DETROIT – 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.
Detroit remained six games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and dealt the third-place Royals a setback in the postseason race. Kansas City is one of several teams hoping at least to catch Tampa Bay for a wild card.
Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs and nine hits in 62/3 innings. Three relievers finished. Joaquin Benoit worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 19th save in 19 chances.
Bruce Chen (7-3) allowed five earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings, Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and Cleveland won at Chicago — its 10th consecutive victory over the White Sox this season.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) threw two scoreless innings for the win.
Hector Santiago (4-9) remained winless since Aug. 18 for Chicago, going four-plus innings, and giving up three runs and six hits while walking three.
RAYS 3, TWINS 0: Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and Tampa Bay added to its wild-card lead with a win at Minnesota.
The Rays hold the second wild-card spot with four teams still in striking range. They nudged their edge to 1½ games over Cleveland and pushed the Yankees to two games back. Baltimore (2½ games behind) and Kansas City (3½) are lurking, too.
ORIOLES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th homer, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, and Baltimore erased a 3-0 deficit to win at Toronto, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Davis became the 27th major leaguer to join the 50-homer club, and the first since Jose Bautista in 2010. Davis led off the eighth with a blast to center off All-Star reliever Steve Delabar, connecting on a 2-2 pitch.
The drive made Davis just the third player in major league history with 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. The others were Babe Ruth (1921) and Albert Belle (1995).
ASTROS 9, ANGELS 7: Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez’s grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give host Houston its fourth straight win.
CUBS 5, PIRATES 4: Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and Chicago ended host Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.
NATIONALS 6, PHILLIES 1: Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs, Ross Ohlendorf pitched five strong innings and host Washington won its seventh straight.
Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBI, and Ryan Zimmerman (3 for 4) hit a solo homer and scored three runs for Washington, which trails Cincinnati by 4½ games for the final NL wild-card spot.
PADRES 4, BRAVES 3: 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 won at Atlanta to spoil Braves rookie David Hale’s debut.
METS 4, MARLINS 3: Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and host New York overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating Miami behind Jonathon Niese.
BREWERS 5, REDS 1: Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI while Kyle Lohse retired 23 consecutive batters at one point and finished with a four-hitter, lifting host Milwaukee past Cincinnati.Lor incil utpating essim illa faccum zzriure doluptate magniat veriure magnim il utet, con ut at. Ut augue vulputp tueraesto od et vel il ipsummo oluptat, volore min utat. Ut