Corey Kluber continued his strong second-half run with seven effective innings and Carlos Santana hit a three-run home run to lead Cleveland over Minnesota 7-1 Sunday.
Kluber topped 200 strikeouts for the third straight season in striking out 10 Twins hitters. Santana's 31st homer of the season went deep into the right field plaza at Target Field to open the scoring in the second inning off Minnesota rookie starter Jose Berrios.
Abraham Almonte added three hits and two runs scored for the Indians, who won for the fourth time in five games and extended their lead in the American League Central to seven games over Detroit.
Rays 4, Yankees 2
Corey Dickerson hit one of three home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays, who ended a season-high seven-game winning streak by the New York Yankees with a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Rays handed New York its first loss since Sept. 3 by upping its home run total to 194, five shy of the 2009 team record.
Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also homered for Tampa Bay, which won for the second time in eight games.
Chase Headley homered and Brett Gardner had an RBI single for the Yankees, who were denied their first eight-game winning streak since a 10-game run June 8-18, 2012.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2
WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon broke a tie with an RBI double in the seventh and Gio Gonzalez allowed just one run in seven innings as first-place Washington posted a victory over Philadelphia.
The Nationals, who took three of four from the Phillies, started the day nine games ahead of the second-place New York Mets in the National League East. The Phillies are 5-14 against Washington this year.
Mets 10, Braves 3
ATLANTA -- Yoenis Cespedes clubbed his 30th home run, a long grand slam, and drove in five runs, to help New York beat Atlanta in their final appearance at Turner Field.
The beneficiary of the support was right-hander Seth Lugo, who won his fourth straight start. Lugo avoided major difficulty in the fourth inning when he got out of a bases-loaded mess with only one run scoring. He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts in his first career appearance against Atlanta.
Orioles 3, Tigers 1
DETROIT -- Chris Tillman threw six strong innings in his return from the disabled list and Michael Bourn added a two-run home run to lead Baltimore over Detroit in the rubber match of a crucial three-game series at Comerica Park.
The Orioles entered Detroit on Friday a game ahead of the Tigers for the final wild-card spot in the American League. They left two games up after winning the final two contests of the series.
After going on the disabled list for shoulder bursitis, Tillman outdueled Tigers ace Justin Verlander on the latter's home turf, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings to earn the victory.
Reds 8, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH -- Four Cincinnati pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout and Tyler Holt drove in three runs in a win vs. Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
The Reds, far out of the playoff chase, scored five runs in the second and never looked back. They won three of the four games in the weekend series against Pittsburgh, which fell 6 1/2 games behind a National League wild-card spot. The Pirates have lost three in a row and 11 of their past 13.
The win was the 200th of Cincinnati manager Bryan Price's career.
Brewers 2, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Braun slammed his 27th homer of the year with one out in the ninth inning to give Milwaukee the win over St. Louis.
Braun's homer, his first this season against the Cardinals, came on a 3-2 pitch off reliever Kevin Siegrist after the Cardinals had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.