CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer singled in a run with two outs in the ninth, helping the Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
Guyer's hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the rightfield corner and scored Coco Crisp. The former Rays infielder, acquired by Cleveland on Aug. 1, was the third pinch-hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.
Cleveland leads Detroit by seven games in the division. The Indians haven't won the AL Central since 2007.
Brian Flynn walked Jose Ramirez to start the ninth then fumbled a bunt by Crisp, batting for Lonnie Chisenhall, down the first-base line for an error.
Catcher Salvador Perez threw Ramirez out at third on Abraham Almonte's sacrifice attempt. Rajai Davis, batting for Tyler Naquin, hit a hard ground ball that deflected off Soria's foot and rolled to first baseman Eric Hosmer for the out. Guyer then delivered with the winner that fell in despite a sliding effort by rightfielder Paulo Orlando.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 2: David Ortiz broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and visiting Boston won its sixth straight. Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for the Red Sox, who stretched their lead over Baltimore in the AL East to five games.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 1: Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings and James McCann and Miguel Cabrera homered for visiting Detroit, which moved within 1½ games of the second AL wild card.
BRAVES 5, METS 4: Julio Teheran pitched seven sparkling innings and last-place Atlanta blunted host New York's bid to extend its NL wild-card lead. Teheran has a 0.73 ERA in his past five starts against the Mets.
MARLINS 1, NATIONALS 0: Giancarlo Stanton homered to back a strong outing by former Alonso High standout Jose Fernandez for host Miami.
CUBS 6, REDS 1: Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings and had an RBI double, and Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs for host Chicago, which reduced its magic number to three for clinching homefield advantage through the NL postseason.
Around the league
PADRES PUNISHMENT: Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident teams fully disclose medical records but said his office has demonstrated that it will use discipline as a way to discourage rules violations. Manfred's comments came less than a week after MLB suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay for his actions in the Drew Pomeranz trade to the Red Sox.
CUBS: Right-hander Pedro Strop is set to be activated off the disabled list Friday, solidifying the bullpen for the playoffs. Strop needed surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee suffered during his last appearance Aug. 10. A groin strain then set back his rehab.
METS: Right-hander Jacob deGrom will have season-ending surgery this week to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He said he expects to be ready for spring training.
TIGERS: Second baseman Ian Kinsler and DH Victor Martinez were out of the lineup a day after being hit by pitches.