Eduardo Nunez’s two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied the New York Yankees past the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium for a crucial victory as they chase an AL playoff berth.
Derek Jeter got the Yankees started on a vintage comeback, and pinch hitter Curtis Granderson tied the score with an RBI single. New York, which began the day 2½ games out of a wild-card spot, won for the 12th time in 14 home games to improve to 16-7 in its last 23 overall.
Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run triple and Alejandro De Aza homered to build a three-run lead for All-Star Chris Sale, but the last-place White Sox couldn’t hold it. They dropped their fifth straight.
Rays 7, Angels 1 — Matt Moore pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the disabled list and Tampa Bay got home runs from Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar in a victory over host Los Angeles.
The Rays snapped a five-game losing streak and remained 5½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.
Pirates 4, Brewers 3 — In Milwaukee, pinch hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh over the Brewers and clinch the Pirates’ first non-losing record in 21 seasons.
It was victory No. 81 for Pittsburgh, ensuring it will not finish with a losing record for the first time since it went 96-66 in 1992. More importantly, it boosted the Pirates’ lead in the NL Central to two games over St. Louis.
Rangers 5, Athletics 1 — Martin Perez allowed one run in seven innings to win his sixth straight start and Mitch Moreland homered to move visiting Texas back into sole possession of first place in the AL West with a win over Oakland.
Indians 4, Orioles 3 — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six shutout innings and Yan Gomes and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece as host Cleveland survived a shaky ninth inning for a victory over Baltimore.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 4 — Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings, Carl Crawford had a two-run single among three hits to spark the offense in the absence of injured catalyst Yasiel Puig, and Los Angeles beat host Colorado for its sixth straight win.
Puig was rested a day after he aggravated a right knee strain.
Nationals 9, Phillies 6 — Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer and Corey Brown also went deep to back Gio Gonzalez, helping Washington beat host Philadelphia.
The Nationals remained 7½ games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot.
Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4 — Edwin Encarnacion hit one of four home runs for Toronto as the Blue Jays beat host Arizona.
Reds 1, Cardinals 0 — Speedy Billy Hamilton got his first major league steal and came around on Todd Frazier’s double in the seventh, sending Cincinnati to its second straight victory over visiting St. Louis.
Twins 9, Astros 6 — Clete Thomas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning and Darin Mastroianni added a two-run double, helping Minnesota beat host Houston.
Royals 4, Mariners 3 — Salvador Perez drove in Mike Moustakas with two outs in the eighth inning, and Kansas City survived after blowing a three-run lead to beat visiting Seattle.
Braves 3, Mets 1 — Kris Medlen pitched seven strong innings and Andrelton Simmons and Evan Gattis homered to help host Atlanta win its second straight game over New York.
Marlins 6, Cubs 2 — In Chicago, Donovan Solano had three hits, including a two-run double, and the Miami bullpen combined for 4⅔ hitless innings to lead the Marlins to victory.
Padres 3, Giants 2 — Chris Denorfia hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to lift San Diego at home.