Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over eight impressive innings for the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who stretched their division lead over Texas to 5 1/2 games with a 1-0 victory over the Rangers and Yu Darvish on Saturday.
Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox dealt the New York Yankees\' wild-card hopes another blow with a 5-1 win on Saturday.
Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw, and the San Francisco Giants held off the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 4-2 win on Friday night when Adrian Gonzalez\'s hard grounder took a fortunate hop for the final out.
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Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Oakland Athletics survived a shaky night from the bullpen to extend their AL West lead with a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Pete Kozma scored on catcher Mike Zunino\'s passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals retook the NL Central lead with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Friday night.
Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs while Kyle Lohse retired 23 consecutive batters at one point and finished with a four-hitter, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning, Koji Uehara closed with another perfect inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-4 Friday night.
Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego\'s two-run eighth and the Padres beat Atlanta 4-3 on Friday night to spoil Braves rookie David Hale\'s debut.
Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4 on Friday night.
Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs, Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings in place of Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Friday night for their seventh straight victory.
Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings, Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday, beating the White Sox for the 10th time in a row this season.
Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBI, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago White Sox 14-3 on Thursday night to remain to 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot.
Brendan Ryan scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Jim Johnson, and the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Thursday night after blowing a four-run lead.
Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings and Sean Halton hit a home run to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past St. Louis 5-3 on Thursday night, snapping the Cardinals\' five-game winning streak.
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