Game 1: Angels 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Torii Hunter hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels boosted their wild-card chances by rallying past the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Sunday.
Hunter's double into the left-center gap came off Joe Nathan (3-5), who blew a save for only the third time in 39 chances this season.
The big hit by Hunter came right after Nathan struck out Mike Trout, who earlier in the game became the first major league rookie with 30 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season.
Los Angeles (88-70) moved within two games of Oakland (90-68) for the AL's second wild card. The A's played at home later Sunday against Seattle.
Texas (92-66) saw its division lead over the A's cut to two games with four to play.
Game 2: Rangers 8, Angels 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in six runs as the Texas Rangers assured themselves and two other teams of spots in the playoffs with an 8-7 victory Sunday night, earning a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Angels.
Napoli's second homer in the nightcap was a go-ahead three-run shot in the third.
Two-time defending AL champion Texas (93-66) can be no worse than a wild card. The Rangers can clinch their third consecutive AL West title by winning once in a three-game series at Oakland that starts Monday.
Los Angeles, which won Sunday's opener 5-4, trails the A's by three games for the AL's second wild card with three games left.
The loss by the Angels (88-71) also clinched playoffs spots for Baltimore and the New York Yankees, who are tied for the AL East lead.
Athletics 5, Mariners 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to move Oakland a win closer to the club's first playoff berth in six years, and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Sunday to stay right on the heels of Texas in the AL West race.
Cespedes also hit an RBI triple and Moss had a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the A's, who are 2 games back of Texas in the AL West.
The two-time reigning AL champion Rangers come to the Coliseum for the final three games starting Monday with the division crown still up for grabs.
Oakland (91-68) leads Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games for the second AL wild card.
Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6
TORONTO (AP) — Eduardo Nunez drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly, and the New York Yankees overcame a four-run deficit to beat Toronto Blue Jays 9-6 Sunday and remain tied with Baltimore atop the AL East.
Eric Chavez homered for the Yankees (92-67), who completed a 4-3 trip and headed home for a season-closing series against Boston. The Orioles (92-67) beat the Red Sox 6-3 and traveled to Florida for their final series, at Tampa Bay.
Toronto took a 5-1 lead in the fifth against Phil Hughes, but the Yankees closed in the sixth on a run-scoring pitch by Henderson Alvarez and tied it an inning later on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice fly, Robinson Cano's RBI double against Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup's run-scoring wild pitch.
Indians 15, Royals 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera capped a 10-run fifth inning with a grand slam and the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 15-3 Sunday.
Zach McAllister (6-8) pitched five-hit ball over 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs as Cleveland improved to 2-1 with interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.
Royals starter Luke Hochevar (8-16) was tagged for nine runs over 4 2-3 innings.
The Indians tied a season high in runs and hits, 19. It was their ninth double-digit hit total in 10 games. They've won six of them, including a 15-4 victory in Kansas City a week ago.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left in the sixth with left groin tightness as Kansas City lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are in the middle of the AL East pennant race, although not exactly in the fashion they envisioned at the beginning of the season.
At this point, however, the Red Sox can't even fulfill their role as spoilers.
After losing three in a row to the Baltimore Orioles, the last one 6-3 on Sunday, the Red Sox now head to New York to face the Yankees in a season-ending, three-game series.
Baltimore and New York are in a first-place tie in the division, and the Red Sox are in last. The last time Boston (69-90) lost 90 games was in 1966.
Twins 2, White Sox 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, assuring that the Tigers won't lose any of their lead on the White Sox in the AL Central.
The Tigers entered the day two games up on Chicago in the division with four to play.
Fielder's opposite-field shot off Jared Burton (3-2) barely got over the wall in left field for his 30th homer of the season.
Miguel Cabrera, who is trying to become the first player since 1967 to win the triple crown, went 0 for 3 with an intentional walk, dropping his AL-leading batting average to .325.
Twins star Joe Mauer went 3 for 4 with an intentional walk to raise his average to .323.
Rays 3, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Price became Tampa Bay's first 20-game winner, B.J. Upton homered twice and the Rays stayed afloat in the AL wild- card race by beating the fading Chicago White Sox 3-2 Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which began the day three games behind Oakland for the second wild card, won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Rays were eliminated from the AL East earlier Sunday.
Chicago has lost 10 of 12 and moved to the brink of elimination, falling three games behind AL Central-leading Detroit with three games to play. The White Sox held at least a share of the lead from July 24 until Wednesday and had not been third far back since late May.
Chicago's only hope is to sweep three games at Cleveland and have the Tigers lose three at Kansas City, which would force a one-game tiebreaker.
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
MIAMI (AP) — Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings to finish his season with a flourish, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday.
Hamels (17-6) allowed five hits and walked only one in his final start of the year for the Phillies (80-79), who need one win in the final three-game series at Washington starting Monday to finish at least .500 for the 10th straight season.
Carlos Ruiz added three hits for Philadelphia, and Jonathan Papelbon worked his way around a pair of singles in the ninth to get his 38th save in 42 tries.
Jose Reyes had a pair of hits and Carlos Lee drove in a run for Miami, which lost for the 21st time in its last 29 games.
Braves 6, Mets 2
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves won for a major league record 23rd straight time in games started by Kris Medlen, beating the New York Mets 6-2 on Sunday in the regular-season home finale for Chipper Jones.
Medlen (10-1) gave up one unearned run and three hits in six innings, adding to his momentum heading into the postseason. The Braves have already clinched an NL wild-card spot and are on track to host the one-game playoff, which Medlen would start.
According to STATS LLC research going back to 1921, only two other teams won 22 straight starts by a pitcher: the New York Giants with Carl Hubbell (1936-37) and the Yankees with Whitey Ford (1950-53). Ford's streak was interrupted by military service.
The Braves began the day four games behind Washington in the NL East.
Reds 4, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates ensured they'd finish with a record 20th straight losing season Sunday when they blew a ninth-inning lead and lost 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds.
Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul led off the ninth with a home run and Zack Cozart had a go-head double for Cincinnati, who clinched home-field advantage in the NL division series. They are competing with Washington for best overall record in the league.
The Pirates extended their major North American professional sports record. Pittsburgh was 16 games over .500 on Aug. 6, but has lost 18 of 23 to fall to 77-82.
Astros 7, Brewers 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jordan Lyles pitched his first major league shutout and hit his first home run as the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 7-0 on Sunday, eliminating the Brewers from wild-card playoff contention.
The Brewers, who reached the NL championship series last year, had surged since mid-August to get back into the postseason race. But the last-place Astros won two of three at Miller Park to finish off Milwaukee.
The 21-year-old Lyles (5-12) threw a four-hitter in his first complete game in 40 big league starts.
Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jed Lowrie and Matt Dominguez hit solo home runs.
Cardinals 10, Nationals 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals closed in on the NL's second wild-card berth by beating the Washington Nationals 10-4 Sunday.
St. Louis (86-74) reduced its magic number for clinching to two, pending the game later Sunday between the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-75) and Colorado.
Washington (96-63), already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, saw its magic number for clinching the NL East remain at one over second-place Atlanta (93-66).
Lance Lynn (18-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last five appearances.
Giants 7, Padres 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch hitter Xavier Nady homered off Huston Street to tie the game with one out in the ninth and Hunter Spence hit a go-ahead, two-run shot as the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 Sunday.
The stunning rally got Tim Lincecum off the hook for the loss, but the righty still had his second straight shaky start for the NL West champion Giants.
Lincecum allowed a season-high three home runs, including a two-run shot by Logan Forsythe and solo homers by Chase Headley and Yasmani Grandal.
Lincecum might no longer be a lock for the No. 3 spot in the playoff rotation. Manager Bruce Bochy instead might consider lefty Barry Zito (14-8), who was left off the roster for all three postseason rounds during the team's improbable 2010 run to the World Series championship.
Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Rizzo had three hits, David DeJesus homered and the Chicago Cubs ended a seven-game losing streak, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday.
The Cubs had lost 18 in a row against NL West opponents.
Chris Rusin (2-3) allowed one earned run and three hits in five innings.
Brian LaHair's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning against Bryan Shaw (1-6) and two other Arizona relievers.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Beckett earned his first victory in his last five starts and the Los Angeles Dodgers backed him with three homers, beating Colorado 7-1 Sunday for the fifth straight win to stay in contention for an NL wild-card spot.
Matt Kemp, Luis Cruz and A.J. Ellis each hit two-run homers as the Dodgers remained two games behind St. Louis for the second wild card. The Cardinals beat Washington 10-4.
The Dodgers have their first five-game winning streak in more than two months. They end the regular season with a three-game series against the NL West champion San Francisco Giants starting Monday at home.