A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
John Hicks is off to an impressive start as a fill-in for injured Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Called up from Triple-A on Saturday morning, Hicks is 5 for 10 with a home run and six RBIs in two games. The 27-year-old made his major league debut in 2015 with Seattle and played once for the Tigers last year. He’ll see some familiar faces when Felix Hernandez and the Mariners visit Comerica Park.
Giants pitcher Ty Blach gets another chance to hit against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Last Oct. 1, the rookie went 2 for 3 off Kershaw, helping himself with a pair of singles while pitching eight shutout innings to win at AT&T Park. They’ll match up for the second time in San Francisco, where Kershaw is 10-4 overall.
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.96 ERA) has opened the season with four straight starts of at seven innings while allowing no more than one run. Coming off a down year after winning the 2015 AL Cy Young Award, the Houston lefty hopes to stretch the string when he pitches at Cleveland.
NOT YOU AGAIN
Atlanta righty Julio Teheran tries to extend his dominance over the Mets and end the Braves’ six-game losing streak. He has given up just three earned runs in his last 43 innings (0.63 ERA) against the Mets dating to 2015. Teheran pitched six shutout innings at Citi Field in a no-decision on opening day this year, and is set to start once more at the New York ballpark. The Mets will see how slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and their other ailing starters are feeling.
START IT UP
The Yankees and Red Sox meet for the first of 19 games between the old rivals this year, starting at Fenway Park. Luis Severino (1-1, 4.05) pitches for New York vs. AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-2, 5.32) as Boston opens a season-high, 10-game homestand.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — A tempestuous three-game series between the Red Sox and Baltimore wound up with Matt Barnes being ejected for throwing a fastball behind the head of Orioles star Manny Machado in Boston’s 6-2 victory Sunday.
Barnes’ ejection was the latest facet of this tense rivalry between AL East contenders. His high, very inside pitch came two days after Machado took out Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a spikes-high slide.
Pedroia watched from the dugout for a second straight day with knee and ankle injuries. Machado apologized with a text message on Friday night, but that evidently wasn’t the end of it.
Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez homered on successive pitches in a four-run first inning, and Andrew Benintendi had a career-high five hits to help Boston avert a three-game sweep. Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1) pitched six effective innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save.
Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (1-2) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 6, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Nationals earned their seventh straight victory.
Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep of the short-handed Mets in the first series this season between the NL East rivals.
Missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and two other injured starters, New York (8-11) has lost four in a row and eight of nine to fall 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who own the best record in the majors at 13-5.
Scherzer (3-1) struck out nine. Koda Glover got three outs for his second major league save.
Michael Conforto and Neil Walker homered for New York. Zack Wheeler (1-2) got the loss.
RANGERS 5, ROYALS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched eight innings in his longest outing since elbow surgery two years ago and the Rangers scored the tying and go-ahead runs without a hit, completing a four-game sweep.
The Japanese right-hander retired 15 of 16 batters after giving up three consecutive hits in the third. Two of those were back-to-back drives from Mike Moustakas and Jorge Bonifacio, whose first big league homer came two innings after he singled for his first career hit.
Darvish (2-2) struck out eight as the Rangers finished their second four-game sweep of Kansas City in as many seasons. The Royals have lost five of six since a four-game winning streak.
Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this season.
Kansas City’s Jason Hammel (0-2) pitched three-plus innings and was charged with three runs.
ROCKIES 8, GIANTS 0
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland scattered six hits over seven sharp innings, Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer and the Rockies finished off their first three-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field since 2002.
Freeland (2-1) mixed a wicked sinker with a two-seam fastball to get 12 groundouts and three strikeouts. The Denver native also shattered three bats on a day when the Giants changed their lineup to try to break out of a hitting funk. It didn’t work as they lost for the sixth time in seven games. At 6-13, they’re off to their worst start since 1983.
Jeff Samardzija (0-4) remains winless after going 5 1/3 innings and surrendering seven runs.
Colorado leads the NL West with a 13-6 mark. It’s tied for the second-best start in franchise history.
BLUE JAYS 6, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched a seven-hitter for Toronto, and Devon Travis hit a go-ahead, two-run homer during a four-run eighth inning.
Stroman (2-2) survived a rocky ninth by inducing a game-ending double play in his third career complete game — and his second in 12 days.
Albert Pujols delivered a run-scoring single for the Angels in the third inning shortly after Toronto manager John Gibbons’ ejection. Los Angeles has lost 10 of 12 with an injury-plagued pitching staff.
The Angels clung to a 1-0 lead until Travis connected on a high cutter from Deolis Guerra (0-1) for his first homer.
MARINERS 11, ATHLETICS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered and drove in five runs for Seattle, and Taylor Motter hit his first career grand slam.
Yovani Gallardo (1-2) pitched into the seventh for his first win with the Mariners, who ended a three-game losing streak and won for only the second time in 11 road games.
Oakland had won five in a row.
Motter drove a 1-0 pitch from Andrew Triggs (3-1) over the wall in left-center in the third. It was Motter’s second homer in four games and No. 5 this season overall.
REDS 7, CUBS 5
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and Cincinnati salvaged the finale of the weekend set.
The 40-year-old Arroyo (2-2) allowed Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer — his third of the series — and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13, 2014. The lanky right-hander has needed more than two years to recover from Tommy John surgery.
Raisel Iglesias gave up a pair of runs in the ninth before finishing off the Reds’ 3-7 homestand.
Patrick Kivlehan’s bases-loaded double highlighted a four-run sixth inning off John Lackey (1-3) and decided a matchup of up-in-years starters. The 38-year-old Lackey and Arroyo have combined for 793 starts in the majors.
Despite the loss, the defending World Series champions took two of three in the series and moved back into first place in the NL Central.
DODGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon McCarthy gave Los Angeles a much-needed strong start, Yasmani Grandal homered in a six-run fifth inning and the Dodgers averted a sweep.
After scoring 24 runs in the first two games of the series, the Diamondbacks managed only a two-run homer for Paul Goldschmidt in the first. McCarthy (3-0) allowed five hits in seven innings.
Arizona’s Shelby Miller (2-2) threw four shutout innings before walking the first two batters and giving up an RBI double to Corey Seager in the fifth. He threw one more pitch and left after a visit to the mound by the Arizona trainer. Miller had tightness in his right forearm. He will have a precautionary MRI on Monday, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
ASTROS 6, RAYS 4, 10 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel hit RBI singles in the 10th inning, and Houston rallied for the road win.
Carlos Beltran opened the 10th by drawing a walk from Ryan Garton (0-1). He advanced to second on Jose Altuve’s single and reached third on Carlos Correa’s fly to center. McCann then singled him home, and Gurriel’s two-out single made it 6-4 Astros.
Luke Gregerson (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win and Ken Giles got three outs for his fifth save.
The Astros tied it at 4 on pinch-hitter Evan Gattis’ sacrifice fly off closer Alex Colome in the ninth. Colome was trying for a two-inning save.
PHILLIES 5, BRAVES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera hit consecutive homers in the eighth, helping Philadelphia complete a three-game sweep.
Joey Rodriguez (1-0) got two outs in the eighth to earn the win and Hector Neris finished with a shaky ninth. Neris allowed one run and left the bases loaded.
The Phillies have won five of six to even their record at 9-9.
Matt Kemp went deep for the Braves, who have dropped six in a row after winning five straight. Arodys Vizcaino (1-1) got the loss.
PIRATES 2, YANKEES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova gained a measure of revenge over his old team, limiting the Yankees to just four hits over seven innings.
Nova (2-2) struck out a season-high seven and walked just one, his lone mistake a home run by Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh. Tony Watson picked up his sixth save after working out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the ninth.
Andrew McCutchen reached base twice and scored on a double by Gregory Polanco off New York’s Jordan Montgomery (1-1). David Freese added a sacrifice fly for Pittsburgh, which won despite going just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
WHITE SOX 6, INDIANS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera drove in a pair of runs, Derek Holland tossed six strong innings and the White Sox busted out of an offensive funk.
Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia each added run-scoring hits for Chicago, which managed a total of six hits in the first two games of the series. The win snapped a three-game skid.
Francisco Lindor homered for Cleveland, which had won five in a row. Danny Salazar (1-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Holland (2-2) improved to 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA against Cleveland in his career. He was charged with one run and three hits.
TIGERS 13, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Hicks had three hits, including his first career homer, and drove in five runs to lead Michael Fulmer and Detroit to the road win.
One day after the benches cleared when Tigers starter Matthew Boyd threw behind slugger Miguel Sano in retaliation for teammate JaCoby Jones being hit in the face, there was no sign of lingering hard feelings.
Fulmer (2-1) allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out seven. Jim Adduci had three hits and two RBIs on the day he arrived from Triple-A Toledo and Alex Avila hit a two-run homer for the Tigers.
Kyle Gibson (0-3) gave up seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings for the Twins, who went 2-7 on the homestand against AL Central opponents.
CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Leake pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, leading St. Louis to its sixth win in seven games.
Leake (3-1) gave up two runs and three hits. He scored in the third inning and his two-run single capped a three-run fourth.
The Cardinals took advantage of six walks by Jimmy Nelson (1-1) and an error by the Brewers for their first four runs.
Manny Pina opened the ninth inning for Milwaukee with his first homer and Jonathan Villar added an RBI single.
Seung-Hwan Oh got three outs for his fifth save.
MARLINS 7, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Bour capped Miami’s six-run sixth inning with a three-run homer.
The first six Marlins batters reached and scored in the sixth, helping Tom Koehler (1-1) to his first win of the season.
San Diego’s Luis Perdomo came off the disabled list and shut down the Marlins through five before hitting the wall in the sixth. Martin Prado hit a leadoff single, Christian Yelich walked and Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single to chase Perdomo.
Craig Stammen (0-1) came on and allowed Marcell Ozuna’s RBI double just past the glove of first baseman Wil Myers and J.T. Realmuto’s RBI single to left before Bour hit a no-doubter to right.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy took a five-hitter into the eighth inning, Manny Machado homered and the surging Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Friday night.
It was the seventh win in nine games for the Orioles, whose major league-best 11-4 record includes a 9-3 mark in the AL East. Bundy (3-1) struck out three, walked one and allowed six hits in seven-plus innings. The 2011 first-round draft pick lowered his ERA to 1.37 and extended his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 13. Brad Brach worked a perfect ninth for his third save — all in the past three nights.
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia had to be helped from the field in the bottom of the eighth inning after hurting his knee. The injury occurred when Machado slid into second on a force play and appeared to unintentionally spike Pedroia in the back of the left leg.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 8, ANGELS 7, 13 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning, Joe Biagini escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning and Toronto beat Los Angeles.
The Angels rallied after two Toronto errors in the 13th. Kole Calhoun drove in one run with a single, and Biagini plunked Mike Trout with the bases loaded for another. Biagini then struck out Albert Pujols and got C.J. Cron to line out to center field for his first save.
In the top of the inning, Bautista hit his first homer of the season after two-out singles from Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera against Jesse Chavez (1-3). Bautista’s homer came on a 1-1 pitch and soared out to left-center. The slugger had two hits to bring his average up to .131 this season.
Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in the game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.
CUBS 6, REDS 5, 11 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo tied it with a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth, and Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, rallying the Chicago Cubs past the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs won for the 19th time in their last 23 games against the Reds and for the 16th time in their last 20 games at Great American Ball Park.
Bryant’s sacrifice fly off Robert Stephenson (0-1) sent the Cubs to their third straight win.
Carl Edwards Jr. (1-0) retired the side in the 10th, and Wade Davis got the three outs for his fourth save in as many chances.
ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit his first career grand slam and Charlie Blackmon lined an inside-the-park homer as part of a six-run fourth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies beat Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants.
It’s the first time an NL team has hit a grand slam and an inside-the-parker in the same inning since the 1950 New York Giants, according to STATS. The Boston Red Sox accomplished the feat in 2011.
Tyler Chatwood (2-2) started off shaky before finding his rhythm. He went six innings and allowed four runs. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth straight save to start this season.
Cueto (3-1) struggled in the fourth when the rain picked up intensity.
NATIONALS 4, METS 3, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper homered early, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on a bases-loaded walk by Jeurys Familia, sending the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets for their fifth straight win.
Familia came in for Josh Smoker (0-1) and again had trouble finding the strike zone, forcing home a run with a walk to Trea Turner, as the Mets lost for the sixth time in seven games. New York fell to 1-3 in extra innings early this season.
Enny Romero (1-0) got the win, and Shawn Kelley earned his third save. Jose Lobaton homered in the fifth.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter and faced two over the minimum, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox.
Kluber (2-1) faced 29 batters in his fourth complete-game shutout and first since June 21, 2016, against Tampa Bay. Only one Chicago runner reached second base, and Kluber struck out nine, walked two and threw 110 pitches.
Jose Quintana (0-4) took a fifth straight loss dating to last season. The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Austin Jackson doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Brandon Guyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth — his first of the year.
CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Wainwright homered and drove in four runs while getting his first victory of the season, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wainwright ripped a two-run homer into the second deck in left field off Wily Peralta (3-1) to put the Cardinals up 2-1 in the third. He drove in two more runs with a single in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-1.
Wainwright (1-3) had struggled on the mound this season, but showed better command against the Brewers. He gave up two runs and six hits in five innings, recording a season-high nine strikeouts without walking a batter.
St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler left in the fifth inning with right heel bursitis. He was replaced by Stephen Piscotty.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander stumbled again, Miguel Cabrera left after straining his right groin and the Detroit Tigers wasted a three-run lead against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth inning.
Cabrera had three hits but was hurt while stretching for a throw from third baseman Nicholas Castellanos to first on Brian Dozier’s inning-ending grounder in the sixth. Cabrera was replaced in the middle of the seventh.
Six days after allowing nine runs and 11 hits in four innings against Cleveland, Verlander (1-2) held the Twins to two hits in five innings and led 3-0 before walking Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer starting the sixth. Robbie Grossman chased Verlander with a two-run single.
Hector Santiago (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Brandon Kintzler got his fourth save in as many chances.
PIRATES 6, YANKEES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to CC Sabathia early for a win over the New York Yankees.
Jordy Mercer led off with a solo shot against Sabathia (2-1) in the first and Bell followed an inning later with a two-run homer to the left field bleachers to give Pittsburgh a four-run cushion.
Juan Nicasio (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Tyler Glasnow faltered with two outs in the fifth. Tony Watson got out of a two-on, two-outs jam in the ninth for his fifth save as the Pirates ended a three-game losing streak.
ASTROS 6, RAYS 3
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran, playing three days before his 40th birthday, led off the second inning with his 423rd home run, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays.
Beltran homered off Alex Cobb (1-2) and also singled in the fourth as the Astros won for the ninth time in 11 games. With 1,040 extra-base hits, Beltran is one behind Pete Rose for third among switch-hitters behind Eddie Murray (1,099) and Chipper Jones (1,055).
Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit solo homers in the first three innings off Mike Fiers as the Rays took a 3-1 lead. Houston tied it in the fourth on RBI singles by Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits each, and George Springer hit into a run-scoring forceout in the seventh for a 4-3 lead. Josh Reddick added a sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Danny Farquhar threw a run-scoring wild pitch.
Mike Feliz (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth in relief of Fiers, who allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. Ken Giles retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save.
RANGERS 6, ROYALS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos each homered twice to back a season-high eight innings from Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals.
Gallo’s first homer was a tiebreaking two-run shot in the second inning on a 3-0 pitch — a liner that matched teammate Carlos Gomez for the longest in the majors this season at 462 feet and was the hardest with an exit velocity of 116 mph, according to MLB’s statcast.
All four homers came against Nate Karns (0-1), facing his hometown team for the fourth time. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, losing for the first time since last June in Texas when he was with Seattle.
Hamels (1-0) retired 12 straight from the first to fifth innings.
PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Cesar Hernandez had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Atlanta Braves.
Hellickson (3-0) allowed two runs and just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Freddy Galvis, Aaron Altherr, Tommy Joseph and Maikel Franco each drove in runs for the Phillies, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to Atlanta.
Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves, who have dropped four straight after sweeping four games from San Diego.
Bartolo Colon (1-2) allowed four runs and 11 hits in seven innings. Hector Neris gave up a leadoff home run to Garcia in the ninth and waited out a 24-minute rain delay before recording his second save in as many tries.
PADRES 5, MARLINS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a three-run homer and Trevor Cahill pitched seven strong innings in his home debut for his hometown San Diego Padres, who beat the Miami Marlins for their third straight win.
Hedges gave the Padres a nice cushion when he homered off the front of the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left field corner, his fourth. It was off reliever David Phelps (2-2).
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer, his fifth, with one out in the ninth.
Cahill (1-2) who signed as a free agent on Jan. 20, held the Marlins to one run and three hits in seven innings. He allowed Marcell Ozuna’s homer into the second deck in left to tie it at 1 with one out in the second.
DIAMONDBACKS 13, DODGERS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmany Tomas and Chris Iannetta each drove in two runs in a nine-run eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned a close game into a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chris Taylor’s pinch-hit home run had put the Dodgers up 5-4 in the seventh. Taylor’s homer was the first run allowed this season by Archie Bradley (1-0), who went two innings to get the victory.
The Diamondbacks had six hits and five walks in the eighth. It was the sixth time Arizona has scored nine runs in an inning. The club record is 13.
Luis Avilan walked in the tying run in the eighth and Sergio Romo was called for a balk to bring home the go-ahead score. Ross Stripling (0-1) pitched one inning plus two batters in the loss.
ATHLETICS 3, MARINERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe homered, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners.
Sean Manaea (1-1) allowed one run and five hits over six innings, striking out six and walking three to help the A’s win their season-high fourth straight after losing four in a row.
Plouffe homered in the fifth and Alonso led off the sixth with a tiebreaking shot, with both coming off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2).
Seattle fell to 1-8 on the road — a bad sign for a team that plays 17 of its first 26 games this season away from home.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
SET THAT ALARM
The annual Patriots Day’ game at Fenway Park is always the earliest start in the majors — 11:05 a.m. on the day of the Boston Marathon. Knuckleballer Steven Wright pitches for the Red Sox against Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki figures to get a nice ovation when he returns to Safeco Field. Ichiro was wildly popular in Seattle after making his major league debut in 2001, and became an All-Star in his first 10 years with the Mariners. He was traded to the Yankees during the 2012 season and now, at 43, has 3,031 career hits.
ALL OR NOTHING
The Pirates are 6-6, and the math adds up — they’ve either swept or been swept in every series this season. Coming off three straight victories at Wrigley Field, Pittsburgh will try to extend its winning streak when Ivan Nova starts at St. Louis against Lance Lynn.
Red Sox star Mookie Betts hasn’t struck out this season. Not once. At 119 plate appearances, his string of contact is the longest in the majors since 2004, when Juan Pierre of the Marlins went 147 times in a row without fanning.
The Cubs have blown a save opportunity in three consecutive games for the first time since May 2000. Chicago relievers gave up 12 runs and three homers in 9 1/3 innings over the weekend against Pittsburgh. The Cubs hope to get things straightened out, starting when they host Milwaukee.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Ender Inciarte hit the first home run in baseball’s newest stadium, local product Nick Markakis drove in the first two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Friday night in the regular-season debut for SunTrust Park.
Before a sellout crowd of 41,149 that included former President Jimmy Carter, Commissioner Rob Manfred and one-time home run king Hank Aaron, the Braves won their second straight game after a 1-6 start.
Julio Teheran (1-0) was a bit wild but lasted six innings. He gave up both San Diego runs, working around four walks and two hit batters. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his second save.
Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2). Inciarte gave Atlanta some breathing room in the sixth with a two-run shot to right.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outpitched former teammate Zack Greinke, leading Dodgers to the win.
Kershaw (2-1) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked one in 8 1/3 innings. The left-hander lost his bid for a shutout when Chris Owings doubled in a run in the ninth.
Greinke (1-1), who left Los Angeles for a big free-agent deal with Arizona after the 2015 season, lasted just five innings. He was charged with five runs and 10 hits.
Andrew Toles hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles in the eighth.
MARINERS 2, RANGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings for Seattle, and Mitch Haniger settled for a clutch RBI single instead of an apparent home run.
With the score tied at 1 in the seventh, Haniger hit a drive that appeared to clear the left-field wall for a three-run homer, before bouncing back into the field of play.
After an umpire review of more than two minutes, the call was overturned, giving Haniger a single off Jose Leclerc (0-1), scoring Jarrod Dyson to put Seattle up 2-1.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed one run and six hits. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth, stranding the tying run at third for his second save.
YANKEES 4, CARDINALS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched into the seventh inning, Aroldis Chapman escaped his own jam for his third save in three days and the Yankees earned their fifth straight win.
Chapman allowed a two-out walk to Randal Grichuk and a double to pinch-hitter Jose Martinez before Dexter Fowler — the closer’s teammate on the World Series champion Cubs last year — grounded out to second.
Tanaka (1-1) entered with an 11.74 ERA over his first two starts, but he recovered nicely after Matt Carpenter’s two-run homer in the first. The Japanese right-hander was charged with three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Starlin Castro and Austin Romine homered for New York, which is 4-0 to begin its nine-game homestand.
Michael Wacha (1-1) struck out eight for struggling St. Louis but allowed two homers and four runs over six innings.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Home plate umpire Dale Scott sustained a concussion when he was hit in the face mask by a foul tip from Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo, casting a shadow over the Orioles’ victory.
Scott recoiled after the ball struck the bottom of his mask and staggered backward before going down on one knee in the eighth inning. Once his neck was immobilized on a spinal board, Scott was lifted onto a cart and driven off the field.
The Blue Jays relayed information from Major League Baseball that Scott would miss the rest of the series.
J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, and Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, and Seth Smith also connected. Wade Miley (1-0) pitched six innings for the win, and Zach Britton got three outs for his fifth save.
Toronto has dropped seven in a row, extending its franchise-worst start. Blue Jays ace Aaron Sanchez (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
GIANTS 8, ROCKIES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched seven effective innings for San Francisco, and Brandon Crawford and Chris Marrero homered.
Cueto (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits while winning his third straight start to begin the season. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.
The Giants jumped in front on Marrero’s first career homer in the second, a drive to left off Tyler Anderson (1-2) after Eduardo Nunez walked with two out.
Anderson lasted just four innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits, and also was charged with two balks — matching a franchise record.
RAYS 10, RED SOX 5
BOSTON (AP) — Logan Morrison hit a grand slam for Tampa Bay and Shane Peterson homered in his first big league at-bat since 2015, two of the career-high four homers allowed by Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.
Chris Archer (2-0) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, ending his 11-game losing streak against the Red Sox.
Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. also homered for the Rays, who were coming off losing three straight at Yankee Stadium.
Mookie Betts had four hits for the Red Sox. Porcello (1-1) gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, halting the majors’ longest active streak of pitching at least six innings at 20 games.
MARLINS 3, METS 2
MIAMI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a game-ending RBI double with two out in the ninth inning, and the Marlins snapped the Mets’ five-game win streak.
The Marlins avoided extra innings after a 16-inning loss to the Mets on Thursday.
New York’s Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings, and his ERA soared to 0.95. Syndergaard struck out four and still hasn’t walked a batter in 19 innings this season.
Miguel Rojas had three hits for Miami and walked to lead off the ninth against Josh Edgin (0-1). Realmuto hit a 3-2 pitch into the right-center field gap, and Rojas scored without a play.
A.J. Ramos (1-1), Miami’s sixth pitcher, worked around a walk in a scoreless ninth.
TIGERS 7, INDIANS 6
CLEVELAND (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning after being brushed back in the first, and the Tigers handed the Indians their sixth loss in seven games.
Tensions mounted three batters into the game when Cabrera yelled and gestured at the Indians dugout after an inside pitch from Trevor Bauer. Cabrera shouted at the dugout again when the inning ended, resulting in warnings to both teams.
Cabrera responded in the fifth, lining a 1-1 pitch from Bauer (0-2) into the right-field seats to give Detroit a 4-0 lead.
Alex Avila added a two-run homer in the sixth for Detroit, which played its first night game of the season.
Daniel Norris (1-1) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. Francisco Rodriguez allowed pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s grand slam in the ninth, but struck out Austin Jackson for his fourth save.
ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nori Aoki homered and drove in two runs to help Houston to its third straight win.
Brian McCann drove in three runs for Houston, and Dallas Keuchel (2-0) pitched seven crisp innings.
Khris Davis homered — his fifth of the season — in his first at-bat for the A’s, who lost their second straight.
Oakland starter Kendall Graveman pitched five innings of one-run ball. Ryan Madsen (0-1) got the loss.
ROYALS 7, ANGELS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched seven innings for Kansas City, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer.
Duffy (2-0) gave up a run on a Mike Trout first-inning single, but retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. He improved to 8-0 in his past 16 Kauffman Stadium starts.
Salvador Perez also homered, his fifth of the season, and drove in two runs for Kansas City.
JC Ramirez (2-1), making his first start in the majors after 111 relief appearances, allowed five runs in five innings for Los Angeles.
WHITE SOX 2, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dylan Covey allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning of his big league debut and Matt Davidson hit a solo home run in the seventh, lifting the White Sox to the road win.
Covey walked three and struck out one in 5 1-3 innings. Davidson’s third homer of the year reached the upper deck in right field off Ryan Pressly (0-1), and David Robertson picked up his second save.
Dan Jennings (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
The start of the game was held up 36 minutes by rain. Steady showers fell again in the second and third innings, but the teams were able to keep playing through it.
BREWERS 10, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eric Thames homered for the second straight night and drove in three runs, helping Milwaukee to its fourth straight victory.
Thames’ third home run of the season capped Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning against a Cincinnati bullpen that went into the game with a National League-best 1.13 ERA. Blake Wood (0-1) allowed three hits and three runs, including Jonathan Villar’s tiebreaking double off the glove of right fielder Patrick Kivlehan. Thames followed with a two-run shot into the right field seats off left-hander Wandy Peralta.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Joey Votto added a solo shot in the third to give the Reds a 3-0 lead against Tommy Milone (1-0), who allowed three runs and six hits in five innings with no walks.
PIRATES 4, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs, and the Pirates stopped a four-game skid.
Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (1-1) allowed two runs in six innings, striking out five. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning before Tony Watson retired Ben Zobrist on a bouncer to shortstop for his third save.
Freese doubled twice and scored two runs. The 33-year-old third baseman has reached safely in 12 of his last 15 plate appearances.
The Pirates trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Freese hit a tying single and Cervelli had a two-run double.
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1) pitched five-plus innings and was charged with three runs and six hits. He allowed just one run during three wins against Pittsburgh last year.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2, 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a game-ending RBI double, sending Washington to the win.
Bryce Harper opened the 10th with a single off Jeanmar Gomez. Murphy then hit an opposite-field double to left on his bobblehead day, and Harper came around to easily beat the throw.
The Phillies lost their fourth in a row. They took two of three from the Nationals in Philadelphia last weekend.
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th inning. Gomez (1-1), who was removed from the closer’s role this week after filling it last season, threw a scoreless ninth before Washington broke through.
Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a third-inning single.
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The Indians play their first game in Cleveland since losing an epic Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series last season. Most of the baseball world remembers the Cubs ending their 108-year title drought, but the memories aren’t so positive for the Indians. “It still hurts,” star shortstop Francisco Lindor said last week. “It’s tough. But we’ve got to turn the page.” They’ll try to do that behind Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 3.18 ERA) while facing James Shields (1-0, 1.69) and Chicago’s other team, the White Sox.
Giants star Buster Posey will likely sit out a day but was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball Monday. Posey will be re-evaluated before a game against Arizona, but San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said the catcher is “doing good” following the scary moment. “It’s one of the worst sounds you can hear in baseball, the ball hitting the helmet,” Bochy said. “It’s a scary moment. There’s been a lot of damage to hitters hit in the head.”
The flu-ridden Red Sox return to Boston still trying to kick the bug that’s ailed the club during the first week of the season. The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was fumigated and disinfected ahead of this homestand after Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Robbie Ross and even broadcaster Dave O’Brien have been sidelined by illness. Drew Pomeranz (left forearm flexor strain) comes off the disabled list to make his first start of the season for Boston against Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 ERA).
OUT OF THE GATE
After a day the surprising Minnesota Twins try to maintain the momentum of a 5-1 start when they visit the Detroit Tigers. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays attempt to regroup from a 1-5 start when they play their home opener against Milwaukee.
Trying to shake off his slow start, new Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler faces Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Fowler is 10 for 20 with a home run and four extra-base hits against Gonzalez in his career.
The Nationals placed Trea Turner on the disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring, but manager Dusty Baker was thrilled to only lose the shortstop for 10 days instead of 15 thanks to an offseason rule change. The minimum DL stay was shortened to 10 days for non-concussion-related injuries as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. “I think baseball did one of the best things they’ve done in a long time,” Baker said.
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Bronson Arroyo is set to make his first big league start since 2014 when the Reds host Philadelphia. The 40-year-old had Tommy John surgery two years ago and tore a tendon in his rotator cuff last spring while trying to make Washington’s roster. He’s back with Cincinnati, where he spent eight years as a rotation workhorse before leaving in free agency for Arizona after the 2013 season.
Jeremy Guthrie is set to pitch in the majors for the first time since 2015, starting on his 38th birthday for the Nationals when they visit Philadelphia. The right-hander opened Game 7 of the 2014 World Series for the Royals and struggled with them the following year. He got hit hard last season in the minors for San Diego and Miami and also played in Australia.
Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez are trying to kick a flu bug that kept them out of a game Friday at Detroit. Betts also sat Wednesday because of the illness, as did Brock Holt, though Holt returned to be the designated hitter Friday. Xander Bogaerts and Matt Barnes are also out for Boston, both on the bereavement list.
A NEW ERA
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks makes his season debut, facing the Brewers at Miller Park. He led the majors last year with a 2.13 ERA, setting career highs with 16 wins and 170 strikeouts in 190 innings. He’ll be opposed by lefty Tommy Milone, who joined the Milwaukee rotation after opening day starter Junior Guerra went on the disabled list with a strained right calf.
ANGEL ON THEIR SIDE
The Angels are cautiously confident about a quick recovery for right-hander Garrett Richards after placing him on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps. He missed most of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament, but chose rest and stem-cell injections over Tommy John surgery. He left his first start of the season with pain in his arm, and an MRI showed nerve irritation but no problems with the ligament. “It’s kind of the best thing that we could have hoped for, a mild biceps strain,” Richards said.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun scored from third base on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
Reliever Mike Montgomery (0-2) worked an 0-2 count on Manny Pina with one out before throwing a changeup that bounced past catcher Willson Contreras to the backstop. Contreras’ throw home to Montgomery was late, and the Brewers celebrated by mobbing Braun at the plate.
Braun led off the inning with a single before moving to third after Jesus Aguilar walked and Jett Bandy was hit by a pitch.
Jared Hughes (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander got a 4-6-3 double play to end a threat in the 10th after the Cubs put runners at first and second with one out.
PIRATES 5, BRAVES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — David Freese and Francisco Cervelli hit back-to-back home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their home opener in snow flurries, beating the Atlanta Braves.
Freese and Cervelli went deep off reliever Josh Collmenter leading off the fifth inning. That gave Ivan Nova the cushion he would need at PNC Park, where the game time temperature was 37 degrees.
Nova (1-0) allowed just an unearned run over six innings in his first start since signing a three-year deal in the offseason to stay with the Pirates, who acquired him from the New York Yankees last summer. Tony Watson worked the ninth for his first save. Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) walked three in 3 2/3 innings to end a five-game winning streak dating to last season.
TIGERS 6, RED SOX 5
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox to win their ninth straight home opener.
Red Sox stars Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts were ill and out of the lineup. Boston also was without shortstop Xander Bogaerts and reliever Matt Barnes, who are on the bereavement list.
The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox the lead with a three-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez (1-0).
But what the Detroit bullpen had squandered, the Boston relievers quickly gave back.
Heath Hembree (0-1) walked two batters, and Mikie Mahtook followed with a tying double off Robby Scott. Joe Kelly then allowed walks to James McCann and Jones, forcing in the final run. The Red Sox put runners on second and third in the ninth against Rodriguez, but Chris Young popped out to end it.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Manuel Margot hit his first two big league homers and Yangervis Solarte had a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, helping San Diego beat San Francisco in the Padres’ home opener.
Solarte’s double to the gap in right-center gave the Padres the lead again after the Giants had gone up 5-4 on Brandon Belt’s first career grand slam with no outs in the sixth. Solarte had three hits and four RBIs.
San Francisco’s bullpen troubles continued when George Kontos (0-1) walked Travis Jankowski opening the seventh and allowed a single to Wil Myers before Solarte doubled them in. Solarte advanced on a fly out and scored on Austin Hedges’ sacrifice bunt to make it 7-5. That run came in handy because Belt homered again, off Ryan Buchter, to straightaway center with two outs in the eighth.
Jose Torres (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first big league win. Brandon Maurer pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado and Seth Smith homered, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees.
Machado hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning to make it 5-4, and Smith completed the comeback in the seventh with a two-run shot off Tyler Clippard (0-1).
Donnie Hart (1-0) earned his first major league victory by getting the final out in the New York seventh. Brad Brach struck out the side in the eighth and Zach Britton got three straight outs for his second save. After sweeping Toronto in their opening series, the Orioles are 3-0 and alone atop the AL East.
Matt Holliday homered and had three RBIs for New York, Gary Sanchez hit a two-run drive and Brett Gardner had three hits and scored three runs.
ROCKIES 2, DODGERS 1
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland allowed one run in six solid innings in his major league debut, leading hometown Colorado past Los Angeles.
The Denver native became the first starting pitcher to make his big league debut in his team’s home opener in the state in which he was born since 1966. Freeland (1-0) gave up four hits with a pair of walks and struck out six, including the first batter he faced, Logan Forsythe.
Colorado’s bullpen again came up big as Carlos Estevez and Scott Oberg each threw a scoreless inning before Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) was the loser.
NATIONALS 7, PHILLIES 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth hit homers to back Max Scherzer and Washington held on to spoil Philadelphia’s home opener.
Scherzer (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The NL Cy Young winner waited until the fourth game to pitch after a broken knuckle set him back in spring training.
Aaron Altherr hit a two-run homer off Sammy Solis in the seventh to get the Phillies to 7-4 and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run shot off Blake Treinen in the ninth. Vince Velasquez (0-1) struck out 10, but allowed four runs in four innings.
MARLINS 7, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler lasted just four innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, giving up Derek Dietrich’s go-ahead, two-run triple and Christian Yelich’s two-run homer in the New York Mets’ loss to the Miami Marlins.
Making his first big league appearance in three years, the 26-year-old right-hander started strongly and was given a lead when Curtis Granderson singled in a run in the first against Wei-Yin Chen. Then, Wheeler’s adrenaline appeared to dissipate on a raw night with the temperature in the 40s. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead in the second, and Yelich broke open the game in the third when he drove a pitch off the right-field foul pole, his fourth straight game at Citi Field with a home run.
Chen (1-0) reached on an infield single in the fourth, ending an 0-for-51 slump at the start of his career, the fourth-longest for players who debuted in 1900 or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Wheeler (0-1) allowed five runs, six hits and one walk with four strikeouts, throwing 54 of 80 pitches for strikes.
RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 8
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria homered during a five-run first inning against wild Francisco Liriano and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to outscore the Toronto Blue Jays.
Liriano faced only eight batters, walking four and giving up three hits before getting pulled. The Blue Jays rallied for a 7-6 lead, but Tampa Bay overtook them by scoring three times in the sixth inning, two on a double by Steven Souza Jr. Brad Miller and Derek Norris also drove in two runs each for the Rays.
Xavier Cedeno (1-0) won despite giving up a bases-loaded walk to Troy Tulowitzki that put the Blue Jays ahead in the sixth. Alex Colome got four outs to earn his third save
J.P. Howell (0-1) took the loss.
RANGERS 10, ATHLETICS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nomar Mazara hit his first grand slam and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics for their first victory of the season.
Mazara is hitting .588 through four games, including 3 for 5 in this one. Rougned Odor hit his third homer of the season and had two hits. Texas was swept by Cleveland in its three-game opening series, also at home.
Alex Claudio (1-0) replaced starter A.J. Griffin in the fourth inning and held the A’s to one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Griffin left with scrapes on his pitching palm and both knees after he slid on the warning track near the Oakland dugout trying to field an overthrow by Mazara from right field.
Raul Alcantara (0-1) allowed eight runs and four hits — including both homers — over two innings. He also hit a batter in his sixth big league start.
ROYALS 5, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Vargas got his first win in nearly two years and the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros.
Kansas City got its first victory of the season after being swept at Minnesota in its first three games.
Vargas (1-0) returned from Tommy John surgery last September and earned his first victory Friday since June 8, 2015. He held Houston to a run and six hits and struck out six over six innings. The Royals entered 1 for 14 on the season with runners in scoring position then went 3 for 15 Friday, stranding 10 runners.
Mike Fiers (0-1) allowed two runs in six innings.
TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in almost a year and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox for their first 4-0 start since 1987.
Miguel Sano hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth, and Chris Gimenez added an RBI double in the seventh for the Twins, who led the majors with 103 losses last season after opening 0-9.
Hughes (1-0) made his first start since June 9, 2016, and allowed one run and five hits. The right-hander’s season was cut short last year after he suffered a broken bone above his left knee and underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Hughes last won in a rain-shortened game on April 18, 2016, against Milwaukee.
Tyler Duffey pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Derek Holland (0-1) took the loss in his White Sox debut.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Amir Garrett pitched two-hit ball for six innings to win his major league debut, a sharp start for the former St. John’s basketball player as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Garrett struck out four, walked two and needed only 78 pitches to record 18 outs. The 6-foot-5 lefty played two seasons of hoops for St. John’s while already a Reds minor leaguer.
Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for three innings of hitless relief. Iglesias went two innings to earn his second save.
Joey Votto hit an RBI double off Mike Leake (0-1), who went eight innings. Scott Schebler homered in the ninth.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, INDIANS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two during a five-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from three down to beat the Cleveland Indians.
The Diamondbacks have come from behind in each of their four victories this season, three of those comebacks from three runs down. The Indians lost their first game after a three-game sweep at Texas earlier in the week.
Arizona got four runs in the fifth off Josh Tomlin (0-1) after a single and hit batter. Tomlin struck out the next two batters, but Goldschmidt lined a double into left-center field to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead over the defending AL champions. Jake Lamb, who had two hits and scored twice, delivered an RBI single, ending Tomlin’s night, and Yasmany Tomas greeted reliever Dan Otero with a double down the left-field line.
Shelby Miller (1-0) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Maybin and Kole Calhoun homered, and Jesse Chavez (1-0) pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Mike Trout drove in the first run amid numerous “M-V-P!” chants as the Angels snapped a four-game skid in home openers.
Nelson Cruz drove in the only run for the Mariners, who dropped to 1-4 on their season-opening road trip. Yovani Gallardo (0-1) yielded eight hits and three runs over five innings in his debut for Seattle.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a go-ahead grand slam off closer Sam Dyson in the ninth inning and the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians completed a season-opening sweep with a 9-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Lindor’s first career slam and second homer of the game came after he put the Rangers ahead in the fifth when the shortstop misjudged Joey Gallo’s speed, couldn’t beat the slugger to second base on an attempted two-out force play and allowed two runs to score on a throwing error.
Dyson (0-2) loaded the bases and walked in a run before Lindor’s homer down the right field line during a five-run Cleveland ninth. Dyson blew his first save after giving up three runs in a tie game in an 8-5 loss on opening day. He has allowed eight runs in one inning for the defending AL West champs.
The switch-hitting Lindor homered from both sides and had a career-high five RBIs.
Shawn Armstrong (1-0) struck out the only hitter he faced, Jonathan Lucroy, for his first major league win. Bryan Shaw pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
ASTROS 5, MARINERS 3, 13 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a five-RBI game, lifting Houston over Seattle.
Springer’s shot off Chase De Jong (0-1), who started the inning to make his major league debut, landed in the first row of the left field Crawford Boxes. Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Norichika Aoki’s single with two outs.
Houston reliever Jandel Gustave walked Mitch Haniger, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz to load the bases to start the 13th. He was replaced by Brad Peacock (1-0), who walked Kyle Seager on five pitches to bring in the go-ahead run before getting the next three hitters.
The Astros improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001, while dropping the Mariners to their first 0-3 start since 2011.
RED SOX 3, PIRATES 0, 12 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning — his third hit of the game — and Chris Sale pitched seven dominant innings in his Boston debut.
Leon also doubled in the third inning but got thrown out at the plate after running through third base coach Brian Butterfield’s stop sign. It was scoreless into the bottom of the 12th, when Antonio Bastardo (0-1) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and Pablo Sandoval with one out.
Leon followed with a drive over the Green Monster to end a cold night for the Red Sox, who also beat Pittsburgh in the season opener on Monday.
Joe Kelly (1-0), the sixth Red Sox pitcher, earned the victory with two innings of one-hit relief.
BRAVES 3, METS 1, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon drew all sorts of nods, taps and tributes in his return to Citi Field during a sharp debut for Atlanta, and Matt Kemp’s third double of the game in the 12th inning led the Braves over New York.
Kemp’s two-out, bases-loaded liner off Rafael Montero (0-1) gave Atlanta its first win of the season after losing on opening day. Jim Johnson (1-0) worked two scoreless innings.
Pitching a day after the 20th anniversary of his major league debut, and now just more than a month shy of turning 44, Colon was as nifty as ever. He tossed two-hit ball — including a home run by Jay Bruce — for six innings, striking out six and walking one.
Jacob deGrom threw six shutout innings for the Mets.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy struck out eight over seven impressive innings, and Baltimore used home runs by Adam Jones and Chris Davis to beat Toronto.
Making his 15th career start, Bundy (1-0) allowed one run and four hits. The 2011 first-round draft pick did not issue a walk and retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
Brad Brach pitched the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs to earn his first save and seal the two-game sweep. After Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, Britton got former Oriole Steve Pearce to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play.
Jones hit a two-run drive in the third inning and Davis added a solo shot in the fourth. Both homers were off J.A. Happ, who went 20-4 last year — including 2-0 against the Orioles.
Happ (0-1) struck out nine in seven innings. The left-hander gave up five hits and walked none.
DODGERS 3, PADRES 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill pitched five innings of two-hit ball, Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the season and Los Angeles beat San Diego.
Hill (1-0) struck out five, walked three and allowed Hunter Renfroe’s homer in his first start since signing a $48 million, three-year free agent contract in the offseason. Relievers Sergio Romo, Alex Wood and Kenley Jansen shut the Padres down the rest of the way, and Jansen pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season.
The left-handed Hill was hit by a pitch in his right hand while batting in the second inning. After a short delay, he remained in the game.
Trevor Cahill (0-1) allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first start with San Diego.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper had two RBIs and a nice ninth-inning catch, Ryan Zimmerman homered and Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky start to go six innings, leading Washington past Miami.
Roark (1-0) allowed two runs in the first inning, then hit two men and threw a wild pitch in the second, but he wound up retiring 13 of the last 14 batters he faced.
The reliever who replaced him to begin the seventh, Enny Romero, plunked Derek Dietrich, which led to some jawing between the two and the ejection of Marlins manager Don Mattingly. Dietrich also was hit by Roark.
Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his second save.
Zimmerman’s opposite-field shot in the second off a high fastball from Dan Straily (0-1) put Washington on the board.
REDS 2, PHILLIES 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Finnegan allowed only one hit in seven innings, retiring the last 19 batters he faced, and Joey Votto homered for his first hit of the season, sending Cincinnati over Philadelphia.
The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes because of storms. The middle innings were played through a steady rain that worked to the pitchers’ favor.
Finnegan (1-0) allowed a walk in the first inning and Maikel Franco’s single to center. He then retired 19 straight, fanning nine of them, and threw 88 pitches in all.
Raisel Iglesias gave up an infield single before completing the four-hitter for his first save.
Votto led off the seventh with a home run off Jerad Eickhoff (0-1).
DIAMONDBACKS 8, GIANTS 6
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Owings reached safely four times and stole two bases, and Arizona scored seven consecutive runs in coming back from a three-run deficit to beat San Francisco.
A.J. Pollock went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Yasmany Tomas had two hits and an RBI to help starting pitcher Taijuan Walker win his Diamondbacks debut despite allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings.
Walker (1-0) struck out seven before the Diamondbacks turned the game over to their bullpen. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his first save with Arizona.
Giants starter Matt Moore (0-1), who shined in his last meaningful start before Wednesday — two-hit ball over eight innings in the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs — allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 5, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Richards pitched beautifully while making his first appearance in 11 months after an elbow injury cut short his 2016 season but left abruptly in the fifth inning with biceps cramping before Los Angeles beat Oakland.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia and the training staff rushed to the mound after Richards threw a 94 mph called strike to Matt Joyce with two outs in the fifth. Richards was removed from the game, one out shy of being eligible for the win, and slugger Albert Pujols put an arm around the pitcher in the dugout.
The team announced he came out for precautionary reasons.
Richards struck out four and walked one, allowing three hits in 4 2/3 innings. JC Ramirez (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings for the victory.
Jharel Cotton (0-1) allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.
RAYS 4, YANKEES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson homered and drove in two runs to lead Tampa Bay over New York.
Alex Cobb (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him most of the past two seasons. Building on five starts he made late last year, the right-hander allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alex Colome allowed two hits but completed an inning for his second save.
Michael Pineda (0-1) allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings for New York.
BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames, Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar each homered, Wily Peralta pitched five effective innings and Milwaukee beat Colorado.
Thames hit a 3-1 pitch 450 feet to deep center and Shaw teed off on a 1-0 pitch for a two-run homer job off Tyler Chatwood (0-1) in the fourth.
Peralta (1-0) allowed three hits over five innings.
TWINS 9, ROYALS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eduardo Escobar homered and drove in four runs and Miguel Sano added a bases-loaded triple to lead Minnesota over Kansas City.
Hector Santiago (1-0) gave up one run and four hits and struck out four in five innings for the Twins. After starting last season 0-9 to set the stage for a miserable 103-loss season, the Twins are 2-0 for the first time since 2007.
Ian Kennedy (0-1) gave up three runs and three hits with five strikeouts and five walks in five innings for Kansas City. Paulo Orlando drove in the lone run for the Royals, who walked nine Twins batters on the day.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today / AP) — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The conclusion of the winter meetings hardly provided a sense of closure for several teams and big-name players whose fates remain undetermined, and whose decisions in the coming weeks could have a substantial impact on the baseball landscape next season.
Here’s a look at some of those key protagonists:
If you’re going to make the face of the franchise so blatantly available in trade, you need to move him. The Pirates’ talks with Washington didn’t bear fruit and the Nationals looked elsewhere, landing Adam Eaton to play center field instead. That closed the door on one obvious trading partner, and a second one – the Texas Rangers – filled their outfield need by re-signing Carlos Gomez.
Now the Pirates’ biggest star is left pondering where he’ll be playing next season, and such questions will certainly come up countless times when he appears at the team’s fanfest Saturday. Not a good situation.
Pittsburgh badly needs a frontline starter to share the load with staff ace Gerrit Cole. McCutchen may still bring such a piece in return, but his value is diminishing.
“We feel great about Andrew being a Pirate,’’ general manager Neal Huntington told news reporters. “He’s done remarkable things for this organization. We look forward to him being in our lineup next year and continuing on as a Pirate.”
After the Pirates botched the very public dangling of their franchise player, it’s questionable whether McCutchen feels the same way.
Bringing back Rich Hill was a necessity – and one that cost them a tidy $48 million over three years – because with him and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers can match top-end 1-2 starters with the San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.
But the Dodgers appear on the verge of losing closer Kenley Jansen, who has drawn heavy interest from the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. That would blow a huge hole through a bullpen that delivered the most innings in the majors last season. Jansen produced every single one of L.A.’s 47 saves, so the club doesn’t exactly have a replacement groomed and ready to step in.
In addition, third baseman Justin Turner, who tied for the team lead in home runs (27) and RBI (90), remains a free agent. And second base has yet to be addressed.
There is lots of work still ahead for the Dodgers.
The market for the power-hitting DH appears to be shrinking as clubs like the Toronto Blue Jays – his former employers, who signed Kendrys Morales – and New York Yankees (Matt Holliday) have found other alternatives.
Even though Encarnacion led the American League with 127 RBI and tied for third with 42 home runs, his name never became one of the hot topics at the winter meetings.
Encarnacion’s best fit seems to be with the Boston Red Sox – David Ortiz has implored them to sign him as his replacement – but they seem reluctant to make a large financial commitment. The Rangers are in a similar position.
An unexpected suitor often comes up when a player of this magnitude is available, but for now the three-time All-Star will probably have to go on a holding pattern, his chances of landing a $100 million deal likely dwindling.
: After missing the playoffs for the first time in six years, the Cardinals are certain to make some moves to bolster the club, and specifically to address their void in center field. But none of them came at the winter meetings.
Signing free agent Dexter Fowler remains the most logical step, although St. Louis is also exploring trade options. Some of the most appealing ones include Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies and the Kansas City Royals’ Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson. The first two figure to come with a high cost in return.
The Cardinals also have to decide whether some combination of Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko is the answer at third base, or whether they want to pursue the slick-fielding Turner.
Having taking care of their biggest priority by re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a $110 million contract before the meetings, the Mets now have to figure out how to redistribute the payroll and playing time.
New York has a glut of outfielders, with high-priced Curtis Granderson ($15 million) and Jay Bruce ($13 million) joining the likes of Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares as options besides Cespedes. The Mets would like to get salary relief while adding bullpen help, not simply unload a contract. It’s very likely they’ll be without closer Jeurys Familia for the first month of the season, if the precedent established by Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy is any indication.
“I wouldn’t expect that we would go into the season with what we have,’’ general manager Sandy Alderson told news reporters about the outfield, “not because the payroll is too high — although that is definitely a consideration — it’s also because we don’t have the right mix at the moment and the ability to allocate playing time.”
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — All-Star closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis moved to different bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big rotation in Boston. And the Washington Nationals got their fans talking — a lot.
As teams packed up along the Potomac River and headed home Thursday, a look at what did and didn’t happen this week at the winter meetings:
Major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, fellow sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and center fielder Dexter Fowler are available free agents. So is closer Kenley Jansen, who’s attracting serious interest from the Marlins. But Miami has a policy of not giving no-trade clauses, and that’s troubling to some players and agents.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said there’s no reason to worry.
“The belief when you enter into these deals is that you’re going to be together for the length of the contract,” he said.
Try telling that to Jose Reyes — he signed a six-year deal with Miami before 2012, then got traded onto the artificial turf in Toronto after just one season.
Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen was all-but-gone at these meetings. That’s what most everyone thought, anyway.
But the former MVP is going to PirateFest this weekend, still on the team. General manager Neal Huntington says he plans to talk things over with McCutchen before the festivities.
“We took calls, we listened, we engaged,” Huntington said. “We felt the right move was to hold the player.”
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The White Sox got quite a haul of prospects by trading Sale and Adam Eaton, and they’re far from done. Closer David Robertson, starter Jose Quintana or third baseman Todd Frazier could be next.
“We embrace the challenge that lies ahead of us,” GM Rick Hahn said. “We have for the last several months … but it’s nowhere near completed.”
A year removed from winning the World Series, the Royals are in a different spot. Several of their stars are eligible for free agency after this season — first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Danny Duffy, among them — and KC doesn’t want to lose them with nothing in return. They began revamping the roster by trading Davis to the champion Cubs for young, powerful Jorge Soler.
Extra emphasis is being put these days on guys who can handle more than one spot. With David Ortiz retiring, Boston wants someone who could DH and also play first base — Mitch Moreland is set to be that person. The Royals like Soler as a right fielder and DH. The Nationals are looking at Trea Turner in the outfield and at shortstop.
Houston might see whether Carlos Beltran can play first base. And Colorado might turn newly signed Ian Desmond into a first baseman — he was a shortstop in Washington and an outfielder in Texas.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
Who did the best and who did the worst at these meetings? Fact is, the answer might not come for a few years.
The AL East champion Red Sox looked good getting Sale from the White Sox for a hefty package. The White Sox looked smart getting a trio of young, talented pitchers for outfielder Adam Eaton.
But until fans see how the prospects turn out, well, everyone will just have to wait.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party.
Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine.
As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.
Rotation mates for five seasons in Detroit, the three right-handers topped the Cy Young Award talk Wednesday: Scherzer easily won the NL prize, Porcello edged out Verlander for the AL honor.
“That’s just the weird thing about these,” said Scherzer, who ruled the majors with 284 strikeouts and topped the NL with 20 wins for Washington. “It’s the voting.”
Porcello led baseball with 22 wins for Boston, and had a 3.15 ERA.
Porcello won despite getting just eight of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — this was the first time the AL Cy winner didn’t get the most firsts.
Verlander went 16-9 with a 2.40 ERA while leading the AL in strikeouts and other categories. He got 14 first-place votes, but didn’t draw as much support across the board — he was left off two ballots, too.
Overall, Porcello won 137-132 in the second-closest vote since 1970 (Verlander lost by four points to David Price in 2012).
Voters list their five picks in order. A first-place vote is worth seven points, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Verlander needed to pick up five more points to match Porcello.
Upton fired off three tweets, one of them rather saucy, telling Porcello “you didn’t win.”
Asked whether he was bothered by the brouhaha, Porcello simply said, “No, I honestly don’t care.”
“I’m not the one who made the decision,” he said on a conference call.
Porcello got a $100,000 bonus for winning the Cy. Verlander, who won the 2011 award, would’ve gotten $500,000 for this win.
Porcello bounced back from going 9-15 in his first season with the Red Sox, finishing 22-4 for the AL East champs.
He shared this last win of 2016 with those who “never wavered” in their support, admitting, “It was hard not to start bawling and crying.”
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber was third and got three first-place votes. Baltimore reliever Zach Britton, who went 47 for 47 on save chances with a 0.54 ERA, had five first-place votes and was fourth.
Scherzer breezed, drawing 25 first-place votes to beat out Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to earn the Cy Young in both leagues. After earning the AL honor in 2013 with the Tigers, Scherzer joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay as winners in both leagues.
This award, Scherzer said, meant even more than the first one.
“It just verifies everything I try to achieve,” he said.
Scherzer posted a record-tying 20-strikeout performance for the NL East champion Nationals, a year after he threw two no-hitters in his first season with Washington.
“I want to find a way to be better,” he said.
Scherzer is the first pitcher from a Washington franchise to win a Cy Young. The award was first presented in 1956.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got three first-place votes and finished fifth. Jose Fernandez, the Miami star killed in a boating accident in September, was seventh.
The final major postseason awards will be presented Thursday when the MVP honors are announced.
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant, Washington’s Daniel Murphy and newly presented Rookie of the Year Corey Seager of the Dodgers are up for the NL award. Mike Trout of the Angels, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Jose Altuve of the Astros are the AL contestants.
NEW YORK (AP) — Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked.
Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base.
It was Roberts’ daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox — managed by Francona — rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.
Francona went on to win two titles with Boston, and on Tuesday he earned his second AL Manager of the Year award with Cleveland.
But what if Roberts had been thrown out, could that have altered a path that might someday land Francona in the Hall of Fame?
“The truth of it is, it probably would’ve been completely different,” Francona said on a conference call.
“There’s always a Dave Roberts-being-out from being the other way,” he said.
The 44-year-old Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year honor in his first season as a skipper, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to the NL West crown.
Roberts and Francona each won handily. The voting figures to be much closer Wednesday for the Cy Young awards.
Boston’s Rick Porcello (majors-leading 22 wins), Detroit’s Justin Verlander (league-high 254 strikeouts, best wins above replacement for pitchers by baseballreference.com) and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (second among pitchers in WAR) are up for the AL prize.
Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Hendricks (majors-best 2.13 ERA, 16-8) and Jon Lester (2.44, 19-5) and Washington’s Max Scherzer (20-7, majors-most 284 strikeouts) are competing for the NL honor.
Roberts didn’t bat in the 2004 postseason and didn’t even play in the World Series sweep over St. Louis. But to just “play a small part” in his only season in Boston was rewarding, and he still retains lessons taught by Francona.
Being unselfish and playing “for the right reasons … the game honors you,” he said.
Known for that one slide into second base, Roberts certainly had to scramble this season.
The Dodgers put 28 different players on the disabled list, more than any team in the last 30 years. An injury to ace Clayton Kershaw was among the reasons they employed a franchise record-tying 55 players, including 31 pitchers.
Among the Dodgers who managed to stay healthy: shortstop Corey Seager, chosen NL Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Roberts said he was particularly proud of “the way our guys battled adversity all year.”
Roberts made a record 606 pitching changes while going 91-71. Twice, he pulled pitchers in the late innings when they were throwing no-hitters, trying to protect their arms from overuse.
In the postseason, Roberts took a creative approach to his bullpen. He used Kershaw against Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series, then brought in closer Kenley Jansen early while taking a 2-1 lead over the Cubs in the NLCS.
Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted at the end of the regular season.
Roberts got 16 first-place votes to top Joe Maddon, whose Cubs won the World Series. Maddon, who earned the award last year, was picked first on eight ballots.
Washington’s Dusty Baker was third and got four firsts. Terry Collins of the New York Mets had the other two firsts.
Roberts was the lone NL manager chosen on every ballot. This marked the third straight year a first-time manager has been honored, following Texas’ Jeff Banister and Washington’s Matt Williams.
The 57-year-old Francona guided the Indians to the AL Central title at 94-67. They overtook the defending champion Royals and high-spending Tigers despite losing starters Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes to injuries and outfielders Marlon Byrd and Abraham Almonte to drug suspensions.
Cleveland came close to winning its first World Series title since 1948, but the Cubs rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
“It was an unbelievably satisfying year,” Francona said.
It’s already been a busy offseason for him, too. The Indians picked up options for his contract in 2019 and 2020, then he had a right hip replacement operation.
Francona drew 22 first-place votes and was the only manager chosen on all 30 ballots.
Banister was second and got four firsts. Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, who was third, and Boston’s John Farrell both drew a pair of firsts.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayson Werth always wanted to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium when he played two seasons in the venerable ballpark. His latest attempt came close with a 450-foot blast into the upper reaches of the left-field pavilion.
Werth’s homer helped break open a one-run game in the ninth inning, moving the Washington Nationals within one victory of taking a postseason series for the first time with an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL playoff.
Heck, he even tied Babe Ruth with his 15th career postseason homer, good for 11th all-time.
“Ever since Dusty (Baker) moved me into the two-hole, I just felt like my job is to get on base for the animals behind me,” said Werth, whose three hits tied a postseason career high.
Four relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings, putting the Nationals in position to wrap up the NL Division Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
“They work quick and they’re not afraid to go after anybody,” said third baseman Anthony Rendon, who hit a two-run homer in a four-run third that chased Kenta Maeda.
Werth added, “It gives us confidence. I feel like the bullpen is going to hold up and that might not have been the case or the feeling in years past.”
NL East champions for the third time in five years, the Nats were unable to advance during their two previous trips to the postseason. They lost in the Division Series to St. Louis in 2012 and San Francisco in 2014.
“I’m hoping this is our year,” Werth said. “We’re battle-tested, we’re playoff-tested, and we’ve got a good group of guys. We’ve been playing together a long time now, so I feel like this is our opportunity.”
Now 37 and with his 2008 World Series championship in Philadelphia long behind him, Werth senses time encroaching on him.
“Obviously, I can’t play this game forever,” he said. “So I feel like this is our chance and I also feel like maybe this is my last chance to do it.”
The franchise has won one playoff series — the Montreal Expos beat Philadelphia following the strike-shortened 1981 season before losing to the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.
The team moved from Montreal to Washington before the 2005 season.
Playing 23 hours after the Nationals tied the series at home in a rain-postponed Game 2, the Dodgers again struggled against left-handed pitching, a problem throughout the season when they had a major league-worst .213 average against lefties.
Four Washington lefty relievers stymied the Dodgers in the first two games. Facing lefty starter Gio Gonzalez in Game 3, they got three runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The only Dodgers hitter with proven success against Gonzalez was catcher Carlos Ruiz, and he came through with a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the fifth that cut their deficit to 4-3.
“I made one bad pitch, but the bullpen was incredible,” Gonzalez said. “It’s tough to go on the road and win in the playoffs. I went after them but I wish I had that one pitch back.”
After that, the Dodgers mustered just a pair of singles off a Nats’ bullpen that included lefties Sammy Solis and Oliver Perez, and didn’t advance a runner past first base. Solis wound up with the win.
Now, the four-time defending NL West champions are facing elimination.
“We’re not afraid of this,” rookie manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s no quit in our guys. We’ll be ready tomorrow to win a baseball game, I can promise you that.”
It was still 4-3 when Werth homered on a 1-0 pitch from All-Star closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth.
Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run double that bounced off right fielder Josh Reddick’s glove at the wall — the hit scored Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper, who both walked.
Jansen, the team’s all-time saves leader, was yanked. Los Angeles used all seven of its relievers in the game.
Maeda gave up four runs and five hits in three innings. The Japanese right-hander who won a team-leading 16 games is one of seven rookies on the Dodgers’ NLDS roster.
“Kenta was missing and getting behind,” Roberts said. “His fastball leaked back behind the plate and they made him pay. It was a good game until the ninth. That’s baseball.”
Maeda retired the side in the second, striking out two, before wilting in the third. He opened the inning by giving up four hits in five batters.
Werth’s RBI double in the right-field corner tied the game 1-all. Harper hit an RBI single and Rendon followed with his two-run shot to the left-field pavilion for a 4-1 lead.
Dodgers rookie Corey Seager continued his first-inning success in the series, hitting an RBI double off the wall for a 1-0 lead after homering in the first inning of Games 1 and 2.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Arrieta had so boldly proclaimed October ace Madison Bumgarner could be beaten, and the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner nearly made it happen with his bat and that big right arm.
Arrieta hit a three-run homer in the second inning that held up for most of the night, but the game was decided by the bullpens hours later, and the Chicago Cubs will have to wait another day to try to earn their spot in the NL Championship Series.
Joe Panik doubled off the wall in right-center field to drive in Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the 13th inning, and the Giants staved off elimination again by outlasting the Cubs 6-5 on Monday in Game 3 of their NL Division Series.
The wild-card Giants forced Tuesday night’s Game 4 back at their raucous, sold-out ballpark, postponing a potential Cubs clinch party. Chicago leads the best-of-five playoff 2-1 and will send John Lackey to the mound opposite lefty Matt Moore.
“We played it hard, we played it right — and they beat us,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Panik came through on the 57th pitch from Mike Montgomery, who was working his fifth inning of relief. Brandon Crawford hit a leadoff double on an 0-2 curveball.
“It’s definitely disappointing the way it ended, but I think we’ll come back tomorrow ready to go,” Montgomery said.
San Francisco won its 10th straight game when facing postseason elimination. The Giants are trying to extend their pattern of even-year championships after winning the World Series in 2010, ’12 and ’14.
Panik’s big hit ended a 5-hour, 4-minute game that was only 29 minutes shy of the total time it took to play the first two series games combined last week at Wrigley Field.
“We just have to have a short memory, forget about it. It’s over, just go out there tomorrow and get the victory,” Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “It’s not easy. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”
Rookie left-hander Ty Blach was the winner, escaping a 13th-inning jam when pinch-hitter David Ross bounced into a double play.
Kris Bryant hit a tying, two-run homer off Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth after San Francisco rallied for three runs to take the lead in the eighth against Aroldis Chapman.
Bryant’s drive hit the top of the left-field fence and bounced into the seats, silencing the orange towel-swirling sellout crowd. The slugger received a warm hug of congratulations in the dugout from Chapman, who had just given up the lead.
With Bumgarner’s remarkable postseason scoreless streak at 24 innings, Arrieta drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers in the second inning — and, as a bonus, a man in a blue Cubs cap caught it and jumped for joy at his good fortune.
Arrieta’s mouth hung wide open as he rounded the bases, pumping his pitching arm.
It was Arrieta’s fifth career home run, and the first Bumgarner had given up to a pitcher in his seven-year big league career.
BOSTON (AP) — The ball settled into the right fielder’s glove, the Cleveland Indians poured onto the diamond and the Fenway fans fell silent.
Then, slowly from the crowd rose a chant of “Pa-pi!”
Cleveland swept the Red Sox out of the postseason and sent David Ortiz into retirement on Monday night with a 4-3 victory that completed a three-game AL Division Series sweep. But even as the Indians frolicked on the field in their celebratory hats and T-shirts, Boston fans weren’t ready to let their beloved Big Papi go.
“I’m glad he didn’t get a hit to beat us,” manager Terry Francona said after leading the Indians to just the second postseason sweep in franchise history. “I thought it was an honor to be on the field, competing against him in his last game, because he’s truly one of the best. You could tell the way people were hanging around yelling his name and everything. He deserves every bit of that.”
Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer , closer Cody Allen got four outs and the Indians advanced the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2007. That year, they took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against Boston before losing three in a row.
Cleveland also blew a 2-0 lead against Boston in the best-of-five round in 1999.
But this year there would be no fold.
Perhaps inspired by the Cavaliers’ NBA title — the city’s first pro sports championship since 1964 — the Indians shut down Ortiz and the most prolific offense in the league. Rookie Tyler Naquin delivered a two-run single and Josh Tomlin pitched five strong innings for the Indians, who will open the ALCS at home against Toronto on Friday.
Cleveland went 4-3 this year against the wild-card Blue Jays, who swept AL West champion Texas to reach the ALCS for the second straight year.
“Nobody in this clubhouse doubts what we’re what capable of,” reliever Andrew Miller said as music blared and corks popped in the visitors’ clubhouse. “I think we saw in our games in Cleveland how much support we have. It’s a special place to be. I think we have bigger things ahead of us, but it’s not going to be any easier.”
To advance, the Indians had to shut down the most prolific offense in the major leagues and weather the emotional farewell to Ortiz . The Red Sox designated hitter went 1 for 9 in the series, collecting a sacrifice fly in Game 3 before walking on four pitches in his final plate appearance .
Ortiz was lifted for a pinch runner in the eighth and left to a standing ovation.
But that wasn’t enough for the crowd of 39,530 — the largest at Fenway since at least World War II. Chanting “We’re not leaving!” and “Thank you, Pa-pi!” for more than 10 minutes while the Indians celebrated their victory, the crowd finally drew the beloved slugger back onto the field.
Wearing a red warmup and a scowl on his face, Ortiz lumbered out to the mound and tipped his cap in all directions, tapping his heart. Only when the camera zoomed in on him did it become apparent that the frown was not regret over an early postseason exit: Big Papi was crying.
“Tonight when I walked to the mound, I realized that it was over. It was pretty much probably the last time as a player to walk in front of a crowd,” Ortiz told reporters afterward. “And the emotion came back out again.”
After two minutes, Ortiz retired to the dugout and retired for good, ending to a career that brought three World Series titles to Boston and transformed the once-futile franchise into winners.
“I’m happy, not just for me, not just how my career went down, but for the organization, the step that we took, from going from last place to win the division this year,” he told reporters. “Even if things didn’t end up the way we were looking for … it’s like going from bad to good, from day to night.”
Making it their goal to send their beloved Big Papi out as a winner, the Red Sox managed to win the AL East — the second time in four seasons they went from worst to first.
Boston raised fans’ hopes with an 11-game winning streak in September but then lost eight of its last nine games, including the playoffs. After winning the first two games in the best-of-five AL Division Series, and then waiting an extra day because of Sunday’s rainout, the Indians it took a 2-0 lead off Clay Buchholz in the fourth inning on Naquin’s single.
Tomlin gave up Andrew Benintendi’s Green Monster-scraping RBI double in the fifth, which gave some life to the Fenway crowd.
But with one run in, one out, one on and the fans taunting the Indians starter — “Tom-lin! Tom-lin!” — he struck out Sandy Leon on a pitch in the dirt and then Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out to first. In the sixth, Crisp hit a two-run homer over the left-field wall to make it 4-1.
Buchholz allowed two runs and six hits in four innings, joining David Price and Rick Porcello as postseason losers.
Now representing the tying run at second, Ortiz was lifted for pinch-runner Marco Hernandez, leaving the field to a raucous cheer. But even after coming out of the game, his work wasn’t done: With one foot on the top step of the dugout, he continued to cheer the team on.
Xander Bogaerts hit a hard line drive to second and Ortiz jumped onto the dirt, only to turn around and walk dejectedly back into the dugout when it was caught for the last out.
In the ninth, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled with two out and Dustin Pedroia drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Travis Shaw worked the count full before popping up to end it.
“I was cheering so bad,” Ortiz said. “Once I got out of the game I was screaming at my team to put me back in it. Make me wear this uniform one more day. Because I wasn’t ready to be over with the playoff.”
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Boom! Bang! Pow! Nine pitches, three homers, one devastating inning.
Back in October’s spotlight, the Cleveland Indians rocked Rick Porcello for three long balls in the third inning in their AL Division Series opener. Francisco Lindor’s homer capped the rampage off the 22-game winner, and the Indians held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night.
Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Robert Perez went deep in the third off Porcello, who lasted 4 1/3 innings in his shortest outing this year.
After skipping down the third-base line and touching home plate, Lindor pointed toward the starry sky.
“If this is what October’s like, I want to do this every year,” Lindor said. “I didn’t even know where I was. I was just jumping and screaming.”
Before a sea of red-towel waving, screaming fans, the Indians got a jump in the best-of-5 series against David Ortiz and the AL East champions.
Andrew Miller, acquired by Cleveland in a July trade for an October night like this, pitched two scoreless innings for the win . Summoned by manager Terry Francona earlier than usual, the lefty struck out Ortiz with two on to end the fifth and threw a season-high 40 pitches.
Bryan Shaw gave up a leadoff homer to Boston’s Brock Holt in the eighth that made it 5-4 before Cody Allen struck out Xander Bogaerts with the potential tying run at third to end the inning. Boston put a runner on with two outs in the ninth but Allen fanned Dustin Pedroia on a full-count checked-swing , his 40th pitch, for the save. Pedroia was livid, and Farrell went onto the field to question plate umpire Brian Knight.
Pedroia had a few words for first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi and then fired his helmet in disgust on his way into the dugout.
Later, Boston’s fiery second baseman regretted his actions.
“I went, but I just was frustrated with the situation,” he said. “I’ll apologize to Phil tomorrow for giving him a piece of my mind.”
Ortiz went 1 for 4 with a double in the first game of his final postseason.
Cleveland unloaded on Porcello in the third, connecting for the three homers that shook Progressive Field.
Perez started the salvo with just his second homer in 82 at-bats at home this season. One out later, Kipnis drove a pitch over the wall in right-center, giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead and sending the raucous crowd of 37,763 into delirium. Kipnis had just finished getting a celebratory ride through the dugout when Lindor’s shot to right barely cleared a leaping attempt by Mookie Betts.
“After the first one it was exciting,” Kipnis said. “After mine it was even kind of getting nuts in there. And the third one our dugout was kind of losing it. We played with a lot of energy. We played with a lot of emotion. That’s the way our team goes. We’ve got up and down the lineup, 25 guys who are baseball players who love to compete and we ride the waves.
“And that was a pretty high one.”
Leon’s homer pulled the Red Sox to 4-3 in the fifth. Francona, who won two World Series with the Red Sox before coming to Cleveland, pulled starter Trevor Bauer for Miller, who hadn’t come in earlier than the sixth all season.
Miller gave up a double and walk before getting Ortiz to swing at a low third strike .
Francona extended both Miller and Allen knowing the importance of winning the opener.
“We’ll take inventory of what we got,” he said. “You’re certainly not going to see the same exact way tomorrow. But we wanted to win the game tonight and we did. Tomorrow might have to be a little bit different design.”
Cleveland tacked on another run in the fifth, helped by Perez’s alert baserunning. The slow-footed catcher tagged and took second on a fly to left and scored on Kipnis’ single to make it 5-3.
“I saw the ball kept carrying,” Perez. I think he kind of hesitated to throw it back or probably didn’t know I was going to tag up,” Perez said of Benintendi. “I normally don’t do that. I was taking advantage of the situation. I did it on my own. It worked out for us. We scored a run.”
The winning pitcher in the 2016 All-Star Game, Kluber will make his postseason debut in Game 2. He was on the roster when Cleveland was a wild-card team in 2013, but didn’t pitch.
“I’m sure there will be some nerves,” Kluber said. “But at the same time, I get nervous if it’s a live practice in spring training. It just means you care.”
The 2014 AL Cy Young winner will start on 10 days rest after straining his right quadriceps on Sept. 26 at Detroit. Kluber admits he won’t know if the injury is healed until he steps on the mound, but he has thrown two bullpen sessions without issues.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (strained forearm) was sent to the team’s training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, to build up his arm strength. Salazar has been out since Sept. 9. He, too, could be available in the next round.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels kept getting two strikes. The Texas Rangers’ All-Star left-hander just couldn’t finish off the Toronto hitters.
The Blue Jays had five two-strike hits off Hamels, four of them in a five-run third on way to a 10-1 romp in the opener of their AL Division Series rematch on Thursday.
“When you give up the amount of runs that I did early in the game, it can kind of deflate anything and everything of what home-field advantage really is,” Hamels said. “It was a major letdown for what I was able to not do.”
The long three-run homer Jose Bautista hit off reliever Jake Diekman in the ninth inning, before gently tossing his bat to the ground, didn’t really have much an impact on this game. Not like the slugger’s emphatic bat flip after his tiebreaking homer in the ALDS Game 5 clincher last October.
Marco Estrada took a shutout into the ninth inning for the wild-card Blue Jays. The All-Star right-hander with an impressive changeup, who won Game 3 in last year’s ALDS after Toronto lost the first two at home, struck out six without a walk.
The last of the Rangers’ four hits off Estrada was Elvis Andrus’ leadoff triple in the ninth. Manager John Gibbons removed the right-hander when Shin-Soo Choo followed with an RBI grounder to end the shutout bid.
When Josh Donaldson hit a hard liner toward four-time Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre with two outs in the third, it appeared Hamels would get out of that inning without giving up a run. Instead, the liner ricocheted off Beltre’s glove and into left field for an RBI double.
“I saw it coming in, kind of got lost a little bit between the fans and I didn’t get my glove quick enough there,” Beltre said. “I lost it in the fans or a white shirt, whatever. But I should have made it, anyways.”
Then Edwin Encarnacion hit a soft tailing liner on a two-strike pitch, and the ball went off Hamels’ outstretched glove for an infield single. Bautista followed with an RBI single on two-strike pitch before Russell Martin walked to load the bases.
“When you’re trying to make pitches, sometimes you can try to be a little too fine,” Hamels said. “Sometimes when you overdo it you’re going to miss your spots a little bit.”
Troy Tulowitzki followed with a triple , again with two strikes, to make it 5-0. The ball was deep into the right-center gap, and All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond might have lost when running out of the sun and into the shadows while getting close to the wall during the late afternoon.
“We’d be talking about how great a play it was if he made the catch,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.
Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Friday.
Hamels, the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS for Philadelphia, threw 42 of his 82 pitches in the third. He allowed seven runs (six earned) with three walks in 3 1/3 innings, before Alex Claudio pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings.
The AL West champion Rangers, who have home-field advantage this postseason, dropped to 1-10 in ALDS home games — this is the seventh ALDS in their history.
Bautista was booed heartily during pregame introductions and while he batted in the first inning. There also were chants of “Rougie! Rougie!” — those were for Rougned Odor, the second baseman who punched Bautista and ignited a bench-clearing brawl in their last meeting May 15. Odor was suspended seven games.
After Bautista’s 425-foot blast in the ninth made it 10-0, a fan threw the ball almost back to the infield.
“I have a couple of home runs in my career and I think I’ve only flipped it once,” Bautista said. “Just kind of been blown out of proportion because of the moment last year. So I don’t think there was anything too special about laying it down the way I did, because that’s the way that 99.9-plus percent of the time I do it.”
Melvin Upton Jr. homered starting the Toronto fourth before Andrus’ one-out throwing error from shortstop led to an unearned run. When Texas had errors on three consecutive plays in that shaky seventh inning of Game 5 last October, leading up to Bautista’s homer, Andrus had two of them (a fielding misplay and a dropped throw).
Rangers: RF Choo , who was 0 for 3, had four stints on the disabled list this season. He missed 39 games with a fractured left forearm before returning for the last three games of the regular season.
Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ, a 20-game winner, allowed one run in seven innings in a win against the Rangers on May 5.
Rangers: Yu Darvish starts only his second postseason game in his five seasons with Texas. The right-hander from Japan lost the 2012 AL wild-card game against Baltimore, and missed last season after Tommy John surgery.
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SLUGGING IT OUT
Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays have slugged their way back to the AL Division Series, and now they get an opponent clearly not afraid to swing back. The Jays and Rangers open a rematch of last year’s ALDS, which included Bautista’s homer and emphatic bat flip in Game 5. The celebration irked Texas, and second baseman Rougned Odor punched Bautista in the face following Bautista’s hard slide the last time the teams met on May 15. Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada and Texas lefty Cole Hamels will pitch in Game 1.
HELLO OLD FRIEND
Indians manager Terry Francona is entering his seventh postseason, but he’s yet to get a task quite like this — competing against his former team. Boston and Cleveland begin their ALDS, pitting Francona against a close friend in Red Sox manager John Farrell and former players like David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. “I don’t think I’d want to ignore it,” Francona said Wednesday of his ties to the Red Sox. “There’s a lot of history there, a lot of people I really care about. But I’ve been here four years. It’s not a bad thing when you move on. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.” Boston’s 22-game winner Rick Porcello starts Game 1 against Cleveland righty Trevor Bauer.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, and Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shake hands before a baseball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Daniel Murphy still hasn’t revealed whether he’ll be ready for Game 1 of Washington’s NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday. Murphy is recovering from a strained muscle in his buttocks and hasn’t played since Sept. 17. The second baseman worked out with teammates, running the bases while taking live batting practice and grounders on Wednesday. Afterward, he said he “felt really good,” and Nationals manager Dusty Baker’s said “he’s moving around with more confidence.”
Robot umps could be coming to the major leagues … one day. Commissioner Rob Manfred said at Citi Field on Wednesday that he can envision a day when mechanical umpires could be tested to call balls and strikes. “As technology continues to improve and those sorts of adjustments can be made real time, that technology will become more feasible for use on the field,” Manfred said. “I don’t believe we are there yet.
A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Texas (4:38 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at Texas (1:08 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Toronto (7:38 p.m.); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 10, at Toronto (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Texas (TBA). (All games on TBS).
Season Series: Blue Jays won 4-3.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HRs, 50 RBIs), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (.263, 42, 127), DH Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23) or Melvin Upton Jr. (.238, 20, 61 with San Diego and Toronto).
Rangers: LF Carlos Gomez (.284, 8, 24 in 33 games with Rangers; .210, 5, 29 in 85 games with Astros), CF Ian Desmond (.285, 22, 86, 107 runs, 160 Ks), DH Carlos Beltran (280, 7, 29 in 52 games with Rangers; .304, 22, 64 in 99 games with Yankees), 3B Adrian Beltre (.300, 32, 104, 31 2Bs), 2B Rougned Odor (.271, 33, 88), C Jonathan Lucroy (.276, 11, 31 in 47 games with Rangers; .299, 13, 50 in 95 games with Brewers), RF Shin-Soo Choo (.242, 7, 17 in 48 games, 4 DL stints), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60), SS Elvis Andrus (.302, 8, 69, 7 3Bs, 24 SBs).
Blue Jays: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18 ERA), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, AL-leading 3.00 ERA), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37, career-high 204 IP).
Rangers: LH Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32, 200 2/3 IP, 200 Ks), RH Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41), RH Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.71), LHP Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39, 198 2/3 IP).
Blue Jays: RH Roberto Osuna (1-6, 2.68, 36/39 saves), RH Jason Grilli (7-6, 1.29, 81Ks in 59 innings with Atlanta and Toronto), LH Brett Cecil (1-7, 3.96), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06 in 60 games as a rookie), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pittsburgh and Toronto; 2-2, 2.92 in 10 games, 8 starts, for Blue Jays).
Rangers: RH Sam Dyson (3-2, 2.43, 38/43 saves), RH Tony Barnette (7-3, 2.09), RH Matt Bush (7-2, 2.48, 61 Ks in 61 2/3 IP), LH Alex Claudio (4-1, 2.79), LH Jake Diekman (4-2, 3.40, 4 saves), RH Jeremy Jeffress (1-0, 2.70 in 12 games with Rangers; 2-2, 2.22, 27/28 saves in 47 games with Brewers), RH Keone Kela (5-1, 6.09).
A rematch of the 2015 ALDS that Toronto won in five games, including the wild clincher when Bautista had the go-ahead homer and emphatic bat flip as part of a disastrous seventh inning for the Rangers. They made errors on three consecutive plays, including two by Andrus. … Toronto has a 208-203 lead all-time in the regular-season series. … The ALDS opener will be their first meeting since May 15 in Texas, when Odor punched Bautista after the Blue Jays’ slugger made a hard takeout slide at second base in the eighth inning, after he had reached base when hit by a pitch. MLB disciplined 14 players and staff over the melee. The only players suspended were Odor (seven games), Bautista (one game) and Andrus (one game). … Texas (60-31) and Toronto (58-31) were good during the regular season against the best teams, with the top two records in the majors against clubs that finished .500 or better. … Texas’ three wins over Toronto this season were all one-run games. Each was won by a reliever, including Bush’s first career victory May 15. … In the ALDS last season, Texas took a 2-0 series lead by winning the first two games in Toronto, including a 14-inning Game 2. The Blue Jays posted a pair of four-run victories in Texas to force the deciding game at raucous Rogers Centre. … The Rangers won a franchise-record 53 home games this season, which could come in handy because they have home-field advantage through the postseason. The AL won the All-Star Game for home field in the World Series.
Rangers: The AL West champions had a six-game lead in the division when general manager Jon Daniels pulled off two significant deals in the hours before the non-waiver trade deadline Aug. 1. Lucroy and Jeffress were acquired from Milwaukee, and the Rangers got Beltran (52 postseason games for four teams) from the Yankees. And when the Astros released a struggling Gomez on Aug. 18, the Rangers signed the two-time All-Star two days later and made him their starting left fielder after three games in the minors. Gomez became their primary leadoff hitter the last three weeks of the regular season. … After not clinching the 2015 division title until the final day of the regular season, Texas had a champagne celebration after winning Game No. 154 this year in Oakland. … Piloted by manager Jeff Banister, the Rangers (95-67) led the American League in wins and winning percentage (.586) for the first time in franchise history. … Beltre had his third career .300/30/100 season. He joined Miguel Cabrera (six) and David Ortiz (five) as the only active players with more than one. … Choo returned for the final weekend of the regular season after missing 39 games with a broken left forearm. … This is the eighth time the Rangers have made the playoffs. In the previous seven, the only times they won postseason series were in 2010 and 2011 on the way to their lone World Series appearances.
Blue Jays: After snapping a 22-year postseason drought in 2015, Toronto reached the playoffs for the second straight season under manager John Gibbons. The last time the Blue Jays did that was a three-year run from 1991-93 that ended with back-to-back World Series titles. … This time, the Blue Jays (89-73) captured the top AL wild card by winning their regular-season finale in Boston. Then they beat division-rival Baltimore at home in the wild-card game on Encarnacion’s three-run homer in the 11th inning. … The Blue Jays went 13-16 in September and October, their first losing month since April (11-14). … Toronto averaged an AL-worst 3.69 runs per game in September and October, a full run off their season average of 4.70. … Blue Jays starters were strong down the stretch, allowing no more than one earned run in 12 of the final 17 games. The bullpen struggled, however, blowing leads five times in a seven-game stretch that ended Oct. 1. … The Blue Jays went 46-35 at home, the fourth-best mark in the division. … Toronto has several pending free agents, including Bautista, Encarnacion, Saunders, Cecil and RHP R.A. Dickey.
— Banged-up Bullpen. Osuna exited Toronto’s wild-card victory over the Orioles with a sore shoulder. Tests did not reveal any damage, and Osuna said the soreness might be due to fatigue after he pitched 16 regular-season innings in September and October. If he is not available against Texas, Grilli would likely handle the ninth inning. The Blue Jays already are without setup man Joaquin Benoit, who tore his left calf running in from the bullpen during a bench-clearing scrap with the Yankees on Sept. 26.
— Pair of Aces. For the first time, the Rangers have both Hamels and Darvish in their playoff rotation. Darvish, the three-time All-Star from Japan whose only MLB postseason appearance was a loss in the 2012 AL wild-card game against Baltimore, missed all of 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Hamels was acquired in a July 2015 trade and has won division-clinching games in both of his seasons with Texas. Hamels has a 3.03 ERA in 15 career postseason games, including two last October for the Rangers. The All-Star lefty was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS for the Phillies.
— Unruly Fans. The noisy crowds in Canada are gaining a reputation for bad behavior. Toronto Police were looking for the fan who threw a beer can at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim in the wild-card game. During Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, Blue Jays fans littered the field with debris after a disputed call that let Odor score from third after Martin’s throw back to the mound deflected off Choo’s bat.
— Close Calls. Texas was 36-11 in one-run games, setting an MLB record with a .766 winning percentage. The Rangers also led the majors with 49 comeback wins. They won eight times when trailing after eight innings, plus had an MLB-best 21 wins in their last at-bat.
— RISP-Y Business. Toronto hit .249 with runners in scoring position, the worst mark among AL playoff teams. Over the final eight regular-season games, the Blue Jays were 13 for 66 (.197) with one double in those situations.
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BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Sanchez said he didn’t know — and didn’t care — that the Blue Jays had already clinched a spot in baseball’s postseason.
Toronto still had a chance to host the AL wild-card game, and Sanchez wanted the win.
“I wasn’t ready to go home,” he said after the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in the regular season finale on Sunday to claim the AL’s top wild-card berth. “For it to come down to (Game) 162, and me being out there … there was a lot at stake in that game. And it was in my hands.”
Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh, and Troy Tulowitzki singled to break an eighth-inning tie. Roberto Osuna retired David Ortiz on a weak nubber in front of the plate on the final regular season at-bat of his career, and then got Jackie Bradley Jr. on a groundout with two on to finish the game.
The Blue Jays had a muted celebration on the field, then popped champagne in the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park.
“I’m (usually) straight-faced,” Tulowitzki said. “But that was fun out there.”
Toronto clinched a spot in the postseason when Detroit lost to Atlanta 1-0 earlier Sunday evening. With their win in Boston, the Blue Jays earned the right to host the Baltimore Orioles in a one-game playoff on Tuesday.
The Red Sox will start their AL Division Series against the Indians on Thursday in Cleveland.
“We’ve been able to win on the road and that’s where our playoff journey begins,” manager John Farrell said.
Pitching with Jose Fernandez’s initials on his hat in tribute to the Marlins pitcher who died last week, Sanchez held Boston hitless until Hanley Ramirez’s disputed home run with two outs in the seventh. The ball sailed over the foul pole above the Green Monster.
Sanchez tried to wave the ball foul and then yelled to the umpire, “No way!” But the replay upheld the original call.
“For me, it looked foul,” he said, but added that it didn’t matter as long as the Blue Jays won.
Xander Bogaerts followed with a single — the only other hit allowed by Sanchez, who lowered his ERA to 3.00 and clinched the AL title. In all, Sanchez (15-2) allowed one run, walking two, striking out six and hitting a batter.
“You have to give credit to Sanchez. He was (the) one today,” Ortiz said. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen him.”
The Blue Jays took the lead back in the eighth against Brad Ziegler (2-4) when Tulowitzki singled with runners on first and third. Toronto’s other run came on Devon Travis’ solo homer in the fifth.
Boston put runners on first and second with two out in the ninth, but Osuna retired Bradley to end the game for his 36th save.
ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Wieters homered from both sides of the plate and Kevin Gausman gave Baltimore a clutch pitching performance to snag a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season.
Baltimore will play at AL East rival Toronto in the wild-card game Tuesday night for a chance to face AL West champion Texas in a best-of-five Division Series.
Zach Britton got five outs in a non-save situation and finished perfect in 47 save chances this year with a 0.54 ERA. Wieters drove in four runs and Gausman (9-12) was charged with two runs in 7 1/3 innings as the Orioles reached the postseason for the third time in five years.
Luis Cessa (4-4) got the loss.
BRAVES 1, TIGERS 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Detroit was eliminated from playoff contention when Julio Teheran matched a career high with 12 strikeouts and Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning sacrifice fly that led Atlanta to victory in the last game at Turner Field.
While the Braves focused on sending their home of 20 years out in style before moving to a new suburban stadium in 2017, the Tigers hoped to extend this season with a victory.
They needed to win, hope that either Baltimore or Toronto lost, and then win a makeup game against Cleveland on Monday in order to force a tiebreaker for an AL wild card.
Instead, Detroit lost its second straight against the last-place Braves.
Teheran (7-10) lasted seven innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Jim Johnson, who agreed to a two-year contract before the game, worked the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Justin Verlander (16-9) allowed six hits in seven innings, walked one intentionally and struck out eight.
GIANTS 7, DODGERS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If it is an even-numbered year, San Francisco finds its way into the playoffs
San Francisco made it on the final day of the regular season, securing the second NL wild card with a win over Los Angeles to complete a three-game sweep of their rival.
Denard Span hit a two-run triple among his three hits, and Buster Posey drove in three runs and had three hits.
San Francisco, which won Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14, plays at the defending NL champion New York Mets on Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game, with the winner advancing to a Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. Madison Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, will face Noah Syndergaard.
Midseason acquisition Matt Moore (6-5) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings.
Kenta Maeda (16-11) surrendered five runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
CUBS 7, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Szczur doubled home two runs with two outs in the ninth inning, and Miguel Montero followed with a homer as Chicago finished one of its most successful seasons with a flourish.
With victory No. 103 in the books, the Cubs headed back to Wrigley Field for their first playoff game on Friday against the winner of the NL wild-card game.
The Cubs led the majors with their most victories since 1910. That’s no longer the reference point, however. The postseason focus is 1908, the last time they won a World Series.
After Raisel Iglesias (3-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth, Chicago pulled ahead with a walk, a single and Szczur’s double.
Justin Grimm (2-1) retired the one batter he faced for the win. Carl Edwards Jr. got his second save.
INDIANS 3, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, Josh Tomlin dazzled in his final tuneup for the postseason and Cleveland beat Kansas City.
Tomlin (13-9) dueled with Ian Kennedy (11-11) into the eighth before the new AL Central champs pulled ahead.
Tomlin got the first batter in the eighth before Andrew Miller finished it up, and Cody Allen handled the ninth to earn his 32nd save and give the Indians (94-67) a nice boost heading into the playoffs.
NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer earned his 20th victory and drove in a career-high four runs to help Washington beat Miami.
Scherzer (20-7) allowed five runs in five innings while striking out seven. It was his second 20-win season, and he became the second pitcher to win 20 games for the Nationals since they moved to Washington.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth to earn his 47th save in 51 chances.
The NL East champion Nationals, who will face Los Angeles in the Division Series, finished the regular season 95-67, a 12-game improvement in manager Dusty Baker’s first season.
Third baseman Martin Prado served as the Marlins’ manager, continuing a tradition actual manager Don Mattingly was a part of while working under Joe Torre in New York and Los Angeles and later when he managed the Dodgers.
Austin Brice (0-1) took the loss.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Byron Buxton hit the game’s first pitch for an inside-the-park home run and Minnesota beat Chris Sale in manager Robin Ventura’s final game with Chicago.
Ventura said after the game that leaving was “a personal decision.” He was in the last year of his contract.
Miguel Sano added a three-run homer off Sale (17-10), who allowed five runs and six hits over five innings.
Jose Berrios (3-7) allowed one run and four hits in five innings.
Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 17th save in 20 tries.
RAYS 6, RANGERS 4, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alexei Ramirez had four hits, including a 10th-inning double before scoring, and Tampa Bay ended another losing season with a victory over AL West champion Texas.
The Rangers tied it in the ninth against closer Alex Colome, but the Rays then opened the 10th with three consecutive hits off Tanner Scheppers (1-1).
Erasmo Ramirez, the seventh Rays pitcher and 14th in the game, worked the 10th for his second save.
Colome (2-4) got the win.
While the Rangers (95-67) fell one win shy of matching the franchise record for victories, they had already clinched home-field advantage through the postseason. They will open the playoffs at home Thursday against the AL wild card winner, either Toronto or Baltimore.
PHILLIES 5, METS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard’s farewell game with the Philadelphia Phillies ended with a win.
Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and Philadelphia beat playoff-bound New York.
Howard, the last player remaining from the 2008 World Series championship team, was honored in a pregame ceremony. The Phillies are planning to pay Howard a $10 million buyout instead of exercising a $23 million club option for 2017.
Colton Murray (1-1) pitched one inning in relief of Jerad Eickhoff to earn his first career win despite allowing a run. Hector Neris finished for his second save.
Erik Goeddel (2-2) took the loss.
CARDINALS 10, PIRATES 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A win on the final day of the season was not enough for the St. Louis Cardinals, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Matt Carpenter homered and Randal Grichuk keyed a six-run seventh-inning with a two-run double to lead the Cardinals.
But the Cardinals (86-76) were eliminated while still on the field when San Francisco (87-75) beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 and earned the second NL wild card.
Jonathan Broxton (4-2) won despite allowing two runs in one inning of relief.
Juan Nicasio (10-7) gave up three runs without recording an out in the seventh.
ATHLETICS 3, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit his 14th home run in the first inning on the only pitch that he saw on the final day of the season and Oakland held on to beat Seattle.
Vogt drove the first pitch he got from Felix Hernandez just beyond the left-field wall to give the A’s an early lead.
Seattle appeared drained after seeing its postseason hopes dashed in Saturday’s extra-innings loss to the A’s. Hernandez (11-8) was lifted after the third inning and Guillermo Heredia’s two-run double in the fifth amounted to all of Seattle’s offense and the only real threat against Oakland starter Sean Manaea.
Manaea (7-9) threw six innings, allowing five hits and striking out five.
ANGELS 8, ASTROS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and Los Angeles completed its worst season of the 21st century.
Trout wrapped up another MVP-caliber campaign stuck on 29 homers, but he got his milestone stolen base in the first inning and an RBI single in the sixth before leaving to a standing ovation.
Houston’s Brady Rodgers (0-1) gave up five hits and four runs in his first big league start for his hometown team.
Jhoulys Chacin (4-4) finished an inconsistent year with a dominant effort in his first victory since Aug. 21.
BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Andrew Susac hit his first homer of the season, a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted Milwaukee over Colorado.
After Orlando Arcia hustled for a two-out double, Susac followed with a liner to left off Chris Rusin (3-5).
Reliever Tyler Thornburg (8-5) won after blowing a lead for a second straight day. Corey Knebel pitched a perfect 10th for his second save.
DJ LeMahieu sat out Sunday to protect his lead in the batting title race. It worked as LeMahieu edged Washington’s Daniel Murphy by percentage points — .3478 to .3465.
DIAMODNBACKS 3, PADRES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Arizona over San Diego.
Tuffy Gosewich doubled against the Padres’ Brad Hand (4-4) after two fly outs, then was replaced by pinch-runner Socrates Brito. Gosselin lined his winning hit up the middle to end the game.
Daniel Hudson (3-2) earned the win.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets clinched a playoff spot Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 to secure the top National League wild card.
The defending NL champions will host San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs.
James Loney hit a two-run homer to back Bartolo Colon (15-8), and Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-high 51st save. T.J. Rivera, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single.
The only other time the Mets made the postseason in consecutive years was 1999-2000. New York won the NL East last season and went all the way to the World Series before losing to Kansas City.
By clinching with one day to spare in the regular season, the Mets can save All-Star ace Noah Syndergaard for the wild-card game.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in what was likely his penultimate game with the Phillies, who have dropped six straight. Patrick Schuster (0-1) took the loss.
GIANTS 3, DODGERS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants rookie Ty Blach outpitched ace Clayton Kershaw, and San Francisco held its lead for the last NL playoff spot going into the final day of the regular season.
The Giants stayed one game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild card.
Blach (1-0) earned his first big league victory, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked one in his second start in the majors, and also got his first two hits.
Sergio Romo closed for his fourth save.
Angel Pagan homered in the fifth off Kershaw (12-4) to break a scoreless tie. Kershaw will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Washington — the Los Angeles loss gave the Nationals home-field advantage.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, Matt Holliday provided another big boost and St. Louis pushed the playoff race to the final day.
The Cardinals trail San Francisco by one game for the second NL wild card.
Gyorko’s 30th homer came off Felipe Rivero (1-6).
Kevin Siegrist (6-3) pitched the eighth. Seung Hwan Oh left runners at second and third for his 19th save.
BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 3
BOSTON (AP) — The Blue Jays almost balked away a pivotal game in their postseason chase.
With Toronto leading in the eighth inning thanks to another strong start from 20-game winner J.A. Happ, Roberto Osuna balked in the tying run. But Ezequiel Carrera delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Toronto beat Boston 4-3 on Saturday night to move into a tie with Baltimore for the top spot in the AL wild-card race.
“We had the lead and the tying run scores on balk. I was worried about the baseball gods,” said manager John Gibbons, whose team is tied with the Orioles at 88 wins with one game to play. “We want to enjoy this one. They’re hard to come by.”
Toronto owns the tie-breaker with Baltimore and would host the wild-card game if it wins the season finale Sunday. Detroit is also still in the wild-card hunt but would require losses by the Jays or Orioles to get in.
With the loss, Boston fell one-half game behind Cleveland in the race for home-field advantage when their AL Division Series begins on Thursday.
“Obviously, we would like the home-field advantage,” Boston utilityman Brock Holt said. “We’ll come ready to go tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll play that first game here.”
One night after the Blue Jays blew a 3-1 lead and gave up the winning homer to the soon-to-be-retired David Ortiz, Happ seemed poised to pick up his 21st win. But with Toronto leading 3-2 in the eighth, Mookie Betts doubled, took third on Holt’s hard-hit double-play ball and then scored to tie it when the Blue Jays closer Osuna stopped his motion after starting to get into the stretch.
“That was a pretty obvious one,” said Betts, who had two hits and scored twice for Boston.
Osuna got Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning.
With Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (2-6) pitching in the ninth, Michael Saunders drew a leadoff walk, and then pinch-runner Dalton Pompey took second on a sacrifice bunt, third on a wild pitch and scored on Carrera’s fly to left.
“We grinded out at-bats,” said Toronto’s Kevin Pillar, who drove in three runs on a pair of RBI singles. “We know what the alternative is: going home. You don’t put this much work in to fold up shop and go home.”
Kimbrel has losses in two of his last three appearances, issuing six walks while completing two innings. Since Sept. 22, his ERA has risen from 2.52 to 3.40.
The 21-year-old Osuna (4-3) retired the Red Sox in order in the ninth to recover from his sixth blown save of the season.
YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Austin tied the score with a seventh-inning home run, Austin Romine and Brett Gardner drove in two runs each in the eighth and New York rallied from a three-run deficit to stall Baltimore’s playoff push.
Thanks to Detroit’s loss Saturday night, however, Baltimore (88-73) can clinch an AL wild card with a win Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
All-Star setup man Brad Brach (10-4) took the loss. He was charged with a season-high four runs.
Tyler Clippard (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth, and Dellin Betances struck out the side after an infield hit in the ninth. The Yankees stopped the Orioles’ three-game winning streak and sent them to their second loss in eight games.
Mark Trumbo had four hits for Baltimore, which built a 3-0 lead against Luis Severino on Michael Bourn’s two-run single and Manny Machado’s 37th home run. Machado’s third-inning, opposite-field drive to right ended an 0-for-17 slide.
BRAVES 5, TIGERS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and last-place Atlanta damaged Detroit’s playoff hopes.
The Tigers dropped 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot. They need a win Sunday and a loss by Baltimore or Toronto to avoid postseason elimination.
The Tigers will have ace Justin Verlander on the mound Sunday. Depending on the playoff scenario, Detroit’s regular season might extend with a makeup home game Monday against Cleveland.
Atlanta took a 5-2 lead in the seventh on Adonis Garcia’s two-run single, but reliever Mauricio Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Chaz Roe struck out Miguel Cabrera and got J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play.
Braves closer Jim Johnson gave up a run in the ninth on Jose Iglesias’ infield single but retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez to earn his 19th save. The Braves have won 11 of 13 heading into the last game at Turner Field.
Blair (2-7) entered with an 8.02 ERA but gave up four hits and two runs in five innings.
Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) went four innings and is 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA in four starts since June 24.
NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals rookie Trea Turner hit his 13th homer, Tanner Roark tuned up for the playoffs with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Washington beat Miami while clinching home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.
NL East champion Washington’s third trip to the postseason in five years will begin Friday in the nation’s capital against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with Max Scherzer slated to face Clayton Kershaw.
The Nationals, it turned out, didn’t need to beat the Marlins — which they did, thanks to Turner, Roark (16-10) and Bryce Harper’s RBI single. The Dodgers’ loss to San Francisco assured Washington a better record and was announced before the bottom of the seventh to the Nationals Park crowd of 31,635, which responded with a standing ovation.
Wei-Yin Chen (5-5) allowed two runs in five innings.
Mark Melancon got four outs for his 46th save.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a two-out, two-run double during an eighth-inning rally to help Cleveland beat Kansas City .
Kevin McCarthy replaced Matt Strahm (2-2) with a runner on and walked the bases loaded before Lindor’s double over third base.
Mike Clevinger (3-3) won for the AL Central champs by retiring the only two batters he faced. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.
Trevor Bauer tuned up for the postseason by striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball. Bauer will start Game 1 of the Division Series against Boston.
REDS 7, CUBS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jon Lester failed to become a 20-game winner, struggling for the first time since mid-July as the Reds pulled away to a victory over what’s likely to be the Cubs’ lineup for the first game of the playoffs.
Lester (19-5) gave up five runs in five innings, including Eugenio Suarez’s two-run homer and a pair of RBIs by Joey Votto. The left-hander hadn’t allowed five runs in a start since July 9.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been getting players — especially his starting pitchers — some rest heading into the postseason. Even so, the Cubs have won eight of 12, finishing one of their best regular seasons with a flourish. Chicago’s 102 victories are its most since 1910.
Tim Adleman (4-4) gave up three runs in five innings as part of a rare Reds victory over Chicago.
RAYS 4, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis lost his fifth straight start in the right-hander’s tuneup for the playoffs, allowing Corey Dickerson’s three-run homer in Tampa Bay’s victory.
All four runs off Lewis (6-5) came in the third inning and were unearned.
The Rangers rested most of their starters a night after the AL West winners clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Texas (95-66) remains a win shy of the franchise record.
Jake Odorizzi (10-6) struck out eight in six innings, giving up his only run on Robinson Chirinos’ eighth homer in the sixth.
Alex Colome pitched around Dickerson’s dropped fly ball leading off the ninth for his 37th save.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco each hit a two-run home run to send James Shields to a major league high-tying 19th loss.
The Twins got 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball from Hector Santiago (13-10) in their third win in 14 games.
Shields (6-19) concluded a career-worst season split between San Diego and Chicago by allowing five runs and four hits over seven innings.
ASTROS 3, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin McHugh pitched three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings to help Houston beat Los Angeles.
Tyler Skaggs (3-4) was removed after 1 2/3 innings. Ken Giles converted his 15th save.
BREWERS 4, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Chris Carter hit a tiebreaking home run with two outs in the 10th inning, leading Milwaukee over Colorado.
Carter’s 41st homer of the season came on a 3-2 pitch against Adam Ottavino (1-3).
The Rockies tied it against Tyler Thornburg (7-5) in the ninth on pinch-hitter Tom Murphy’s RBI double.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, PADRES 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer as part of Arizona’s five-run first inning in a win.
The Diamondbacks stole six bases, including a franchise record-tying four in the first inning.
Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley (8-9) struck out a career high 11 in seven innings.
Clayton Richard (3-4) gave up four earned runs and six hits with four walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Padres.
ATHLETICS 9, MARINERS 8. 10 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Joey Wendle hit a tiebreaking RBI double off Edwin Diaz in the top of the 10th inning, and Oakland ended Seattle’s playoff hopes.
Nelson Cruz’s comebacker with a man on in the bottom of the inning deflected off pitcher Ryan Madson (6-7) almost directly to first base, preventing Ben Gamel from scoring from second base.
Madson also escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth.
Seattle needed to win out to have a chance at an AL wild card.
Bruce Maxwell opened the 10th with a double off Diaz (0-4) and Wendle’s fourth hit of the night put Oakland in fron
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BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.
The AL East champion Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the race for home-field advantage when their playoff series begins next week.
The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL’s final postseason berth.
With his image mowed into the grass in center for the final regular-season series of his career, Ortiz hit his 38th homer of the year — and No. 541 of his career — to help Boston rally from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the seventh.
Dustin Pedroia had three hits for Boston, and Brad Ziegler (2-3) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 31st save.
Devon Travis had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Jose Bautista homered for Toronto. Joe Biagini (4-3) got the loss.
RANGERS 3, RAYS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish looked playoff-ready with a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings, and Texas clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
The Rangers have the tiebreakers over fellow contenders Boston and Cleveland. The AL owns home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to its win in the All-Star Game.
Darvish (7-5) allowed one run and three hits.
Shin-Soo Choo returned to Texas’ lineup after missing 39 games with a fractured left forearm. Choo pulled a single to right in his first plate appearance since Aug. 15 and went 1 for 4.
Matt Andriese (8-8) gave up three runs and seven hits, including solo home runs to Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor.
ORIOLES 8, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run, and Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep in a six-run fifth inning.
The Orioles opened a one-game lead over the Blue Jays and remain 1 1/2 games in front of Detroit for the AL’s two wild cards. Two games are left, and the Orioles’ magic number for a postseason berth is two.
Trumbo and Jones homered off Michael Pineda (6-12), who started with 3 2/3 hitless innings and suddenly became ineffective.
Schoop tied his career high with five RBIs. Yovani Gallardo (6-8) won for just the second time in nine starts since Aug. 5, allowing two hits, three walks and Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly in six innings.
Eliminated on Thursday, New York rested two regulars and pulled four others by the sixth inning.
METS 5, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game and drove in three runs, Robert Gsellman threw six sharp innings and the Mets moved closer to securing a wild-card berth.
The defending NL champions reduced their magic number to one. The Mets began the night atop the wild-card race, with San Francisco one game back and St. Louis two behind.
Gsellman (4-2) scattered seven hits and struck out seven.
Philadelphia starter Alec Asher (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings.
CARDINALS 7, PIRATES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Matt Holliday hit an emotional home run and St. Louis stayed in the middle of the NL wild-card race.
The Cardinals began the day trailing San Francisco by one game for the second wild card. The Giants hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers later Thursday night.
Martinez (16-9) gave up five singles, walked one and struck out nine.
Holliday, who broke his left thumb when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 11, asked the club to activate him Friday to make what could be his farewell appearance in a Cardinals uniform. The Cardinals are not planning to pick up their $17 million option on his contract for 2017.
Holliday received a standing ovation before he pinch-hit in the seventh and responded with his 20th homer, and then came out for a curtain call.
Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow (0-2) pitched five innings of one-run ball.
TIGERS 6, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton also connected and Detroit moved up in the playoff race.
The Tigers won their third straight and pulled within a half-game of Toronto for the second AL wild card.
The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday, but the Tigers might need to play beyond that. They were rained out against Cleveland this week and would have to make up that game if it impacts their playoff chances.
Detroit’s Daniel Norris (4-2) gave up one run and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.
The Braves, playing their final series at Turner Field before moving north to the suburbs next year, had won 10 of 11. Matt Wisler (7-13) got the loss.
MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Christian Yelich homered for Miami, and Dee Gordon’s infield single in the sixth inning scored the go-ahead run.
The game began following a 1 hour, 43 minute rain delay. The series opener came a day after a memorial service in Florida for Jose Fernandez. The Marlins ace died in a boating accident Sunday.
Mike Dunn (6-1) got the win and A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 40th save.
Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back home runs for Washington in a four-run fourth. Sammy Solis (2-4) got the loss.
Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in his return to the Nationals lineup after sitting out the previous four days with a left thumb injury.
CUBS 7, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Zobrist homered twice and drove in three runs, helping the Cubs to the win.
Jake Buchanan (1-0) pitched five shutout innings as Chicago improved to 14-3 against Cincinnati this season with two games to play. The right-hander allowed two hits in his first start since 2014 with Houston.
Anthony Rizzo also drove in two runs for the NL Central champions, who were coming off a rare tie in Pittsburgh due to rain.
Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the ninth for last-place Cincinnati, which announced before the game that manager Bryan Price would return next season. Josh Smith (3-3) was charged with two runs and three hits in five-plus innings.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven batters and Tim Anderson had three hits to help the White Sox hand the Twins their 103rd loss — the most since the franchise moved to Minnesota.
Rodon (9-10) finished with 10 strikeouts in six innings and was charged with three runs and three hits. Anderson also drove in two runs in Chicago’s sixth win in seven games.
Tyler Duffey (9-12) gave up five runs in two-plus innings to ensure Minnesota won’t have a 10-game winner while reaching the most losses since the Washington Senators went 50-104 in 1949. The 57-103 Twins have two games left.
INDIANS 7, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Merritt retired his final 13 batters while pitching five strong innings in his first big league start and Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer for Cleveland.
Merritt (1-0) gave up a run on three hits in the first, but nothing after that. Merritt, who had made three relief appearances after being promoted Sept. 11 from Triple-A Columbus, threw 62 pitches, striking out four and walking none.
Lindor, who snapped an 0-for-29 drought with a double in a four-run third, homered off the left-field foul pole in the seventh.
Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura (11-12) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
ROCKIES 4, BREWERS 1
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 41st homer for Colorado, and Chad Bettis pitched effectively into the seventh inning.
Bettis (14-8) allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings while extending a career high in wins this season. He struck out five in the Rockies’ first win in four games against Milwaukee this season.
Carlos Estevez got four outs before Adam Ottavino worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Chris Carter connected in the fourth inning, becoming the sixth player in Brewers history to reach 40 home runs in a season. Brent Suter (2-2) got the loss.
GIANTS 9, DODGERS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner lined a key two-run double in the sixth and emphatically pumped his arms while yelling in celebration at second base, and San Francisco maintained its slim lead for the second NL wild card.
Brandon Belt added a three-run homer in the seven-run inning and Bumgarner (15-9) beat the Dodgers for the first time in seven starts since May 21, 2015. It was win No. 100 of his career.
The Mets stayed one game ahead of the Giants for the top wild card, while San Francisco remained a game up on St. Louis for the second spot.
Angel Pagan might have made the play of the night — without his glove or bat. He body-slammed a male fan in the left field grass during the fourth inning after he ran onto the field.
Once Rich Hill left the game, San Francisco pounced against Brandon McCarthy (2-3).
ANGELS 7, ASTROS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jefry Marte homered and scored twice and Daniel Wright earned his first major league victory to help the Angels beat Houston.
In Wright’s ninth big league appearance, he limited the Astros to one run and six hits while striking out five. Wright (1-5), who was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4, became the 24th pitcher to get a win for the Angels this season, setting an American League record. The Texas Rangers previously held the record with 23 winning pitchers in 2014.
Mike Trout set a club record with his 114th walk of the season, breaking Tony Phillips’ previous Angels record set in 1995. Trout stole two bases, bringing his season total to 29.
The Angels broke the game open with a four-run second inning. Brad Peacock (0-1) loaded the bases with no outs for Kaleb Cowart, who doubled to empty them. Kowart took third on the throw, allowing him to score while Ji-Man Choi was caught in a rundown two batters later.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and Seattle moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot.
Seattle, which has won seven of nine, is one game behind Toronto for the second spot. The Mariners also trail Detroit by a half-game.
Cano had a two-run homer in the first. He added his 38th home run in the third, a solo shot that gave him 100 RBIs for the season. Norichika Aoki and Nelson Cruz also homered off Raul Alcantara (1-3), who was tagged for five runs on seven hits in two-plus innings.
Walker (8-11) allowed one run on two hits in six innings, but walked five in a 113-pitch outing. The only run came on Ryon Healy’s 13th homer to open the sixth. Evan Scribner, Nick Vincent and Steve Cishek each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, PADRES 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings each hit a two-run home run and Arizona opened its final series of a disappointing season with a win.
Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run for San Diego.
Randall Delgado (5-2) pitched an inning of relief to get the victory. Patrick Corbin threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before Daniel Hudson came on to get Wil Myers to pop out to first for his fifth save.
Edwin Jackson (5-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings to take the loss.
The crowd for the matchup between the bottom two teams in the NL West was announced at 42,651, the second-largest of the season at home for the Diamondbacks. Only the season opener drew more.
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NEW YORK (AP) — His playing days dwindling, Mark Teixeira gave himself a moment to savor Wednesday night and rescued the New York Yankees in the process.
Teixeira hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible instant with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
“That’s as good as it gets right there,” said Teixeira, set to retire after this season.
Boston clinched the AL East title nearly 30 minutes before Teixeira connected, thanks to Toronto’s 3-2 loss against Baltimore. But a five-run comeback by New York in the ninth prevented its longtime rival from celebrating on the Yankee Stadium field.
“It’s an unbelievable moment,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a great moment for him, and it’s a great moment for us.”
The victory by the Orioles put the Yankees on the brink of wild-card elimination following a surprising charge late this season. New York had only one infield hit and trailed 3-0 heading into the ninth, with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (2-5) jogging in from the bullpen on a misty and blustery night in the Bronx.
Kimbrel, however, gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and issued three straight walks, the last forcing in a run.
Red Sox manager John Farrell turned to Joe Kelly, who struck out Starlin Castro and retired Didi Gregorius on a foul popup. With the Yankees down to their last out, Teixeira launched a 99 mph fastball on an 0-1 count into the New York bullpen in right-center.
“You don’t want a wall-scraper in an 8-0 game to be your last one. You want a walkoff grand slam against the Red Sox,” Teixeira said. “I’ll still be trying the next four games, but if it happens to be my last one, it will be pretty special.”
Yankees relievers raised their arms in excitement, and Teixeira puffed his cheeks and spread his arms wide as he rounded first base. The 36-year-old slugger, in his 14th big league season, tossed his helmet as happy New York players poured out of the dugout to swarm him at home plate.
“I’m going to take away a lot of memories. This will be one of the best,” Teixeira said. “That’s as good as I can hit a ball.”
New York (82-76) guaranteed its 24th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in major league history behind the Yankees’ run of 39 straight from 1926-64.
It was the team’s first game-ending slam since Alex Rodriguez on April 7, 2007.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox walked back to their bench and quietly cleared out of the dugout, an awkward way to mark their second division crown in four years. But once they returned to their clubhouse, they let loose and celebrated with the traditional beer and bubbly.
“Can’t let one inning deter our whole season,” outfielder Mookie Betts said.
James Pazos (1-0) earned his first major league win, and the Yankees remained four games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card with four to play.
Though the final score in Toronto was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard, the Red Sox hardly seemed to notice as players draped their arms over the dugout railing and rooted for Kimbrel in the ninth.
Red Sox executives, however, jumped out of their front-row seats next to the Boston dugout and rejoiced when the Blue Jays’ game ended, giving Boston its eighth AL East title.
Betts snapped a scoreless tie when he chopped a two-run double over third base in the eighth inning. David Ortiz scored moments later on Gary Sanchez’s passed ball.
Boston, which had already secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, will open its postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown since 2013. The team’s first opponent has not been determined yet.
“You never want to see a team celebrate on your home field, or celebrate at all, so we’ll take that as a positive tonight,” Teixeira said in the clubhouse, where he was congratulated by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and Baltimore beat Toronto to move within one game of the AL wild-card-leading Blue Jays.
With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right.
Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.
Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth. Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save.
TIGERS 6, INDIANS 3, 5 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, moments before the game was halted for good, and Detroit came away with a rain-shortened victory over Cleveland to keep pace with Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.
Detroit trails the Orioles by one game for the AL’s second wild card, and the Tigers certainly caught a break in this one. The rain was a factor throughout the evening — there was also a delay during the third inning — and it was certainly coming down when Detroit began its rally in the fifth.
With two on and one out, Cabrera hit a line drive over the wall in right off Joseph Colon (1-3) for his 36th homer. Blaine Hardy (1-0) won in relief of Michael Fulmer.
ROCKIES 2, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija gave San Francisco a chance to grab momentum after a big offensive outburst a night earlier, but the playoff-hopeful Giants wasted it with a costly dud.
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood (12-9) struck out nine in eight innings and outdueled Samardzija (12-11), shutting down San Francisco a day after the Giants pounded 19 hits in a 12-3 win.
San Francisco dropped to 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the top wild card and remained a game up on St. Louis for the second spot after the Cardinals lost to Cincinnati.
Adam Ottavino got his sixth save.
PIRATES 8, CUBS 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Jaso hit for the cycle and drove in five runs in Pittsburgh’s victory over Chicago.
Jaso tripled off reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh inning for the first cycle in the history of PNC Park and the first for the Pirates since 2004. Jaso’s final hit was a fly ball to center field. He hesitated rounding second base, but went on and the throw from Albert Almora Jr. was up the baseline.
Jaso accomplished the feat in just four at-bats. The last Pirate to hit for the cycle was Daryle Ward on May 26, 2004, in St. Louis. The last Pirates’ home cycle was by Jason Kendall on May 19, 2000, against the Cardinals at Three Rivers Stadium.
Against Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (18-8), Jaso singled in the second inning, hit a three-run home run in the fourth and doubled in the fifth. Arrieta went five innings and allowed 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (5-4) allowed one hit and struck out four in six innings.
Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer, his 32nd of the season.
RANGERS 8, BREWERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and AL-leading Texas beat Milwaukee for its major league-best 49th come-from-behind victory.
Texas (94-65) moved closer to home-field advantage with a 1 1/2-game lead over Boston for the best record in the American League.
Jonathan Lucroy, the catcher traded from Milwaukee to Texas on Aug. 1, reached to start the eighth on a two-base error when the ball ricocheted off the glove of center fielder Hernan Perez. Delino DeShields came on as a pinch-runner, and after Mitch Moreland walked, he scored the tying run when Elvis Andrus greeted reliever Tyler Thornburg with a single to center.
Gomez then hit a 418-foot homer to left, his 13th this season. It was the eighth in 31 games for the Brewers’ former two-time All-Star since joining the Rangers last month after being released by Houston. He had a three-run homer on Tuesday night, that one traveling 444 feet.
Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the first for the Rangers, his 32nd.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) worked the final two innings, winning for AL West champion Texas five days after being reinstated by Major League Baseball from the restricted list following a drunken driving arrest last month and then a three-week stint in an inpatient rehab clinic.
Corey Knebel (1-4) was the loser.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat Minnesota, but the Royals were still knocked out of playoff contention.
The defending World Series champs were eliminated when Baltimore beat Toronto.
Morales’ ground-rule double to right scored Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third. Gordon’s single scored Whit Merrifield and pinch-runner Billy Burns.
Taylor Rogers (3-1), the fourth of five Twins pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, three hits and two walks while retiring only one of the six batters he faced.
Joakim Soria (5-8) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory. Wade Davis got his 27th save.
METS 5, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade, then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play.
Drained by four days of grieving Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident, Miami didn’t have much left for the New York Mets. Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and New York helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami.
The Marlins’ loss in their home finale eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite high hopes this year, they still haven’t been to the postseason since 2003.
Set Lugo (5-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.
Jose Urena (4-9) allowed five runs in five innings.
MARINERS 12, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Seattle beat Houston to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.
Cano’s career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season.
Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season.
James Paxton (6-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, striking out eight.
Fister gave up five runs and five hits over 1 1/3 innings in the shortest start of his big league career. George Springer and Evan Gattis homered for Houston.
PADRES 6, DODGERS 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Hunter Renfroe hit the first home run in Petco Park history to land on the roof of the brick warehouse in the left-field corner and drove in four runs to lead San Diego.
With one out in the third, Renfroe drove a two-run homer off Jose De Leon onto the top of the Western Metal Supply Co. building, a remnant from the skid row neighborhood that made way for Petco Park, which opened in 2004. It went an estimated 435 feet.
The Dodgers lost despite hitting three home runs off rookie Luis Perdomo (9-10). Ross Stripling (5-9) allowed a run in three innings.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall’s two-run single was all Cincinnati needed to beat St. Louis.
The Reds’ third win in their last four games dealt a blow to the Cardinals’ playoff hopes. St. Louis lost ground in the race for the two NL wild cards.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (9-5) allowed one runner in each of the first four innings, but only once during that span did the Cardinals have anyone in scoring position. He stranded five runners, including two in the sixth, his last inning. He allowed six hits and one run.
It was the fifth quality start out of six in DeSclafani’s career against the Cardinals. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA against St. Louis.
Duvall drove in his 101st and 102nd RBIs with his third-inning single. He has seven RBI in the series.
Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save in six opportunities with two innings of relief.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, NATIONALS 0, 5 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shelby Miller threw five shutout innings, Jean Segura had three hits to reach 200 for the season and Arizona beat Washington Nationals a rain-shortened game.
The start of the game was delayed 33 minutes by rain and was called with one out in the top of the sixth inning after waiting out a second delay of 70 minutes.
The NL East-champion Nationals have lost two of three to the last-place Diamondbacks and seven of their last 11 games overall.
Miller (3-12) capped an otherwise forgetful season with one of his best outings of the year, allowing five hits with one walk and striking out five to earn his first win since June 20.
Gio Gonzalez (11-11), Washington’s projected No. 3 starter in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, struggled in his final tune up before the postseason.
WHITE SOX 1, RAYS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier hit his 40th home run, Miguel Gonzalez waited out a rain delay to throw 8 1/3 dominant innings and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.
Frazier set a career high and became the seventh White Sox player to reach the homer milestone when he connected off knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa (0-2) with two out in the seventh. Frazier is hitting .391 (18 for 46) during a 12-game hitting streak.
Gonzalez (5-7) returned after a 1 hour, 16-minute delay in the third inning and retired 18 of 19 before being lifted after Logan Forsythe’s one-out single to left in the ninth. David Robertson got the final two outs for his 37th save in 44 tries.
The game also was delayed 21 minutes before the start. It was 57 degrees at first pitch and rain came and went amid blustery conditions as a tiny crowd watched Chicago win its fifth straight. The game itself lasted only 2 hours, 10 minutes.
BRAVES 12, PHILLIES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer, Daniel Castro had three RBIs and Dansby Swanson also drove in two runs, leading Atlanta past Philadelphia.
Mike Foltynewicz (9-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings in his first start since Sept. 12, when he left a game against Miami with a left calf contusion.
The Braves won for the ninth time in their last 10 games. They have 21 victories in 34 games since Aug. 21, bouncing back from a dismal start.
Adam Morgan (2-11) lasted five innings, giving up 10 hits and nine runs.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and Los Angeles held off a late rally from Oakland to sweep the three-game series.
Meyer (2-3) limited the A’s to two runs and five hits over four innings. J.C. Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth to convert his second save.
Mike Trout was hit by a John Axford fastball in the back of his left shoulder in the eighth inning and was removed from the game.
Ross Detwiler (3-3) took the loss.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fourth straight NL West title, winning the crown in Vin Scully’s final home game when Charlie Culberson homered with two outs in the 10th inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Sunday.
Culberson hit his first homer of the season and just sixth of his career off Boone Logan (2-5) and the ball landed in the lower left-field seats, touching off wild cheers and a raucous celebration at home plate. The Dodgers charged out of their dugout and surrounded Culberson, jumping up and down. They donned championship T-shirts and hats from carts wheeled on the field.
The Dodgers took off their caps, turned toward Scully’s broadcasting booth and held them in a salute to the 88-year-old Hall of Famer, who has just three games at San Francisco next weekend before ending his 67-year career.
The Dodgers became the first NL West team to win four straight division titles.
Joe Blanton (7-2) pitched the 10th to get the victory.
PADRES 4, GIANTS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Manuel Margot tripled in the seventh inning and scored the go-ahead run on Wil Myers’ single as San Diego dropped San Francisco a game behind the New York Mets in the NL wild-card race.
A few minutes before this game ended, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado in 10 innings to win the NL West title. The Dodgers came into Sunday seven games ahead of the Giants.
Margot, called up Wednesday from Pacific Coast League champion El Paso, tripled to right center off Cory Gearrin (3-2) with one out in the seventh and scored on Myers’ single to right.
Margot doubled in the first and hit an RBI single in the second, both off rookie Ty Blach, who was making his first big league start, in place of the injured Johnny Cueto.
Brandon Morrow (1-0) got two outs for the victory. Brad Hand got the last five outs for his first save.
CUBS 3, CARDINALS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and Chicago hurt St. Louis’ wild-card chances.
Ben Zobrist had three hits and scored two runs as Chicago finished with a major league-best 57-24 home record. It’s the most home wins for the Cubs since they went 58-19 at the West Side Grounds in 1910.
The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games, wasting a chance to improve their playoff positioning. They remain a half-game back of San Francisco for the second NL wild card.
Lester (19-4), one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award, struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one while improving to 10-0 with 1.34 ERA in his last 13 starts.
Carlos Martinez (15-9) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings and the Chicago White Sox denied Cleveland any chance of winning the AL Central title by beating the Indians 3-0 on Sunday.
Rodon (8-10) blanked the Indians on just two singles and easily handled the division leaders who still haven’t wrapped up a playoff spot and have gone flat at the worst time possible. Cleveland needed to win its regular-season finale at home and Detroit to lose to Kansas City for the Indians to clinch their first division championship since 2007.
Now, they will have to try and do it on the road against the Tigers, whom they’ve beaten 13 times in 15 games this season. The clubs open a four-game series Monday at Comerica Park.
It was a disappointing finish for the Indians at Progressive Field, where they went 50-27 and had 11 walk-off wins in a season of comebacks. Cleveland had three errors for the second straight game.
Carlos Sanchez had two RBIs off Josh Tomlin (12-9).
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 3
TORONTO (AP) — Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and Toront hled its AL wild-card lead.
Toronto leads Baltimore by 1 1/2 games for the top AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yankees.
New York ended its 33-inning scoreless streak, but lost for the 11th time in 14 games.
After the Yankees scored twice in the ninth off closer Roberto Osuna (3-2) for a 3-2 lead, the Blue Jays bounced back.
Dellin Betances walked Melvin Upton Jr. to begin the bottom of the ninth and took third when Kevin Pillar singled off Tyler Clippard (3-6). Carrera followed with a squeeze bunt, and both runners advanced as Clippard’s attempted scoop sent the ball rolling past catcher Gary Sanchez toward the backstop.
Clippard struck out Devon Travis before Josh Donaldson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Encarnacion’s slow roller between first and second scored the winning run.
ORIOLES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.
The Orioles entered the day a half-game ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card and trailed Toronto by 1 1/2 games for the top spot. The Orioles begin a crucial three-game series at the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Baltimore finished the regular season 50-31 at Camden Yards. Arizona has been swept 13 times this season, including six on the road.
Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (10-6) allowed the one run on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Baltimore’s Zach Britton picked up his American League-leading 46th save in 46 chances. Manny Machado went 2 for 4 for his team-high 54th multi-hit game.
ROYALS 12, TIGERS 9
DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City’s first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race.
The defending World Series champions avoided elimination from this year’s postseason race by chasing Detroit starter Matt Boyd (6-5) before he retired a hitter. Kansas City started the game with a single, a triple and a double before Perez’s two-run homer made it 4-0.
The Tigers fell 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot. The loss cut Cleveland’s magic number to clinch the AL Central to one — the Indians start a four-game series in Detroit on Monday night.
RED SOX 3, RAYS 2, 10 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays struck out in record fashion and lost their home finale on a strange play at the plate.
Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz’s double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.
Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the 10th. The relay throw on Ortiz’s hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate, but he avoided catcher Luke Maile’s first tag.
Pedroia’s momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.
“I don’t have a good explanation other than that the ball seemed to be, from what I heard, was coming loose as Maile tagged (Pedroia),” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
The call confirmed after a video review that lasted 39 seconds.
“It’s obviously a strange play,” Maile said. “I don’t really know the timing of when the ball left the mitt. It’s a play you’ve got to make.”
Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego in 1970.
Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Joe Kelly (4-0) added two in the 10th as the Rays became just the fifth big league team to strike out 23 or more in a game.
There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa after defecting from Cuba.
“A very emotional day,” Ortiz said. “I was thinking about Jose the whole game. It’s hard to believe. A very sad day.”
The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz’s request after Fernandez’s death. He had three hits and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.
Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.
METS 17, PHILLIES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and the Mets got the largest shutout victory in team history to maintain the NL wild-card lead.
On an afternoon when batters circled the bases like the cartoon Gashouse Gorillas, the Mets romped in their final regular-season game at Citi Field.
Reyes batted four straight times with the bases loaded and Cabrera hit his 23rd home run this season. Curtis Granderson reached 30 home runs for the first time since 2012 and rookie Robert Gsellman (3-2) allowed three hits over seven innings.
New York’s previous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Chicago Cubs in 1965 and Cincinnati in 1998.
Wearing 1986 commemorative uniforms, New York began the day tied with San Francisco for the NL’s two wild cards, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.
Jake Thompson (3-6) allowed three runs and five hits in four innings.
REDS 4, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Finnegan pitched five scoreless innings in his final start of the season, lifting the Cincinnati past Milwaukee.
Finnegan (10-11) scattered three hits and struck out four, needing only 54 pitches to get through five innings. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.
Finnegan, obtained in the July 2015 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City, went 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA in his final 11 starts. The left-hander pitched 172 innings this year, up from 105 1/3 innings splitting time between the major and minor leagues in 2015.
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (7-11) pitched six innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits and three walks while striking out five.
ASTROS 4, ANGELS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings, Evan Gattis, Tony Kemp and Tyler White homered, and Houston snapped a three-game slide to preserve its playoff hopes.
Houston began the day three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot.
Musgrove (4-4, 4.06 ERA) allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four.
Closer Ken Giles rebounded from a blown save in Friday’s 10-6 loss to Los Angeles. He walked one and struck out two in the ninth for his 14th save.
Daniel Wright (0-5, 6.95) lasted six innings for the Angels. He gave up three runs on seven hits, including two homers, while striking out four and walking two.
MARINERS 4, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice before leaving with left wrist soreness, Jesus Sucre homered for the first time in 14 months and Seattle beat Minnesota.
Taijuan Walker (7-11) danced around danger for most of his 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek and Edwin Diaz then combined for 3 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, including Diaz’s 17th save in 19 chances.
Trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2001, Seattle is 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second American League wild-card spot with a week to play.
Max Kepler homered and Robbie Grossman had three hits for Minnesota in its 100th loss. This is the second time in team history the Twins have had triple-digit losses: The 1982 squad finished 60-102.
Hector Santiago (12-10) allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for Minnesota.
ATHLETICS 7, RANGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jharel Cotton pitched seven crisp innings and Oakland avoided a series sweep.
Ryon Healy had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs to help the A’s win after being shut out in back-to-back games.
Adrian Beltre hit his 32nd home run for Texas.
The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Friday, fell into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Texas (92-64) holds a slight tiebreaking advantage based on division record.
Oakland will be sitting out the postseason and had lost the first five games on this homestand but ended it on an encouraging note behind Cotton (2-0). The rookie right-hander allowed one run, struck out five and faced two over the minimum while quieting the Rangers’ potent offense.
Coming off consecutive shutout losses in the first two games of the series, the A’s did all of their scoring in the second to chase starter Colby Lewis (6-4).
NATIONALS 10, PIRATES 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb making an awkward slide to avoid a pretend tag by Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches in Washington’s win.
Harper’s thumb was sore and the reigning NL MVP will have X-rays Monday.
Harper led off the third inning with a triple for the NL East champions. As Harper neared third, Kang acted as if a throw was coming and faked a tag. Harper went down, was checked by a trainer and stayed in. He scored on Anthony Rendon’s double and was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
The next time Kang came up, Nationals starter A.J. Cole threw a fastball behind him and was immediately ejected by plate umpire Jordan Baker.
The benches cleared, with Washington’s Jayson Werth in the middle of the skirmish. Pirates outfielder Sean Rodriguez was ejected.
Washington rallied for five runs in the eighth off former teammate Felipe Rivero (1-5).
Shawn Kelley (3-2) got the win. Former Pirates closer Mark Melancon got his 43rd save.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers secured their second straight AL West title, becoming the first American League team to clinch a playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Beltre’s homer came during a three-run seventh after Oakland starter Kendall Graveman (10-11) pitched six perfect innings. Texas got its first baserunner when Carlos Gomez beat out an infield hit to lead off the seventh against Graveman.
This is Texas’ eighth AL West title and fourth since 2010.
All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels (15-5), acquired prior to last year’s non-waiver trade deadline, pitched the division-clinching game for the second year in a row. Last year, he threw a three-hitter in the last game of the regular season to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Rangers closer Sam Dyson got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso to hit into a fielder’s choice for the last out to record his 36th save.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston’s clubhouse was buzzing about David Ortiz’s high-and-deep homer in the first inning, a drive that provided the winning margin as the Red Sox moved close to a postseason berth in the slugger’s final season.
Ortiz hit a two-run shot to set the RBIs record for a player in his final year, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
“It’s not all about the distance,” Ortiz said after the 411-foot drive. “It’s about scoring runs and make sure we put us in position to win the game.”
Ortiz’s 37th homer came off Chris Archer (8-19) and raised his RBIs total to 124, one more than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. The 40-year-old’s 540th homer, his 300th on the road, struck an overhanging catwalk above the right-field seats.
“I’m used to the ball going over the fence but that far, I don’t think you really ever get used to that,” teammate Mookie Betts said. “He’s just doing what he always does.”
When asked if he’s thinking about 40 homers, Ortiz said with a laugh “I’m 40.”
Coming off four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore, the Red Sox have a 5½-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. They lowered their magic number to two for clinching a playoff berth.
Drew Pomeranz (3-5) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Brad Ziegler, the fifth Boston reliever, got his fourth save after allowing a leadoff double in the ninth to Evan Longoria.
Red Sox set-up man Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel were both given the night off after extensive use recently.
Archer set a Tampa Bay record for losses in a season, breaking the mark Tanyon Sturtze set in 2002. He has lost 11 straight decisions against Boston since beating the Red Sox in his first career start against them on Sept. 19, 2012.
“It stinks whenever you’re on the mound for so many team losses,” Archer said.
Ortiz appeared to have his 524th double with the Red Sox, which would have moved him within one of tying Ted Williams for second on the franchise list, but was called out at second base in the seventh after Tampa Bay challenged the original safe call. He was credited with a single.
Mikie Mahtook hit a solo homer in the second for the Rays.
CUBS 5, CARDINALS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta struck out 10 in seven innings and Chicago beat St. Louis for its 98th victory, the Cubs’ most since they last played in the World Series in 1945.
Arrieta (18-7) allowed five hits and walked one, Anthony Rizzo had three hits and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs to help the Cubs (98-55) tie a team record with their 56th home win. They clinched home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Chicago scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Leake (9-11).
Pedro Strop came off the disabled list to work the eighth, and Travis Wood and Carl Edwards Jr. finished the five-hitter. Rizzo, Zobrist and Chris Coghlan drove in runs in the first off Leake, who lasted 3 1/3 innings and is winless in four starts since recovering from shingles.
Leake allowed another run on one of two wild pitches. Cardinals’ gaffes included Kolten Wong face-planting into the turf chasing Rizzo’s first-inning double and Matt Adams getting picked off first. Zobrist’s fourth-inning groundout added another run for Chicago.
DODGERS 5, ROCKIES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and Los Angeles defeated Colorado after an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring Vin Scully.
Their third straight victory trimmed the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching a record fourth consecutive NL West title to two.
Pederson worked the count to 3-2 during a nine-pitch at-bat before homering off Jon Gray (10-9) with two outs.
Ross Stripling (5-8) got the win in relief of injured Scott Kazmir. The rookie right-hander allowed two hits in three innings, struck out four and walked two.
METS 10, PHILLIES 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run rally in the fifth inning, Hansel Robles gave a big boost from the bullpen and New York beat Philadelphia to stay atop the NL wild-card race.
The Mets are a game up on San Francisco for the wild-card lead. St. Louis lost and trails New York by 1 1/2 games.
A day after using 10 pitchers in a stirring 9-8, 11-inning win over the Phillies, the Mets sent out six more. With his team competing for a playoff spot, manager Terry Collins yanked starter Gabriel Ynoa after just two shaky innings.
Robles preserved a 7-5 lead in the seventh, getting pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Robles finished with hitless relief for his first career save. Josh Smoker (3-0) was the winner.
Jeremy Hellickson (12-10) was the loser. Maikel Franco homered for the second straight day and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf also connected for the Phillies.
PIRATES 6, NATIONALS 5, 11 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Jacob Stallings’ pinch-hit single in the 11th inning lifted Pittsburgh past Washington, preventing the Nationals from clinching a postseason berth.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out against Yusmiero Petit (3-5) when Francisco Cervelli doubled, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Pedro Florimon walked.
Sean Rodriguez struck out and Stalling, a son of University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Kevin Stallings, grounded a 3-2 pitch into left field.
Wade LeBlanc (4-0) was the winner. Pittsburgh’s seventh win in nine games kept the Pirates on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.
Washington lost for the fifth time in six games. The Nationals have magic numbers of one for a playoff berth and two for an NL East title. Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa homered for the Nationals.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a three-run homer off rookie Albert Suarez in the first inning and San Diego beat San Francisco for its seventh victory in eight games against the struggling Giants since the All-Star break.
The Giants dropped into the second wild-card position, a game behind the New York Mets.
Edwin Jackson (5-6) won for just the second time in seven starts, holding the Giants to two runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked five.
Suarez (3-5) fell behind 3-0 before recording an out. Jon Jay hit a leadoff single, rookie Carlos Asuaje doubled for his first big league hit and Myers homered into the party deck just beyond the fence in right-center, his 28th.
INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 4.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and Cleveland beat Chicago to move a step closer to the AL Central title.
The Indians dropped their magic number to three games for their first division title since 2007.
Trevor Bauer (12-8) overcame two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The right-hander allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Mike Napoli drove in two runs and became the first Cleveland player to reach 100 RBIs in nine years.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-8) was the loser. Chicago has lost six in a row and was eliminated from the AL wild-card race.
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left after appearing to hit his head and left shoulder running into the wall catching Roberto Perez’s long drive in the sixth.
ORIOLES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2, 12 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo led off the 12th inning with his major league-leading 44th home run, and Baltimore ovrcame a late two-run deficit to beat Arizona.
After getting swept in a four-game series by Boston, the Orioles remained a half-game behind Detroit for the AL’s second wild card.
Baltimore trailed 2-0 before Pedro Alvarez homered in the eighth off Enrique Burgos, and Matt Wieters homered against Daniel Hudson leading off the ninth.
Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for his first big league win. Matt Koch (1-1) relieved to start the bottom half and Trumbo sent his first pitch over the left-field fence, setting off a celebration.
BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Troy Tulowitzki had four RBIs and the Toronto routed New York to maintain a one-game lead in the AL wild-card standings.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Edwin Encarnacion had his 124th RBI — tied with Boston’s David Ortiz for the AL lead — and the Blue Jays won their sixth straight home game over New York.
New York was shut out for the second straight night and lost for the ninth time in 12 games, following a seven-game winning streak. The Yankees have gone 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position in their last two games and stranded 17 runners.
Liriano (8-13) escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Chase Headley to end a 27-pitch first inning, then left runners at the corners after the first two batters reached in the third. That was the start of a stretch that saw the left-hander retire nine straight. Liriano allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six for his second win with Toronto. Bryan Mitchell (1-2) was the loser.
BREWERS 5, REDS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter homered, Ryan Braun had a late clutch hit and Milwaukee its second triple play of the season in a victory over Cincinnati.
Carter hit his 38th home run of the season leading off the second against Anthony DeSclafani (8-4).
Jose Peraza put the Reds in front with a three-run homer with one out in the fifth off Milwaukee starter Zach Davies.
The Brewers scored in the sixth on Carter’s RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-2. Milwaukee loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, chasing DeSclafani. Scooter Gennett drew a walk off reliever Tony Cingrani to tie it. Milwaukee regained the lead when Braun followed with a two-run single off Blake Wood.
Brent Suter (2-1) retired the only batter he faced to get the victory. Tyler Thornburg finished for his 13th save.
ANGELS 10, ASTROS 6
HOUSTON (AP) — Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting Los Angeles past Houston.
Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card.
Houston led 6-4 when Escobar sent a slider from Ken Giles (2-5) into the seats in left field to start the ninth. Giles walked Mike Trout with one out before intentionally walking Albert Pujols. C.J. Cron followed with a bloop single to score Trout and put the Angels on top.
Giles was replaced by Michael Feliz after loading the bases with a walk. Ortega cleared the bases with his two-out double that deflected off shortstop Carlos Correa’s glove to extend the lead.
Cody Ege (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win.
TIGERS 8, ROYALS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and Detroit homered three times in a victory over Kansas City.
Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep to help the Tigers win their fifth straight while chasing a postseason spot. Upton has 27 homers, including 14 in his last 29 games.
Fulmer (11-7) allowed a run and eight hits, striking out nine with no walks. Danny Duffy (12-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Kansas City has lost nine of its last 12.
MARINERS 10, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robinson Cano had four hits and two RBIs, and Nelson Cruz added a towering two-run homer among his four RBIs and struggling Seattle beat Minnesota.
James Paxton pitched seven strong innings and finally received a boost from the offense, which broke out with a six-run seventh inning. Paxton (5-7) struck out nine and allowed one run on five hits.
The Mariners (81-72) passed Houston — which lost to the Los Angeles Angels — in the standings but still trail Detroit by two games for the second wild card.
Kyle Gibson (6-10) gave up two runs, five hits and four walks for Minnesota.
BRAVES 3, MARLINS 2.
MIAMI (AP) — Adonis Garcia hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Atlanta beat Miami for its season-high seventh straight win
Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a sixth-inning double. Atlanta’s winning streak is its longest since it won nine in a row from June 27-July 5, 2014.
With the score 2-2, Emilio Bonifacio singled with one out off A.J. Ramos (1-4), stole his first base this season, took third on catcher J.T. Realmuto’s throwing error and came home on Garcia’s single to center.
Brandon Cuniff (2-0) struck out two of three batters in a hitless eighth, and Mauricio Cabrera threw a hitless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances with the Braves.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run drive in an 11th-inning comeback to lift the New York Mets to a dramatic 9-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night that kept them tied for the NL wild-card lead.
New York trailed 6-4 when pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo singled off Jeanmar Gomez leading off the ninth and Reyes homered to right with one out.
Philadelphia went ahead 8-6 in the 11th when A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single off Jeurys Familia and Jim Henderson (2-2) walked Maikel Franco with the bases loaded.
Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto walked against Edubray Ramos (1-3) with one out in the bottom half, Reyes singled and Cabrera, who has been playing on an injured knee, homered to right, setting off a wild celebration. The Mets had been 0-63 this year when trailing after eight innings.
New York, which stopped a three-game skid, is tied with San Francisco for the NL wild-card lead.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s three-run homer pushed Cleveland over Kansas City and nearer to its first AL Central championship since 2007.
Santana’s shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians lowered their magic number to three and improved to 9-1 against the Royals this season.
Kansas City’s chances of making the postseason took another blow. The defending World Series champions began the night behind six teams in the wild-card chase.
Reliever Dan Otero (5-1) pitched two scoreless innings, Bryan Shaw worked one and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
Jason Kipnis homered for the Indians, who can wrap up a postseason berth this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.
TIGERS 9, TWINS 2, GAME 1
TIGERS 4, TWINS 2, GAME 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and Detroit moved into the second AL wild-card spot by beating Minnesota to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Erick Aybar drove in two runs for Detroit, which moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card and trails Toronto by one game. The Tigers went 9-0 at Minnesota this year.
Ervin Santana (7-11) gave up four runs — two earned — five hits and four walks in in six innings.
Verlander (15-8) allowed four hits in six innings, including home runs by Juan Centeno and Byron Buxton. He has won 12 of his last 13 starts against the Twins.
Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his 44th save in 48 chances
Victor Martinez had a pinch-hit, three-run homer during a six-run ninth inning in the opener. Justin Upton added his 26th home run off Alex Wimmers (1-3).
In the first game, Anibal Sanchez allowed one run and two hits in five innings in a spot start, and Alex Wilson (4-0), Shane Green and Mark Lowe finished the five-hitter.
DODGERS 7, ROCKIES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to rally Los Angeles past Colorado.
The victory reduced the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching their record fourth consecutive NL West title to four. Their division lead remained at six games after San Francisco beat San Diego 2-1.
Luis Avilan (3-0) got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless seventh with one strikeout.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 46th save in 52 chances.
Jordan Lyles gave up a ground-rule, pinch-hit double to Andre Ethier to open the seventh. Boone Logan (2-4) took over and loaded the bases on two consecutive one-out walks. He then walked Adrian Gonzalez, forcing in a run and leaving the Dodgers trailing 4-3.
Grandal followed with his second career grand slam, sending a 2-2 pitch into center field and giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game, 7-4.
GIANTS 2, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Angel Pagan’s single broke a scoreless tie in the eighth and Jeff Samardzija struck out nine in seven innings for San Francisco, which beat San Diego to keep pace with the Mets for the NL wild-card lead.
The Mets and Giants took a half-game lead over the idle St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card race.
Samardzija (12-10) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and walked none.
Joe Panik, who had been in an 0-for-24 slump, doubled to right-center opening the eighth against Christian Friedrich (5-11).
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price won his eighth straight decision, Hanley Ramirez homered and Boston completed a four-game sweep of sinking Baltimore.
Boston has won eight straight to open a 5 1/2-game lead over idle Toronto in the AL East. With 13 victories in their last 16 games, the Red Sox have moved within one game of Texas for best record in the AL.
Baltimore fell seven games out and dropped 1½ games behind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. It was the first time since 2002 that the Orioles were swept at home by Boston in a four-game series.
Price (17-8) gave up three runs and six hits in seven inning, walking two and striking out five. The Red Sox have won each of the left-hander’s last nine starts since Aug. 7.
Koji Uehara worked the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his 29th save in 31 chances.
Boston used a walk, a wild pitch and Andrew Benintendi’s two-out RBI single off Vance Worley (2-2) to move in front in the fifth.
ANGELS 2, ASTROS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping Los Angeles hinder Houston’s wild-card hopes.
The Angels ended an 11-game skid and pushed Houston 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card.
Nolasco (7-14) gave up five hits — all singles — and struck out five. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Mike Fiers (11-8) allowed two runs on four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
RAYS 2, YANKEES 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell and Tampa Bay’s bullpen combined to strand 11 runners in a win that prevented a much-needed three-game sweep by New York.
The Yankees are three games behind Detroit for the second AL wild-card spot and also trail Baltimore, Houston and Seattle.
Snell (6-8) gave up five hits and three walks. New York had scoring threats in four of five innings against him, leaving the bases loaded in the third when Chase Headley flied out.
Chase Whitley, in his third game since returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed two hits in 2 2/3 innings, and Alex Colome finished for his 35th save in 37 chances.
Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer in the sixth off Luis Cessa (4-3).
PIRATES 3, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit his 37th home run, matching his career high and Scooter Gennett sliced an opposite-field, two-run homer to help Milwaukee avoid another sweep at Miller Park.
Chase Anderson (9-11) allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings, including a fifth-inning home run by Francisco Cervelli, his first since last Sept. 30. He improved to 3-1 in five starts this season against the Pirates, who had won their prior six games at Milwaukee.
Tyler Thornburg pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 17 chances.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Matt Kemp hit two home runs to power Atlanta over Miami.
Atlanta’s Josh Collmenter (3-0) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs.
Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
Marlins starter Jose Urena (4-8) allowed five runs and four hits in three innings.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — It’s tough enough to beat the Boston Red Sox these days. Give them an extra out to work with, and the task becomes even more difficult.
Boston scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning after a throwing error by first baseman Chris Davis and rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who will seek to complete a four-game sweep on Thursday. Boston pulled five games ahead of second-place Toronto in the AL East and six in front of Baltimore with 10 games remaining.
The Red Sox trailed 1-0 in the sixth before Davis’ two-out miscue turned the game around.
“We were given a gift,” Boston manager John Farrell said, “and we did take every advantage of that extra out.”
Clay Buchholz (8-10) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings for the Red Sox. Boston’s seven-game winning streak, which began with a sweep of the Yankees, is its longest since an identical run early in the 2014 season.
The loss kept Baltimore a game behind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. The Orioles have lost five of seven, all at home, and scored only nine runs in their last five games.
“They’ll get it going here,” manager Buck Showalter said. “If we can get in, I feel real good about this group.”
Boston rallied against All-Star reliever Brad Brach, who replaced Ubaldo Jimenez (7-12) with two on and one out in the sixth. Aaron Hill hit a dribbler in front of the mound and beat the throw to first base following a miscommunication between Brach and catcher Matt Wieters.
That loaded the bases for Jackie Bradley Jr., who struck out on a 3-2 pitch. Sandy Leon then hit a sharp grounder toward first base at Davis, who rushed an off-balance throw that whisked past Brach, allowing two runs to score.
“Obviously just didn’t make a very good throw on it,” Davis said. “Probably a ball I could’ve stayed back on and just gone to the bag, but I just reacted and when I went to throw, it just kind of stuck in my hand.”
Said Brach: “I was just heading over to the bag, and when I picked up (sight) of the ball it was just coming a little hard to me and a little bit out of my reach.”
Benintendi hit the next pitch over the wall in right field.
“It’s frustrating when they don’t get a ball past first base, 90 feet away, and two runs score,” Brach said. “And obviously I need to make a better pitch on the next batter.”
That all but assured the Red Sox their 12th win in 15 games. They have also won seven of eight on the road.
After Boston loaded the bases in the first inning but failed to score, the Orioles capitalized on the same situation in the third when Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly.
The Red Sox again filled the bases in the fourth before Leon bounced into a 3-6-1 double play.
The next time Boston loaded the bases, two innings later, the Red Sox finally came through — albeit with a little help from Davis.
METS 4, BRAVES3
NEW YORK (AP) — Center fielder Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a winning homer for the final out, and the New York Mets were handed another costly loss by last-place Atlanta when the Braves rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.
With two runners on in the ninth, Cespedes launched a drive to deep right-center. Inciarte raced to the wall and timed his jump perfectly, catching the ball just above the orange line atop the fence.
He held up his glove in excitement as Cespedes turned and walked slowly off the field. Some fans in the stunned crowd still had their hands on their heads as they filed up the aisles toward the exits.
New York remained tied with St. Louis and San Francisco in the NL wild-card race after all three teams lost Wednesday.
Bartolo Colon and Jeurys Familia failed to protect a three-run lead for the Mets. An error by normally sure-handed first baseman James Loney helped Atlanta tie it with an unearned run in the eighth.
Inciarte had an RBI groundout against Familia (3-4) in the top of the ninth, sending the Braves to their fifth straight victory.
Ian Krol (2-0) struck out pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 17th save.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to a career-best 25 games and has reached base safely in 41 straight. Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera homered for the Mets.
DODGERS 9, GIANTS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run first inning and the Dodgers routed the Giants, extending their NL West lead to six games with 10 remaining.
The Dodgers pounded out 12 hits in taking two of three from the rival Giants, who remained tied in the NL wild-card race after both the Mets and Cardinals lost earlier. The Dodgers conclude the regular season with three games at San Francisco next week.
Kenta Maeda (16-9) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings while improving to 4-0 against the Giants this season. The right-hander struck out six and walked one in making his 30th start of the season for just the second time in his career. Maeda is one win from tying Rick Sutcliffe’s record by a rookie set in 1979.
Matt Moore (11-12) gave up six runs and seven hits in one inning, walked one and struck out none in a messy outing for the left-hander who had pitched exceptionally well at Dodger Stadium.
CUBS 9, REDS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey pitched seven solid innings for his first win in six weeks, Miguel Montero drove in three runs, and Chicago swept Cincinnati.
Kris Bryant hit his 38th homer and Dexter Fowler also connected to help major league-leading Chicago move a season-high 42 games over .500. The Cubs (97-55) also matched their win total from a year ago and lowered their magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs to two over Washington.
Lackey (10-8) allowed two runs and five hits in his first win since he beat the Angels on Aug. 9. The right-hander, who retired his last 14 batters, went 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his previous four starts.
The last-place Reds lost for the seventh time in eight games. They managed just five runs and 19 hits in the three-game series against the NL Central champions.
Robert Stephenson (2-2) was pulled with two out in the fourth inning.
YANKEES 11, RAYS 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Gary Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, Masahiro Tanaka won despite allowing four home runs in the third inning and New York beat Tampa Bay.
The Yankees moved within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot. New York also would have to jump over Seattle, Houston and Detroit to earn a postseason berth.
Sanchez hit a three-run shot in a four-run second off Alex Cobb (1-1) and added his 19th homer in 43 games this season on a solo drive in the sixth against Justin Marks.
Tanaka (14-4) won his seventh straight decision.
Bobby Wilson, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson all homered in the third. Miller later hit another solo shot to give him 30 homers this season.
MARINERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 12 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Seattle beat Toronto to avoid a series sweep.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-15), who pitched five scoreless innings in his last start Friday, came in on the 12th for his first relief appearance after 29 starts.
Guillermo Heredia reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson to open the 12th. Ben Gamel followed with an attempted sacrifice bunt, and first baseman Ryan Goins appeared to have Heredia at third, but the ball popped out of Donaldson’s glove on the tag.
Cano then followed with a run-scoring fly to left, quieting the decidedly pro-Blue Jays crowd, bolstered for the third straight game by thousands of fans from western Canada.
Nick Vincent (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
After being blanked on two hits for eight innings, the Blue Jays tied it in the ninth on Jose Bautista’s 19th home run, a one-out solo shot to left off closer Edwin Diaz.
NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched 6 2-3 innings to tie for the National League victory lead with 18, helping Washington beat Miami.
Scherzer (18-7) allowed three runs and struck out eight to push his major league-leading total to 267. He’s tied for with Chicago’s Jon Lester for the most wins in the NL.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and Trea Turner also homered for the Nationals. They ended a four-game losing streak and lowered their magic number to three to win the NL East over the New York Mets.
Tom Koehler (9-12) allowed four runs — three earned — in four innings for the Marlins.
Christian Yelich hit a solo home run and Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to chase Scherzer in the seventh and cut it to 6-3.
INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland beat Kansas City to eliminate the reigning World Series champions from the AL Central race.
The Indians reduced their magic number for clinching the Central to five.
Carlos Santana was 4 for 5 with an RBI single in the eighth. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth with his third double of the game.
Kluber (18-9) matched his career high in wins and is 10-1 in his last 14 starts, strengthening his case to win his second AL Cy Young Award in three years.
Cody Allen allowed Salvador Perez’s leadoff homer in the ninth, but recorded his 28th save in 31 opportunities. Ian Kennedy (11-10) was the loser.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout hit his 28th homer and Jered Weaver went six innings for his 150th victory in an Angels uniform, helping Los Angeles beat the AL West-leading Texas.
The magic number for Texas (90-63) to win its second consecutive AL West title remained at two after the loss and second-place Houston’s victory at Oakland.
Trout’s three-run drive off Derek Holland (7-9) in the fifth put the Angels up 5-1.
Weaver (12-12) struck out six and allowed four runs. He joined Chuck Finley (165) as the only pitchers to win 150 games for the Angels. A California native who has spent all 11 of his MLB seasons with the Angels, Weaver is 150-93 in 321 career starts.
Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his fourth save.
ROCKIES 11, CARDINALS 1
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam, German Marquez pitched five solid innings for his first major league win and Colorado slowed St. Louis’ playoff chase.
Arenado made it 6-1 in the second with his NL-leading 39th homer.
Marquez (1-0) made his first big league start after three appearances out of the bullpen. He allowed one run and struck out three. At 21 years, 212 days, Marquez was the second-youngest pitcher in Rockies’ history to earn his first win. The youngest was Jamey Wright at 21 years, 206 days.
Luke Weaver (1-4) allowed seven hits and six runs in two innings.
ASTROS 6, ATHLETICS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Evan Gattis homered twice, catcher Jason Castro threw out a runner to end the game and Houston beat Oakland to complete a series sweep.
Oakland scored on second baseman Jose Altuve’s fielding error with two outs in the ninth inning to pull to 6-5. Castro then threw out pinch-runner Arismendy Alcantara trying to steal second.
Collin McHugh (12-10) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings. Five relievers combined to record the final 10 outs, with former A’s setup man Luke Gregerson retiring three batters for his 15th save.
Gattis reached 30 homers. He hit a two-run drive in the sixth off Daniel Mengden (2-8) for a 4-1 lead and connected again in the eighth.
PIRATES 4, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sean Rodriguez hit a home run and a two-run single, Andrew McCutchen went deep, rookie Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.
The Pirates won their sixth straight at Miller Park, and sixth of seven overall.
McCutchen helped the Pirates jump out to an early lead for the second consecutive game. He hit a 2-2 pitch that just slipped by the left-field foul pole for his 24th home run.
Rodriguez’s two-run single finished the scoring in the first off starter Jimmy Nelson (8-15) and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Rodriguez hit his 18th home run of the season in the fourth. He has homered in four of his last five games.
Kuhl (5-3) struck out six and walked one. Tony Watson got his 15th save.
PHILLIES 8, WHITE SOX 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy Joseph homered, doubled and drove in three runs and Jerad Eickhoff outpitched Chris Sale in Philadelphia’s victory over Chicago.
Joseph has 21 home runs, third most among rookies in the majors. The Phillies teed off on Sale (16-9), tagging the ace for six runs and seven hits in four innings.
Eickhoff (11-13) pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, including solo home runs by Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier and Alex Avila homered, and struck out six.
Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel left in the sixth after being hit in the head by a pitch from Chris Beck. Goeddel was the fourth Philadelphia player to be hit in the game, tying a franchise record.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PADRES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, including a go-ahead, two-run shot in the sixth inning, and Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings to lead Arizona past San Dieg.
The Diamondbacks pulled into a tie with the Padres for fourth place in the NL West at 64-88.
Goldschmidt’s 22nd and 23rd homers provided all of Arizona’s runs and came off rookie Luis Perdomo (8-10). Goldschmidt hit a solo shot into the seats in left field with two outs in the first for a 1-0 lead, and a go-ahead, two-run homer into the Padres’ bullpen in left-center with two outs in the sixth.
Greinke (13-7) held San Diego to two runs and six hits while striking out seven and walking four. He improved to 8-1 lifetime against the Padres. Daniel Hudson had a four-out save, his fourth.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — With 40-year-old David Ortiz leading the way, the Boston Red Sox are putting substantial distance between themselves and their pursuers in the AL East.
Ortiz broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for the Red Sox, who stretched their lead over third-place Baltimore to five games with 11 remaining. Toronto is in second place, four games back after a 10-2 victory at Seattle.
After sweeping four games from the Yankees, Boston has won the first two of this pivotal four-game series.
“This was really huge,” Bradley said. “To get two wins right away is very vital for us. I think it will help us keep building on our momentum and finish strong.”
Trey Mancini homered in his major league debut for the Orioles, who are 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card.
The Red Sox are 11-3 in their last 14 games and a major league-best 13-5 in September.
“I think there is growing confidence in our clubhouse daily,” manager John Farrell said. “We’ve responded to a number of challenges, whether it’s on the road or coming from behind to win ballgames in the division. Those are key. When you succeed in those, that’s a snowball effect that takes place.
“To balance that out, no one is taking any of that for granted.”
The Red Sox led 2-1 in the seventh when Marco Hernandez and Mookie Betts singled off Kevin Gausman (8-11). One out later, Ortiz hit a 1-2 pitch far over the center-field wall.
“I still can’t figure out how he can swing so hard on balls up and in and then cover a pitch down and away, but that’s why he’s the hitter he is,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
Ortiz guessed correctly that Gausman would throw a fastball.
“I had to shoot for something. Experience played out in that at-bat,” the slugger said. “I told myself, ‘I’ve got to either shoot for a fastball or a splitter.’ But I know he’s throwing his best fastball right now. So I’m going to go for a fastball. And then he threw the fastball.”
Playing in his final season, Ortiz has 36 home runs and 121 RBIs. Big Papi has hit eight home runs against the Orioles this season — including two in this series — and 54 for his career.
Betts also extended his run of success against Baltimore, going 3 for 5 and scoring twice. He is 16 for 31 at Camden Yards and has scored 16 runs in eight games.
Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings for Boston, his first win in 11 starts since July 16.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 28th save.
After giving up four hits in eight scoreless innings last week at Boston, Gausman yielded five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Boston went up 1-0 in the third when Betts singled and scored on a grounder by Hanley Ramirez. Bradley hit his 26th homer in the fourth.
Rodriguez retired his first 11 batters and held Baltimore without a hit until Mancini connected with two outs in the fifth. The rookie sprinted around the bases, taking about half the time Ortiz did during his home run trot in the seventh.
BLUE JAYS 10, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — J.A. Happ became the major leagues’ second 20-game winner and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting Toronto over Seattle to move into first in the AL wild-card race.
Toronto took the lead with an eight-run fourth inning and moved a game ahead of Baltimore. Detroit remained 2 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays.
Seattle lost for the fourth time in five games to fall four games behind Toronto.
Happ (20-4) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk over five innings, striking out eight while winning for the 14th time in his last 15 decisions. He’s the first Toronto pitcher to reach 20 wins since Roy Halladay in 2008.
Martin and Saunders each homered off Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12) during the Blue Jays’ big inning.
GIANTS 2, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Belt homered to help San Francisco overcome injuries to All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto and shortstop Brandon Crawford.
San Francisco pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the NL wild-card standings with the Mets and Cardinals. The Giants are five games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers with 11 to play.
Cueto (17-5) exited with a strained left groin in the sixth inning. Crawford came out with a dislocated left pinky in the second.
A team trainer checked on Cueto with Andrew Toles at bat. Cueto stayed in and walked Toles, then motioned that he was done.
Sergio Romo got his first save of the season.
Rich Hill (3-2) allowed a run and six hits over five innings.
ASTROS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 10 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — George Springer hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning, and Houston beat Oakland.
Tony Kemp, who tied it with a pinch-hit double in the seventh, got things going with a leadoff double against Sean Doolittle (2-3) and Jake Marisnick sacrificed him to third to bring up Springer.
Chris Devenski (4-4) struck out four in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the win, and Ken Giles escaped a bases-loaded jam and closed it out for his 13th save. The Astros remain in the mix for the AL wild card.
Jose Altuve’s eighth-inning single gave him 200 hits in three straight seasons, the first to do so since Ichiro Suzuki from 2001-10.
Oakland’s Danny Valencia was ejected at the end of the ninth by plate umpire Marty Foster after striking out.
YANKEES 5, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie slugger Gary Sanchez hit his 17th homer in 42 games this season, a three-run shot in a four-run seventh inning for the Yankees.
The banged-up Yankees are 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Sanchez gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead with his drive off Brad Boxberger (4-3).
Mark Teixeira hit a solo shot in the fourth for New York, which was swept in a four-game series at Boston last weekend and had lost seven of eight overall.
Luis Severino (3-8) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Dellin Betances got three outs for his 12th save.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings, backed by home runs from James McCann and Miguel Cabrera, and Detroit stepped forward in the AL wild-card race.
With Baltimore’s loss to Boston, the Tigers cut the deficit between them and the second spot to 1 1/2 games with 12 to go.
Boyd (6-4) allowed three hits, including Robbie Grossman’s seventh-inning homer.
McCann, in the designated hitter role for the injured Victor Martinez, connected for a three-run shot during Detroit’s a four-run sixth against Hector Santiago (12-9).
CARDINALS 10, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Adam Wainwright was shaky on the mound and shined at the plate with a career-high four RBIs, helping St. Louis move into a three-way tie for the top NL wild card.
The free-swinging Wainwright lined a two-run double in the second inning and brought in two more with a bloop single in the fifth. Matt Adams and Jedd Gyorko homered to help the Cardinals pull even with the New York Mets, who lost at home to last-place Atlanta for the second straight night.
Wainwright (12-9) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Daniel Descalso, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra homered for Colorado, and Jorge De La Rosa (8-9) allowed eight runs — seven earned — in 4 2/3 innings.
INDIANS 2, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer hit a game-ending RBI single, helping Cleveland inch closer to the AL Central title.
Guyer’s two-out hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.
Cleveland leads Detroit by seven games in the division. The Indians haven’t won the AL Central since 2007.
The Royals, the reigning World Series champions, will be eliminated from contention in the division if they lose to Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Alex Gordon singled in a run for Kansas City, and Brian Flynn (1-2) got the loss.
Andrew Miller (9-1) got five outs for the win.
RANGERS 5, ANGELS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy game with multiple ejections and the Rangers moved closer to their second consecutive AL West title.
Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title in franchise history.
Mazara hit a 438-foot drive off rookie Daniel Wright (0-4), a two-run shot in the fourth that put the Rangers up 4-3.
Nick Martinez (2-3) worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and the right-hander made a spectacular play in the fifth, when he reached behind his back for a no-look snag of Andrelton Simmons’ hard liner and turned it into a double play.
Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.
MARLINS 1, NATIONALS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered to back a strong outing by Jose Fernandez, who pitched eight innings and struck out 12 for the Marlins.
Fernandez (16-8) allowed three hits without a walk to outduel Washington’s Tanner Roark (15-9) who pitched seven innings and allowed one run.
David Phelps pitched the ninth for his fourth save in 10 chances.
The Nationals were held to four hits in their fourth consecutive loss.
Stanton connected for his 27th homer in the sixth inning. Stanton also homered in Monday’s 4-3 win.
BRAVES 5, METS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets nemesis Julio Teheran pitched seven more sparkling innings and the last-place Braves blunted New York’s bid to extend its NL wild-card lead.
The Mets nicked the Braves’ bullpen for three runs in the eighth but couldn’t complete the comeback. The Braves have the worst record in the NL, yet have won four straight.
Teheran (6-10) gave up five hits and left with a 5-1 lead. Dating to the final time he saw the Mets last season, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five starts against them.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances.
Robert Gsellman (2-2) lost in his fifth major league start.
CUBS 6, REDS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester overcame an injury scare to throw seven strong innings, and the Cubs moved closer to securing the NL’s best record.
Lester (18-4) extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings before Jose Peraza’s RBI triple in the fifth. He stayed in after Joey Votto’s comebacker in the sixth left him with a welt on the wrist of his glove hand.
The Cubs’ 96th win reduced their magic number to three over Washington for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Josh Smith (3-2), making a spot start in a bullpen game for the Reds, allowed one run and three hits in three innings. Brandon Phillips had two hits for Cincinnati.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen, Jody Mercer and Josh Bell each drove in two runs, and Pittsburgh kept its faint playoff hopes alive.
The Pirates have won fifth of six to improve to .500 (75-75) for the first time since they were 69-69 on Sept. 8.
Jared Hughes (1-1) pitched an inning for the win and Tony Watson worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza was charged with five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
PHILLIES 7, WHITE SOX 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera homered and drove in three runs, leading Philadelphia to the win.
Tommy Joseph and Roman Quinn added two hits apiece and combined to drive in three runs for the Phillies. Herrera, who hits between Joseph and Quinn in the lineup, is 15 for 28 in his last seven games.
Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost four straight. James Shields (5-18), winless since July 26, allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Trailing 7-3 in the ninth, the White Sox pulled within one on a two-out wild pitch and a two-run double from Adam Eaton. But Michael Mariot got Tim Anderson to ground out for his first career save.
Philadelphia’s Jake Thompson (3-5) gave up three runs and four hits over five innings.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Rosales homered and drove in four runs and rookie Ryan Schimpf scored three times to lead San Diego.
The start of the game was delayed 70 minutes by rain. It was only the seventh delay in Petco Park’s 13-season history, the sixth because of rain. The other one was due to a swarm of bees during a game in 2009.
Keith Hessler (1-0) got one out for his first career victory and Brandon Maurer got his 12th save.
Zack Godley (4-4) allowed two runs in two innings and got the loss.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox appear poised to extend their late-season charge deep into October.
Porcello pitched a four-hitter for his major league-high 21st victory, David Ortiz and Mookie Betts hit two-run homers and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Monday night to pad its lead in the AL East.
Coming off a four-game sweep of the Yankees, the Red Sox extended their surge in the opener of an important four-game series for both clubs. Boston has won 10 of 13 and stands atop the division by a season-high four games.
“It’s never over until it’s over, but we’re definitely going to try to increase the gap between us and them,” Porcello said.
Adam Jones homered and Mark Trumbo picked up his 102nd RBI for the second-place Orioles, who started the day with a one-game lead over Toronto for the top AL wild card.
“We’ve got three more here against (the Red Sox),” Baltimore’s Manny Machado said. “We’ll just put it on a track where we need to be.”
Boston’s goal over the next three days will be to put away the Orioles for good.
“We’re going to try,” Ortiz said.
Porcello (21-4) struck out seven and walked none in his third complete game of the year. Five days earlier against Baltimore, the right-hander gave up one run in eight innings but took the loss.
In this one, he threw only 89 pitches — 65 in the strike zone.
“When it’s his day on the mound, he sets the tone for us,” manager John Farrell said. “Did once again.”
Porcello has allowed three runs or fewer in 11 straight starts and is sure to receive strong consideration for the AL Cy Young Award after going 9-15 last year.
“All of us are honored to be mentioned for those awards,” he said. “But I’ve been saying it all year, our focus is winning and what we want to accomplish as a team.”
Playing his final regular-season series in Baltimore, the 40-year-old Ortiz connected against rookie Dylan Bundy (9-6) with a man on in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. It was his 35th home run of the season and the 53rd of his career against the Orioles.
When he finally walks away from the game, Ortiz will certainly miss taking his cuts at Camden Yards.
“Yeah, man, it’s just super nice. I like it,” he said, “especially when it’s warm like it is.”
Betts put Boston up 2-0 with his 31st homer in the third. It was his eighth home run in seven games at Camden Yards — most in a season by a Red Sox in a visiting ballpark since Jimmie Foxx hit eight in St. Louis in 1939.
Porcello retired the first 11 batters before hitting Machado with a pitch in the fourth. Trumbo followed with an RBI double.
The Red Sox responded with a three-run fifth. Dustin Pedroia snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a run-scoring single before Ortiz launched a 1-1 pitch over the 25-foot scoreboard in right field.
Jones homered in the eighth, his 28th.
DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit a game-ending double in the ninth inning, and Los Angeles rallied for a testy 2-1 victory over San Francisco that increased its NL West lead to six games.
Two innings after a shoving match broke out when tempers flared between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig again, the Dodgers’ comeback in the ninth began with pinch-hitter Andrew Toles’ leadoff single.
Corey Seager singled past diving second baseman Joe Panik on a two-strike pitch from Javier Lopez (1-3), allowing the speedy Toles to reach third.
Justin Turner’s single tied the game, and Gonzalez followed with a drive to deep right field that eluded Hunter Pence.
Joe Blanton (6-2) got the win in relief.
RANGERS 3, ANGELS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Desmond had an RBI single with no outs in the ninth inning and Texas moved closer to the AL West title.
Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a sharp single to left off Jose Alvarez (1-3) before Carlos Gomez turned an attempted sacrifice into a bunt single. Desmond, an All-Star center fielder, followed with his hit to right that scored Andrus.
Andrus also homered for the Rangers, who cut their magic number to three in pursuit of their second consecutive division title.
Alvarez, the sixth Angels pitcher, had gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth following a 38-minute rain delay.
Closer Sam Dyson (3-2) worked a scoreless ninth for the victory.
BLUE JAYS 3, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run and Toronto beat Seattle in the opener of a critical three-game series.
Estrada (9-9) had allowed only two walks before Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive up the middle on a 2-1 pitch. Cano and Nelson Cruz walked in the fourth inning, but Estrada otherwise kept the Mariners off the bases.
The Blue Jays pulled even with Baltimore for the first wild-card spot. Both teams are 2 ½ games clear of Detroit and three ahead of Seattle and Houston.
Taijuan Walker (6-11) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Roberto Osuna got his 34th save.
CUBS 5, REDS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the seventh inning, and Chicago beat Cincinnati.
Fowler’s line drive into center field capped a three-run rally for the Cubs after they were shut down by Tim Adleman most of the night. It also made a winner of Jason Hammel (15-9), who pitched seven solid innings.
Jason Heyward added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Cubs moved seven games ahead of Washington for the best record in the National League, lowering their magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs to five. That’s the only major goal still out there during the regular season for major league-leading Chicago after it secured the NL Central title last week.
Blake Wood (6-4) allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
BRAVES 7, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Blair won for the first time in 13 major league starts, Freddie Freeman drove in three runs off a misfiring Noah Syndergaard and Atlanta slowed New York’s wild-card chase.
Freeman had four hits for the Braves, who have the worst record in the National League, and rookie Dansby Swanson had three hits and three RBIs.
New York had won 11 of its previous 14 games. The Mets have a one-game lead over San Francisco and St. Louis for the first NL wild card.
Pitching on five days’ rest rather than four, Syndergaard (13-9) allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Blair (1-6) gave up six hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 7.71.
CARDINALS 5, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Martinez threw five effective innings and added a two-run double, helping St. Louis gain ground in the NL playoff race.
The Cardinals moved into a tie for the second wild card with the Giants.
Martinez, who turns 25 on Wednesday, gave himself an early birthday present by holding Colorado to two runs while striking out six. The right-hander is 9-1 on the road this season.
Martinez (15-8) helped his own cause with a two-out double as part of a three-run fourth. He also was hit just below the left leg by a fastball from Tyler Anderson (5-6) in the third — two pitches after Randal Grichuk lined a two-run homer.
ASTROS 4, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Ryan Madson in the ninth inning and Houston came from behind to beat Oakland.
The Astros trailed 2-1 going into the eighth but tied it on pinch-hitter Tyler White’s RBI double then scored twice in the ninth to bolster their slim playoff hopes.
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa opened the inning with singles. After Evan Gattis was intentionally walked, Gonzalez lined the first pitch from Madson (5-7) into center field to drive in Altuve and Correa.
Former Oakland reliever Luke Gregerson (4-1) retired three batters for the win. Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
MARLINS 4, NATIONALS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered and Miami beat Washington.
Christian Yelich, Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Dietrich also drove in a run for the Marlins and A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances.
Brian Ellington (3-2) picked up the win with an inning of relief while Mat Latos (7-3) took the loss.
ROYALS 8, WHITE SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura picked up his first complete-game victory, Kendrys Morales hit a three-run homer and Kansas City defeated Chicago.
The Royals have won three straight, keeping their faint playoff hopes flickering with 12 games remaining. The Royals went 14-5 against the White Sox this year.
Ventura (11-11) gave up nine hits, struck out five and walked one. His only other complete game in the majors was a loss July 28 at Texas.
Morales homered off Carlos Rodon (7-10) in a four-run fifth. Morales homered in back-to-back games, bringing his total to 29. The last Royal to hit 30 home runs in a season was Jermaine Dye, with 33 in 2000.
PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard was sharp for six-plus innings and Wil Myers homered as San Diego defeated Arizona.
Richard (3-3) won his third straight decision, charged with two runs and six hits. He struck out two and walked two. Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Braden Shipley (4-4) was gone after four innings.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third major league start, fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals moved up in the tight NL wild-card race, blanking the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.
The Giants dropped one game behind the New York Mets for the top wild-card spot. The Cardinals closed within one game of San Francisco.
Reyes (3-1), considered one of the majors’ best pitching prospects, gave up four hits, struck out six and walked two.
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.
Diaz hit his 16th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Albert Suarez (3-4).
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez couldn’t hold back a smile when asked if he’s hot yet.
Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs to rally the Boston Red Sox over New York 5-4 on Sunday night, completing a four-game sweep that severely diminished the Yankees’ chances of winning the AL East.
“I think we all are, our whole team,” Ramirez said. “We’ve been able to create some rallies when we needed to and continued to fight.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. had a tying RBI single for the East-leading Red Sox, who overcame a rough start by Drew Pomeranz to post their ninth win in 12 games. Boston remained three games ahead of second-place Baltimore, which beat Tampa Bay 2-1 on Sunday.
The Red Sox open a 10-game trip at Baltimore with the first of four games on Monday night.
Gary Sanchez belted his 16th homer since Aug. 3 for the Yankees, who dropped eight back in the division and remained four behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot.
The Yankees were without second baseman Starlin Castro and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who were both injured Saturday. Castro strained his right hamstring running out a double and Ellsbury bruised his right knee sliding into a bullpen wall trying to make a catch.
The Red Sox overcame deficits three times in the series, including the opener, when they scored five in the ninth and Ramirez hit a game-ending three-run homer.
“This team’s amazing,” Pomeranz said. “It seems like we’re never out of reach. It’s fun to watch.”
This time, Ramirez hit a fly ball that soared over the Green Monster off Tyler Clippard (1-1) for a 5-4 lead in the seventh. It was his 12th homer in 21 games.
“We could’ve won all four of these games here,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We just weren’t able to shut them down. They’re a very good offense and we understand that.”
Robby Scott (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced for his first major league victory. Koji Uehara got the final three outs for his seventh save.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it,” said Scott, who played six seasons in Boston’s farm system before he was called up to the majors.
New York scored single runs in the first and third before chasing Pomeranz with two in the fourth.
But the Red Sox sliced it to 4-3 when Ramirez hit a line drive off the base of a light stanchion above the Monster after CC Sabathia threw widely to first on what would have been an easy inning-ending double play.
Ramirez said his teammates were saying “make him pay” before he walked to the plate.
Sabathia said he just tried to be too careful with the throw.
“It’s tough. This time of year it’s just one play that always makes the difference right now,” Sabathia said. “It just so happened to bite me.”
Sabathia gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
Didi Gregorius drove in the Yankees’ first run with an RBI double before Sanchez hit a shot that caromed off a billboard above the left-field seats.
METS 3, TWINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabriel Ynoa struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings in his first major league start to aid the Mets’ rickety rotation, and New York completed a three-game sweep.
New York took over the top spot in the NL wild-card race, winning for the 11th time in 14 games.
Michael Conforto drove in two runs with a first-inning single off Kyle Gibson (6-10) and T.J. Rivera added a solo home run in the third. Lucas Duda went 0 for 2 in his return from a stress fracture in his lower back, an injury that had sidelined him since May 20.
Erik Goeddel (2-1) won in relief. Jerry Blevins got his fourth career save, his second this year.
TIGERS 9, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ian Kinsler got his helmet knocked off by a pitch from Trevor Bauer, yelled at the Cleveland right-hander and later was ejected in Detroit’s win.
The Tigers defeated the AL Central leaders for only the second time in 15 tries this season. Miguel Cabrera added his 2,500th career hit as Dr
Bauer (11-8) hit three batters, including Kinsler in the third.
Kinsler grabbed the side of his head, was examined and went to first. Kinsler shouted at Bauer when he scored.
Daniel Norris (3-2) won and Francisco Rodriguez recorded four outs for his 43rd save.
ORIOLES 2, RAYS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 43rd home run to break an eighth-inning tie and carry Baltimore.
Manny Machado also homered for the Orioles, who lead Toronto by one game for the top AL wild-card spot.
Trumbo homered off Ryan Garton (1-1).
Brad Brach (10-3) pitched the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 45th save in 45 tries.
ANGELS 4, BLUE JAYS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each scored twice, Alex Meyer gave up two hits in five innings for his first career win and Los Angeles beat Toronto.
The Blue Jays fell out of a tie with Baltimore for the top AL wild-card spot.
Meyer (1-3) struck out a career-best seven and walked three. Marcus Stroman (9-9) went six innings.
The game was delayed for 13 minutes in the bottom of the third inning because of bees on the field.
MARINERS 7, ASTROS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Seth Smith hit two home runs and Seattle moved up in the AL wild-card race.
Smith drove in four runs to back Ariel Miranda (5-1).
The Mariners are one game behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot.
Doug Fister (12-12) took the loss.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, DODGERS 9, 12 INNINGS
PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Drury singled with two outs in the 12th inning to score Paul Goldschmidt, lifting Arizona over the NL West leaders.
Drury had four hits, including a home run, and got his chance in the 12th after the Dodgers intentionally walked Jake Lamb. Ross Stripling (4-8) got the loss.
Matt Koch (1-0) got the win.
ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 this season for Oakland.
Davis is the first A’s player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers.
Ross Detwiler (2-3) went 5 1/3 innings and limited AL West-leading Texas to two runs. Ryan Dull got his third save.
Colby Lewis (6-3) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his second start since a two-month stay on the disabled list because of a strained right lat.
ROYALS 10, WHITE SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in four runs while Danny Duffy pitched effectively into the eighth inning for Kansas City.
Duffy (12-2) struck out eight.
Todd Frazier hit his 37th homer, a White Sox record for a third baseman.
Jose Quintana (12-11) fell to 1-9 lifetime against the Royals.
BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia drove in three runs, Matt Wisler pitched five-plus innings and Atlanta beat the NL East leaders in a rain-shortened game.
The game ended in the bottom of the seventh after a second delay that lasted 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Wisler (7-12) allowed two runs.
Joe Ross (7-5), reinstated from the disabled list after missing 66 games with right shoulder inflammation, allowed one run and six hits in three innings.
BREWERS 3, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in six innings for the NL Central champion Chicago in a loss to Milwaukee.
Hendricks (15-8), making his first start since losing a no-hit bid in the ninth inning at St. Louis, struck out nine. His ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.06.
Tyler Thornburg struck out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with two on in the ninth to earn his 11th save in 16 chances.
Wily Peralta (7-10) had an RBI single.
REDS 7, PIRATES 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit his 25th homer, Tucker Barnhart tied his career high with four RBIs and Cincinnati ended Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.
Votto finished with four hits as the Reds stopped their four-game skid.
Dan Straily (13-8) got the win.
Ivan Nova (12-7) had been 5-0 since being traded from the Yankees to Pittsburgh on Aug. 1.
MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto delivered a go-ahead infield single in the eighth inning and Miami rallied to avoid a sweep.
Reliever Mike Dunn (4-1) won in relief and A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.
With the Marlins trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer off Hector Neris (4-4).
ROCKIES 6, PADRES 3
DENVER (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered in the fourth inning and Chad Bettis pitched into the sixth for Colorado.
San Diego played a day after Yangervis Solarte lost his wife, Yuliett, following a battle with cancer. The third baseman was with his family Sunday — before the game the Rockies held a moment of silence for her.
Adam Rosales paid tribute to his teammate with a jump and a clap at home plate after his homer in the second inning, mimicking Solarte’s home run celebration.
Bettis (13-7) helped himself with two walks and an RBI. Adam Ottavino got his fifth save.
Jarred Cosart (0-4) took the loss.