The American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays moved further ahead of Baltimore with a 5-1 victory over the third-placed Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday evening.
Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit home runs and Marco Estrada allowed just one run over seven-plus innings to help the Blue Jays post a fourth straight win.
The Orioles remain on course for the second AL wild card spot, but slipped four games adrift of Toronto.
Mookie Betts smashed his 30th homer as the Boston Red Sox trounced the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 to stay two games off the Blue Jays.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers toppled the Chicago White Sox 4-3 at Comerica Park to move within a game of the second AL wild card spot.
The Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-0 to move within two games of the second AL wild card.
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 30, 2016
The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians won 1-0 against the Minnesota Twins, Jason Kipnis’ clutch RBI single breaking the scoreless tie in the series opener.
The AL West-leading Texas Rangers saw off the Seattle Mariners 6-3, while the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 in 13 innings.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the New York Mets edged the Miami Marlins 2-1, and the Los Angeles Angels were 9-2 winners against the Cincinnati Reds.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ NL West lead was cut by a half-game as they went down 8-1 to the Colorado Rockies, while the Kansas City Royals overcame the New York Yankees 8-5, the Washington Nationals were 4-0 winners against the Philadelphia Phillies, and the St Louis Cardinals squeezed past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5.