Cubs 3, Braves 1: The Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, handing Scott Downs his first blown save of the season. Travis Wood tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven. Atlanta's magic number remains at one.
Edaurdo Nunez and Alfonso Soriano each blasted home runs for New York; Soriano has 17 homers since leaving Chicago.
Rays 5, Orioles 1: Alex Cobb threw a gem, striking out 12 over 8⅓ innings. Desmond Jennings drove in four runs, blasting a three-run homer and an RBI-triple. The first pitch for Saturday's game came 10 hours, 56 minutes after Friday night's 18-inning marathon.
Indians 4, Astros 1: Scott Kazmir shutout the Astros for seven innings, surrendering four hits while fanning 10. Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first, while Asdrubal Cabrera led the team with three hits. Cleveland maintained its hold on the second AL Wild Card spot with the win.
Athletics 9, Twins 1: The Oakland offense exploded for 16 hits, lowering the Athletics' magic number to one. Alberto Callaspo paced the offense with four hits, hitting a homer and driving in three runs. Jarrod Parker turned in a quality start, allowing one run on four hits over six innings.
The visiting dugout was flooded at the O.co Coliseum with sewage for the third time this season, with Glen Perkins providing a picture of the scene:
Visitor dugout in Oakland. Probably 4" of standing water/potential sewage. pic.twitter.com/kAZGQx0cfr— Glen Perkins (@glen_perkins) September 21, 2013
Pirates 4, Reds 2: A.J. Burnett struck out 12 over seven innings, helping Pittsburgh gain a one-game lead over Cincinnati for the top NL Wild Card spot. Russell Martin cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, while Marlon Byrd drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.
The White Sox entered the ninth with a 6-0 lead, but Detroit rallied for six runs to force extra innings. The Tigers lowered their magic number to two with the win.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 2: Matt Adams put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run first, and St. Louis broke the game open with five-run eighth. Lance Lynn earned his 14th win of the year, only allowing one run on four hits over 6⅓ innings. St. Louis holds a two-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central, and trails Atlanta for the best record in the NL by a half-game.
Rangers 3, Royals 1: Matt Garza had a dominant performance, surrendering one run on five hits over eight innings. Ian Kinsler led off the game with a triple, scoring on an Elvis Andrus grounder. Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in a run for the Rangers.
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2: Mark Buehrle surpassed the 200-inning mark for the 13th consecutive season. Clay Buchholz threw 106 pitches in his third start since being activated from the disabled list, his first time crossing the 100-pitch barrier.
Dodgers 4, Padres 0: Clayton Kershaw earned his 15th win of the season, shutting out the Padres for seven innings. The southpaw struck out 10 while only allowing five baserunners, lowing his ERA to 1.88. Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis each hit two-run homers. Puig's homer went 457 feet, the second-longest homer in Petco Park history (.gif courtesy @ChadMoriyama):
Angels 6, Mariners 5: The Angels surrendered three runs over the final two innings, but held on for the victory. Collin Cowgill had an impressive performance, hitting a triple, home run and stealing home.