NEW YORK — Delmon Young’s solo homer in the seventh inning lifted Tampa Bay to its seventh consecutive victory and kept the Rays one game ahead of Cleveland in the AL wild-card race.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb allowed three hits in seven innings of work. Tampa Bay lowered to two its magic number over Texas for clinching an AL wild-card berth.
The Rays swept this three-game series, outscoring the Yankees 19-3.
Cobb (11-3) took a one-hit shutout into the eighth, retiring 15 in a row between walks to Curtis Granderson in the second and Robinson Cano in the seventh. He wound up allowing three hits in seven innings-plus.
Evan Longoria hit an RBI single in the fourth against Ivan Nova (9-6) and a two-run single off Dellin Betances in the eighth. Young hit a long solo homer to left-center in the sixth.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 5
In Minneapolis, reliever Joe Smith struck out pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia to stop a ninth-inning rally and Cleveland won its seventh consecutive game, holding off Minnesota to keep its edge in the AL wild-card race.
The Twins scored four runs in
the ninth and had runners on first and second before Smith got the
Cleveland leads Texas by one game for the second wild-card spot. Each team has three games left in the regular season. Tampa Bay is on top in the chase, one game ahead of the Indians.
Yan Gomes hit a towering two-run homer and Michael Brantley added three hits and two RBI from the leadoff spot.
Bryan Shaw (7-3) picked up the victory in relief of Zach McAllister by getting five key outs over the fifth and sixth innings.
RANGERS 6, ANGELS 5
In Arlington, Texas, pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar homered leading off the ninth inning, and Texas overcame a four-error inning to beat Los Angeles to keep pace in the playoff chase.
The Rangers started the day a game behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians beat Minnesota 6-5 on Thursday.
It was the fourth consecutive time the Rangers have beaten the Angels on a walk-off homer at home. They did it each time in a three-game sweep in late July.
Joe Nathan (6-2) got the win after striking out two with a runner at third and one out in the top of the ninth.
Profar’s sixth homer came off Michael Kohn (1-4).
Josh Hamilton, back in Texas with a chance to damage the postseason hopes of a team he helped lead to consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011, went 1 for 3 with two walks. He was on third in the ninth when Mark Trumbo struck out to end the inning.
Trumbo snapped an 0-for-25 skid with three hits, including a tying single in the seventh that drove home Kole Calhoun, who had a leadoff triple off Tanner Scheppers.