BALTIMORE – Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday night in a game that featured an on-field confrontation between the teams’ managers.
With the victory, the Orioles moved within 11/2 games of idle Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. The Yankees fell three games behind Tampa Bay.
Tillman (16-5) allowed two runs and four hits in seven-plus innings.
Both dugouts emptied briefly after the first inning, when Orioles Manager Buck Showalter angrily exchanged words with Joe Girardi after the Yankees’ manager apparently said something to Baltimore third-base coach Bobby Dickerson. Showalter had to be restrained by plate umpire Ed Hickox.
INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3: Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 in seven innings and Asdrubal Cabrera, Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana each hit solo homers, leading Cleveland to a win at home in a matchup between two teams in the thick of the AL wild-card chase.
The Indians, who won despite having only five hits, stayed even with Baltimore, 1½ games back of Tampa Bay for a second wild-card spot.
WHITE SOX 5, TIGERS 1: Chris Sale outpitched Max Scherzer, denying him 20 wins, and Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning as Chicago won at home.
Scherzer (19-3) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings as he lost consecutive starts for the first time this season.
TWINS 6, ANGELS 3: Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 3, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs as Minnesota broke a 10-game home losing streak and averted the worst home losing skein since the franchise began in Washington in 1901.
Left-hander Travis Wood (9-11) beat Cincinnati for the first time in his career, repeatedly pitching out of threats for seven innings as Chicago stalled the surging Reds at Cincinnati.
The Reds were coming off a strong week — six wins in seven games against the rival Cardinals and the NL West-leading Dodgers.
NATIONALS 9, METS 0: Gio Gonzalez was inches from a no-hitter and Washington hit five home runs in a rout at New York.
Gonzalez (10-6) held the overmatched Mets hitless into the seventh before pinch-hitter Zach Lutz broke up the bid with a soft single for New York’s only hit — a looper that landed on the first-base line, taking out a chunk of chalk well behind the bag.
First-base umpire John Hirschbeck correctly called it fair, but Gonzalez paused behind the mound to stare in his direction.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 2: Evan Gattis drove in two runs to highlight Atlanta’s highest-scoring inning in more than a month as the Braves snapped a four-game slide with a win at Miami.
Kris Medlen (13-12) got the win after allowing six hits and two runs in 61/3 innings.
Atlanta (86-57) passed idle Boston (87-58) for baseball’s best record.
PIRATES 1, RANGERS 0: Clinching Pittsburgh’s first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish at Arlington, Texas.
Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee to guarantee their first non-losing season in more than two decades.