The Baltimore Orioles scored seven runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees and avoid a three-game series sweep.
Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy each hit three-run home runs for the Orioles, who ended an 18-inning Major League Baseball scoreless drought with their outburst against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees’ bullpen yesterday in New York.
The Orioles improved to 72-63 and are three games back in the race for the second of the American League’s two wild-card playoff berths. The Yankees dropped to 72-64 and are 3 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Oakland Athletics 5-1 yesterday.
The A’s beat the Rays 5-1 to sweep their series and move 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the AL’s top wild card berth and within one game of the Texas Rangers in the AL Western Division race. The Rangers lost to Minnesota 4-2.
The AL East-leading Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-6 win, while the Detroit Tigers, who are atop the AL Central, were shut out 4-0 by the Cleveland Indians.
The St. Louis Cardinals moved back into a tie with Pittsburgh atop the National League Central Division with a 7-2 win over the Pirates.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers swept the San Diego Padres as Yasiel Puig hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of a 2-1 win.