In keeping with the season’s events in the section, the Yankees required 12 innings and still fell two runs behind before Brian McCann’s three-run walk-off blast won them the game.
The result saw them finally separate from the pack as the Baltimore Orioles lost 1-0 to the Chicago White Sox to fall one game behind in second – John Danks pitching seven shut-out innings.
The Rays are two games behind the summit along with the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost 8-6 to the Detroit Tigers in a remarkable game. Detroit led 8-0 and pitcher Anibal Sanchez was eyeing a no-hitter until Ezequiel Carrera’s single sparked a six-run Jays rally in the eighth inning, but they came up short.
The Boston Red Sox prop up a division covered by just seven wins after losing 12-8 in a 10-inning slug-fest against AL West leaders the Houston Astros. Carlos Correa had a home run followed and the go-ahead hit and Jon Singleton drove in three runs, while Hanley Ramirez went long for Boston.
The Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 with a six-run second inning while the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 with two-run homers from Logan Morrison, Seth Smith, Nelson Cruz and Brad Miller.
AL Central leaders the Kansas City Royals beat nearest pursuers the Minnesota Twins 3-2 in 10 innings.
The Cleveland Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 but National League Central leaders the St Louis Cardinals could not take advantage, losing 2-1 to the San Diego Padres as the best record in the Major Leagues was diminished further by a fourth straight loss.
The Chicago Cubs lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins while Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds, their sixth straight win.
Elsewhere in the National League, East beat West as the Washington Nationals and New York Mets saw off the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers respectively.
Clint Robinson’s two-run homer beat out Buster Posey’s solo shot in Washington’s 2-1 win and the Mets won by the same scoreline, despite Adrian Gonzalez clearing the fences, as Kevin Plawecki’s sacrifice fly saw Lucas Duda home for the winner.
The Atlanta Braves were also 2-1 winners against the Philadelphia Phillies while the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3.