Enny Romero pitched well in his major league debut, combining with five relievers on a three-hitter as the AL wild card-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays hold a half-game edge over Cleveland in the race for the top wild card.
Tampa Bay beat Baltimore for the third time in the four-game series. The Orioles fell 4½ games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot.
Promoted from Triple A Durham on Sunday, Romero gave up Manny Machado’s leadoff single. That was the only hit off Romero, who walked four without a strikeout in 4⅔ innings. Brandon Gomes (3-1) replaced Romero with two on and two outs in the fifth and struck out Machado.
Braves 5, Cubs 2 — Atlanta clinched the NL East title, and then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to top host Chicago.
The game was in the sixth inning when Washington lost the opener of a doubleheader to Miami, giving the Braves their first division crown in eight years. Julio Teheran (13-8) struck out seven in six innings of one-run ball for the win. Craig Kimbrel picked up his major league-best 49th save.
Giants 2, Yankees 1 — After honoring Mariano Rivera, host New York saw its AL wild-card hopes dim with a loss to San Francisco. The Yankees held a pregame ceremony and retired the No. 42 of Rivera.
Andy Pettitte, who announced Friday he also is leaving, started with five hitless innings in what likely was his last Yankee Stadium start. But Ehire Adrianza tied it in the sixth with his first career home run.
Leaving to a standing ovation after Pablo Sandoval’s leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson. Rivera entered after Abreu’s double and finished with 1⅔ scoreless innings.
Indians 9, Astros 2 — Carlos Santana homered and doubled and drove in two runs and Corey Kluber (10-5) went 5⅓ innings for the win as host Cleveland sent Houston to its ninth straight loss.
The Indians improved to 50-18 against teams with losing records.
White Sox 6, Tigers 3 — Erik Johnson (2-2) allowed two runs in 6⅔ innings as Chicago beat Detroit, denying the Tigers a shot at clinching the AL Central title at home.
Anibal Sanchez (14-8) yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, taking his first loss since July 19 in the Tigers’ regular-season finale at Comerica Park.
Royals 4, Rangers 0 — Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th off Joakim Soria as host Kansas City beat Texas in a clash of AL wild-card contenders. Tim Collins (3-6) worked a perfect10th to pick up the victory.
Reds 11, Pirates 3 — Rookie Billy Hamilton had three hits and stole two bases, Bronson Arroyo (14-11) won for the first time in nearly a month, and visiting Cincinnati routed Pittsburgh to tie the Pirates for the NL wild-card lead.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 — Norichika Aoki scored three times and added an RBI double as host Milwaukee beat St. Louis, hours after the Cardinals clinched a playoff berth. Wily Peralta (11-15) allowed five hits and walked five in five-plus innings for the win.
Mariners 3, Angels 2 — Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer, Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start, and Seattle beat host Los Angeles in a game delayed twice by bees. C.J. Wilson (17-7) lost for the first time since July 5 vs. Boston, ending a streak that saw him go 9-0 in 13 starts.
Marlins, Nationals split — Wilson Ramos’s ninth-inning grounder bounced off a leg of third baseman Chris Coghlan for a game-ending error that allowed Eury Perez to score from third, and host Washington beat Miami, 5-4, for a doubleheader split. Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich homered as Miami won the opener, 4-2.
Dodgers 1, Padres 0 — Adrian Gonzalez scored an unearned run and Zack Greinke combined with three relievers on a two-hitter as Los Angeles beat host San Diego.
Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 9 — Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer as Arizona opened an early six-run lead before hanging on to beat Colorado in Denver.
Mets 4, Phillies 3 — Wilfredo Tovar’s first major league hit, a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, sent New York to a series sweep of host Philadelphia.