Beltran's homer lifts Yankees
• NEW YORK 3, CHICAGO 2: Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer off White Sox ace Chris Sale, leading Michael Pineda and the host Yankees to a victory Thursday in their push for a playoff spot. After a tribute before their first home game since October great Yogi Berra died, the Yankees closed within three games of idle Toronto in the AL East. New York cut its magic number to six for clinching at least a wild-card slot.
• TEXAS 8, OAKLAND 1: Cole Hamels pitched six innings to earn his fifth consecutive win and Prince Fielder hit his 22nd homer as the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the host Athletics. Texas moved a season-high 14 games over .500 and extended its lead to 3½ games over idle Houston in the AL West. The Rangers play host to the Astros this weekend.
• TAMPA BAY 4, BOSTON 2: Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven solid innings, and Evan Longoria's home run sparked a three-run sixth to lift the visiting Rays.
Dodgers turn it around
• LOS ANGELES 6, ARIZONA 3: Chris Heisey hit a grand slam in a six-run fifth inning and the host Dodgers moved closer to clinching the NL West by beating the Diamondbacks. Clayton Kershaw (15-7) left after five innings trailing 3-0, but he ended up with his fifth victory in six starts when the Dodgers rallied.
• NEW YORK 6, CINCINNATI 4: Daniel Murphy had three hits, including a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning, and the Mets closed in on their first playoff appearance in nine years by beating the host Reds. New York's magic number to clinch the NL East fell to three with this victory and Washington's loss.
• ST. LOUIS 7, MILWAUKEE 3: Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty hit back-to-back homers and combined for seven RBI to power the Cardinals over the host Brewers for their fifth victory in a row, protecting their four-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
• PITTSBURGH 5, COLORADO 4: Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the visiting Pirates earned their 10,000th victory since joining the National League.
• MIAMI 1, PHILADELPHIA 0: J.T. Realmuto's seventh-inning triple scored the only run for the host Marlins.
• BALTIMORE 5, WASHINGTON 4: Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters hit two-run homers and the Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the host Nationals.
• Dave Dombrowski stayed in-house by hiring Mike Hazen as Red Sox general manager. Hazen has been with Boston since 2006, and his promotion from assistant GM is the first big move by Dombrowski since he took over as president of baseball operations in August.