Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:
Rafael Betancourt | Rockies 7, Cubs 5
With runners at second and third and nobody out, and the Rockies clinging to a two-run lead in the ninth, Betancourt recorded back-to-back strikeouts, then got Anthony Recker to ground out to shortstop for his 31st save of the season.
Cruz had three hits, raising his average to .308, and two RBIs to help the Dodgers cut their NL Wild Card deficit to three games.
Highlights » Doug Fister | Tigers 5, Royals 4
Fister struck out 10 -- including nine straight Royals to set an American League record -- as the Tigers stayed on top in the AL Central standings.
Highlights » Todd Frazier | Reds 2, Brewers 1
Frazier crushed a game-tying homer off John Axford with two outs in the ninth to set the stage for the Reds' walk-off victory.
Hisashi Iwakuma | Mariners 9, Angels 4
Iwakuma severely dented the Angels' Wild Card chances, stopping their five-game win streak with six solid innings and beating them for the third time this season.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his Wild Card-clinching home run, Longoria hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth to help the Rays win their eighth straight game and keep their hopes alive for an AL Wild Card spot.
Highlights » Brandon Morrow | Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0
Morrow tossed seven sparkling innings, allowing four hits and striking out three for his ninth victory.
Highlights » Michael Morse | Nationals 7, Phillies 3
Morse hit two homers and drove in four runs to help Gio Gonzalez win his MLB-best 21st game of the season as the Nats' magic number fell to 3.
Highlights » Mike Napoli | Rangers 9, Athletics 7
Napoli hit a two-run shot during Texas' five-run first inning and finished with three RBIs.
Highlights » Hector Sanchez | Giants 7, D-backs 3
Sanchez contributed an RBI double to a six-run second inning, then later belted a solo homer.
Highlights » Dan Uggla | Braves 6, Marlins 2
Uggla hit an RBI double and scored in a four-run fourth, and he capped off his night with a two-run single to lead Atlanta's offense.
Highlights » David Wright | Mets 6, Pirates 5
Wright's three-run homer proved to be the difference in Thurday's win over Pittsburgh.
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