at New York 3, Boston 2: Jason Giambi hit a two-run home run as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, then singled in the winning run in the ninth as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series and won the final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium between the teams. Mariano Rivera (5-5) entered with the score tied in the eighth and pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for the win, helping the Yankees overcome another poor performance by Alex Rodriguez. Booed vociferously all afternoon, Rodriguez struck out three times and popped up with runners at the corners and one out in the sixth. The three-time most valuable player also had a terrible game Tuesday, going 0 for 5 and grounding into two double plays.
at Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2: Edwin Jackson took a shutout into the eighth inning, Cliff Floyd and Willy Aybar each homered, and the Rays guaranteed no worse than a .500 record for the first time. Tampa Bay, 81-51 and an American League-best 49-19 at home, took two of three from Toronto and is 11-0-1 in series play since the All-Star break. Jackson (11-8) gave up one run and six hits over seven-plus innings in winning for the sixth time in his last seven starts. Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
at Oakland 3, Minnesota 2: Pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and the Athletics won consecutive games for the first time since July 10-11.
at Angels 7, Rangers 5: Pinch-hitter Juan Rivera doubled off the wall in right-center to drive in three runs in a five-run eighth inning for the Angels. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 51st save in 56 chances, putting him six saves short of Bobby Thigpen’s major league record set in 1990.