The Cleveland Indians increased their winning Major League Baseball streak to 11 matches with victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Carlos Santana’s RBI single sparked a three-run ninth inning which set up the 5-3 victory and gives the Indians their best run of successes since 1982.
Top met bottom in National League Central – but it was not straightforward for the pace-setting Chicago Cubs, who needed a five-run 15th including a Javier Baez grand slam to see off the challenge of the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2.
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Colorado Rockies 14-9 in a rain-delayed match which finally concluded at 1.15am in Denver. Former Rockies hitter Troy Tulowitzki was applauded into the batter’s box in the second inning by the home fans – before launching a solo homer in the fourth.
A seven-run fifth proved decisive as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-5, while a five-run eighth helped the Texas Rangers see off the New York Yankees 7-1.
A three-run eighth proved in vain for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers – and there were two shut-outs on Monday, with the Washington Nationals beating the New York Mets 5-0 and the Minnesota Twins downing the Chicago White Sox 4-0.
A seven-run sixth did much of the damage as the Baltimore Orioles beat San Diego 11-7, although the Padres got six in the last three, while the Philadelphia Phillies inflicted a fourth successive defeat on the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3.
The Oakland Angels pulled out a tense 13-11 win over the San Francisco Giants as closer Ryan Madson allowed homers to Jarrett Parker and Denard Span but then struck out Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford for the save.
Elsewhere, the St Louis Cardinals downed the Kansas City Royals 8-4, the Boston Red Sox saw off the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2, the Houston Astros got past the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 and the Pittsburgh Pirates went down 5-2 to the Seattle Mariners.