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Infante's grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka (1-1) with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy. Detroit plays its final scheduled home game of the year Sunday and can clinch a third straight AL Central title with a win and a Cleveland loss.
Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, the Tigers scored five runs before the first out. Pinch-hitter Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer to pull Detroit within one.
Al Alburquerque (4-3) got the win.
The Tigers won after trailing by six in the ninth for the first time since Aug. 22, 1947, according to STATS. They beat the Washington Senators 7-6 that day.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Desmond Jennings drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.
The first pitch came 10 hours, 56 minutes after the Rays' 5-4, 18-inning win over Baltimore that ended at 2:05 a.m., a game that stretched on for 6:54 - a record time for both teams. Saturday's game, by comparison, seemed to breeze by in 2:51.
Tampa Bay leads for the wild card, a half-game ahead of Cleveland. Texas is one game behind the Rays.
Cobb (10-3) struck out 12. He didn't allow a hit until Steve Clevenger singled with two outs in the fifth, and left after Adam Jones' RBI sinlge in the ninth.
Miguel Gonzalez (10-8) gave up three runs, two hits and five walks in six innings.
INDIANS 4, ASTROS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a win over Houston.
The Indians won for the eighth time in 10 games. They lead Texas by a half-game for the second wild-card slot.
Houston, a major league-worst 51-104, has lost a season-high eight in a row.
Kazmir (9-9) struck out 10 and walked two. Paul Clemens (4-6) allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings.
RANGERS 3, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race, beating Kansas City.
The Rangers won for only the fifth time in 19 September games. They remained a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.
The Royals, out of the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series, dropped 3 1/2 games in back of the Indians.
Garza (10-6) was 0-3 with an 8.22 ERA in his first three September starts. Joe Nathan got his 40th save in 43 chances.
Jeremy Guthrie (14-12) got the loss.
ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, topping Minnesota behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo.
The A's have won 12 of 15 and lead second-place Texas by 7 1/2 games.
Parker (12-7), who may start the A's postseason opener, gave up one run and four hits in six innings.
Callaspo matched his career highs with four hits and had three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A's.
The game started after a two-hour rain delay. The visiting dugout was flooded and sewage backed up in the A's coaches' bathroom, the third such incident at the Coliseum this season.
Josmil Pinto homered for Minnesota. Pedro Hernandez (3-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in two innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) - Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this season, and the AL East champion Boston Red Sox rested a couple of regulars while falling to Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays.
A day after the Red Sox clinched the division title, they lost for just the sixth time in 21 games. Manager John Farrell didn't start second baseman Dustin Pedroia and first baseman Mike Napoli, and used starter Ryan Dempster for an inning of relief.
Buchholz (11-1) gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He had pitched 11 scoreless innings in his previous two starts, his first since spending three months on the disabled list with a strained neck.
Buehrle (12-9) held Boston to one run in six innings. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 35 chances.
YANKEES 6, GIANTS 0
NEW YORK (AP) - Ivan Nova pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, Alfonso Soriano homered and the New York Yankees beat San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees won for the just the third time in eight games, and are three games behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.
Nova (9-5) struck out seven and walked one in his third complete game this year. Ryan Vogelsong (3-6) took the loss.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners.
Rookie Grant Green hit a three-run double to help Jerome Williams (9-10) win his fourth straight start.
Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 36th save in 40 attempts despite giving up Raul Ibanez's 300th career homer.
Joe Saunders (11-16) tied the Astros' Lucas Harrell and the Cubs' Edwin Jackson for the most losses in the majors.