Adam Plutko pitched six effective innings, rookie Oscar Mercado homered and the Cleveland Indians beat visiting Detroit 7-2 on Tuesday night for their 15th straight victory against the Tigers.
Cleveland has won 16 of 17 in the season series.
The Indians trail the Twins by five game in the AL Central but are one game behind the Rays, whose game was still in progress Tuesday night, for the second AL wild-card spot.
"We've got to keep battling," Mercado said. "We have a chance to do something special. We can't get down on ourselves and think about how luck hasn't been on our side."
Plutko allowed two runs and four hits in his first win since he beat Detroit on Aug. 27.
Mercado hit a solo drive in the second for his 12th homer. Jordan Luplow's pinch-hit triple in the third drove in two runs, and Roberto Perez also had two RBI on two hits.
New York 8, Los Angeles 0: Luis Severino pitched four dominant innings in his injury-delayed season debut for the Yankees, who routed the visiting Angels. The two-time All-Star got hurt while warming up before his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5. This game he allowed just two singles, struck out four and walked two.
Baltimore 8, Toronto 5: Rookie Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle as the visiting Blue Jays beat the Orioles.
Houston 4, Texas 1: Justin Verlander got his MLB-leading 19th win and Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez all homered as the Astros lowered their magic number to one to clinch a playoff berth.
Milwaukee 3, San Diego 1: Mike Moustakas hit his 35th home run of the season, Lorenzo Cain also went deep and the host Brewers beat the Padres for their 11th win in 12 games.
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 4: Rhys Hoskins and Jose Pirela hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel in a five-run fourth as the Phillies beat the host Braves.
Cincinnati 4, Chicago 2: Sonny Gray and two Reds relievers shut down the host Cubs.
Washington 6, St. Louis 2: Howie Kendrick finished a triple shy of hitting for a cycle, and Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings, as the Nationals beat the host Cardinals. Washington increased its lead for the NL's top wild card to 1 ½ games over the Cubs and Brewers.
New York 6, Colorado 1: Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings, and Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso all homered in the sixth to as the Mets beat the Rockies in Denver to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.
San Francisco 7, Boston 6 (15): Pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson's sacrifice fly for the visiting Giants drove in the winning run in the 15th inning. The teams combined to use 24 pitchers. Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of former Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski, hit a solo homer in his first game in Fenway Park.