ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York went ahead with help from a key Tampa Bay error, Russell Martin homered and had three RBIs, and the Yankees regained sole possession of first-place in the AL East with a 6-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.
Eliot Johnson's errant throw to home plate that led to two runs in the seventh inning helped New York win for just the fifth time in 15 games.
New York sat atop the division standings by itself for 84 consecutive days — its longest streak since 2004 — until Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay dropped the Yankees into a tie with Baltimore. They moved back into first place when the Orioles lost to Toronto 6-4. New York leads the Rays by 2 1-2 games.
TORONTO — Rookie Adeiny Hechavarria drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single, Rajai Davis homered and had three RBIs and Toronto beat Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Steve Delabar (4-1) worked one inning of relief for the win as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game slide and ended Baltimore's winning streak at three.
Adam Jones hit a solo home run and Mark Reynolds added a two-run drive off Casey Janssen in the ninth, his sixth in six games and 18th of the season, but it wasn't enough for Baltimore.
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Prince Fielder added a solo shot in the eighth to help Detroit avoid a three-game sweep with a victory over Cleveland.
Detroit's Doug Fister (8-8) allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Torii Hunter drove in three runs and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep at Oakland by rolling to victory after Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a liner off his head in the fourth inning.
McCarthy (8-6) was sent to the hospital after he was struck by Erick Aybar's comebacker. The team said he never lost consciousness.
Howie Kendrick doubled and hit a two-run single to bring the Angels within 2 1/2 games of Oakland for one of two AL wild-card spots. Dan Haren (10-10) allowed one run and three hits in six innings.
CHICAGO — Alex Rios homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs to lead Chicago to a win over Minnesota.
Rios hit a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth to keep Chicago's lead in the AL Central to one game over Detroit.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer, Michael Young also went deep and Texas held on for a victory over Kansas City.
Ryan Dempster (5-1) gave up RBI doubles to Billy Butler in the first inning and Salvador Perez in the sixth, but was otherwise stingy for the AL West-leading Rangers. He only allowed two other hits in six innings, striking out eight to win his fourth straight game.