TORONTO — Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of their AL wild-card showdown.
Ezequiel Carrera also homered as Toronto won its sixth in eight games. Its leads the wild-card standings by two games over Baltimore with five to play.
The Orioles are one game ahead of the Tigers for the league's final playoff spot.
Orioles slugger Chris Davis was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Will Little after striking out against Joe Biagini in the seventh.
YANKEES 6, RED SOX 4: Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin homered off David Price for host New York, which ended Boston's 11-game winning streak and kept it from clinching the AL East title.
TIGERS 12, INDIANS 0: Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs in the first two innings, and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift host Detroit.
METS 12, MARLINS 1: Noah Syndergaard struck out eight in six innings, and visiting New York totaled 19 hits to remain in the lead for an NL wild card.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 4: Former East Lake standout Chris Coghlan hit a three-run triple and John Lackey escaped trouble for five innings for visiting Chicago.
NATIONALS 4, D'BACKS 2: Max Scherzer boosted his NL Cy Young candidacy with 10 strikeouts in six innings, and Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead three-run homer for host Washington.
Around the league
NATS LOSE CATCHER: Nationals All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee and is out for the rest of the season.
GIANTS ADD DEPTH: San Francisco acquired infielder Gordon Beckham from the Braves, getting help for the final week with Eduardo Nunez injured.
BLUE JAYS: Former Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit will miss the rest of the regular season with a torn left calf muscle.
METS: Left-hander Steven Matz is scheduled to have surgery next week to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow and will miss the rest of the season.