Will Middlebrooks blasted a solo homer in the ninth to tie the game and give Mariano Rivera his seventh blown save of the year. Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Mark Reynolds added a RBI-double in the fourth.
Nationals 6, Marlins 4: Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond each had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Ryan Zimmerman smashed a solo homer. Stephen Strasburg earned the victory despite issuing two run-scoring balks in the second inning.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1: Yovanni Gallardo had another impressive performance, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings. Gallardo has a 1.35 ERA in five starts since being activated off the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Royals 5, Tigers 2: Bruce Chen tossed seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, only throwing 81 pitches. Eric Hosmer hit a three-run off Doug Fister in the fifth, while Billy Butler and Alex Gordon each had a RBI-single.
The Royals have the most wins in the AL since the All-Star break, noted by Jeff Passan:
Royals have an AL-best 32 wins since All-Star Game. Top 2nd-half records: LAD 36-11, ATL 31-16, KC 32-19, DET 30-19, BOS 29-19, CIN 28-20.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 8, 2013
Mets 2, Indians 1 Eric Young doubled in the game-winning run off Indians closer Chris Perez, handing Cleveland a key loss as they try to grab a Wild Card spot. Justin Turner drove in the Mets' only other run with a solo homer. The Indians' offense only mustered five singles and zero extra-base hits, stranding eight runners.
White Sox 4, Orioles 2: Adam Dunn hit his 31st home run of the season, driving in a pair of runs to help the White Sox end a nine-game losing streak. Baltimore missed a number of opportunities, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The final out of the game was particularly tough for the Orioles; they loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth against Addison Reed, but Reed forced Ryan Flaherty to hit a RBI-groundout for the first out of the inning. Chris Dickerson then pinch-ran for Flaherty and attempted to steal second, but Bryan Roberts hit a foul pop during the attempt. Dickerson lost track of the ball, causing him to get doubled off first to end the game.
Phillies 3, Braves 2: Darin Ruf cracked a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth to give the Phillies a three-game sweep over the Braves. Cole Hamels turned in a strong performance, allowing two runs on two hits over eight innings, striking out nine.
Atlanta still owns the best record in the NL, but they have lost four games in a row. Also, Evan Gattis hit one of the longest home runs of the season.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 2: St. Louis scored five runs off Charlie Morton in the first two innings, increasing their lead over the Pirates in the NL Central to 1½ games. Morton exited the start in the second inning with discomfort in his left foot.
Matt Carpenter collected two hits, giving him the most hits at Busch Stadium III in a single-season, according to Chad Thornburg of MLB.com. David Freese, Pete Kozma and Jon Jay also had multi-hit games.
Athletics 7, Astros 2: Seth Smith hit a three-run homer, capping off a seven-run third. Brandon Moss went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Yoenis Cespedes also had a multi-hit game. Bartolo Colon turned in a quality start, surrendering one run on five hits while striking out seven over six innings.
Rangers 4, Angels 3: Alex Rios hit the game-winning double, driving in Ian Kinsler in the top of the seventh inning. Rios smashed a solo homer in the first, while Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. The Texas bullpen held the Angels to one run over the final 5⅔ innings after Nick Tepesch only lasted 3⅓.
Rays 4, Mariners 1: Tampa Bay scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally and defeat Seattle. James Loney tied the game up at 1-1 with a double, and two more runs scored later in the inning on a Sean Rodriguez single. Fernando Rodney picked up his 33rd save of the year with a perfect ninth.
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2 (11 innings): Angel Pagan hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Giants a thrilling victory over the Diamondbacks. Madison Bumgarner struck out nine over six shutout innings, but he received a no-decision after Arizona scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game.
Reds 3, Dodgers 2 : Ryan Hanigan delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning for Cincinnati, who kept pace behind St. Louis in the tight NL Central race. Jay Bruce hit his 29th home run of the season in the second inning off Clayton Kershaw. Both Kershaw and Homer Bailey gave up two runs over seven innings.