to first-place Boston for a weekend series between division rivals.
New York led 5-1 before Nick Markakis hit a solo shot in the seventh and Danny Valencia homered with two on against David Robertson in the eighth.
But the Yankees bounced right back in the ninth with an unearned run against Johnson (3-8).
Athletics 8, Twins 2
Minneapolis — A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings and the Athletics beat Minnesota to increase their division lead heading into a crucial weekend series.
Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3½ game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland’s largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3.
Angels 4, Blue Jays 3
Toronto — Garrett Richards pitched 62∕3 innings for his third straight win, Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run and Los Angeles beat Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.
Pirates 3, Cubs 1
Pittsburgh — North Conway, N.H., native Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months and as Pittsburgh beat Chicago.
Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.
Nationals 7, Mets 2
New York — Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered off Aaron Harang in his Mets debut, and the Washington beat New York to complete a four-game sweep.
Anthony Rendon also connected for Washington, which outhomered the Mets 13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race. They moved within 5½ games of idle Cincinnati for the final spot with the rain-interrupted win.
Braves 6, Marlins 1
Miami — Freddy Garcia earned his second NL victory since 2007, and his first since joining Atlanta last month, pitching six innings to help beat Miami.
Phillies 10, Padres 5
Philadelphia — Carlos Ruiz had three hits and three RBIs and rookie Cesar Hernandez reached base four times, scored twice and drove in two runs as Philadelphia rode a six-run first inning to a win over San Diego.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3
St. Louis — Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings and Sean Halton homered to lead Milwaukee over St. Louis, snapping the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.
St. Louis fell into a tie with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the NL Central. Both teams are 85-61 with 16 games remaining. The idle Cincinnati Reds are 2½ back.
Milwaukee broke a three-game losing streak against St. Louis and beat the Cardinals for only the fourth time in 16 meetings this season.
The Cardinals are 5-1 on their nine-game homestand.