ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Myers drove in Evan Longoria, who also doubled off Rubby De La Rosa (0-1), to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.
Jake McGee (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth before Fernando Rodney got three outs to earn his 34th save. The Rays lead the crowded race for the second AL wild card despite going 5-13 since Aug. 25.
David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Boston, which has an 8 1/2-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.
The Red Sox threatened in the ninth when Stephen Drew had an infield single and pinch-hitter Mike Carp walked with one out. Rodney worked out of the jam when pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks lined out to third and Dustin Pedroia popped out.
Ortiz has 43 career homers against Tampa Bay, the second-most by an opponent. Of those, 28 have come at Tropicana Field.
ATHLETICS 8, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A.J. Griffin allowed two hits in seven innings for Oakland.
Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3 1/2-game lead over idle Texas in the AL West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.
Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota, which has lost six of eight.
In winning his fourth straight start, Griffin (14-9) struck out eight and walked just one batter.
Making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, Minnesota's Scott Diamond (5-11) allowed five runs - four earned - in 4 2-3 innings.
ANGELS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) - Garrett Richards pitched 6 2-3 innings for his third straight win and Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Erick Aybar had two hits and scored twice as the Angels won for the 15th time in 20 games and improved to 12-2 in their past 14 road contests.
Calhoun went 2 for 3 with a walk to help the Angels win for the 10th time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays. Los Angeles recorded its first sweep in Toronto since April 16-18, 2010.
Jose Reyes homered and finished 4 for 4 with a walk, but the Blue Jays lost for the 29th time when scoring first.
Richards (7-6) allowed three runs and nine hits, walked one and struck out four. He's 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three September starts.
J.A. Happ (4-6) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.