Price's 100th win extends Jays' East lead

Price's 100th win extends Jays' East lead

Saturday's regular-season action was packed full of postseason implications as 14 of the 16 games were divisional matchups. The top two teams in the National League clashed in St. Louis, and a few postseason hopefuls further muddled the American League Wild Card race.

Here's a look at how the results shaped the playoff outlook:

Blue Jays gain a game on Yankees
Backed by yet another impressive performance from David Price, the Blue Jays gained some separation on the Yankees in the AL East on Saturday.

Gibbons on Price's 100th win

Price picked up his 100th career win as Toronto defeated the Orioles, 5-1, at Rogers Centre, while the Yankees dropped a close one against the Rays, 3-2.

Price has yet to surrender more than three runs in a start since joining the Blue Jays at the Trade Deadline. He's pitched at least seven innings in six of his seven outings with Toronto.

The Blue Jays have a 1 1/2 game advantage over the Yankees in the AL East with seven head-to-head matchups remaining. The Yankees still have a hold on the AL's top Wild Card spot, four games ahead of the Rangers.

"There's still a lot of baseball to be played," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's unfortunate we didn't get it done today, but again, I like the approach, I like the way we played. We just didn't get it done."

Crowded AL Wild Card picture remains murky
The Rangers preserved their 1 1/2-game hold over the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot by edging past the Angels in Anaheim. The 2-1 loss dropped Los Angeles to 3 1/2 games back and snapped the team's three-game winning streak.

Beltre's RBI single

Minnesota matched its 2014 win output (70-92) with a 3-2 victory over the Astros. It was just Minnesota's 20th win against a team with a record above .500 this season (20-31).

Further down the standings, the Rays sit 4 1/2 games out after a narrow 3-2 victory over New York.

All four clubs remain in the hunt for the second Wild Card spot opposite the Yankees. In their respective pennant races, the Twins have the furthest to climb as they trail the first-place Royals by 12 games. Tampa Bay is 10 games back of the Blue Jays, while the Rangers and Angels both trail the Astros in the AL West by two and 5 1/2 games, respectively.

Cardinals extend division lead over Pirates
The Cardinals picked up their Major League-best 87th win in a divisional showdown with the second-place Pirates. St. Louis now leads the NL Central by 6 1/2 games entering Sunday's rubber match.

Recap: PIT 1, STL 4

"It's big," Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter said of the win. "[Sunday], if we can win that game and come out of this deal up 7 1/2 with 26 games left, that's important. At the same time, we can't look ahead. All we can do is come out and play tomorrow, take this one game at a time, because we know they're not going to quit."

The Bucs have struggled in opposing NL Central ballparks this year, losing 22 of 30 games. But despite the loss, Pittsburgh still has the third-best record in baseball and a three-game lead on the Cubs for the top Wild Card spot.

Other things to know
Bartolo Colon tossed a complete-game shutout as the Mets dominated the Marlins, 7-0, in Miami, maintaining their five-game lead over Washington in the NL East.

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• The Nationals also won Saturday as they continue to linger in the NL playoff picture. They've now won 10 of their last 14, homering 24 times and scoring 89 runs in that span. Washington is 7 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot.

• The Dodgers and Giants both won, so LA retains its season-high 7 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. The Dodgers' magic number for a third consecutive division title is down to 20.

• The Royals lost 6-1 to the White Sox, but their magic number to clinch the AL Central (16) remains the lowest among all division leaders.

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If the postseason began today ...

Wild Card: Rangers at Yankees
Division Series: Wild Card at Royals, Astros at Blue Jays  

Wild Card: Cubs at Pirates
Division Series: Wild Card at Cardinals, Mets at Dodgers

AL Wild Card Game: Oct. 6
NL Wild Card Game: Oct. 7
AL Division Series begin: Oct. 8
NL Division Series begin: Oct. 9
NL Championship Series begins: Oct. 16
AL Championship Series begins: Oct. 17
World Series begins: Oct. 27

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.