BOSTON (AP) Boston clinched its first postseason berth since 2009, beating Baltimore 3-1 on Thursday night behind John Lackey's two-hitter.
Coming off a last-place finish and a 69-93 record - their most losses since 1965, the Red Sox have rebounded under first-year manager John Farrell and ensured at least a wild-card berth in the postseason. They lowered their magic number to two for clinching the AL East.
Boston scored all its runs in the second on Stephen Drew's two-run homer and Dustin Pedroia's RBI single.
Lackey (10-12) held the Orioles hitless until Adam Jones homered with out one in the seventh, his 32nd this season. The right-hander allowed a one-out single to J.J. Hardy in the eighth, striking out eight and walked two in his 16th career complete game.
Chris Tillman (16-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.
BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 2
TORONTO (AP) - New York lost for the fifth time in six games.
Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the sixth. Adam Lind added a three-run homer in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain.
New York, which began the night 2 1/2 games back for the second AL wild-card berth, lost two of three in Toronto while scoring just six runs and hitting .198 (19 for 96). The Yankees are in danger of missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons.
New York won 12 of its first 13 games against Toronto this year but lost four of its final six.
Kuroda allowed three runs and eight hits in six inning with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Rookie Todd Redmond (4-2) gave up one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk. Casey Janssen relieved with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, then finished for his 32nd save in 34 chances.
TIGERS 5, MARINERS 4
DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate for Detroit.
The Tigers trailed 4-3 after Seattle's Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer in the fifth, but Fielder's RBI single in the seventh tied it. Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled off Charlie Furbush (2-6).
Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers. Doug Fister (13-9) struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 22 chances.
Detroit pushed its AL Central lead to 6 1/2 games. Second-place Cleveland hosted Houston on Thursday night.