Palmeiras and Mogi Mirim both consolidated their spots in the Campeonato Paulista top six on Wednesday with respective two-goal wins.
Meanwhile, leaders Sao Paulo went three points clear atop the table with a 2-1 win away at Sao Bernardo FC.
But Corinthians were denied late in a 1-1 draw away to XV de Piracicaba that cost them third spot on the table.
An 88th-minute equaliser to Diguinho helped XV earn a point in their relegation plight.
A brace to Leandro guided Palmeiras to a 2-0 home win to Botafogo at the Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho.
Goals in the sixth and 48th minutes from the former Gremio front man was enough to push Palmeiras to 24 points in 13 matches, and fourth spot in the league.
Mogi Mirim snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-1 win away at Atletico Sorocaba.
Wesley Ladeira struck a first-half brace for the visitors at Centro de Integracao Comunitario Walter Ribeiro, either side of a goal to Atletico's Bruninho.
Waguininho then sealed the result with a 90th-minute goal for Mogi Mirim, just five minutes after coming on as a substitute, to make it goals in back-to-back matches for the 23-year-old.
Mogi Mirim sit behind Palmeiras on 23 points in fifth spot.
Oeste and Bragantino played out a 2-2 draw at the Estadio dos Amaros.
Hosts Oeste led on 12 minutes via goal to Lele, but the visitors had all eyes on the three points courtesy of second-half goals to Geandro and Serginho.
However, despite playing the final 22 minutes with 10 men, Oeste salvaged a point when Wanderson struck in the 81st minute.
Both sides remain in mid-table, just like Linense and Penapolense - who played out a 1-1 stalemate.
Penapolense struck first at the Estadio Municipal Gilberto Siqueira Lopes via Gualberto in the 67th minute, but hosts Linense earned a point with an 84th-minute strike to Tarracha.
Sao Paulo left it late before earning all three points at the Estadio Primeiro de Maio, as Rodrigo Caio's 82nd-minute strike seeing them to their ninth win in 12.