TORONTO — Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning, Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save and the New York Yankees rallied from three runs down to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Wednesday night and snap a four-game skid.
Robinson Cano drove in the Yankees’ first run in this three-game series with a one-out single in the eighth. Alfonso Soriano followed with an RBI double, helping New York avoid falling further behind in the AL wild-card race.
New York came in 3½ games behind Tampa Bay and Texas for the second wild card. The Yankees have 10 games remaining. The Rays and Rangers played Wednesday night.
David Huff (3-1) pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief of Phil Hughes to earn the win.
Angels 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading Los Angeles over Oakland.
Hamilton connected against Grant Balfour, who blew his third save of the season. Jesse Chavez (2-4) was the loser.
Mike Trout added a two-run home run for the Angels, who won for the fourth time in five games.
Mariners 8, Tigers 0
DETROIT — Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander to help Seattle beat Detroit.
Iwakuma (13-6) matched his career high going eight innings, giving up just four hits and one unintentional walk. His 25-inning scoreless streak on the road matches a franchise record.
Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs, four hits, walked three and struck out six over seven innings. He was hoping to win consecutive starts for the first time in more than three months.
Twins 4, White Sox 3
CHICAGO — Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June, and the Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday.
Diamond (6-11) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first big league win since June 20 against the White Sox. Since then, he was 0-5 with a 6.20 ERA in eight starts and spent more than a month at Triple-A Rochester.
Minnesota had only scored four runs during the first two games of the series, but matched that in the first two innings, scoring once in the first and three times in the second against John Danks (4-14).
Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello, Eric Fryer and Brian Dozier drove in runs that helped the Twins win for the second time in eight games.