Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the New York Yankees hold off the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, trying to chase down a playoff berth with a late-season charge. Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple and Lyle Overbay an RBI double in a four-run fourth against Erik Johnson, who was making his major league debut.
New York, which is 2½ games behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card, has won 15 of 18 home games and 17 of 24 overall.
Cano finished with three hits and two RBIs.
Rays 3, Angels 1 — Rookie Wil Myers hit two homers off Jered Weaver and Tampa Bay kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a victory over host Los Angeles.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning of his first victory in nearly six weeks for the Rays, who won their second straight after a five-game skid. Tampa Bay stayed 2½ games ahead of the Yankees atop the wild-card standings and remained 5½ games behind Boston in the AL East.
Athletics 11, Rangers 4 — Jarrod Parker got plenty of home run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers, 11-4, in Oakland, Calif.
Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter’s Oakland mark set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. Parker also has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A’s pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007.
Indians 6, Orioles 4 — The Indians, boosted by a good-luck chicken and a pair of RBIs from both Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn, beat Baltimore at home.
Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for batting practice. The bird, supplied by a clubhouse workers from an area farm, was a gift to reliever Cody Allen. The chicken stood in front of the warning track in center field.
Rockies 7, Dodgers 5 — In Denver, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings to win his sixth consecutive decision, Todd Helton homered and Colorado snapped Los Angeles’s six-game winning streak.
De La Rosa (16-6) allowed two runs and six hits in matching his career high for wins in a season and tying Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann for most wins in the National League.
Brewers 9, Pirates 3 — Pirates ace Francisco Liriano lasted only three innings and host Milwaukee pounded out a victory to delay Pittsburgh from clinching its first winning season since 1992.
Liriano, who had allowed five earned runs in his previous four starts, was rocked for seven runs on seven hits, with two walks and two costly wild pitches. The Pirates, aiming for their 82d victory, twice left the bases loaded and stranded 12 runners.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2 — In Philadelphia, Jordan Zimmermann became the National League’s first 16-game winner, pitching seven solid innings to lead Washington to victory.
Zimmermann (16-8) struck out five, walked one, and allowed two runs in winning his fourth straight start.
Cardinals 5, Reds 4 — Matt Adams’s second homer sent St. Louis to a victory over host Cincinnati, protecting the Cardinals’ hold on second place in the NL Central.
Adams broke an 0-for-17 slump by connecting in the 14th.
After St. Louis let that lead get away, he homered again off Logan Ondrusek, ending the Reds’ longest game of the season.
Mets 5, Braves 2 — Kameron Loe gave up five runs in 4⅓ innings and Atlanta lost to Dillon Gee and New York to end an otherwise strong homestand. The NL East-leading Braves were 7-2 in the homestand while winning two of three against the Mets.
Mariners 6, Royals 4 — Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift visiting Seattle.
Giants 13, Padres 5 — Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs to lead San Francisco on the road.
Cubs 9, Marlins 7 — Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and host Chicago connected four times to beat Miami.
Diamondbacks 4, Blue Jays 3 — In Phoenix, Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and Arizona avoided a three-game sweep with a win over Toronto.
Astros 6, Twins 5 — Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted Houston over visiting Minnesota.