The Tampa Bay Rays now find themselves on the outside looking in of the American League wild card race after losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday. The Rays, losers of five of six, wild card leader Oakland by two and a half games and second wild card leader Baltimore by a game and a half.
Baltimore beat Chicago 5-3 and it now goes to New York for a big AL East series. Chicago leads the AL Central by three games after second place Detroit lost 2-1 to Kansas City in a series sweep. Seattle beat Minnesota 5-4; the A’s dump Cleveland 12-7 and Los Angeles takes care of Boston.
In the National League, Washington now leads the NL East by five and a half games over Atlanta after an 8-1 win over St.Louis. San Francisco increases its NL West lead over Los Angeles to four and a half games with an 8-4 win over Houston and a 2-0 loss by LA to Arizona. The Braves lead the wild card by three games over St.Louis and the Cardinals lead Pittsburgh by a half game for the second wild card spot.
In other games, Philadelphia nips New York 3-2 and Chicago beats Milwaukee 12-11.