CHICAGO (AP) -- Nick Swisher's power surge has been a boost for Cleveland as the Indians try for their first postseason berth since 2007.
Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time during the Indians' 7-1 win against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night. Swisher tied the major league record set by former New York Yankees teammate Mark Teixeira, and the Indians pulled within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race.
"The way things are kind of going down the stretch, you've got to step your game up in situations like this," Swisher said. "Seasons like this don't come around very often. We have a chance to make it into the playoffs and that's what we're doing."
Slowed by injuries earlier this season, Swisher has five home runs in 13 games during September.
Batting right-handed against starter Chris Sale, Swisher homered off the left-hander leading off a four-run sixth. Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer made it 6-0.
Switching around to the left-hand side against right-hander Ramon Troncoso in the ninth, Swisher hit his 20th home run of the season. Swisher has 20 career multihomer games.
"It's pretty cool having a major league record for something," Swisher said. "I don't care what it's for. Just to have that especially to share that with my boy Mark Teixeira who I love dearly, it's just crazy. It just happens to be a lucky day."
In a game that started after a rain delay of 4 hours, 23 minutes, the Indians achieved a franchise first by sweeping a four-game series from the White Sox for the third time in a season. Next up is a three-game series at Kansas City, which is three games back of Cleveland.
Zach McAllister (8-9) allowed one run and six hits in 62/3 innings with five strikeouts and a walk.
Last-place Chicago has lost six in a row, and at 58-91 is 33 games under .500 for the first time since finishing 1976 with a 64-97 record, according to STATS.
Sale (11-13) gave up six runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- in 52/3 innings and dropped to 6-11 following a 5-2 start. He has an 8.61 ERA in 23 innings against the Indians this season.
"I thought Zach's stuff today was probably as good as we've seen," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He had velocity with his fastball and some power to it and he commanded it in and out very well."
Matt Carson put Cleveland ahead in the second with an RBI single, starting only the second three-hit game of his major league career. His solo homer in the fifth was his first home run since Sept. 26, 2010, for Oakland. Carson said he watched NFL games during the lengthy delay, which helped calm his nerves ahead of his first start of the season.
"It's definitely been awhile, but to do it in a game like this it was a really good feeling," Carson said of his home run.
Josh Phegley singled in a run for the White Sox in the seventh.
"It was a combination of who you're using and how they were swinging, so right now we're kind of in that rut we're not scoring," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
RED SOX 9, YANKEES 2
BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of two-hit ball to improve to 11-0 and Daniel Nava had four hits to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 9-2 victory over New York and eliminate the Yankees from the AL East race.
Boston leads second-place Tampa Bay by 91/2 games with a magic number of four to clinch its second division title since 1995. The Yankees trail the Rays and Texas Rangers by three in the wild-card standings, with Cleveland and Baltimore also ahead of them in the race.
The Yankees had won the last two division titles and 13 of the last 17.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Buchholz walked four and struck out three and allowed only one unearned run.
Shortly after a pregame ceremony to honor Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in his last scheduled trip to Fenway Park, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Ivan Nova (8-5) to make it 3-1 in the first inning.
TWINS 6, RAYS 4
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and Tampa Bay stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a loss to Minnesota.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays remained tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card spots, a half-game ahead of Cleveland.
Minnesota had lost 11 in a row to the Rays.
Tampa Bay led 4-2 in the eighth, but Peralta (2-8) blew a save for the third time in four chances. After Doumit's 13th home run of the season, Trevor Plouffe singled and Josh Willingham walked. Pinto then sent an 0-1 pitch into the Rays bullpen in center field, the rookie's second career homer.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 2
DETROIT -- Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted Detroit over Kansas City.
Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings, but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 20 chances for the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Jeremy Guthrie (14-11) pitched all eight innings for the Royals, who remained 31/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.
Avila's first homer was a two-run shot in the second. Alex Gordon hit a solo homer for Kansas City in the fourth.
ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and AL West-leading Oakland completed a three-game sweep of chasing and slumping Texas.
Oakland took a commanding 61/2-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West's top two teams. The A's have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.
Texas is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game division lead. The Rangers lost their sixth in row, all at home -- this was their first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.
The Rangers and Tampa Bay are tied for the two AL wild-card spots in a rapidly tightening race. Texas starts a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday.
ANGELS 2, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON -- Patrick Henry High School graduate Marc Krauss hit a solo home run in the second inning but that was all the offense the Astros could muster in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Jerome Williams won a third straight start for the first time since April 2004, and Los Angeles sent Houston to its 98th loss of the season.
Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final season in the National League.
Josh Hamilton had an RBI triple in the first off Paul Clemens (4-5), a drive of the glove of center fielder Brandon Barnes as he went up Tal's Hill. Mike Trout had reached with his AL-leading 100th walk.
Andrew Romine hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth after singles by Erick Aybar and Hank Conger.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO -- Miguel Gonzalez pitched 51/3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and Baltimore beat Toronto.
The Orioles, who came in 31/2 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race, won their first road series since taking two of three at San Francisco on Aug. 9-11.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who hit his 50th home run of the season Friday, went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. He also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
PIRATES 3, CUBS 2
PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
Pittsburgh remained tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead after taking three of four from the last-place Cubs and winning for the sixth time in seven games.
Morneau, acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 31, drove in his first run for the Pirates. The 2006 AL MVP is batting .279 (12 for 43) with Pittsburgh.
With the score 2-2 in the eighth, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop (2-2), took second on Marlon Byrd's bloop single to center and scored on Morneau's single.
Kyle Farnsworth (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mark Melancon completed a three-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
CARDINALS 12, MARINERS 2
ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina broke out of a slump with a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and St. Louis remained tied for first place in the NL Central by beating Seattle in an interleague matchup.
Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining.
Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.
Molina's second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid. Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317.
BREWERS 6, REDS 5
MILWAUKEE -- Sean Halton hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee to the comeback victory over Cincinnati.
Halton's home run came off reliever Zach Duke (1-2), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. It was Halton's third homer of the season and first career walk-off.
Jean Segura sparked a rally with a two-run triple and Carlos Gomez made a game-saving catch for Milwaukee, which dealt a blow to the Reds' pursuit of the NL Central title. The Brewers entered the eighth trailing 5-2. Segura's hit came after Reds relievers walked the first two batters of the inning. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a sacrifice fly to tie it.
Jim Henderson (4-5) pitched a scoreless inning in relief to pick up the win.
Gomez robbed Jay Bruce of what would have been a three-run homer in the ninth when he extended over the center field fence with two outs.
NATIONALS 11, PHILLIES 2
WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for his NL-best 18th win and Washington kept up its late playoff push by routing Philadelphia.
Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games, Bryce Harper hit a pair of doubles and a single and scored three times, and every player in the Nationals' starting lineup had at least one hit.
Washington, which began the day 51/2 games behind Cincinnati for the NL's second wild-card berth, has won eight of nine and 25 of 35.
Zimmerman (18-8) scattered seven hits and single runs in the second and third innings with seven strikeouts.
GIANTS, 4, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES -- Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and San Francisco beat Los Angeles.
Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won.
Pence has 19 RBIs in six games. He drove in three a day after his grand slam and career-high seven RBIs led the Giants to a 19-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.
Jean Machi (3-1) pitched one inning. Sergio Romo closed for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Paco Rodriguez (3-3) gave up Pill's homer.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 2
PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt homered and went 4 for 4, driving in career high-tying five runs to lead Arizona past Colorado.
Colorado star Todd Helton did not play, a day after announcing he would retire at the end of this season. The crowd at Chase Field cheered him early in the game and he waved his cap in appreciation.
Goldschmidt had an RBI single in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third and added a two-run double in the fourth, all against Jhoulys Chacin (13-9).
Goldschmidt leads the NL with 114 RBIs.
Randall Delgado (5-6) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the Diamondbacks, who won have won three of four.
PADRES 4, BRAVES 0
ATLANTA -- Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory, Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and San Diego beat Atlanta.
The Braves lead the NL East by 10 games over Washington. Atlanta opens a three-game series at Nationals Park on Monday night, and can clinch the division by winning twice there.
Smith (1-1) held the Braves hitless until pitcher Julio Teheran singled to lead off the sixth.
Smith allowed three hits and walked two. The rookie made his fifth career start -- he had a 12.41 ERA in his previous starts. He struck out seven of the first 13 Atlanta batters.
Teheran (12-8) gave up seven hits, four runs, no walks and struck out six in 62/3 innings.
METS 1, MARLINS 0, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK -- Slumping rookie Travis d'Arnaud hit a winning single with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting New York over Florida.
Dillon Gee and Tom Koehler took a pitchers' duel into the eighth inning before the Marlins and Mets each used five relievers to finish off the fifth extra-inning matchup this season between the NL East's worst teams.
D'Arnaud came through in a game of many missed opportunities after the two previous batters grounded into forceouts at the plate. New York had loaded the bases with no outs against Zach Phillip (0-1), making his third appearance for the Marlins.
Vic Black (1-0) pitched a perfect 12th inning for his first career win.