The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the New York Yankees 5-2 Monday night behind another strong performance by James Shields.
Shields came within one out of his 12th complete game, yielding six hits. Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 24th save, closing it out moments before the Red Sox lost 6-3 at Baltimore. The Rays and Red Sox each have two games left.
B.J. Upton drove in two runs with a third-inning double off Hector Noesi. Kelly Shoppach homered for the second straight day for the Rays, who've won three straight and are 15-8 since Sept. 2, when they trailed Boston by nine games. Johnny Damon's third-inning RBI single moved him into a tie with Lou Gehrig for 57th on the career hits list with 2,721.
The Rays have chosen to play one road game rather than two at home if they finish tied with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels for the AL wild card.
In the event of a three-way tie, the Red Sox would host the Angels on Thursday, with the winner hosting the Rays on Friday.
For a two-team tie, the Rays would host the Red Sox because Tampa Bay won the season series 12-6.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: Boston found another way to lose, this time on a broken-bat single and an inside-the-park homer, and their loss at Baltimore drops them into a tie in the AL wild-card race.
Boston's 17th loss in 22 games enabled Tampa Bay to finally pull even in the duel for the league's final playoff spot.
With the score 2-2 in the sixth inning, Boston starter Josh Beckett (13-7) allowed four runs in an uprising that began with Vladimir Guerrero's 2,587th career hit.
Jed Lowrie homered for the Red Sox, whose September swoon includes four losses in five games against Baltimore.
Phillies 4, Braves 2: Atlanta took another wrenching loss in their September swoon, squandering an early two-run lead against Cliff Lee as playoff-bound Philadelphia rallied for the victory.
Lee (17-8) pitched six strong innings, Jimmy Rollins homered and Raul Ibanez drove in two runs.
The Braves, who began the day with a one-game lead over St. Louis for the wild card, lost their third in a row and seventh in the last 10 games.