Wednesday provided more excitement around the Majors as the Nationals edged the Dodgers in a scintillating 14-inning showdown, while the Cards, Tribe, Mariners and Royals grabbed big wins, too.
Hiroki Kuroda tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Brian McCann homered as part of a four-hit performance, leading the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium and snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Yankees came away with a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday but ran themselves out of another potential rally, when a double steal attempt in the first inning resulted in a 2-6-3-4-5-3 double play.
Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion belted two-run homers, while Marcus Stroman fired six solid innings in the Blue Jays' 7-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Schoop, David Lough and Chris Davis all mashed home runs off Cincinnati pitcher Dylan Axelrod during the third and fourth innings, while Miguel Gonzalez tossed a four-hitter. The O's cruised to a 6-0 win against Cincinnati in front of 20,246 and cut their magic number down to 16.
On Wednesday night, starter Danny Salazar logged his first career shutout and the Tribe nine broke through at multiple turns against Tigers righty Justin Verlander, leading to a 7-0 rout for the Indians at Progressive Field. The victory helped pull Cleveland within four games of Detroit in the race for the American League's second Wild Card spot.
This was a week for the Cardinals to size themselves up against their National League Central competitors, with a three-game visit from the Pirates preceding a four-game showdown in Milwaukee. And it has started with a statement. The Cardinals secured a sweep and further buried the Pirates in the division race with a 1-0 walk-off win in front of 42,864 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
Christian Bethancourt led the charge on offense as the Braves beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Wednesday at Turner Field.
With the bases loaded in the 12th, Adam LaRoche didn't know if he could swing the bat. An inning earlier, he was hit on the left elbow by Dodgers right-hander Jamey Wright.
The Nationals used a record 26 players on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and it proved to be enough as they edged the Dodgers, 8-5, in 14 innings.
Felix Hernandez has had his trouble winning games in Septembers past, but the Mariners reversed that trend Wednesday as back-to-back homers by Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the seventh inning helped lift Seattle to a 2-1 victory over the A's at O.co Coliseum.
After the 2011 season, Major League Baseball created a one-game, win-or-go-home matchup of the two Wild Cards in each league to make it more challenging for the non-division champions, and it did. That's why having the Giants sitting atop the NL Wild Card race -- two games in front of Milwaukee -- isn't even on manager Bruce Bochy's radar screen.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said on Wednesday that the Astros are considering conducting an open managerial search, which means that willing candidates would be made available to the media at some point during the interview process.
Yu Darvish's injured right elbow will be examined by Rangers physician Keith Meister on Thursday, when the club returns to Arlington for its four-game series with the Mariners.
Losing the challenge proved fortuitous for the Dodgers, as Justin Turner homered to center field, breaking a scoreless tie and giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead against the Nationals.