NEW YORK — Russell Martin homered in the 10th inning against Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win.
Brandon Moss hit a towering drive to right off Rafael Soriano with one out in the ninth to spoil a dominant three-hit outing by Yankees ace CC Sabathia, stunning the boisterous crowd of 40,759. It was Soriano's fourth blown save in 46 chances.
New York maintained its one-game lead over second-place Baltimore, which won 4-2 at Boston. The A's, losers of four of five, dropped one game behind the Orioles for the top spot in the wild-card standings.
Yankees slugger Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Ichiro Suzuki continued his torrid pace with two more hits — one getting caught in Jarrod Parker's jersey.
Martin's second game-ending homer this season gave the Yankees their ninth win in 11 games.
David Robertson (2-7) tossed a perfect 10th for the victory. Doolittle (1-1) pitched the ninth before giving up Martin's homer on an 0-1 pitch.
Mariners 6, Rangers 3
At Seattle, Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help Seattle stop a four-game slide.
Justin Smoak had three hits and scored two runs for the Mariners, who had dropped six of seven overall. Carlos Triunfel hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fourth and eventually came around to score on an error by third baseman Michael Young.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (7-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances.
Angels 6, White Sox 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Angels gained ground in the playoff race.
Mike Trout and Kendrys Morales homered for Los Angeles, which pulled within 31/2; games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.
Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
At Boston, Matt Wieters drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 61/3 solid innings and the Orioles remained one game behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Jon Lester (9-13) lost for the first time in his 21 career starts against Baltimore.
Rays 12, Blue Jays 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention.
Luke Scott drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the Rays, who moved within 41/2; games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.
Royals 6, Indians 3
At Kansas City, Mo., Luis Mendoza pitched into the seventh inning in his first start since a bout with strep throat, leading Kansas City to the victory.
Giants 5, Padres 1
At San Francisco, Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking RBI single on the night he received a prestigious award and the Giants reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to two with a victory over the Padres.
Posey was honored in a pregame ceremony with the "Willie Mac" award as the most inspirational player on the team. He then delivered another big hit when he drove in Marco Scutaro with a single off Casey Kelly (2-2) that gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. That helped Ryan Vogelsong (13-9) match his career high in wins and put the Giants in position to clinch a division title as early as today.
Phillies 6, Braves 2
At Philadelphia, Kevin Frandsen hit one of Philadelphia's four solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick, and the Phillies inched closer in the NL playoff race.
Kendrick (10-11) allowed two runs and five hits in 62/3 innings, striking out six. He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA since Aug. 14.
Dodgers 3, Reds 1, 10 innings
At Cincinnati, Matt Kemp's two-out single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning sent the Dodgers to a victory that denied the Reds' first chance to clinch the NL Central.
The Dodgers won for only the fifth time in 15 games, moving two games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card.
Brewers 4, Nationals 2
At Washington, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez had consecutive RBI hits in the ninth inning off Nationals closer Tyler Clippard and the Brewers extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a win over the Nationals.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4, 11 innings
At Chicago, former Oregon State standout Darwin Barney spoiled Chris Carpenter's season debut with a two-run, game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David DeJesus hit a game-ending single in the 11th to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals.
Carpenter allowed two runs over five innings and was in line for the win before Barney's late home run.
Mets 7, Marlins 3
At New York, the Mets managed to avoid falling into last place in the NL East, beating the cellar-dwelling Marlins behind a big game by Scott Hairston.
Astros 7, Pirates 1
At Houston, Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and Justin Maxwell and Brett Wallace added solo shots to help the Astros coast to a win over Pittsburgh, further dampening the Pirates already dim postseason hopes.
Diamondbacks 15, Rockies 5
At Denver, rookie Wade Miley tossed six innings for his 16th win, Chris Johnson homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, and the Diamondbacks beat the slumping Rockies.
Miguel Montero had three hits and three RBIs, and Adam Eaton added a home run for the Diamondbacks, who set season-highs with 15 runs and 19 hits.