Mike Aviles doubled and accounted for the Indians' only run batted in. Cleveland finally gained ultimate ground, moving into the second spot in the Wild Card standings after spending several days at a half-game behind the leaders.
Royals 2, Rangers 1: Alcides Escobar drew a bases-loaded walk against Neftali Feliz in the bottom of the eighth inning to put Kansas City ahead, and Greg Holland slammed the door the following inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Orioles 4 (18): The longest game of the night ended in the 18th inning when David DeJesus singled to right field off Bud Norris to drive home Desmond Jennings to keep Tampa Bay atop the Wild Card standings. The teams combined to use 21 pitchers in the marathon.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 3: One day after clinching a playoff spot, the Red Sox won the AL East behind Jon Lester, who struck out eight in seven innings of work. Dustin Pedroia finished with three hits and Mike Carp added three RBI.
Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus left the game prior to the bottom of the first inning after being hit in the head with an errant warm-up throw.
Reds 6, Pirates 5: Cincinnati scored three times in the top of the ninth and added the go-ahead run on Joey Votto's solo home run an inning later. Billy Hamilton provided a spark for the Reds, scoring from second base on an infield single after stealing his 10th bag in nine games.
The Reds and Pirates are tied atop the NL Wild Card standings.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 6: Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning gave the Cards a two-game lead in the NL Central. Matt Adams hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning but Edward Mujica allowed a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extras.
Yankees 5, Giants 1: Alex Rodriguez hit his 24th career grand slam, surpassing Yankees legend Lou Gehrig for the most in MLB history. New York stayed relevant in the AL Wild Card race with the win, climbing to within 2½ games of the Rays and Rangers.
Detroit remains six games ahead of Cleveland with eight to play.
Nationals 8, Marlins 0: The Nats kept their playoff hopes alive on the back of Jordan Zimmermann, who racked up nine strikeouts and allowed two hits in a complete-game shutout. Washington remains five back in the Wild Card race.
Braves 9, Cubs 5: Chris Johnson had three hits, including a home run, to move into a first-place tie with Michael Cuddyer in the NL batting race. The Braves reduced their magic number to clinch the NL East to one.
Padres 2, Dodgers 0: Jedd Gyorko homered, Robbie Erlin tossed 7⅔ shutout innings and Huston Street struck out L.A.'s mighty pinch-hitting duo of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp with runners on the corners in the ninth.