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Mariners eliminate Rays from postseason

TAMPA — Jose Lopez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night, eliminating the defending AL champions from the postseason.

Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run homer for the Mariners, who ended Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

Tigers 3, Indians 1

CLEVELAND — Edwin Jackson wouldn’t allow the AL Central to get any tighter.

Detroit’s steady starter pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season, and the first-place Tigers kept their slender lead over Minnesota with awin over the staggering Indians, who dropped their ninth straight on Tuesday night.

Royals 5, Red Sox 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Zack Greinke bolstered his Cy Young Award credentials by holding Boston to two hits in six scoreless innings, leading the Kansas City Royals to a victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Greinke is 3-0 with a 0.26 ERA in his past five starts, allowing 18 hits and one earned run in 35 innings. With the stingy stretch, Grienke has lowered his major leading-leading ERA to 2.08.

Greinke (15-8) became the first Royals pitcher to win at least 15 games in a season since Paul Byrd won 17 in 2002.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5

TORONTO — Aaron Hill doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore, the Orioles’ sixth straight loss.

Hill, who hit a solo home run, reached 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.

Shawn Camp (2-6) pitched one inning for the win.

Twins 8, White Sox 6

CHICAGO — Michael Cuddyer hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth and Matt Tolbert homered in the same inning and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox.

The Twins won for the eighth time in nine games despite blowing two leads and getting a dismal start from Jeff Manship.

Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Jason Kubel added a solo shot for the Twins, who stayed within 2 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

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