CLEVELAND – Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a three-run homer, Yaisel Puig drove a three-run double and the Cleveland Indians moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 10-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Carlos Carrasco made his longest relief appearance since his midseason cancer diagnosis, and the Indians matched the Tampa Bay Rays with six games to play. Both teams are 92-64 and two games behind Oakland, which leads the wild-card race.
The Phillies (79-75) are six games out in the NL wild-card chase with eight games left. They open a five-game series at Washington tonight. The Nationals and Brewers are tied for the top spot.
Carrasco (6-7) relieved starter Adam Plutko with two on in the fifth and got All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to hit into an inning-ending double play. Carrasco, in his ninth appearance since leaving the club in June to treat leukemia, struck out three and allowed one hit in 22/3 scoreless innings.
RED SOX 7, RAYS 4: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Nathan Eovaldi pitched six gritty innings, and Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer to lead Boston.
The Rays won the first two games of the series by identical 5-4 scores in 11 innings.
The defending World Series champion Red Sox were eliminated from postseason play Friday night.
RANGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3: In Oakland, California, Willie Calhoun hit two of Texas' five homers as the Rangers slowed Oakland's wild-card push.
The A's had won 10 of 11 but couldn't stretch their two-game lead over Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card. The Rays fell to the Boston Red Sox 7-4 Sunday.
Texas ended a seven-game skid. Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara all went deep to help the Rangers salvage the final game of their last road trip this season.
Three of the five home runs came on first pitches, helping Texas avoid its first winless multicity trip since 1991.
BREWERS 4 PIRATES 3: In Milwaukee, Eric Thames hit two home runs as Milwaukee moved into a tie with Washington atop the NL wild-card standings.
Orlando Arcia connected for the Brewers.
The Brewers are four games ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 3: In Miami, three relievers each gave up an extra-base hit in a seventh-inning meltdown as Washington's streak of 11 consecutive wins against Miami ended.
With the loss, the Nationals fell into a tie with Milwaukee atop the NL wild-card standings.
Hunter Strickland and Wander Suero gave up two runs apiece in the seventh, and Tanner Rainey gave up an RBI triple by Starlin Castro as the Marlins rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-3 lead.
METS 6, REDS 3: In Cincinnati, Michael Conforto homered to cap a four-run first inning as New York gave its faint playoff hopes a boost.
J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo also connected for the Mets, who are 41/2 games behind Milwaukee and Washington in the NL wild-card standings.