Indians 4, Tigers 2: At Cleveland, Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer, and Casey Blake and Coco Crisp had solo shots as Cleveland took a half-game lead over New York in the wild-card race with a win over Detroit. Cleveland has won 15 of 20.
Devil Rays 7, Yankees 4: At New York, Carl Crawford hit a two-run double and scored three times, Mark Hendrickson (9-7) won his fifth straight decision and Tampa Bay held off New York. The last-place Devil Rays are 11-5 against New York this season.
Angels 3, Red Sox 0: At Boston, Paul Byrd allowed four hits in seven innings as West-leading Los Angeles topped Boston to avoid a three-game sweep.
Royals 4, White Sox 2: At Chicago, J.P. Howell combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and Angel Berroa had a go-ahead homer as Kansas City defeated Chicago. The Royals had been 0-8 at Chicago this year and are 3-12 against the White Sox overall.
Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 7 (12): At Pittsburgh, Humberto Cota singled home the winning run in the 12th, and Pittsburgh overcame Tony Clark’s two homers and five RBIs to defeat Arizona and end a 10-game home losing streak.
Marlins 8, Nationals 4: At Washington, Josh Beckett (13-8) hit his first career home run, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Pierre drove in three runs each to lead Florida over Washington. Florida moved within one-half game of wild-card leading Houston.
Cardinals 5, Mets 0: At St. Louis, Chris Carpenter (21-4) became the first 21-game winner in the majors, Albert Pujols homered twice and St. Louis handed New York its 10th loss in 12 games.
Padres 3, Rockies 2 (10): At San Diego, Robert Fick singled in the winning run with two outs in the 10th, and Scott Linebrink (6-1) pitched a perfect 10th as West-leading San Diego beat Colorado to climb one game better than .500.
Cubs 5, Giants 3: At San Francisco, Nomar Garciaparra hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and Carlos Zambrano (13-5) struck out his last five batters as Chicago defeated the Giants for its sixth road victory in seven games.
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