Detroit — After taking a huge division lead and nearly giving it all up, the Chicago White Sox need just one more win to clinch a berth in the playoffs.
Jose Contreras won his eighth straight start, and Scott Podsednik had four hits, leading the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers, 8-2, Wednesday night and opening a three-game lead for Chicago.
The White Sox would clinch no worse than a wild-card berth in the playoffs with one victory in their last four games.
"I just know we've got to win tomorrow," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "We've got four games left, and that's the most important one."
Devil Rays 1, Indians 0
Cleveland - Tampa Bay's Seth McClung pitched eight shutout innings as the Devil Rays beat Cleveland. McClung (7-11) allowed just four hits and only two runners to reach second base.
Athletics 6, Angels 1
Oakland, Calif. - Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer to reach 100 RBIs.
Rangers 7, Mariners 3
Seattle - Chris Young matched the Texas rookie record with his 12th victory.
Yankees 2, Orioles 1
Baltimore - Alex Rodriguez homered, Derek Jeter singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, and New York used a strong pitching performance by Shawn Chacon to beat Baltimore.
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
Boston - Bronson Arroyo gave up three homers and all seven runs as Boston lost to Toronto.