OAKLAND, Calif. — Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame a shaky outing by rookie Dan Straily to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-8 Wednesday.
George Kottaras also homered and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run single for the A's, who won the final two games of the series against their division rivals after losing the opener.
Oakland, which began the day a game behind Detroit in the AL wild card race, improved to 17-8 since the All-Star break.
RANGERS 10, RED SOX 9: At Boston, Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning after Texas blew a late four-run lead and the Rangers pulled out their sixth win in eight games.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 2: At Cleveland, Justin Masterson pitched seven strong innings and Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-4 as Cleveland ended an 11-game losing streak.
The Indians avoided tying the 1931 franchise record for consecutive losses.
RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 2: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Alex Cobb pitched seven solid innings, helping the Tampa Bay Rays clinch their 16th consecutive home series win over Toronto.
ORIOLES 9, MARINERS 2: At Baltimore, Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major league start, Matt Wieters tied a career high with five RBIs and the Orioles earned a three-game sweep.
YANKEES 12, TIGERS 8: At Detroit, Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer and driving in four runs, helping the Yankees snap the Tigers' six-game winning streak.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 1: At Chicago, Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since late May, scattering five hits over eight innings.
GIANTS 15, CARDINALS 0: At St. Louis, Marco Scutaro hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs.
BREWERS 3, REDS 2: At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the eighth, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a three-game sweep.
PADRES 2, CUBS 0: At San Diego, Clayton Richard threw a five-hitter and the Padres swept the Cubs.
BRAVES 12, PHILLIES 6: At Philadelphia, Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh after Tim Hudson blew a five-run lead.
MARLINS 13, METS 0: At New York, Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team and the Marlins handed the Mets their ninth straight loss at home.
Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season.
PIRATES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6: At Pittsburgh, Neil Walker homered and drove in five runs, Kevin Correia won his seventh straight decision and the Pirates overcame four errors.
NATIONALS 4, ASTROS 3: At Houston, Gio Gonzalez pitched a nine-inning complete game and hit a home run — both career firsts.
DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 4: At Los Angeles, Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start and Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer.