Tigers 9, Twins 2 (Game 1)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Upton hit his 26th home run of the year and Victor Martinez also homered as the Detroit Tigers topped Minnesota in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
The game was a makeup of Wednesday's rain-shortened game, which was postponed in the bottom of the third inning. There was no score in the game before it was called.
Upton's homer came off Twins reliever Alex Wimmers and broke a 1-1 tie. The 444-foot blast landed in the bullpens in left-center field and gave the Tigers the lead for good.
Tigers 4, Twins 2 (Game 2)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings as Detroit completed a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota with a win.
The Tigers swept the three-game series at Target Field, and thanks to the Baltimore Orioles getting swept by the Boston Red Sox, Detroit now owns sole possession of the second American League wild-card spot. The Tigers are a half-game up on the Orioles.
The Toronto Blue Jays hold the first wild-card position and are 1 1/2 games in front of Detroit.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 3
Andrew Benintendi lined a tiebreaking single in the fifth, Hanley Ramirez added a solo homer, and David Price threw seven solid innings as the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-3 victory Thursday night.
The Red Sox (89-64) and Price (17-8) both have eight-game winning streaks. Boston improved its American League East lead over the idle Toronto Blue Jays to 5 1/2 games while slumping Baltimore (82-71) fell seven games back.
Boston's magic number is five to clinch the division championship.
The Orioles lost their fourth straight and fell for the sixth time in eight games on an 11-game homestand. Baltimore is in a tight battle with the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros for the second AL wild card.
Indians 5, Royals 2
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana's three-run home run in the sixth inning broke a tie and lifted Cleveland to a victory over Kansas City at Progressive Field.
Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. With Thursday's win, the Indians reduced their magic number for clinching the American League Central Division title to four.
Reliever Dan Otero (5-1) pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit relief with two strikeouts to get the win. Closer Cody Allen pitched the ninth inning to earn his 29th save.
Rays 2, Yankees 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Last-place Tampa Bay avoided a sweep with a shutout win over New York, which is trying to keep its postseason hopes alive in a wild-card logjam.
Rays rookie Blake Snell (6-8) threw five shutout innings, and former Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against his old team.
Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome went 1 1/3 innings for his 35th save, getting the final out with a runner at third when Jacoby Ellsbury lined out to center field. The Yankees, who were shut out once in the first 122 games of the season, have been blanked five times in the past 30 games.
Braves 6, Marlins 3
MIAMI -- Matt Kemp slugged two home runs and had three RBIs as Atlanta won its sixth game in a row, defeating Miami at Marlins Park.
Kemp, acquired from the San Diego Padres on July 30, leads the Braves with 33 homers and 104 RBIs. He has 10 multi-homer games in his career, including three this season.
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman, who drove in two runs, extended his hit streak to 26 games. It's the longest active hit streak in the majors and the longest by a Braves player since Dan Uggla had a run of 33 in 2011.