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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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TORONTO (AP) — Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, Mookie Betts hit a three-run double in the 10th and the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday.
At 3-12, Toronto is off to the worst start in team history and has lost its first five series for the first time.
Sandy Leon drew a one-out walk from Jason Grilli (0-2), Brock Holt singled to stop an 0-for-12 slide, Andrew Benintendi walked with two outs, and Betts pulled a 2-0 fastball down the left-field line.
Mitch Moreland hit a two-out double in the ninth off Roberto Osuna and scored on Xander Bogaerts’ single, but Kendrys Morales homered against Craig Kimbrel (1-0) leading off the bottom half.
ASTROS 2, ANGELS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Beltran hit his first home run this season and Jake Marisnick also homered.
Beltran’s shot came with one out and the first inning off Matt Shoemaker (0-1), and Marisnick’s second homer this season made it 2-0 in the fifth.
Lance McCullers (2-0) scattered three hits and struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Houston won for the seventh time in eight games. Chris Devenski allowed home run to Mike Trout starting the ninth inning and back-to-back singles with one out before fanning Cameron Maybin and Danny Espinosa for his first save.
RAYS 8, TIGERS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and Erasmo Ramirez (2-0), Chase Whitley and Tommy Hunter combined on a five-hitter as Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep.
Souza doubled in the first, hit a two-run triple in the second and added a solo homer in the eighth.
In the rotation because Jake Odorizzi strained his left hamstring, Ramirez allowed one run and two hits in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
Daniel Norris (1-1) gave up five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Bauer (1-2) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, three hits and three walks, and Carlos Santana had two doubles and two RBIs.
Ervin Santana gave up one run, four hits and three walks over six innings for the Twins, who are 1-5 in a 10-game homestand.
Carlos Santana delivered another RBI double in the seventh inning, and Tyler Duffey (0-1) and Taylor Rogers each walked in a run with the bases loaded.
PHILLIES 6, METS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Maikel Franco homered and doubled while breaking a career-worst 0-for-22 hitless streak, and Philadelphia capitalized on an error by untested first baseman Jay Bruce.
Mets closer Jeurys Familia struck out two and walked two in a hitless ninth inning of his season debut after serving a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
Philadelphia took two of three at Citi Field after losing six straight series to the Mets. New York made seven errors in the set.
Aaron Nola (2-0) labored through five innings, and Hector Neris earned his first save this season. Noah Syndergaard (1-1) struck out 10 in seven innings.
New York slugger Yoenis Cespedes limped off in the fifth inning with a left hamstring cramp. The Mets already were minus injured first baseman Lucas Duda, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and infielder Wilmer Flores.
ORIOLES 2, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — J.J. Hardy singled home the tiebreaking run off Blake Wood (0-2) in the 10th inning, and the Orioles took two of three in the series, leaving them 8-4 in interleague play against the Reds. Three pitchers limited Cincinnati to two hits for the second night in a row.
Darren O’Day (1-1) fanned two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Brad Brach retired the side in the 10th for his second straight save, filling in while closer Zach Britton recovers from a sore forearm.
NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the sixth that erased a 2-1 deficit against R.A. Dickey (1-2), and Washington completed a three-game sweep.
Stephen Strasburg (2-0) struck out 10 in seven innings
Shawn Kelley allowed Kurt Suzuki’s two-out single in the ninth and walked pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers, then retired Ender Inciarte on a game-ending flyout for his second save in three tries.
RANGERS 1, ROYALS 0, 13 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Delino DeShields had an RBI single with one out in the 13th inning to score Joey Gallo from second base and Texas beat Kansas City.
Gallo had pulled a one-out double into the right-field corner off Travis Wood (0-1), the third Royals reliever after starter Danny Duffy went 7 1-3 innings. Gallo scored when DeShields hit a sharp single to left on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.
It was only the third game in the 24 seasons of the Rangers’ ballpark to go to extra innings scoreless. This was the longest of those games.
Gallo’s double was the first hit for the Rangers since Jonathan Lucroy’s leadoff double in the fifth. It was the first hit in the game since Royals leadoff hitter Alex Gordon’s one-out single in the eighth.
Dario Alvarez (1-0), the seventh Texas pitcher, struck out three in two innings after walking the first batter he faced on four pitches.
BREWERS 7, CARDINALS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jett Bandy, Eric Thames and Travis Shaw each hit home runs to help Milwaukee beat St. Louis.
Bandy hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Thames put Milwaukee ahead with a two-run shot off Carlos Martinez (0-3) in the fifth. Shaw’s three-run blast in the first made it 12 consecutive games going yard for the Brewers, who lead the majors with 32 home runs.
Zach Davies (1-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five, but needed Thames’ NL-leading eighth home run and seventh in the past eight games for his first win in four starts.
Jacob Barnes pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard pitched into the seventh inning and Wil Myers and Austin Hedges homered to lead San Diego over Arizona.
Richard (2-2) gave up a run and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out a season-high eight to win for the first time in his past three starts.
Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his third save and second in consecutive nights.
Myers cracked his fourth homer in the first and Hedges added his third in the seventh as the Padres won their second straight to earn a split of the four-game series.
Patrick Corbin (1-3) limited the Padres to three runs or less for the fourth time at Petco Park. But it wasn’t enough with Richard keeping the Diamondbacks off-balance with his sinker.
ATHLETICS 9, MARINERS 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cesar Valdez pitched in the major leagues for the first time in nearly seven years and the Athletics beat the Mariners.
He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked two. This marked just the third start of his career at age 32 and 10th appearance in all — and he is probably headed right back to the minors soon.
A right-hander from the Dominican Republic, he was called up from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for injured opening day starter Kendall Graveman. Valdez last pitched in the big leagues on June 10, 2010, with Arizona just more than a month after his previous start on May 8.
Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer in the seventh and Ryan Dull (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory in Oakland’s third straight win.
Taylor Motter hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the sixth against Frankie Montas.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the third inning and a game-ending, three-run drive with two outs in the ninth, leading the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Sunday.
Harper’s first home run, off Jerad Eickhoff, broke a 1-1 tie. His second, the fourth walkoff homer of his big league career, overcame a 4-3 deficit against Joaquin Benoit (0-1).
Shawn Kelley (2-0) relieved with the bases loaded in the ninth and got Maikel Franco to ground into a forceout.
PIRATES 6, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Frazier homered and Pittsburgh scored six runs in the final two innings to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions. The Pirates went just 4-14 against the Cubs last year, including 1-8 at Wrigley Field.
Jameson Taillon (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out six in seven innings. Cubs starter Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and left with a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates scored three times in the eighth off Koji Uehara (0-1), getting the go-ahead run when pinch runner Alec Hanson slid home on Andrew McCutchen’s bases-loaded grounder. Frazier hit a three-run homer against Justin Grimm in the ninth.
YANKEES 9, CARDINALS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Bird busted out of his slump with a long home run that began a perfect night at the plate, and Michael Pineda pitched New York past staggering St. Louis for its seventh straight victory.
Aaron Hicks also hit a homer and Aaron Judge was robbed of one by a fan in the bleachers, forcing the young Yankees bopper to settle for an RBI triple. New York chased Adam Wainwright (0-3) in the fifth and finished a three-game sweep that left St. Louis at 3-9, the worst record in the National League and its poorest start since 1988.
Pineda (2-1) went seven innings in a sharp follow-up to his dominant outing last Monday, when he retired the first 20 Tampa Bay batters and struck out 11 over 7 2/3 innings for an 8-1 victory in New York’s home opener.
BRAVES 9, PADRES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed one hit over seven innings in the Atlanta home debut for the 43-year-old: Ryan Schimpf’s second-inning homer
Brandon Phillips had three hits and three RBIs as Atlanta improved to 3-0 at new SunTrust Park and extended its winning streak to four after a five-game skid.
Trevor Cahill (0-2) gave up four runs, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He was activated before the game after recovering from a back strain.
ORIOLES 11, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Trey Mancini homered twice for the second time in three games, a three-run shot off Ryan Tepera in the sixth and a solo drive off Matt Dermody in the eighth. Mancini, who finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs, matched the major league record for home runs in the first 12 games of a career with seven, joining Trevor Story and Dino Restelli.
Dylan Bundy (2-1) gave up five hits in six shutout innings
Toronto lost left-hander J.A. Happ (0-3) to a sore elbow in the fifth inning, another blow to a suddenly thin starting rotation. Before the game, the Blue Jays put right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his middle finger.
MARLINS 4, METS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie J.T. Riddle hit a two-run homer against Addison Reed (0-1) with two outs in the ninth.
Marlins starter Dan Straily and three relievers didn’t allow a hit until Neil Walker singled with two outs in the eighth. Miami won the final three of a four-game series.
Pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera tied the score in the ninth with a two-out, two-run single off David Phelps (2-1).
TIGERS 4, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Boyd (2-1) allowed one run in six innings, and Alex Avila hit a two-run homer.
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) made his first appearance against Detroit since his right hand was broken by Ian Kinsler’s line drive in September. Carrasco gave up two runs, four hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, including Justin Upton three times.
Cleveland went 14-4 against Detroit last year as it won the AL Central. The Indians have lost seven of nine after an opening three-game sweep of Texas.
BREWERS 4, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Eric Thames added a solo shot for his fifth home run of the series as Milwaukee won for the fifth time in in six games.
Sal Romano (0-1) started in place of injured Rookie Davis and lasted three innings in his major league debut. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four walks, three hits and three runs.
Left-hander Brandon Finnegan became the fourth Reds starting pitcher to go on the disabled list and is expected to miss at least a month because of a strained left shoulder.
Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up two runs, three hits and three walks in six innings. Neftali Feliz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
RED SOX 7, RAYS 5
BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Moreland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh off left-hander Xavier Cedeno after Boston, trailing 5-4, loading the bases against Danny Farquhar (0-1),
Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight.
Joe Kelly (2-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
ROYALS 1, ANGELS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar hit an RBI single in the ninth off Cam Bedrosian after Salvador Perez’s leading single against Blake Parker (0-1),
Kelvin Herrera (1-0) threw an eight-pitch flawless ninth after Ian Kennedy pitched two-hit ball and struck out 10 over eight innings.
Kansas City has won four straight, the Los Angeles has lost five in a row.
ROCKIES 4, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie Antonio Senzatela (2-0) settled down after a rough first inning, holding San Francisco scoreless on four hits over the next six to win his second straight start.
Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a homer, and Nolan Arenado celebrated his 26th birthday with a two-run double to cap a three-run first as the Rockies took three of four in the series.
Senzatela allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh straight save this season.
Jeff Samardzija (0-3) struck out eight while allowing four runs in seven innings.
WHITE SOX 3, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Avisail Garcia had a career-high four hits, including an opposite-field, two-run homer to right off Ryan Pressly (0-2) in the 10th inning.
Nate Jones (1-0) struck out two in a perfect ninth, and David Robertson fanned his first two batters in a 1-2-3 10th for his third save in as many chances.
Brian Dozier hit an inside-the-park home run for the Twins.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taijuan Walker (2-1) struck out seven and allowed a run and four hits over five innings.
Los Angeles starter Rich Hill (1-1) was activated from the disabled list before this start after missing time with a blister on his left middle finger, but he re-aggravated the blister and made it only three innings and 54 pitches before leaving. The left-hander allowed two runs, five hits and two walks and struck out two.
Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer off Hill in the third inning, and five batters later, Hill walked Jake Lamb with the bases loaded for a 2-0 Arizona lead. Paul Goldschmidt singled in another run in the seventh inning.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz singled in the tiebreaking run to cap a two-run, ninth-inning rally, and Seattle overcame a 6-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep.
Nomar Mazara gave Texas a 7-6 lead when he led off the ninth against Edwin Diaz (1-1) with his fourth homer.
Mitch Haniger walked against Sam Dyson (0-3) with the bases loaded and Cruz hit a sharp bases-loaded grounder up the middle. While Elvis Andrus snagged the ball with a dive, the shortstop’s off-balance glove flip to second was off line.
Seattle rebounded on Haniger’s three-run homer in the third, Danny Valencia’s RBI single in the sixth and Guillermo Heredia homer opening the seventh. Haniger preserved the tie in the eighth with a leaping catch at the top of the wall in right-center to rob Joey Gallo of a potential two-run homer.
Shin-Soo Choo had a three-run homer in the second and two-run double in the third.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 592nd homer and a tying, two-run single in the ninth inning before Cliff Pennington’s drive to the wall capped the Los Angeles Angels’ rally from a six-run deficit for a 10-9 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Pennington’s single drove in Mike Trout to end a preposterous comeback by the Angels, who trailed 8-1 in the seventh and 9-3 before Pujols homered to lead off the ninth against Casey Fien.
Yunel Escobar trimmed Seattle’s lead with a two-out, two-run double off closer Edwin Diaz (0-1), who gave up three hits. Diaz also walked Kole Calhoun and Trout before Pujols and Pennington delivered back-to-back singles.
Robinson Cano had a three-run homer and a two-run double for the Mariners, who fell to 1-6 in miserable fashion.
Andrew Bailey (2-0) pitched the ninth in the Angels’ fifth win in six games since opening day.
Pujols was off to a 4-for-27 start to the season before hitting his first homer. He is ninth in baseball history behind Sammy Sosa, who hit 609 homers.
TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco homered to back Ervin Santana’s six scoreless innings as Minnesota beat Chicago for its best start since 2010.
Santana (2-0) held the White Sox to two singles and lowered his ERA to 0.69. Minnesota, which finished with the worst record in the majors last season, has the top mark in the American League at 5-1 after taking two of three from Chicago.
Jose Quintana (0-2) regrouped from a rough opening day start to allow two runs and strike out seven in 6 1/3 innings. Quintana, who has been the subject of trade speculation for the rebuilding White Sox, gave up six runs and three homers against Detroit in his season debut.
Santana has allowed four hits and one run in 13 innings this season. Brandon Kintzler got four outs for his third save in three opportunities.
PIRATES 6, BRAVES 5, 10 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off Jose Ramirez in the 10th inning to lift Pittsburgh over Atlanta.
The Braves took the lead in the top of the inning on an RBI groundout by Tyler Flowers, but Pittsburgh wasted little time getting to Ramirez (0-1).
Adam Frazier doubled leading off the 10th and Marte drove the next pitch into the visitors’ bullpen beyond the center field fence as the Pirates completed their first three-game sweep of Atlanta since 1994.
Marte finished 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. Frazier added three hits for the Pirates. Felipe Rivero (1-0) picked up the victory, the 100th walk-off in the 16-year history of PNC Park.
Freddie Freeman hit his first two home runs of the season for Atlanta. Dansby Swanson added a solo shot off Gerrit Cole, but the Braves’ bullpen couldn’t hold a solid start by Julio Teheran. The Pirates tied it on a run-scoring grounder by Francisco Cervelli against Jim Johnson.
RED SOX 7, TIGERS 5
DETROIT (AP) — Sandy Leon broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, part of a four-run rally that lifted Boston over Detroit.
The Red Sox rallied four times from one-run deficits, finally taking the lead against the Detroit bullpen. The Tigers led 4-3 in the eighth when Bruce Rondon (0-1) allowed a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts and a single by Chris Young. A throwing error on Young’s single by left fielder Justin Upton left runners at second and third. After an intentional walk, Kyle Ryan came in and walked pinch-hitter Brock Holt to force in the tying run.
Leon followed with a line drive to center, and Boston led 6-4.
Matt Barnes (1-0) got the win in relief. Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the ninth but recovered for his second save of the season. He’s converted 21 chances in a row.
Boston right-hander Rick Porcello allowed four runs — three earned — and 11 hits in six-plus innings against his former team.
YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a tying home run, Starlin Castro’s RBI single keyed a four-run ninth inning and New York rallied to defeat Baltimore and avert a three-game sweep.
It was the first loss of the season for the Orioles, who started the day as the only unbeaten team in the majors at 4-0. After pulling off comeback victories in the first two games of the series, Baltimore blew a three-run lead in the finale.
New York avoided its first 1-5 start since 1989.
Ronald Torreyes cut the gap to 3-2 with a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth. Judge homered in the eighth and the Yankees completed the turnaround against Darren O’Day (0-1) in the ninth.
Dellin Betances (1-1) struck out two in a perfect eighth.
METS 5, MARLINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard made a blistering return to the mound, overpowering Miami for much of the night as New York averted a three-game sweep.
Forced from Monday’s season opener against Atlanta by a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand after six scoreless innings, the right-hander was given an extra day of rest. He walked none and struck out nine, including five of his first six batters.
Syndergaard (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits in seven innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings against Miami. Addison Reed got three straight outs for his first save.
Edinson Volquez (0-1) permitted three runs in a first inning prolonged by catcher J.T. Realmuto’s error. Volquez later gave up solo homers to Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give Philadelphia a victory over Washington.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman delivered a tying, three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth off closer Jeanmar Gomez (1-0), but the Phillies immediately answered to take two of three from the defending NL East champions.
Pinch-hitter Daniel Nava walked to start the bottom of the ninth against Koda Glover (0-1). Nava advanced to third when Freddy Galvis singled to right with one out. After Brock Stassi popped out, Hernandez slashed an opposite-field single to left.
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs and five hits, striking out eight in seven innings.
CUBS 7, BREWERS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist homered, Jake Arrieta threw seven strong innings and Chicago took the weekend series from Milwaukee.
The Cubs scored four runs in the first off Brewers starter Zach Davies (0-2) on a two-run double by Addison Russell and a two-run triple from Jason Heyward.
Arrieta (2-0) allowed three hits and struck out 10, the only blemish on his line a three-run homer by Ryan Braun. The right-hander retired 13 of the next 14 batters, including a stretch of five consecutive strikeouts.
REDS 8, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Scott Feldman permitted four hits and struck out six in six-plus innings as Cincinnati beat St. Louis to take two of three from the Cardinals.
Adam Duvall had three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for the Reds, who have won just five of their last 40 series at Busch Stadium. Joey Votto also went deep for Cincinnati.
St. Louis went 2-4 on its opening homestand and heads out on a six-game trip to Washington and the New York Yankees.
Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani completed a six-hitter.
Carlos Martinez (0-1) gave up six runs — five earned — and six hits in five-plus innings.
ASTROS 5, ROYALS 4, 12 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Jake Marisnick hit a tying home run off Kelvin Herrera in the ninth inning and Evan Gattis drew a bases-loaded walk from Matt Strahm in the 12th to help Houston beat Kansas City, halting a three-game losing streak.
George Springer hit his 12th leadoff homer and third in seven games this season.
Brandon Moss homered against Chris Devenski (1-0) in the ninth to give the Royals a 4-3 lead.
Springer reached on an infield single leading off the 12th against Strahm (0-2). Devenski struck out seven in four innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Salvador Perez became the first Royals player to homer in four straight games since Billy Butler in 2011. Mike Moustakas also connected for Kansas City.
Marwin Gonzalez’s two-run drive off Travis Wood tied the score at 3 in the seventh.
RANGERS 8, ATHLETICS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo homered and had a career-high five RBIs to back Martin Perez in Texas’ victory over Oakland.
Still playing third base on the first day Adrian Beltre (right calf) was eligible to come off the disabled list, Gallo hit a three-run shot for the last of three straight hits in the second inning — the only three allowed by Sean Manaea (0-1).
The Oakland lefty struck out six straight and finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. But he gave up six runs, five earned, and hit two batters, including Nomar Mazara with a glancing blow to the batting helmet. Mazara stayed in the game.
Robinson Chirinos had a two-run homer and another RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Perez (1-1) had six strikeouts in 5 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 7-0 with a 1.48 ERA in eight home daytime starts since the beginning of 2014.
DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 6
DENVER (AP) — Corey Seager hit a two-run homer and Los Angeles scored seven runs with two outs, avoiding a sweep by beating Colorado on a blustery afternoon.
Justin Turner added a two-run double as the Dodgers won their 98th game at Coors Field — most of any visiting team.
Kenta Maeda (1-1) pitched five shaky innings and allowed four runs, including a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon, before turning it over to the bullpen. The Dodgers’ relievers shut down the Rockies until the ninth, when Kenley Jansen gave up two runs before closing it out.
Tyler Anderson (1-1) took the loss for the Rockies, who had their three-game winning streak stopped. The lefty allowed five runs in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, INDIANS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin pitched six scoreless innings, Chris Owings homered and had three hits, and Arizona completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.
The win improved the Diamondbacks to 6-1, matching the best seven-game start in franchise history, set in 2000.
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (0-1) scattered eight hits over six innings, allowing three runs, two earned. The Indians managed just seven runs in the series, and both their runs Sunday were unearned.
Fernando Rodney earned his second save in a dramatic ninth, striking out Francisco Lindor to end it.
GIANTS 5, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hunter Pence and Buster Posey hit consecutive home runs, and Johnny Cueto struck out seven in seven strong innings as struggling San Francisco beat San Diego to prevent a three-game sweep.
The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak. They won only twice during the season’s opening week.
Pence hit a two-run homer in the third off Clayton Richard (1-1), and Posey followed with an opposite-field shot to right to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.
Cueto (2-0) was working on a three-hit shutout when he walked Travis Jankowski with one out in the sixth and then allowed Wil Myers’ homer.
Mark Melancon dodged trouble in the ninth to earn his first save. It was his first appearance since blowing a save and taking the loss in a 6-5 defeat on opening day at Arizona in his Giants debut.
RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 2
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer and was involved in a scrum after a slide during Tampa Bay’s victory over Toronto.
Corey Dickerson and Jesus Sucre also homered, and Jake Odorizzi (1-1) pitched six effective innings for the Rays, who took three of four from Toronto at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay has won 23 of its last 30 home series against the Blue Jays, going 61-33 during that stretch.
Toronto got a home run from Josh Donaldson, who left in the sixth with right calf tightness, but dropped to 1-5.
Both benches briefly emptied in the second when Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki took issue with Souza’s slide into second base on Logan Morrison’s double-play grounder. No punches were thrown.
Souza connected off Marco Estrada (0-1).
Odorizzi allowed two hits and retired 16 of his last 17 batters. Jumbo Diaz and Tommy Hunter completed the three-hitter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Lind’s first swing as a member of the Nationals resulted in a pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Bryce Harper went deep on opening day for the fifth time in his young career, leading Washington past the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Monday.
Stephen Strasburg (1-0) earned the win, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings, pitching out of the stretch the whole way. It was his return to action after missing last September and the playoffs with a right elbow injury.
Matt Wieters singled ahead of Lind’s drive off David Phelps (0-1) that made it 3-2.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered off Jason Grilli (0-1) with two outs in the 11th inning in a rematch of last year’s AL wild card playoff, won by Toronto 5-2 on an 11th-inning home run by Edwin Encarnacion.
Tyler Wilson (1-0), the fourth Baltimore reliever, pitched one shutout inning in the 25th Camden Yards opener.
METS 6, BRAVES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Noah Syndergaard struck out seven over six sharp innings in his first opening day start for New York before leaving with a blister, Asdrubal Cabrera snapped a seventh-inning tie with a single and the Mets broke through following a pivotal replay reversal at the plate in which Wilmer Flores initially was called out.
New York took advantage of five walks by a shaky Braves bullpen in a six-run bottom of the seventh that lasted 35 minutes. Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly and Lucas Duda busted the game open with a three-run double off Eric O’Flaherty.
Hansel Robles (1-0) worked a perfect inning for the win. Ian Krol (0-1) was the loser.
RED SOX 5, PIRATES 3
BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer off Gerrit Cole (0-1) that capped a five-run fifth inning as Boston began its post-David Ortiz era.
Rick Porcello (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five. Craig Kimbrel retired Starling Marte on a game-ending popup with two on for the save.
ROCKIES 7, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bud Black won his debut as Colorado manager, and Greg Holland got a save in his first game with the Rockies.
Mark Reynolds homered, had three RBIs and scored the tying run in a two-run seventh following two defensive lapses by Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s Junior Guerra left his first opening-day start in the big leagues after three innings with a strained right calf, grimacing as he broke out of the batter’s box after laying down a bunt. The right-hander will go on the disabled list.
Carlos Estevez (1-0) pitched a hitless sixth. Holland, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, walked Jonathan Villar leading off the ninth, then retired Eric Thames one a lineout to center and Ryan Braun on a game-ending, double-play grounder started by third baseman Nolan Arenado, who dove to his left.
TWINS 7, ROYALS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk during a dreadful seventh inning for Kansas City’s bullpen, and the Twins won an opener for the first time in nine years.
Ervin Santana (1-0) gave up two hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings, aided by two diving catches of sinking line drives by center fielder Byron Buxton.
Matt Strahm (0-1) and Travis Wood allowed four runners while recording only one out.
PHILLIES 4, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cesar Hernandez opened the Phillies’ season with a homer on Cincinnati’s eighth pitch, and Jeremy Hellickson drove in a run with his first career triple.
Hellickson (1-0) pitched into the sixth, allowing a run and six hits, and he also contributed his RBI triple in the sixth. Right fielder Scott Schebler failed to make a diving catch of his two-out liner, letting the ball get by him as Hellickson chugged across an infield turned muddy by several innings of rain.
Jeanmar Gomez gave up Scooter Gennett’s two-out, two-run homer in the ninth before retiring Billy Hamilton on a routine fly for the save.
Scott Feldman (0-1) allowed three runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in his third opening day start.
DODGERS 14, PADRES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson launched a grand slam and the Dodgers backed Clayton Kershaw with a franchise-record four home runs on opening day.
Pederson drove in five runs, Yasmani Grandal homered twice and Corey Seager added a three-run shot.
Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — and two hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none in his seventh consecutive opening day start.
Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) gave up nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings in his Padres debut.
INDIANS 8, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Abraham Almonte singled in the go-ahead run in a three-run ninth as Cleveland won the opener of its AL title defense.
Making his first opening-day start for Texas, Yu Darvish had a 5-1 lead behind Rougned Odor, who homered twice and drove in four runs.
Edwin Encarnacion tied the score 5-5 with an eighth-inning homer off Matt Bush, and the Indians went ahead against Sam Dyson. Carlos Santana added an RBI double and scored on Michael Brantley’s single.
Andrew Miller (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Cody Allen got the save by striking out the side around Elvis Andrus’ triple.
ASTROS 3, MARINERS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (1-0) allowed two hits over seven innings, Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles completed the three-hitter and Houston won its fifth straight opener.
George Springer became Houston’s first player since Terry Puhl in 1980 to lead off the first game with a home run. Carlos Correa homered and drove in two runs.
Felix Hernandez (0-1), making his 10th opening day start, allowed two runs and five hits while striking out six in five innings before leaving with tightness in a groin.
ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth and connected again leading off the eighth to lead Oakland past Anaheim.
Davis had just the second multihomer game on opening day in Oakland history — Jason Giambi did it in 2000 — to back Kendall Graveman (1-0). The right-hander struck out seven over six innings.
Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Angels, then Yonder Alonso’s RBI single in the fifth tied it at 2.
Davis, who dealt with a sore quadriceps muscle leading up to the opener, connected first against Angels starter Ricky Nolasco (0-1) then JC Ramirez for his 12th career multihomer game. The slugger didn’t hit his first home run last season until April 21 then finished with a career-high 42.
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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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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.
Stephen Drew’s two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Their win ensured a playoff berth, and they won the division about 20 minutes later when the second-place New York Mets lost to Philadelphia.
Lopez (4-3) came on to the start the bottom of the fourth inning with a 6-1 lead and allowed three hits while striking out five and walking one.
Ivan Nova (12-8) lost his second straight outing after a 5-0 start with Pittsburgh, giving up six runs — three earned — and eight hits in four innings.
RED SOX 6, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and Boston clinched a playoff berth by extending its winning streak to 10 — the team’s longest in September since 1949.
Boston maintained a 5½-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL’s second wild card.
Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.
Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, and Craig Kimbrel reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season. Ryan Garton (1-2) was the loser.
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard (3-5) in the eighth inning, reaching 30 homers for the seventh straight season.
New York has been shut out in three straight games for the first time July 27-28, 1975. The Yankees have lost 10 of 13 following a seven-game winning streak and likely will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years.
Jason Grilli (7-5) struck out Billy Butler in the eighth to strand a runner at third, and Roberto Osuna completed a three-hitter for his 35th save.
PHILLIES 10, METS 8
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets fell behind 10-0 by the fourth inning, then fell short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history.
New York dropped into a tie with San Francisco for the two NL wild cards. St. Louis trails by a half-game.
Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf each hit long a home run for the second consecutive night as Philadelphia built its lead.
Sean Gilmartin (0-1) fell behind 3-0 after 12 pitches and left having allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Jay Bruce hit his first career pinch-hit home run with one out in the ninth. The Mets put two on before Michael Mariot got his second save by retiring Lucas Duda on a popup and Travis d’Arnaud on a comebacker.
Alec Asher (2-0) allowed four unearned runs over five innings.
DODGERS 14, ROCKIES 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, Josh Reddick slugged a grand slam in the seventh and Los Angeles moved within a game of clinching its fourth consecutive NL West title.
The Dodgers can wrap up the title Sunday in Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s final home game before he retires next weekend.
Kershaw (12-3) struck out six and walked none to improve to 8-1 at home.
Chad Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four.
GIANTS 9, PADRES 6, 10 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Francisco blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat San Diego and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings.
Angel Pagan scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the 10th, followed by Span’s 11th homer, off Kevin Quackenbush (7-7).
Will Smith (2-4) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Sergio Romo got his third save.
ROYALS 7, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Francisco Rodriguez (3-4), capping a comeback from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth.
Wade Davis (2-1) pitched a one-hit eighth and Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City’s seventh pitcher, got three straight outs for his 12th save.
Detroit’s five-game winning streak was stopped and the World Series champion Royals ended a four-game skid.
CARDINALS 10, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina drove in four runs and Stephen Piscotty homered to help St. Louis in its wild-card chase. Randal Grichuk added three RBIs and Jhonny Peralta had three hits.
Jason Hammel (15-10) allowed six runs and six hits while getting just seven outs, hurting his bid for a postseason rotation spot.
Alex Reyes (4-1) needed 115 pitches to get through five innings but settled down after a tough start to allow three runs and six hits.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won another AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit a pair of two-run homers.
Yu Darvish (6-5) had all the run support he needed on a couple of big swings from Andrus, who had his first career multi-homer game. Robinson Chirinos added an RBI double in the ninth for Texas (92-63), which moved 29 games above .500 for the first time since exactly four years ago on Sept. 24, 2012.
A’s rookie Raul Alcantara (1-2) struck out six with one walk over six innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits.
ORIOLES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo connected for his league-leading 45th homer and Trey Mancini hit his third homer in nine major league at-bats,
Baltimore pulled a half-game ahead of the Tigers for the AL’s second wild card and trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games for the top spot.
Wade Miley (9-13) allowed one run and seven hits and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings to beat Robbie Ray (8-14).
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu hit RBI singles in the first off Cody Anderson (2-5), and Todd Frazier connected for his 39th homer in the sixth as Chicago stopped a six-game losing streak.
Joel Quintana (13-11) gave up one run in six innings and beat Cleveland for the second time in 11 days. The Indians’ magic number is two for clinching the AL Central.
MARLINS 6, BRAVES 4
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer, helping stop Atlanta’s season-high seven-game winning streak.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 28 games in the first inning and has reached base in 44 straight. He also hit a solo home run in the sixth, his 32nd.
Brian Ellington (4-2) earned the win in relief and A.J. Ramos got his 39th save. Five days after getting his first big league win, Aaron Blair (1-7) allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 10, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and Los Angeles scored nine runs in the final two innings. Houston fell to three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and C.J. Cron each added two RBIs for the Angels.
Jose Valdez (2-3) allowed two runs in the seventh for the win, and Luke Gregerson (4-2) took the loss.
TWINS 3, MARINERS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning off Ariel Miranda (5-2) and Tyler Duffey (9-11) gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings. Seattle is 2½ games back for the second AL wild card.
Sano’s 24th homer followed Nelson Cruz’s tying two-run shot for Seattle in the top of the fourth. Cruz’s homer reached the third deck in left field for what was estimated by MLB’s Statcast as 493 feet, the second-longest home run in the majors this season behind a 504-foot strike by Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in Colorado’s Coors Field.
Jorge Polanco had a solo home run for Minnesota, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.
REDS 6, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dan Straily (14-8) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the first off Taylor Jungmann (0-5). Straily is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this year.
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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) — 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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BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts hit a tying single before scoring the go-ahead run in Boston’s third straight win over New York.
Hanley Ramirez also had three hits for the AL East-leading Red Sox (84-64), who improved to three games ahead of Toronto and Baltimore
New York (77-70) wasted 3-0 and 5-2 leads and lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Yankees are four games back in the wild-card race.
Second baseman Starlin Castro left in the fifth inning after straining his right hamstring while rounding first base on a double. Rookie Gary Sanchez hit his 15th home run since his Aug. 3 recall from the minors, a two-run drive.
INDIANS 1, TIGERS 0, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland’s No. 2 starting pitcher, broke his right hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler on the second pitch the Indians’ victory.
Cleveland, which opened an eight-game lead over second-place Detroit, said Carrasco sustained a non-displaced fracture of his pitching hand. The Indians did not provide a timetable for his recovery.
Jeff Manship replaced Carrasco after the infield hit. Carrasco missed six weeks earlier this season with a strained left hamstring, also sustained against the Tigers.
Jose Ramirez hit a winning single with the bases loaded in the 10th against Justin Wilson (4-5).
Andrew Miller (8-1), Cleveland’s eighth reliever, pitched the final two innings and completed a four-hitter. Manship, Kyle Crockett, Cody Anderson, Zach McAllister, Perci Garner, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen preceded Miller.
CARDINALS 3, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run comeback in the ninth inning and St. Louis rallied for a big win in its playoff chase.
The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. Their win further tightened the NL wild-card race — San Francisco and the Mets are tied for the top two spots, with the Cardinals trailing by two games.
Jedd Gyorko singled with one out in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Santiago Casilla (2-5) walked Yadier Molina before Randal Grichuk hit a tying single and Wong put St. Louis ahead.
Seung Hwan Oh (5-3) retired six batters.
METS 3, TWINS 2, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run with two outs in the 12th inning after also connecting for a tying shot in the 11th, lifting the New York Mets into a tie for the NL wild-card lead.
The Mets are even with San Francisco, with St. Louis two games back.
Before the game, New York announced that star pitcher Jacob deGrom is likely done for the season with elbow trouble.
Granderson pulled a 3-2 pitch from Ryan O’Rourke (0-1) down the right-field line to win it. Granderson led off the 11th with a drive that made it 2-all.
Josh Edgin (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun went deep twice to reach 30 homers for the sixth time, Chris Carter hit a grand slam off the Wrigley Field video board and Milwaukee routed the NL Central champions.
Chicago manager Joe Maddon used a starting lineup of mostly reserves after the Cubs celebrated winning the division, a title they clinched late on Thursday night.
Jake Arrieta (17-7), the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up four runs — three earned — four hits and four walks in six innings. He is 3-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 21 walk in his last six starts.
Braun had five RBIs, including a pair of two-run homers. He reached 30 home runs for the first time since he had a career-high 41 in 2012, before his 65-game suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Carter hit his 35th homer. Domingo Santana added a solo shot and Scooter Gennett doubled twice.
Zach Davies (11-7) settled down after allowing three runs in the first.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Evan Longoria homered, tripled and scored three runs to help Tampa Bay blunt Baltimore’s playoff push.
The loss dropped Baltimore three games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. The Orioles remained tied with Toronto for the top AL wild-card slot after the Blue Jays’ loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Orioles have lost two of three to the last-place Rays in a series that ends Sunday. Longoria has homered in each of the three games and has a career-high 35 for the season.
Baltimore ace Chris Tillman (16-6) had a one-hitter and a 2-1 lead after five innings, but he failed to get out of the sixth.
ANGELS 6, BLUE JAYS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 590th career home run and Los Angeles dropped Toronto into a tie for the top two AL wild-card spots.
The Blue Jays and Baltimore are even in the playoff race. Seattle, Detroit and Houston are all three games behind in the wild-card chase.
Pujols hit his 30th homer. He joined Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to reach 30 home runs in at least 14 seasons.
Ricky Nolasco (6-15) tossed six shutout innings as the Angels ended a five-game losing streak.
Francisco Liriano (7-13) allowed four runs — two earned — in six innings.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 0
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray struck out a franchise-record 16 and pitched a four-hitter to lead Colorado.
Gray (10-8) threw 113 pitches in surpassing Darryl Kile’s 14-strikeout performance in 1998.
Tom Murphy homered twice and had five RBIs for the Rockies. Nolan Arenado added his NL-leading 38th home run of the season.
Edwin Jackson (4-6) gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.
DODGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie Brock Stewart pitched five effective innings and the Dodgers bullpen took over from there.
Los Angeles now leads the NL West by five games over the Giants.
Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer, his seventh in 13 games against Arizona this season. He connected off Shelby Miller (2-12).
Stewart (2-2) beat the Diamondbacks on Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium for his first big league win. He earned another victory, giving up two runs and five while striking out six and walking one.
ATHLETICS 11, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Wendle led off the game with his first major league homer, Marcus Semien also went deep against Yu Darvish and Oakland beat AL-best Texas.
Darvish (5-5) matched a career high by allowing seven runs while pitching only five innings. He struck out eight, but walked four batters — all of those runners scored.
Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers (88-61), who have a magic number of five for closing out Seattle in the AL West.
Raul Alcantara (1-1), among five A’s pitchers to make their MLB debuts this season with a start, had three strikeouts without a walk. He pitched into the sixth, when he allowed a two-run homer to Gomez.
BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis and Anthony Recker each drove in two runs, Josh Collmenter won as an emergency starter and Atlanta beat Washington.
The Nationals have a magic number of six for clinching the NL East.
Collmenter (2-0), acquired Wednesday from the Chicago Cubs, struck out eight in five innings and allowed two runs.
Atlanta needed a starter because Mike Foltynewicz has a bruised left calf and Williams Perez has an elbow impingement.
Washington rookie Trea Turner hit a pair of solo home runs and is batting .458 with six homers, 16 RBIs, 19 runs and seven steals in 12 games against Atlanta this year.
Gio Gonzalez (11-10) took the loss.
PHILLIES 8, MARLINS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched a three-hitter and A.J. Ellis had a three-run double to lead Philadelphia over fading Miami.
Miami fell six games back for the NL’s second wild card. The Marlins by seven runs in the second inning and lost for the 14th time in 20 games.
Hellickson (12-9) struck out five, walked none and hit two batters in his second big league shutout.
Jose Urena (4-7) lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits in his worst outing since moving to the starting rotation on July 19.
ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored a run and stole a base in Jason Vargas’ first start in 14 months, and Kansas City beat Chicago to snap a five-game losing streak.
Vargas, who was making his first start in 423 days after having Tommy John surgery on August 5, 2015, gave up a first-inning run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single, but retired eight of the last nine batters he faced.
Vargas was pulled after 52 pitches and three innings. Dillon Gee (7-8) replaced Vargas and held the White Sox to one run and five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Dyson, who is 10 for 15 off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez (4-7), singled to lead off the first, advanced to second on Whit Merrifield’s bunt single, stole second and scored on Kendrys Morales’ sacrifice fly.
ASTROS 2, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single and Mike Fiers pitched six scoreless innings to lead Houston over Seattle.
Fiers gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, but allowed only one more hit. It was the third time Fiers didn’t allow a run in 27 starts this season, and the three hits allowed also equaled his season best.
The Mariners and Astros are both 78-70, tied with Detroit three games behind Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.
Fiers (11-7) was coming off one of his worst starts of the season, giving up seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Cubs.
James Paxton (4-7) was perfect through five innings before allowing both runs in the sixth.
PIRATES 10, REDS 4, 1ST GAME
PIRATES 7, REDS 3, 2ND GAME
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Rodriguez homered in both games as Pittsburgh swept a doubleheader.
In the first game, Jameson Taillon (4-4) pitched five innings and singled to drive in a big league run for the first time. Anthony DeSclafani (8-4) took the loss.
Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs in the opener and had a bases-loaded single in the second game off Brandon Finnegan (9-11).
Juan Nicasio (10-6) won in relief.
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BOSTON (AP) — It wasn’t as timely as the one the night before, but don’t ask Hanley Ramirez which home run was better.
“Both of them,” the Red Sox first baseman said with a laugh after he homered for the second straight game — and for the second straight game helped Boston beat the rival New York Yankees.
One night after hitting a three-run shot as the Red Sox rallied in the series opener, Ramirez added a solo drive to help Boston win 7-4 on Friday night and protect its two-game lead in the AL East.
David Ortiz had a pair of hits, including a double that was the 1,187th extra-base hit of his career. That moved him out of a tie with Frank Robinson and into 11th on baseball’s all-time list; Lou Gehrig is next with 1,190.
Ramirez’s homer was his ninth in 16 games.
“The middle of the order has been powerful, and it has been consistent,” manager John Farrell said of Nos. 3-4-5 hitters Ortiz, Mookie Betts and Ramirez, who had two hits apiece. “(Ramirez) has been on a good run for nearly a month now.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for Boston, which maintained a two-game lead over Baltimore and Toronto.
The Yankees, who on Thursday night were one out from climbing within three games of the division lead, fell six games back. They are four behind co-leaders Baltimore and Toronto in the wild-card race.
“Obviously, we would have liked to win a couple games here, but there’s still some time,” third baseman Chase Headley said. “It’s reachable. We’ve just got to go get on another streak and start winning some games.”
Clay Buchholz (7-10) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out two in six innings.
Luis Cessa (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits, striking out one in five innings. In his second game since signing with the Yankees, Billy Butler hit a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-4, but Craig Kimbrel got two outs for his 26th save.
Ortiz singled in the first and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He did double off the center-field wall in the sixth, giving him a major league-leading 47 for the season and moving him two doubles behind Ted Williams for second place in franchise history.
ORIOLES 5, RAYS 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn came through with RBIs in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay.
The final out came when Mike Mahtook was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on a single into the left-field corner by Alexi Ramirez.
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who remained two games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. Baltimore is tied with Toronto atop the race for the two AL wild cards.
Baltimore closed to 4-3 before completing the comeback in the eighth against wild reliever Brad Boxberger (4-2). Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Hardy, who tied it with an infield single. Bourn followed with a fly ball to left field.
Brad Brach (9-3) worked the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 44th save.
Evan Longoria hit his career-high 34th homer for the last-place Rays.
BLUE JAYS 5, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer, R.A. Dickey pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and Toronto stayed atop the AL wild-card race with a victory over freefalling Los Angeles.
Edwin Encarnacion added a late two-run homer for the Blue Jays (81-66), who stayed even with Baltimore for the league’s two wild-card playoff spots. Both teams trail Boston by two games for the AL East lead with 15 to play.
Toronto has lost seven of 11 overall, but took the first two games of a weekend series with the Angels, who have lost five straight and nine of 10.
Dickey (10-14) bolstered his case to keep a rotation spot by limiting the Angels to seven hits and striking out five.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 33rd save.
ASTROS 6, MARINERS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Collin McHugh allowed two hits in seven stellar innings, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez each hit a solo home run and Houston snapped Seattle’s eight-game winning streak.
McHugh (11-10) improved to 9-3 in his career against the Mariners and 4-0 this season while allowing just three runs in 25 innings.
Felix Hernandez (11-6) stumbled in his biggest start of the season. With the Mariners back in the AL wild-card race, Hernandez failed to get through five innings, giving up five earned runs and eight hits.
INDIANS 11, TIGERS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli drove in four runs and Cleveland stretched its lead over Detroit in the AL Central to seven games by beating the second-place Tigers.
Napoli hit a gift two-run double in the first inning off rookie Michael Fulmer (10-7) and added a towering two-run homer in the fifth that bounced out of Progressive Field as the Indians lowered the magic number for clinching their first division title since 2007 to nine.
Corey Kluber (17-9) worked seven innings, keeping the top of Detroit’s lineup in check and setting the tone for the Indians’ biggest series this season. The right-hander is 8-1 in 12 starts since the All-Star break and remains the one pitcher in the rotation Cleveland can count on.
Carlos Santana added two RBIs for the Indians, now 12-1 against the Tigers.
GIANTS 8, CARDINALS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey ended his second-half power drought with a two-run homer that helped San Francisco beat St. Louis in a matchup of playoff contenders.
Posey drove in four runs and the Giants stayed four games back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who won at Arizona. San Francisco maintained its one-game lead over the New York Mets for the league’s top wild card, moving three games up on the Cardinals in the wild-card standings.
Matt Moore (4-4) allowed two runs over five innings while facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He won for the fourth time in five starts.
Posey’s fourth-inning drive was his first home run in 185 at-bats and exactly two months — he last connected on July 16 at San Diego. He also had a two-run single and followed up his four-hit game Thursday night with three more.
Brandon Belt hit a two-run double to highlight San Francisco’s six-run third, when all the runs were unearned off rookie Luke Weaver (1-3).
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Kenta Maeda limited Arizona to a run on three hits over five innings, and Los Angeles Dodgers held on.
Maeda (15-9) struck out six and has seven wins is his last 10 starts. He outdueled former Dodger Zack Greinke, who allowed only one earned run.
Greinke (12-7) gave up three runs on four hits, struck out four and walked four. The Dodgers’ lead in the NL West remained four games over second-place San Francisco.
The Los Angeles bullpen held the Diamondbacks to three hits over four innings, with six relievers combining for six strikeouts. Kenley Jansen gave up Chris Owings’ triple and a long sacrifice fly by Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom of the ninth, but got Jake Lamb to ground out into the defensive shift to end the game for his 45th save.
METS 3, TWINS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon limited the Twins to three singles in seven innings, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive home runs off rookie Jose Berrios in the third, and New York beat Minnesota in the opener of the Mets’ final homestand this season.
Matched against a pitcher nearly half his age, the 43-year-old Colon (14-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions. Jeurys Familia completed the three-hitter for his 49th save in 53 chances.
New York is two games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card and one behind San Francisco.
The 22-year-old Berrios (2-7) allowed two runs in four innings and has given up 12 homers in 48 2/3 innings. He dropped to 0-6 in seven starts since beating Cleveland on Aug. 1 in his return from the minors. He also singled in his first professional plate appearance.
Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 20 games for the Twins.
CUBS 5, BREWERS 4, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Montero homered in the 10th inning and Chicago celebrated its NL Central title with a dramatic victory over Milwaukee.
The Cubs became the first major league team to clinch its division when St. Louis lost at San Francisco late Thursday night. A day later, they put together quite a party.
Chicago (94-53) pushed across two runs in the ninth and Montero connected for a leadoff drive in the 10th against Blaine Boyer (2-4). The Cubs poured out of the dugout to mob Montero at home plate, then pulled on postseason hats and shirts as the crowd of 40,823 cheered wildly.
Chris Coghlan had three hits for the Cubs, including an RBI single during the ninth-inning rally. Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, and Aroldis Chapman (4-1) struck out the side in the 10th for his first win with the Cubs.
Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia and Scooter Gennett homered for Milwaukee.
Cubs left fielder Jorge Soler left with tightness on his right side.
Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton slammed into the outfield wall while tracking a long drive and broke his right wrist.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Trea Turner homered, had four hits and scored four runs, Max Scherzer won his fifth straight decision and Washington beat Atlanta.
Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon each added two RBIs.
The Nationals, seeking their third NL East title in five years, have won 13 of 17. Their magic number to clinch the division is six with 15 games remaining.
Scherzer (17-7) gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out eight in seven innings. The Washington ace is 12-3 with a 2.10 ERA in his last 20 starts.
John Gant (1-4) allowed six hits, five runs and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Appearing in his 16th game with seven starts, Gant had his ERA rise 84 points to 5.24.
RANGERS 7, ATHLETICS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning as Texas moved closer to clinching the AL West.
Lucroy hit a ground ball inside third base to drive in pinch-runners Delino DeShields and Joey Gallo, who had stolen second base when Rougned Odor struck out. Carlos Beltran’s one-out double began the winning rally.
Ryan Madson (5-6) had his seven blown save in 37 chances.
Sam Dyson (2-2), the Rangers’ fourth pitcher, got the win.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Sale pitched his American League-leading sixth complete game to pick up his 16th win, Carlos Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Chicago beat Kansas City.
Sanchez had struck out in his first three at-bats before hitting a pitch frm Kelvin Herrera out to right with J.D. Shuck and Avisail Garcia aboard. It was Sanchez’s first home run since last Sept. 21 at Detroit.
Todd Frazier doubled with one out and scored on Alex Avila’s single for the first run of the inning.
Sale (16-8), 1-6 in his previous 11 starts, limited the Royals to four runs, three earned, while striking out 10 and walking one.
Herrera (2-5) blew his third save in 14 chances as Kansas City lost its fifth straight.
PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 3, 13 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes singled home the winning run with one out in the 13th inning to lift Philadelphia over Miami.
The Marlins (73-74) dropped five games behind the Mets for the second NL wild card.
Ryan Howard hit his 22nd homer to spark a three-run rally for the Phillies in the sixth. Derek Dietrich tied it for the Marlins with his first career pinch-hit homer in the eighth, connecting off Edubray Ramos.
Frank Herrmann (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
A.J. Ramos (1-3) took the loss.
PIRATES 9, REDS 7, 10 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, David Freese added a two-run single, and Pittsburgh overcame some shaky defense to preserve its chances in the NL wild-card race.
The Pirates loaded the bases against Tony Cingrani (2-5) with a walk and two infield hits before Mercer snapped a 6-6 tie with a single to left. Freese singled to center two batters later.
Gregory Polanco and Jung Ho Kang homered to help the Pirates to their third win in four games after a four-game losing streak. Pittsburgh remained 5 1/2 games behind the New York Mets for the NL’s second wild card.
Antonio Bastardo (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Tony Watson allowed Steve Selsky’s first career home run before logging his 13th save.
Encarnacion’s homer in the ninth inning was his 40th, boosting his AL-leading RBI total to a career-high 118.
Jered Weaver (11-12) matched his career high for losses. He threw six innings of seven-hit ball.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 7
DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso lined a game-winning single off the center-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Colorado rallied past San Diego.
DJ LeMahieu had three hits to raise his batting average to .349. He is tied with Washington’s Daniel Murphy for the lead in the NL batting race.
The Rockies trailed 7-5 entering the ninth against closer Brandon Maurer (0-5) after hail and rain in the top of the inning forced a 38-minute delay.
LeMahieu started the comeback with a one-out double and Carlos Gonzalez singled him home one out later. Pinch-hitter David Dahl and Nick Hundley each singled to left to tie it.
Adam Ottavino (1-2) got one out for the win.
Wil Myers and Luis Sardinas homered for the Padres, who had been 50-0 when leading after eight innings.
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TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also connected, and the Boston Red Sox outslugged Toronto 11-8 Sunday, reclaiming a two-game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.
Ortiz put Boston up 10-8 with a drive off Joaquin Benoit. It was his 41st career home run at Rogers Centre, his highest total at any road stadium.
With his 535th career homer, Ortiz moved past Jimmie Foxx into sole possession of 18th place on baseball’s career list. He also increased his RBI total to 110, the most by a player age 40 or above since Dave Winfield had 108 for Toronto in 1992.
Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and Troy Tulowitzki hit his third career grand slam for the Blue Jays, who are tied with Baltimore for the wild-card lead. Bo Schultz (0-1) got the loss.
Robbie Ross Jr. (3-2) got two outs for the win. Craig Kimbrel, the ninth Boston pitcher, worked the ninth for his 25th save.
CUBS 9, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Jorge Soler and Addison Russell homered to lead Chicago past Houston, moving the Cubs closer to clinching the NL Central.
Soler hit a solo home run as part of Chicago’s four-run third, and Russell hit a two-run shot — his 20th of the season — in the fourth as the Cubs built a 9-0 lead.
Chicago extended its lead in the NL Central to 16 games over St. Louis.
Houston fell 9 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of Toronto and Baltimore in the wild-card race.
Jake Arrieta (17-6) allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Jose Altuve, Yulieski Gurriel and Evan Gattis hit solo homers for the Astros. Mike Fiers (10-7) was tagged for seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Tillman pitched six impressive innings in his return from the disabled list, leading the Orioles to the win.
Michael Bourn and Jonathan Schoop homered off Justin Verlander (14-8) as Baltimore moved into a tie with Toronto for second in the AL East and the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Orioles begin a three-game series with the division-leading Red Sox on Monday night.
Detroit fell two games behind the wild cards. The Yankees are also two back of the Orioles and Blue Jays.
Tillman (16-5) allowed a run and four hits after being activated before the game. He hadn’t pitched since Aug. 20 because of right shoulder bursitis.
Three relievers finished for the Orioles, with Zach Britton pitching the ninth for his 41st save in 41 chances.
GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Moore struck out 11 in seven innings and Hunter Pence hit a key two-run double, helping San Francisco to the series sweep.
The Giants pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles, which lost 3-0 at Miami. San Francisco leads the wild-card standings.
Moore (10-11) gave up two runs and eight hits. Hunter Strickland got four outs for his third save of the season.
The Giants swept a road series from Arizona for the second time this season and sent the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.
Arizona ace Zack Greinke (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
RAYS 4, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer, Matt Andriese won for the first time since June and the Rays stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.
Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also went deep for the last-place Rays, who had lost three straight and six of seven. Andriese (7-7) pitched five innings of one-run ball and Alex Colome got three quick outs for his 32nd save.
Chase Headley homered and Brett Gardner had an RBI single among his three hits for the Yankees, who are two games back of Toronto and Baltimore for the top spot in the wild-card standings.
Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa (4-1) gave up all three Rays homers in 5 2/3 innings.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Royals beat Chris Sale and the White Sox.
Kendrys Morales homered on Sale’s first pitch of the second and Eric Hosmer did the same in the fourth. The Royals are four games behind Baltimore and Detroit for the top spot in the AL wild-card standings.
Kennedy (11-9) walked four, but Adam Eaton’s leadoff single was the only hit off the right-hander in six innings. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his 24th save.
Sale (15-8) struck out 12 in eight innings while becoming the first White Sox pitcher with four consecutive 200-strikeout seasons.
METS 10, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam for New York, and Seth Lugo won his fourth straight start.
The Mets have won seven of eight and are 16-5 since Aug. 20. They moved back into position for the second NL wild card, a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.
Lugo (4-2) allowed two runs in seven innings. The rookie is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in five career starts. He joined the rotation on Aug. 19.
Cespedes drove in the game’s first five runs off Williams Perez (2-3), who struck out two in 2 2/3 innings. Perez left the game with right triceps impingement.
BREWERS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning, and the Brewers dropped the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race.
The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild card.
Braun connected against Kevin Siegrist (5-3) for his 27th homer.
St. Louis had tied it in the eighth when Matt Carpenter doubled and scored on Stephen Piscotty’s sacrifice fly off Tyler Thornburg (6-5).
MARLINS 3, DODGERS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Urena pitched 8 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, leading Miami to the win.
Christian Yelich had two hits and drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won three of four. Justin Bour also drove in a run.
Urena (4-6) retired the first 14 batters he faced. He struck out four and walked none while throwing 71 of 108 pitches for strikes.
The 24-year-old Urena was lifted after giving up a base hit to Josh Reddick. A.J. Ramos got the final out for his 34th save in 37 chances.
Los Angeles right-hander Kenta Maeda (14-9) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings for NL East-leading Washington, and Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run.
Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run and four hits, bouncing back nicely from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start.
It was 1-all when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from Adam Morgan (2-10) to open the seventh. Rendon then doubled to the wall in left-center off reliever Edubray Ramos and later scored on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 41st save.
Tommy Joseph hit a tying homer for the Phillies in the seventh. Freddy Galvis homered in the eighth.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland ace Corey Kluber struck out 10 in seven innings, and Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer.
Kluber (16-9) gave up an unearned run and four hits while passing the 200-strikeout mark for the third straight season. Roberto Perez added two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run for the Indians, who increased their lead in the AL Central to seven games over Detroit.
Jose Berrios (2-6) lasted just 2 2/3 innings for the Twins, who committed four errors and managed just five hits.
REDS 8, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyler Holt and Brandon Phillips had three hits apiece, leading Brandon Finnegan and the Reds to the victory.
Holt drove in three runs and Phillips scored three times as last-place Cincinnati (60-82) closed the four-game set with three straight wins. Pittsburgh (69-72) has dropped 11 of 13 to fall off the pace in the NL wild-card race.
Finnegan (9-10) struck out seven in five innings, but allowed five hits and walked five. Jumbo Diaz then pitched two innings and Ross Ohlendorf and Wandy Peralta each got three outs, completing a seven-hitter.
Pittsburgh’s Ryan Vogelsong (3-5) was charged with six runs and seven hits in four innings.
ANGELS 3, RANGERS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit two solo home runs, sending Jered Weaver and the Angels to the win.
Simmons began the day with only one homer this season. Yunel Escobar hit a leadoff drive in the first inning for the Angels.
Adrian Beltre homered twice for the AL West-leading Rangers. It was his fourth multihomer game of the season and the 31st of his career.
Weaver (11-11) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high eight. Andrew Bailey pitched a perfect ninth to earn his third save.
Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (6-2) gave up all three homers in 5 1/3 innings.
MARINERS 3, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ketel Marte hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, helping Seattle to its fifth straight win.
The Mariners are 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.
Marte had three hits for Seattle, and Mike Zunino homered and doubled.
Zunino doubled off Ryan Madson (5-5) to begin the ninth and pinch runner Ben Gamel moved up on a single by Leonys Martin. Marte followed with his go-ahead single.
Steve Cishek (3-6) pitched a scoreless eighth. Edwin Diaz closed for his 15th save.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 2, 10 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered leading off the 10th inning and the Rockies salvaged a split of a four-game series.
Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, his 25th, and hit an RBI single.
Reynolds’ homer was the 250th of his career and 13th of the season. It came on a 2-2 pitch from Kevin Quackenbush (7-6).
Jake McGee (2-3) pitched the ninth for the win. Adam Ottavino pitched the 10th for his fourth save.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of his elbow and was forced to make an early exit in his first start since returning from the disabled list, and NL East-leading Washington went on to defeat Atlanta 5-4 in 11 innings Wednesday night.
The Nationals said Strasburg would get an MRI and didn’t elaborate on the severity of his injury. Strasburg winced on the mound after throwing a pitch in the third inning, and manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg had felt a pinch.
Strasburg had been out since Aug. 17 because of soreness in his right elbow. He left after 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
With Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz attempting to bunt after Dansby Swanson’s leadoff double, Strasburg’s 0-2 pitch sailed high. Strasburg grimaced, walked around the mound and then threw another pitch, retiring Foltynewicz. Washington’s trainer came out and Strasburg departed, covering his mouth with his glove as he reached the dugout.
Strasburg was replaced by Sean Burnett, who gave up an RBI double to Adonis Garcia.
Jayson Werth walked leading off the 11th and Daniel Murphy followed with a double off Jed Bradley (1-1). After Bryce Harper was intentionally walked to load the bases, Wilson Ramos singled off Brandon Cunniff to win it. Mat Latos (1-0), the 10th Nationals pitcher, got one out for the win.
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered and drove in another run, and Brock Stewart became the fourth consecutive rookie pitcher to win his start, helping the Dodgers beat Arizona to win their fifth straight and complete a three-game sweep.
The NL West leaders increased their lead to a season-high five games over San Francisco.
The Dodgers open a 10-game trip Friday in Miami, where ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start after missing the last two months because of a herniated disk.
Stewart (1-2) allowed one run and five hits in five innings.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 43rd save in 49 chances.
Robbie Ray (7-13) struck out 12 in six innings.
INDIANS 6, ASTROS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco overcame a home run and an apparent bug in his eye to pitch into the eighth inning, and Cleveland beat Houston.
The game-time temperature was 87 degrees, causing swarms of midges to journey from Lake Erie to the muggy ballpark.
Carrasco (11-7) allowed Colby Rasmus’ two-run homer in the fourth, one batter after the game was stopped briefly when one of the bugs appeared to get in his eye. The right-hander regrouped after the home run, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Mike Napoli’s two-run homer off Doug Fister (12-11) gave Cleveland a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer added a two-run double in the inning and the Indians extended their lead over Detroit to 5 1/2 games in the AL Central.
BREWERS 2, CUBS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Villar hit two home runs and Keon Broxton robbed Anthony Rizzo of a homer in the ninth inning to help Milwaukee beat Chicago.
Milwaukee got its first hit when Villar homered leading off the fourth. Villar homered again off Joe Smith (1-1), the sixth Chicago pitcher, leading off the eighth.
Corey Knebel (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning, and Tyler Thornburg finished for his ninth save.
With one out in the ninth, Rizzo hit a drive to deep center. Broxton jumped above the wall to make the catch. Chicago starter Mike Montgomery faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. He lasted five innings, allowing one run and two hits with two walks and six strikeouts
Milwaukee starter Matt Garza gave up one run and three hits in six innings.
RED SOX 7, PADRES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are leaving the country and taking something with them: sole possession of first place in the AL East.
Travis Shaw, Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt homered and David Price threw seven solid innings to lead Boston past the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday night.
After securing the series win at San Diego, the Red Sox open a three-game series at Toronto on Friday.
“That’s what makes it fun to play this time the year,” Price said. “You are playing the teams right in front of you or right behind you. To be in this position is huge. It’s a testament to the work we have done all year.”
The Red Sox took a one-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost 2-0 to the New York Yankees. Boston, which completed interleague play with a 14-6 record, will play only AL East teams in the final 23 games.
Shaw, inserted into the lineup for a slumping Yoan Moncada, hit his 16th homer in the second inning, a two-run shot, and added an RBI single in the fourth.
“He obviously made an impact,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He squared some balls up.”
Ramirez’s homer came in the eighth off Jake Smith’s first major league pitch.
Holt added a pinch-hit homer in the ninth
Price (15-8) won his season-high sixth straight start, allowing two runs and six hits. Price, who has won four of his last five road starts, struck out eight.
“I definitely felt good tonight to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate and execute pitches,” said Price, who threw 76 strikes in 98 pitches.
“(He) was extremely efficient with the number of pitches he threw,” Farrell said
Three relievers finished off the Padres, with Craig Kimbrel getting the final out.
Jarred Cosart (0-3) left after 3 1/3 innings after hurting his right leg while covering first base on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grounder. Cosart landed awkwardly after reaching for Wil Myers’ erratic throw which drew an error and led to the Red Sox rally. Cosart strained his right hamstring and groin.
“Not really sure which one is worse right now,” Padres manager Andy Green said.
Boston’s three-run fourth inning was the difference. After Shaw’s RBI, Dustin Pedroia drove in Shaw and Chris Young with a double down the left-field line. Pedroia has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
“It’s pretty cool to go out there and face those guys, it’s a playoff team,” Cosart said. “I was holding my own against one of the best pitchers in baseball and was finally getting in a good rhythm and I just hit a bump in the road.”
Myers’ sacrifice fly tied the game 2-2 in the third. Cosart came around after opening the inning with a single.
The Red Sox went ahead 2-1 when Shaw crushed Cosart’s 93 mph fastball 425 feet for a two-run homer. Shaw replaced Moncada, a prized Cuban prospect, at third base after Moncada struck out seven straight times.
Yangervis Solarte’s RBI double in the first scored Myers for a 1-0 lead. Myers had reached on a single.
It’s no stretch to state the Red Sox starting pitching has been stellar. The starters have pitched to a 3.31 ERA in the last 54 games.
“Our rotation, with Clay (Buchholz) being put back in, it just seems like it’s one guy passing it off to the next guy,” Farrell said.
Price has done his part, going 11-7 in his last 23 starts.
“I knew this was going to happen,” Price said.
YANKEES 2, BLUE JAYS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryan Mitchell earned his first major league win, combining with Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard to shut down Toronto in New York’s victory.
Starlin Castro homered and Brian McCann had an RBI single for the Yankees, They have won four straight and 10 of 14, and closed within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Marcus Stroman (9-7) struck out eight in five innings but the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in six games. They were swept for the third time this season, first since May 16-18 by Tampa Bay.
RAYS 7, ORIOLES 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson had a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Dickerson, in a 2-for-28 slide, tied the score 6-all with an RBI single in the fifth and got the decisive hit during the seventh off Mychal Givens (8-2).
J.J. Hardy drove in two on a second-inning double and Michael Bourn hit a solo homer during a three-run third that put Baltimore ahead 5-3.
Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy and Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly each allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Kevin Kiermaier and Nick Franklin homered for the Rays. Brad Boxberger (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win and Alex Colome got three outs for his 31st save in 33 chances.
METS 6, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game, Noah Syndergaard lasted five shaky shutout innings and New York won its fifth in a row, beating Cincinnati.
Reyes and Curtis Granderson each homered for the second straight day and the Mets beat Cincinnati for the 14th straight time. Wilmer Flores added a pinch-hit, two-run drive.
The Mets finished off a three-game sweep and have won eight of 10. They pulled within a percentage point of St. Louis for the second NL wild card, both a half-game behind San Francisco.
Syndergaard (13-8) gave up six hits and four walks. But the Reds went 0 for 3 in trying to steal against him — opposing runners had been previously been 45 for 51 this season.
Jeurys Familia closed for his 47th save, extending his franchise record.
Anthony DeSclafani (8-3) was the loser.
ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5
DENVER (AP) — Cristian Adames hit a two-run double in the ninth inning off Joe Nathan in Colorado’s comeback victory over San Francisco.
Nolan Arenado homered to start the three-run rally, and Tom Murphy and David Dahl also went deep for the Rockies.
With Colorado down 5-3, Arenado led off the ninth with his NL-leading 37th home run off Santiago Casilla. After Murphy’s one-out single, Jake Osich (1-1) came on and hit pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon. Nick Hundley’s bloop single off Nathan loaded the bases, and Adames lined a double off the wall.
Jordan Lyles (4-4) pitched the top of the ninth to get the win.
The Giants are 17-32 since the All-Star break.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, and Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Kang hit a drive deep into the bullpens in left-center off rookie Alex Reyes (1-1) for his 17th homer and third in two games. It helped snap the Pirates’ longest skid since dropping 10 straight in 2011.
The Cardinals are percentage points ahead of the New York Mets for the second NL wild card, and the Pirates drew within 4 1/2 games of St. Louis.
Trevor Williams (1-0) allowed one unearned run in three innings in his major league debut. Tony Watson worked a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead single against his former team in a four-run eighth inning and Chicago beat Detroit to keep the Tigers a game out of the final AL wild-card spot.
The Tigers wasted a chance to move into a tie with Baltimore for the second wild card. The teams begin a three-game series Friday in Detroit.
Jose Abreu led off the eighth with a single for his third hit and scored on Justin Morneau’s double off Shane Greene (3-4). After Todd Frazier grounded out, Garcia singled to right-center. Tyler Saladino and Adam Eaton added RBI singles.
Chris Beck (2-1) got four outs, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 35th save.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano’s hustle led Minnesota to a pair of early runs and his RBI double tied it in the decisive seventh inning, helping the Twins beat Kansas City.
Brian Dozier didn’t hit a home run for Minnesota, ending his club-tying record at five straight games, but he singled and stole second before scoring on Sano’s double off Joakim Soria (4-8). Dozier also started a dazzling double play to to finish the fifth inning, with a diving stop of Eric Hosmer’s grounder and a glove flick to second base to get the ball out while he was flat on the dirt.
Alex Wimmers (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of Kyle Gibson for his first major league victory. Brandon Kintzler gave up Jarrod Dyson’s two-out RBI single before finishing the ninth inning for his 14th save.
ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jharel Cotton won in his major league debut, leading Oakland past Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old Cotton became the fourth pitcher in big league history born in the Virgin Islands. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out three and walked two in 6 1-3 innings. Cotton came to the A’s from the Dodgers at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Josh Reddick to Los Angeles.
Oakland front office a preview of his potential at the next level.
Ryan Madson finished for his 29th save. Alex Meyer (0-2) was the loser.
Ryon Healy homed for Oakland, and C.J. Cron connected for Los Angeles.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Lind hit the fourth grand slam of his career as part of Seattle’s five-run first inning, added a solo home run in his next at-bat and led the Mariners past Texas.
Lind’s 19th and 20th homers helped Seattle jump to an 8-0 lead and kept the Mariners on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, five games behind Baltimore.
Ariel Miranda (3-1) was the winner, and A.J. Griffin (7-4) took the loss.
Texas’ Carlos Beltran hot a three-run homer in the sixth.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 0
MIAMI (AP) — Andrew Cashner matched his season high for strikeouts with nine over 5 1/3 innings and earned his first win for Miami in the victory over Philadelphia.
Martin Prado drove in three runs for the Marlins. They faded from playoff contention by losing their previous five games and 10 of 11.
Acquired from San Diego on July 29, Cashner (5-11) allowed four hits and walked two. He was 0-4 in his first six starts following the trade. Jeremy Hellickson (10-9) was the loser.
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DENVER (AP) — Andrew Toles hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome a late six-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Wednesday night for a doubleheader split.
Down 8-2, the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth and added five more in the ninth. Toles capped the final inning with an oppose-field homer off closer Adam Ottavino (0-1) for his first career slam.
Luis Avilan (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth for the victory. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 40th save, getting David Dahl on a called third strike to end it.
The Dodgers began their comeback in the eighth with an RBI double from Yasmani Grandal, an RBI single by Joc Pederson and a sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick. Chase Utley nearly brought in more, sending a two-out grounder up the middle with two on, but DJ LeMahieu ranged to his right, snared the ball and threw Utley out by a step to end the threat. Los Angeles scored once in the ninth on an RBI single from Josh Reddick and then loaded the bases with two outs, setting the stage for Toles.
Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer finished with a Colorado-record 36 RBIs for the month, breaking the August record of 33 set by Andres Galarraga in 1996.
In the opener, Tyler Anderson pitched into the seventh inning in the Rockies’ 7-0 victory. Anderson (5-5) allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the NL West leaders. He also had an RBI single in the second in the team’s first shutout at home this season.
Pinch-hitter Stephen Cardullo hit his first career homer in the seventh — on his 29th birthday.
Ross Stripling (3-6) surrendered three runs over six innings.
The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Tuesday.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer and made three solid plays at third base, helping Jason Hammel and Chicago top Pittsburgh for a three-game series sweep.
Addison Russell had two RBIs and an outstanding sliding catch as Chicago equaled the best August in franchise history with a 22-6 record, also accomplished in 1932. It was the Cubs’ first time with 22 wins in a month since it went 22-10 in September 1945.
Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Cubs (85-47) are rapidly closing in on their first division title since 2008. They begin September with the majors’ best record at a season-high 38 games over .500 and a whopping 15-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Hammel (14-7) allowed three hits and struck out six after dropping his previous two starts.
Ryan Vogelsong Vogelsong was the loser.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Moore struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings for his first career victory at AT&T Park, and San Francisco beat Arizona.
Moore walked off in the sixth to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd. The left-hander had lost his initial two home starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Moore (2-3) looked strong in his first game since losing a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs for San Francisco.
Santiago Casilla relieved Sergio Romo with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and struck out Yasmany Tomas. Casilla finished for his 29th save.
Shelby Miller (2-10) was called up from Triple-A Reno to start. He allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
YANKEES 5, ROYALS 4, 13 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian McCann had a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and Dellin Betances shut down Kansas City in the bottom half in New York’s victory.
Royals reliever Chris Young (3-9) gave up a single to Didi Gregorius and a double to Starlin Castro to lead off the decisive frame. Matt Strahm came in against McCann for a lefty-lefty matchup, and the New York designated hitter lofted a fly ball to left to score the go-ahead run.
Ben Heller (1-0) pitched a perfect 12th to earn his first major league win, and Betances wrapped up a winning series for the Yankees by working around a leadoff walk for his seventh save.
Castro hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. Kendrys Morales hit one for Kansas City.
METS 5, MARLINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Johnson’s three-run double in the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted surging New York over Miami.
Yoenis Cespedes began the rally by singling off reliever A.J. Ramos (1-2). Curtis Granderson walked, and Wilmer Flores flew out to center, advancing a hustling Cespedes to third. After Jay Bruce flew out to right, Travis d’Arnaud walked to load the bases, bringing up Johnson.
Johnson drove the ball into the right-field corner. He emphatically clapped his hands and swung his arms into the air after reaching second base.
Addison Reed (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory, the Mets’ third in a row. Jeurys Familia closed for his 44th save, establishing a franchise record.
ASTROS 4, ATHLETICS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis hit an RBI single to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning keyed by a wild pitch on a strikeout, leading Houston past Oakland.
Chasing Baltimore for the second AL wild-card slot, Houston swept the three-game series and will open a three-game set Friday at AL West-leading Texas.
A’s starter Ross Detwiler gave up three hits and left after the seventh with a 3-1 lead.
Reliever Liam Hendriks (0-3) got two quick outs in the eighth before George Springer tripled. Alex Bregman then struck out, but reached when the pitch got away, allowing Springer to score.
Jose Altuve tripled home the tying run and Gattis singled for the lead.
Michael Feliz (8-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles closed for his seventh save.
RANGERS 14, MARINERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor homered twice a day after hitting a game-ending shot and Carlos Gomez connected for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez, sending Texas past Seattle for a three-game sweep.
Odor tied a career high with five RBIs, and Adrian Beltre and Ryan Rua also homered for the AL West leaders. Texas (80-54) moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with a fifth straight win.
The Rangers matched the 1999 and 2012 Texas teams as the fastest to reach 80 wins.
Odor had a two-run shot for a 10-0 lead in the seventh and a three-run homer in the eighth, and leads the team with 27 home runs. On Tuesday night, his two-run homer in the ninth gave Texas an 8-7 win.
Martin Perez (9-10) pitched six shutout innings. Hernandez (9-5) matched a season high by allowing six runs in his shortest outing, coming out after four innings.
RED SOX 8, RAYS 6
BOSTON (AP) — Another tough game for the Red Sox bullpen.
This time followed by a save from the Boston bats.
Aaron Hill sliced an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth after Tampa Bay tied it in the top half of the inning, and the Red Sox held on for an 8-6 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.
“We had to find a way to fight back again,” manager John Farrell said after the Red Sox finished the homestand with a 3-3 record and headed to the West Coast for the first six in a nine-game road trip.
Hanley Ramirez hit a fifth-inning grand slam to erase a 4-1 deficit, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth to give Boston a 6-4 lead. But one game after the Red Sox blew a two-run lead in the seventh, the Rays loaded the bases against Fernando Abad in the eighth and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single off Junichi Tazawa (3-2) to tie it.
In the bottom half, Ramirez led off with a walk, Sandy Leon bunted him to second and pinch-hitter Brock Holt singled him to third. Hill followed with a single past the first baseman to score Ramirez, and Bradley hit an RBI double to make it 8-6.
“Difficult loss,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “A walk here and couple of hits, then the big home run by Hanley really killed us.”
Xander Bogaerts also homered for the Red Sox, and Bradley had three hits. Dustin Pedroia had three more hits for Boston, which had lost five of its previous seven games after moving into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Pedroia has 15 hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .463 since moving into the leadoff spot on Aug. 10.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-10) gave up Hill’s single and an RBI double by Bradley in the eighth.
Kevin Kiermaier had three hits for the Rays, and Forsythe and Logan Morrison each homered as Tampa Bay opened a 4-1 lead through four innings.
But Boston took the lead in the fifth after Drew Smyly loaded the bases on two hits and a two-out walk. Ramirez hit the next pitch over the Green Monster for his 19th homer of the season.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered, Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning and Milwaukee beat St. Louis to end a six-game losing streak.
Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run homer off Luke Weaver (1-2) in the third inning.
Garza (5-6) turned in his longest outing of the season, giving up one run and three hits in seven-plus innings while walking two and striking out eight. Tyler Thornburg notched his sixth save in 10 chances.
Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals.
NATIONALS 2, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead Washington to a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Wilson Ramos hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help NL East-leading Washington set a franchise record with its ninth straight victory over the Phillies. The Nationals remained nine games in front of the second-place New York Mets.
Gonzalez (10-9) gave up one run and two hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Shawn Kelley got the only batter he faced, Maikel Franco, to ground out to end the game for his seventh save.
Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia in the game was played through a persistent drizzle. Adam Morgan (1-9) lost his ninth straight.
ANGELS 3, REDS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco pitched a dynamic four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and his first victory for Los Angeles, leading the Angels to an interleague sweep of Cincinnati.
C.J. Cron drove in two runs. The Angels (59-74) have won five straight and eight of 10 to climb out of last place in the AL West.
Los Angeles even won without Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, who weren’t in the lineup for an early starting game before the Angels’ day off.
Brandon Finnegan (8-10) struck out nine during seven strong innings of five-hit ball for the Reds. They have lost four straight and eight of 10.
INDIANS 8, TWINS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 11 and in his seventh straight victory, helping Cleveland hand Minnesota its 13th straight loss — one shy of tying the club record.
Unbeaten since July 3, Kluber (15-8) allowed three runs and six hits in eight solid innings. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez homered off Pat Dean (1-5), and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double during a five-run fifth as the AL Central-leading Indians swept the three-game series.
Brian Dozier hit his 32nd homer, and Max Kepler also connected for the Twins
Minnesota loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off rookie Perci Garner, making his major league debut. Bryan Shaw came on and threw a wild pitch before striking out Dozier for his first save.
BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Bautista homered on the game’s first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later in support of Aaron Sanchez, leading Toronto past Baltimore.
Toronto took two of the three games in the pivotal AL East series. The fading Orioles are four games behind the first-place Blue Jays and are tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot.
Sanchez (13-2) was recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He spent 10 days in the minors to limit his innings and he took advantage of the extra rest. Sanchez allowed an unearned run and five hits with two strikeouts over six innings and a season-high 112 pitches.
Michael Saunders hit his 23rd homer, a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-1.
Yovani Gallardo (4-7) was the loser.
TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones doubled twice in his second major league game, then dashed home for the winning run on Tyler Collins’ sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Detroit past Chicago.
After a day after doubling, singling and driving in two runs in his debut, Jones scored twice to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep.
Jones hit a leadoff double in the ninth against David Robertson (4-3) and advanced to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s deep flyball. Collins came up as a pinch-hitter and was able to lift the ball to left-center. Avisail Garcia made the catch, but his throw bounced before it even reached the mound.
Francisco Rodriguez (2-3) pitched the ninth.
Jose Abreu and Alex Avila homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth for the White Sox.
BRAVES 8, PADRES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Wisler had a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings, Gordon Beckham drove in two runs with a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the sixth and Atlanta beat San Diego.
The Braves (50-83) no longer have the majors’ worst record. Minnesota (49-84) fell below Atlanta with its 13th straight loss, 8-4 to Cleveland.
Wisler (6-11) allowed one run on only four hits in his third straight win.
Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Padres. Paul Clemens (2-4) took the loss.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez combined for eight hits and four RBIs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison Bumgarner again to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5 on Tuesday night.
Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles each homered, and the Dodgers extended their NL West lead to two games.
Bumgarner (12-8) is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Gonzalez hit a two-run single to center with the bases loaded against Bumgarner in the fifth to break a tie.
Kenley Jansen allowed a homer to Denard Span but still got his 36th save.
The Giants’ Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Kenta Maeda (13-7) allowed three runs in five innings.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, David Ortiz had a run-scoring single and Boston beat Tampa Bay to remain tied atop the AL East with Toronto.
Buchholz (5-9) allowed one run, five hits, two walks and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 23rd save.
Chris Archer (7-17) gave up two runs, five hits and threw 109 pitches in five innings for the Rays.
CUBS 5, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball to become the NL’s first 16-game winner and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered.
Arrieta (16-5) allowed a single to Alex Dickerson in the second and Christian Bethancourt’s double in the eighth. Arrieta has two no-hitters in the past year.
The Padres brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Aroldis Chapman got the last two outs for his 28th save after Felix Pena was charged with three runs.
Bryant’s 33rd home run tied him with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL lead.
Christian Friedrich (4-10) lost his eighth consecutive decision.
BLUE JAYS 7, ANGELS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs and R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10.
Martin had an RBI single in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the third, singled and scored in the fifth, and doubled over the head of center fielder Mike Trout in the seventh.
Michael Saunders hit his 21st home run, a solo shot off A.J. Achter in the eighth, and Edwin Encarnacion and Darwin Barney each reached base three times as the Blue Jays won their fifth straight over the Angels.
Dickey (9-13) came in 2-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 13 home starts but held the Angels in check, allowing two runs and six hits.
Tyler Skaggs (1-3) allowed four runs and four hits in four-plus innings. His five walks were a season-worst.
ROYALS 1, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and Kansas City extended its winning streak to nine games.
Ventura (9-9) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen’s streak of 32 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 10. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
Andrew Cashner (4-10) had his best outing in five starts for the Marlins but fell to 0-3 since joining them on July 30. He allowed one run in six innings.
BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning, lifting Milwaukee over Colorado.
Perez hit a 0-2 pitch from Carlos Estevez into the right-field corner. Jonathan Villar scored from second and Ryan Braun from first when Daniel Descalso’s cutoff throw to the plate was wide and got past catcher Nick Hundley to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead.
Brent Suter (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for his first career victory in his first relief appearance after making his major league debut in a spot start Friday night. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his first career save in his 75th game.
Boone Logan (2-3) took the loss.
PIRATES 7, ASTROS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs.
Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees in an Aug. 1 trade.
His bid for his third career shutout ended when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve led off the ninth with consecutive doubles.
After the Pirates scored four runs in the first inning, Polanco hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Joe Musgrove (1-2) and Tony Sipp to extend the lead to 6-0 and raise his season total to a team-high 19 homers.
REDS 3, RANGERS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dan Straily extended his surge since the All-Star break by pitching six innings and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs.
Straily (10-6) hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts since the break, going 6-0. He gave up three singles and two walks.
Tony Cingrani gave two walks in the ninth before retiring Ryan Rua on a grounder to complete his 16th save in 21 chances.
Votto singled home a run in the sixth off left-hander Derek Holland (5-6), who had been on the disabled list since June 22 with an inflamed pitching shoulder. Holland gave up four hits and a walk in six innings. He also got his first major league hit, a single off the plate that bounced over Votto’s head at first base.
METS 7, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered, Jose Reyes reached four base times and scored three runs, and Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, drove in a run and scored once.
The offense helped Robert Gsellman (1-0) get the decision in his major league debut. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
Jeurys Familia earned his 42nd save, one shy of the Mets’ season record set by Familia last year and Armando Benitez in 2001.
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (10-9) gave up a season-high six runs at home, in just four innings.
ATHLETICS 9, INDIANS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and Oakland beat Cleveland to snap a three-game losing streak.
Davis had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before hitting his 33rd home run of the season off starter Danny Salazar. That’s the most by an Oakland player since Jack Cust hit 33 in 2008.
Sean Manaea (5-8) allowed three hits and one run over seven innings for his second win since June 29. Manaea walked two and fanned eight to become the first A’s rookie pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts since Dan Straily in 2013.
Danny Salazar (11-5) left after giving up a leadoff double in the fifth.
YANKEES 5, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and CC Sabathia pitched seven innings to win for the third time in two months, leading New York over Mariners.
Sabathia (8-10) was 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA in his previous 11 starts. He gave up a run in the third inning on a triple by Leonys Martin and single by Ketel Marte, but allowed just one single and his lone walk over the next four innings.
Tommy Layne pitched a perfect eighth and Dellin Betances worked around a two-out single to finish the four-hitter.
Taijuan Walker (4-8), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma, allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning.
Anibal Sanchez (7-12) pitched seven innings to win a start on the road for the first time since the first week of the season, and the Tigers broke the game open in the seventh with soaring home runs by Erick Aybar and Victor Martinez.
Brian Dozier gave Minnesota the lead in the fifth with his 29th homer, a new career high, but Kyle Gibson (5-8) couldn’t hold it. He threw two of the team’s three wild pitches in the decisive sixth.
ORIOLES 8, NATIONALS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings, Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for Baltimore.
Gausman (5-10) walked two, struck out two and permitted only one runner past second base.
The 25-year-old outpitched Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old making his fifth major league start. Lopez (2-2) yielded six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 2 2/3 rocky innings.
WHITE SOX 9, PHILLIES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game and Carlos Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Abreu hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot in the fifth off Jake Thompson (1-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.
Rodon (4-8) allowed three hits and has a 1.46 ERA in his past four starts after missing most of July with a sprained left wrist.
BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp’s two-out, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning erased a one-run lead and Atlanta beat Arizona in a game between the NL’s worst teams.
Jose Ramirez (2-0) allowed a hit and hit a batter but struck out the side in the seventh to get the victory. Jake Barrett (1-2) took the loss. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each hit home runs in returns to the lineup and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Saturday night.
Adrian Gonzalez singled to center field leading off the seventh to break up Finnegan’s no-hit bid, and that was the only hit against the 23-year-old lefty.
Finnegan (8-9) allowed two walks and had eight strikeouts, one short of tying his career high, while throwing 96 pitches over seven innings. He also doubled and scored twice while the Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.
Finnegan did not return after the game was delayed in the middle of the seventh for 1 hour, 19 minutes because of rain.
Cincinnati had a season-high 18 hits, including three each from Peraza and Eugenio Suarez.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson (0-2) allowed six runs in three innings before being pulled with a blister on his left index finger.
CUBS 9, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — Kris Bryant hit a long homer and drove in four runs, Ben Zobrist had three hits and also went deep, and Chicago routed Colorado.
Miguel Montero had three hits and drove in three for the Cubs, who spoiled the major league debut of Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman.
Trevor Cahill (3-3) got the win with 4 2/3 innings in relief of spot starter Mike Montgomery.
Hoffman (0-1), a former first-round pick who was acquired a year ago as part of the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, started off well but ran into trouble the second time through against the NL Central leaders. Bryant made it 7-0 in the fifth with his 31st homer, a three-run drive that went an estimated 469 feet to dead center.
Montgomery didn’t give up a hit until Nick Hundley’s one-out homer in the fifth made it 7-1. Cahill relieved Montgomery, who left after throwing 60 pitches. The Cubs added a run in the eighth and another on Zobrist’s 14th homer in the ninth.
METS 9, GIANTS 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit two long home runs and an RBI double in his second game back from the disabled list, boosting Bartolo Colon and New York past San Francisco.
The Mets had lost five of six before topping the team that began the day leading the NL West. The Giants dropped to 11-22 since the All-Star break.
Cespedes, who’d been out since Aug. 4 with a strained right quadriceps, drove in three runs. He has 24 homers this season. The slugger’s shot off Matt Moore (7-10) in the third inning went 457 feet, according to Statcast.com. Cespedes added a 418-footer off reliever Jake Peavy in the seventh.
Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run homer in a four-run sixth that stretched the Mets’ lead to 7-2.
Colon (11-7) allowed two runs, scattering nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.
WHITE SOX 6, ATHLETICS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale pitched eight scoreless innings for his first victory in 49 days, Jose Abreu homered and Chicago beat Oakland.
Sale (15-6) was the majors’ first 14-game winner and the AL starter in the All-Star Game, but the lefty had gone 0-4 in six starts, interrupted by a five-day suspension for slicing up throwback uniforms he didn’t want to wear. Sale allowed three hits and retired the last seven batters, five by strikeout, while throwing a season-high 120 pitches.
The White Sox scored four runs with two outs, including Abreu’s solo shot that just cleared the eight-foot wall in right in the first inning. Melky Cabrera added an RBI double in the second and a run-scoring single in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-2). Oakland’s Danny Valencia homered in Oakland’s two-run ninth off Nate Jones before David Robertson earned his 31st save.
YANKEES 5, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Luis Cessa pitched six scoreless innings to win his first major league start and help New York beat Los Angeles.
Brian McCann went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run, Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 with two runs and Aaron Judge drove in two. Gary Sanchez hit his fifth home run in six games, a two-out solo homer in the first.
Los Angeles’ Albert Pujols hit his 583rd home run in the ninth inning, tying former St. Louis teammate Mark McGwire for 10th on the career list.
Cessa (3-0) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one. He struggled just twice, giving up back-to-back two-out singles in the third and hitting Mike Trout in the sixth.
Ricky Nolasco (4-11) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
ASTROS 12, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jason Castro homered and drove in four runs in Houston’s second straight blowout victory over struggling Baltimore.
Alex Bregman and George Springer also homered for the Astros. They beat Baltimore 15-8 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Bregman got this rout started with a two-run homer in the first inning off Chris Tillman (15-5). Houston increased its lead to 6-0 in the third and went up 10-1 in the sixth.
Chris Davis homered in a fourth straight game and Steve Pearce also went deep for the Orioles. But Baltimore has dropped eight of 12 overall to fall into the third place in the AL East.
Baltimore pitchers combined to allow a season-high 10 walks. Utility infielder Ryan Flaherty worked the ninth inning, giving up two runs and three hits.
Mike Fiers (9-6) had little trouble in his first career appearance against the Orioles. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out a career-high 13 and gave up just one hit in seven innings, pitching Arizona past San Diego.
There were only seven total hits in the game, four by Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored two unearned runs, helped by a pair of throwing errors by pitcher Clayton Richard (0-3).
Ray (7-11) featured a fastball in the upper 90s mph. He overpowered the Padres until the fifth inning when Patrick Kivlehan, called up from Triple-A El Paso before the game, launched a 451-foot home run for his first major league hit.
Arizona used four relievers to close it out. Daniel Hudson induced three infield popups to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth, and Enrique Burgos earned his first save of the season.
MARLINS 3, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Scruggs hit his first major league home run and David Phelps pitched six scoreless innings to help Miami beat Pittsburgh.
Miguel Rojas scored on an error in the third, and Ichiro Suzuki doubled down the right field line in the fourth — for his 3,008th hit in the majors to move into 28th place on the career list — ahead of Scruggs’ shot into the bleachers in left field.
Phelps (7-6) allowed two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in his fourth start of the season. Fernando Rodney got the last three outs for his sixth save with the Marlins and 23rd save overall.
Chad Kuhl (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
MARINERS 8, BREWERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings, Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs and Seattle sent Milwaukee to its sixth straight loss.
Hernandez (8-4) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out eight and walking one to improve to 4-0 in seven starts since coming off the disabled list on July 20. Steve Cishek, who had lost his closer’s role, pitched a perfect ninth.
Seattle pulled one game behind Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card.
Zunino and Leonys Martin hit back to back homers off Wily Peralta (5-9) to open the seventh, stretching Seattle’s lead to 4-0.
ROYALS 10, TWINS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon homered twice and had a double, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and Kansas City beat Minnesota to extend its winning streak to seven games.
The Royals’ string is their best since they won seven straight in April 2015. The World Series champions have won 12 of 14 to move back into the AL wild-card race.
Gordon has homered five times in five games. He connected in the fourth inning and again in the fifth for his fourth career multihomer game.
Kennedy (8-9) gave up four hits, walked none and struck out six. Salvador Perez and Gordon hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fifth, chasing Hector Santiago (10-8).
PHILLIES 4, CARDINALS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez homered, doubled and singled, and Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings in Philadelphia’s 4-2 victory over St. Louis.
Maikel Franco had two hits, including a double and the winning RBI, and Aaron Altherr homered for the Phillies. They have hit home runs in 14 straight games.
Jeremy Hazelbaker homered and Jhonny Peralta had three hits for St. Louis, which had won five in a row. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games head of Miami for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
St. Louis fell short of setting a major league record of 10 straight games with multiple home runs. The Cardinals tied the mark with a pair of homers Friday night.
Hellickson (10-7) skipped his last start because of back tightness. The right-hander looked healthy and sharp, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 37 opportunities. Luke Weaver (0-1) was the loser.
RED SOX 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — David Ortiz homered after being honored by the Tigers and Boston beat Detroit on a rainy night.
Ortiz was given a pregame tribute, then hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
James McCann and J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of 13.
The start was delayed 80 minutes by storms that moved in during the afternoon, and another heavy downpour interrupted the game for more than an hour after the fifth inning.
Drew Pomeranz (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings. Craig Kimbrel got the last four outs for his 22nd save.
Justin Upton doubled off the top of the wall in center field with two out in the ninth, but Casey McGehee struck out to end the game at 12:17 am.
Daniel Norris (1-2) was the loser.
NATIONALS 11, BRAVES 9
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered and had three hits in his return from the disabled list, and Washington used an eight-run fourth inning to take control before holding off Atlanta.
Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner hit homers in Washington’s big fourth inning against Tyrell Jenkins (2-4). The Nationals trailed 3-1 before setting a season high for runs in an inning and taking a 9-3 lead.
Washington set a Nationals record with nine hits in the inning, including eight straight, and had 17 hits in the game.
Max Scherzer (13-7) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mark Melancon gave up a two-run single to Chase d’Arnaud, cutting the lead to two, before recording the final out for his 36th save.
BLUE JAYS 6, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered, Roberto Osuna bounced back from a nightmarish outing to record the save and Toronto beat Cleveland.
Toronto was stunned Friday night on Tyler Naquin’s game-ending inside-the-park home run off Osuna that gave the Indians a 3-2 victory.
The latest matchup between division leaders also had plenty of drama, with Osuna getting his 28th save by retiring Naquin on a groundout to end it.
Encarnacion’s leadoff homer in the fifth, his 35th of the season, put Toronto back on top. Joe Biagini (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Josh Tomlin (11-7) allowed all six Toronto runs.
RAYS 8, RANGERS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Luke Maile homered, Jake Odorizzi won his fifth game since the All-Star break and Tampa Bay ended Texas’ four-game winning streak.
Odorizzi (8-5) is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.
Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus had two hits each for the AL West-leading Rangers.
The Rays scored in each of the first two innings off starter A.J. Griffin (5-3). Matt Duffy drove in a run with a two-out single in the first, and Maile made it 2-0 with his first career home run in the second. Longoria’s 28th homer made it 3-0 in the sixth.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs, helping the resurgent Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Betts hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning and added a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. He’s batting .426 with 12 homers and 18 RBIs in 11 games against the Orioles this season.
Betts had three homers and eight RBIs in a 16-2 win over Arizona on Sunday.
The victory lifted Boston into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles started the day atop the division by .001 over Toronto, which played a late game against the Yankees.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a no-hitter before leaving in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. Matt Barnes kept the Orioles hitless until Steve Pearce reached on a dribbler that got past the mound with one out in the seventh.
Brad Brach (7-2) allowed Betts’ second homer.
Brad Ziegler (1-3) got his first win since being acquired from the Diamondbacks, and Craig Kimbrel got his 21st save.
BLUE JAYS 12, YANKEES 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Martin homered twice, including a go-ahead shot in an eight-run eighth inning, and Troy Tulowitzki had four hits as Toronto erased a six-run deficit to beat New York.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a tying homer and drove home three runs in the eighth as Toronto took advantage of a complete meltdown by New York’s bullpen. Tulowitzki also went deep to help the Blue Jays pull off their biggest comeback of the season and move back atop the AL East, just ahead of Baltimore and Boston.
Impressive rookie Gary Sanchez homered twice for New York, including a titanic, three-run drive deep into the rarely reached second deck in left field. It was the first time both starting catchers had multiple home runs in an American League game since at least 1913, the Yankees said.
Scott Feldman (6-4) replaced ineffective starter Marco Estrada after a rain delay and struck out five in three innings of one-run relief.
Adam Warren (1-1) began the eighth for New York and gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning.
DODGERS 15, PHILLIES 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chase Utley got curtain calls after each of his two home runs — including a grand slam — in his first game in Philadelphia since last season’s trade to Los Angeles.
Those cheers came after fans greeted him with a 1 1/2-minute ovation before he struck out leading off a rout of the Phillies.
Utley was a six-time All-Star in 13 seasons as Philadelphia’s second baseman, helping the team win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series. Fans showed their appreciation with a long cheer before he struck out in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park.
In the fifth, Utley hit a two-out solo homer off Vince Velasquez (8-5) and raced around the bases in customary fashion. Fans clamored for a rare curtain call by a visiting player, and Utley obliged to another standing ovation.
In the seventh, Utley hit a grand slam off Michael Mariot, and fans again cheered him back out of the dugout. It was Utley’s seventh career grand slam. His first career hit was a grand slam at Veterans Stadium.
Kenta Maeda (12-7) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
Los Angeles took sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time since May 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jung Ho Kang hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh knocked San Francisco out of first place in the NL West.
Kang homered off reliever Derek Law (4-2) one pitch after Andrew McCutchen was thrown out attempting to steal second base. It was Kang’s 14th home run this season and third in four games.
San Francisco dropped one-half game behind the Dodgers.
The Giants, who had led the division since May 10, have the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break at 9-20.
Antonio Bastardo (1-0) retired three batters for his first win since Aug. 7, 2015.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, forcing home the winning run for AL-leading Texas.
Carlos Beltran had tied the game with his fourth hit, a two-run single, after John Axford (4-4) walked the bases loaded. Marc Rzepczynski came on and the A’s opted to intentionally walk Adrian Beltre, reloading the bases. Odor was hit in the shoulder on the next pitch.
Oakland tied the game in the ninth off closer Sam Dyson, then took a 4-2 lead in the 10th when five of its first six batters reached against Keone Kela (4-1). Yonder Alonso had an RBI double and scored on Ryon Healy’s single for the A’s.
ROCKIES 6, NATIONALS 2
DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu had three hits and reached base for the ninth straight plate appearance and Colorado’s bullpen threw six scoreless innings following a lengthy weather delay.
LeMahieu singled in the first inning, hit a two-run home run in the third and tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth off Yusmeiro Petit (3-3). He also walked in the seventh after going 4 for 4 on Monday and walking in his final plate appearance Sunday.
Rain and lightning swept over Coors Field at the start of the fourth, and the game didn’t resume until 9:52 p.m. after a delay of 2 hours, 5 minutes.
Colorado won for the second time in 10 games. Nolan Arenado and David Dahl each had two RBIs, and Chris Rusin (3-4) threw three innings in relief of starter Chad Bettis.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed one run in six innings to win his fourth consecutive start, and Cleveland beat Chicago for the seventh straight time.
Kluber (13-8) struck out seven and walked two, allowing his only run on Justin Morenau’s one-out homer in the sixth. Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts since a July 3 loss at Toronto.
Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.
Jose Quintana (9-9) lost for the first time since June 28.
CUBS 4, BREWRES 1, GAME 1
CUBS 4, BREWERS 1, GAME 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel threw seven innings of two-hit ball, Anthony Rizzo jumped onto a wall to make a remarkable catch of a foul ball and Chicago beat banged-up Milwaukee to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer while Hammel (13-5) struck out seven to extend his scoreless streak to 22 innings.
In the opener, Trevor Cahill (2-3) came off the disabled list to throw five innings of two-hit ball in his first start in nearly 16 months in Chicago’s 4-0 win.
The Brewers lost second-game starter Chase Anderson to a bruised left quadriceps after two batters and slugger Ryan Braun to a left knee injury in the fourth inning.
Matt Garza (4-5) took the loss in the first game and Jhan Martinez (0-1) lost after relieving Anderson in Game 2.
CARDINALS 8, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko each homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals roughed up Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (7-12) to overcome a rocky outing from starter Jaime Garcia (10-8). Garcia gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, including three home runs.
The Astros dropped their third straight, and the Cardinals won their third in a row on the day they learned outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Seth Maness are headed for the disabled list. Holliday will have surgery on his right thumb and could miss the remainder of the regular season, while Maness will have Tommy John surgery, likely sidelining him until 2018.
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out three, for his 12th save of the season.
ROYALS 6, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Danny Duffy allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and Kansas City hit four homers.
Raul Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all homered off Justin Verlander (12-7), while Kendrys Morales went deep off Mark Lowe.
Duffy (10-1) allowed three hits and two walks, striking out five.
METS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Noah Syndergaard earned his first victory in seven starts, helping himself with a two-run homer, and New York ended a string of four consecutive losses to Arizona in the past week.
Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 40th save.
Syndergaard (10-7), the losing pitcher in Arizona’s 9-0 rout of the Mets in New York last week, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, and seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. He hadn’t won since July 3.
Braden Shipley (2-2) gave up seven runs, six earned, and 10 hits in 5-plus innings.
ANGELS 7, MARINERS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning, Albert Pujols slugged his 22nd home run and Los Angeles ended an 11-game losing streak.
With two outs in the eighth, Jefry Marte turned on a 97 mph fastball from Arquimedes Caminero (2-3) and it drove into the stands to tie it 6-6. Jett Bandy kept the inning alive with a single, and Pennington sent him home with just his second triple since 2014.
Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save, and Brett Oberholtzer (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth.
The Angels’ 11-game streak tied a franchise worst.
REDS 6, MARLINS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart’s first career grand slam capped Cincinnati’s five-run first inning, giving Anthony DeSclafani all the support he needed to beat his former team.
With Miami leading 1-0, the Reds loaded the bases with three straight two-out singles in the first against Jose Urena (1-4), who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans earlier Tuesday.
Coming off his first loss this season, DeSclafani (7-1) appeared to injure his left ankle making a sudden stop while running the bases in the fourth. He allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
RAYS 15, PADRES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller hit two of Tampa Bay’s five home runs in a rout.
Rookie Blake Snell (4-5) struck out eight in five innings, giving up one run, five hits and four walks.
Edwin Jackson (3-3) gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings.
TWINS 4, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ervin Santana scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, Joe Mauer homered and Minnesota beat Atlanta.
Santana (6-9) walked two and struck out six, throwing 64 of his 107 pitches for strikes to win his third straight start.
Brandon Kintzler earned his 12th save in 13 chances after facing four batters in the ninth.
Atlanta starter Joel De La Cruz (0-6) gave up four hits, one run, two walks and struck four in 5 1/3 innings.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam to cap a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs’ 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 on Saturday.
After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.
Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.
Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.
Alex Reyes (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver gave up two runs on four hits in his major league debut. The 22-year-old was lifted for a pinch hitter after four innings and 85 pitches.
Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) allowed five runs while getting only two outs.
Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out 12, matching a career best, in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including two homers. His ERA rose slightly from 2.17 to 2.19.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates to hit home runs in the first at-bats of their major league debuts in the same game, sparking New York past Tampa Bay.
And New York’s 24-year-old newbies did it back-to-back in a five-pitch span during the second inning.
Called up before the game as part of a youth movement that led to Alex Rodriguez’s release, Austin batted seventh and sliced a 2-2 fastball from Matt Andriese (6-4) to the opposite field. The 331-foot drive down the right-field line landed in the first row over the short porch, about 3 feet fair.
Judge drove a 1-2 changeup 446 feet off the railing above a sports bar in center field and into the netting above Monument Park. Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in fifth for a 6-3 lead, and Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius also went deep.
Brad Miller homered twice for Tampa Bay, a three-run drive and a solo shot off Masahiro Tanaka (9-4).
INDIANS 5, ANGELS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Mike Clevinger took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to get his first major league win and Cleveland one-hit Los Angeles.
Andrelton Simmons got Los Angeles’ only hit on a grounder with two outs in the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor got his glove on the ball while ranging to his right, but it bounced into left field for a single.
Clevinger (1-1) was removed after that to a standing ovation. The right-hander allowed one run, struck out three, walked four and threw 91 pitches. Clevinger was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to the Indians three years later for reliever Vinnie Pestano.
Matt Shoemaker (6-13) allowed five runs in six innings for the Angels, who have dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since 1999.
GIANTS 6, ORIOLES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner snapped a five-start winless streak with seven shutout innings, Denard Span had four RBIs and San Francisco beat Baltimore.
Bumgarner (11-7) had lost five of his previous seven decisions. He allowed just three hits, struck out eight and allowed three walks.
The victory kept the Giants alone atop the NL West, a game ahead of Los Angeles. The Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East, a half-game behind Toronto.
Span sparked the Giants with two-run singles in the second and sixth innings. Both came with two outs.
Santiago Casilla faced one batter to get his 27th save. Kevin Gausman (3-10) was the loser.
DODGERS 8, PIRATES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson homered and Los Angeles had 17 hits and a pair of successful challenges in victory over Pittsburgh.
Pederson had his 17th homer, a two-run shot and finished with three hits. Corey Seager also three hits and an RBI, and Los Angeles overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring in each of the first six innings.
Jung Ho Kang hit his 12th home run for the Pirates.
After Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was forced from the game in the second inning with right hip stiffness, Josh Fields, Julio Urias (3-2), Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Josh Ravin and Kenley Jansen combined to hold Pittsburgh to one run over 7 1/3 innings. Jansen got his 35th save.
Gerrit Cole (7-8) gave up 12 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer, then was in the middle of a testy exchange that led to the benches clearing and a pair of ejections in Philadelphia’s victory over Colorado.
On a hot, humid evening with a gametime temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105, tempers flared in the fourth inning. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (4-4) plunked Franco on the leg with his first pitch. Franco, who homered in his previous at-bat, stayed at home plate and stared out at Anderson while players from both teams barked at each other. Anderson moved toward Franco and appeared to tell him to go to first base and that he didn’t hit him intentionally.
No punches were thrown but both Anderson and Rockies manager Walt Weiss were ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper. Anderson had to be restrained while walking angrily back to the dugout.
Philadelphia’s Cesar Hernandez had two hits to extend his on-base streak to 20 games.
Daniel Descalso and Tony Wolters homered for Colorado, and Carlos Gonzalez extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 19 games.
Jerad Eickhoff (8-12) was the winner, and Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 30th save.
METS 3, PADRES 2, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when rookie second baseman Ryan Schimpf made a wild throw to plate in the 11th inning, and New York brushed off two stunning homers to beat San Diego.
Just called up from the minors, Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) pitched a perfect inning to win his major league debut after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a dominant start. Flores finished with three hits, and the defending NL champions (58-58) won for only the fourth time in their last 17 home games.
Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers each hit a tying homer for the Padres. Myers connected off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia with two outs in the ninth.
Neil Walker singled against Brandon Maurer (0-3) leading off the 11th and alertly hustled to third with one out on James Loney’s soft single to left field as the Padres, caught in a defensive shift, scrambled to cover the bag. With the infield playing halfway, Flores hit a grounder over the mound that was fielded in front of second base by Schimpf. Rather than try for an inning-ending double play, Schimpf fired home and his throw sailed well wide as Walker slid in safely.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings to help Toronto end Houston’s winning streak at four.
Sanchez (12-2) survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time since July 25 against San Diego. Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.
Josh Donaldson homered off Collin McHugh (7-10) in the first, his 28th of the season. Toronto has won seven of nine meetings with the Astros this season.
Houston’s Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career. Altuve has reached safely in 43 straight road games.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, rookie Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven innings for his first major league win and Washington beat Atlanta.
Trea Turner had three hits, including a homer and one of Washington’s three triples. Ben Revere had the other two and drove in a run for the NL East leaders.
The Nationals played their fifth straight game without injured right fielder Bryce Harper and first without former closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was released before the game to make room on the roster for Lopez (1-1). The right-handed Lopez allowed one run and five hits.
Mark Melancon got the final three outs for his 33rd save. Rob Whalen (1-1) was the loser.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and Minnesota past Kansas City.
Dozier has 17 homers since June 25, most in the majors over that span. He also doubled and scored twice to held the Twins end a four-game losing streak. Robbie Grossman also homered.
For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6).
Eddie Rosario’s two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Twins ahead 4-1. Dozier followed him with a towering drive deep into the second deck in left.
Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Kintzler finished for the save.
WHITE SOX 8, MARLINS 7
MIAMI (AP) — Dioner Navarro scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback in Chicago’s comeback victory over Miami.
The White Sox blew an early 4-0 lead and trailed 7-6 to start the eighth. They rallied against Kyle Barraclough (6-3) with the help of a walk, two wild pitches and Justin Morneau’s first pinch-hit of the year, a double. After Morneau tied it, the Sox had runners at the corners with two out. Melky Cabrera took a weak swing at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt, but the ball skipped away from catcher J.T. Realmuto, allowing Cabrera to reach first while Navarro came home from third.
White Sox starter James Shields allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings. Chris Beck (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career victory, and David Robertson earned his 29th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th homer for the Marlins, and Martin Prado added a three-run shot. Dan Coats hit his first career homer for Chicago.
TIGERS 2, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Casey McGehee had four of Detroit’s 14 hits against Cole Hamels, Matt Boyd pitched seven scoreless innings and the Tigers beat AL-leading Texas to snap a five-game losing streak.
Boyd (4-2) limited the Rangers to two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his longest start this season. The left-hander is 4-0 his last six starts.
Detroit opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, McGehee leading it off and scoring on a hit by Victor Martinez for a 1-0 lead. McGehee added an RBI double an inning later.
The 14 hits were the most ever allowed by Hamels (12-4), who also walked three, but the Tigers left 11 runners on base against him, seven in scoring position. The lefty benefited from a double play, two outfield assists and a pickoff for his final out of the game.
Shane Greene worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered, leading Seattle over Oakland for its seventh victory in eight games.
Cruz hit his 29th home run leading off the fourth inning. Seth Smith singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth, and Cano hit the next pitch from Kendall Graveman (8-8) over the center-field wall for his 26th homer.
Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7) pitched into the sixth for his eighth win in the last nine starts. Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his sixth save.
Khris Davis homered for the second consecutive day for Oakland.
RED SOX 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, Sandy Leon had a solo shot and Boston beat Arizona.
Rookie Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits and drove in a run for Boston. The Red Sox have won two in row after losing four of five.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
Archie Bradley (4-8) allowed six runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings.
REDS 11, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run during an eight-run sixth inning in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.
The Reds had seven hits in the inning, and Milwaukee added two errors and a wild pitch by starter Zach Davies (9-5) that led to a run.
Joey Votto had four hits and two RBIs, and the Reds finished with 16 hits.
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit a solo homer off Dan Straily (8-6) in the sixth. Scooter Gennett had four hits for Milwaukee, and Martin Maldonado also homered.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Francisco Lindor singled to break up Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid and scored in the seventh inning, and Trevor Bauer pitched the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in Ramirez in the seventh while Cleveland cracked Scherzer after Bauer kept the Nationals at bay.
Bauer (8-5) allowed four hits and no runs and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings opposite Scherzer’s attempt to record his third no-hitter. Scherzer (12-7) retired 19 of the first 20 batters before struggling in the seventh, and the right-hander finished with 10 strikeouts.
Cody Allen improved to 21 for 23 in save opportunities for Cleveland.
Terry Francona was not feeling well enough to manage Cleveland after complaining of chest pain before the game. He was replaced by bench coach Brad Mills, but the team said the decision was precautionary.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 3
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello continued to dominate at Fenway Park with eight solid innings, Matt Barnes cleaned up a mess created by closer Craig Kimbrel and Boston held on to beat New York.
Kimbrel walked in a run with the bases loaded in the ninth before handing off to Barnes, who struck out Mark Teixeira for his first save.
Porcello (15-3) allowed two runs and struck out six. He improved to 11-0 in 12 starts at home this season.
Luis Severino (1-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his first start since being demoted to the minors in May.
CUBS 5, ANGELS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 28th home run, John Lackey outpitched friend and former teammate Jered Weaver, and Chicago beat Los Angeles for its eighth straight victory.
Willson Contreras also homered and Ben Zobrist added an RBI double for the major league-leading Cubs, who won their 70th game and moved a season-high 29 over .500.
Kole Calhoun homered on Lackey’s third pitch, but the former Angels right-hander later retired 12 straight. Lackey (9-7) allowed three hits over eight innings, and all six of his strikeouts were looking.
Weaver (8-9) gave up four earned runs and another one that was unearned when he dropped a throw to first base for an error during the Angels’ fifth straight loss.
RANGERS 7, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run double, Elvis Andrus added a tiebreaking single and Texas scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat Colorado.
Alex Claudio (3-1) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Sam Dyson earned his 25th save in 28 chances.
The Rangers, who have won four straight and nine of 12, finished their road trip 5-3. The teams head to Texas to begin a two-game set Wednesday.
Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs and struck out a season-high eight for the Rockies, but Scott Oberg (0-1) gave up four runs in the eighth.
Charlie Blackmon homered and Nolan Arenado had two RBIs for Colorado, which has lost five of six.
RAYS 9, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Drew Smyly pitched six innings to win his second straight decision, Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.
Evan Longoria reached base four times, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Rays. Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Rays roughed up Toronto’s bullpen, scoring six runs off two relievers.
Tampa Bay finished with 15 hits. Smyly (4-11) allowed two runs and six hits, improving to 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five career games at Rogers Centre. Erasmo Ramirez pitched three innings for his first major league save.
Marco Estrada (7-5) gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list, Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning and Arizona rallied past New York.
Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourn’s two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.
Neil Walker hit his 20th home run for the wild card-contending Mets, who missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month.
Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.
Greinke gave up three runs in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October with the Dodgers.
Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.
Steven Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged.
MARLINS 2, GIANTS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Tom Koehler pitched two-hit ball for seven innings to help Miami blank San Francisco, which fell into a first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.
Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double and Marcell Ozuna’s groundout in the first provided the scoring one night after the Giants won 8-7 in 14 innings.
Fernando Rodney, filling in for injured closer A.J. Ramos, earned his 19th save in 21 opportunities.
Koehler (9-8) struck out six and is 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA over his last four starts.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was back in the dugout after missing Monday’s game with an irregular heartbeat following an overnight stay in the hospital.
Brandon Crawford was hitless in four at-bats for San Francisco, one night after his decisive RBI single in the 14th inning made him the first major leaguer in 41 years to get seven hits in a game.
Matt Moore (7-8) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
San Francisco had been alone in first since May 15.
DODGERS 9, PHILLIES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered, and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia to pull even with the Giants atop the NL West.
The Dodgers (64-49) are a season-best 15 games over .500 and have won four in a row. They were a season-high eight games behind the Giants on June 26.
Kenta Maeda (11-7) yielded three runs in five innings, and Kendrick had three RBIs.
Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-4) has not won in his last five starts. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits, including all three Dodgers homers.
Aaron Altherr and Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia.
PIRATES 6, PADRES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking homer and Chad Kuhl pitched six innings for the win after being called up from the minors as Pittsburgh defeated San Diego.
Polanco’s three-run drive off Luis Perdomo (5-6) put the Pirates ahead 5-2 and keyed a four-run sixth that included Francisco Cervelli’s RBI double.
Kuhl (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits. David Freese had three hits and scored three runs for the Pirates, who remained three games out of the second NL wild card.
Tony Watson earned his third save.
Wil Myers and Jabari Blash homered for the Padres.
BRAVES 2, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyrell Jenkins pitched six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia each drove in a run in the seventh and Atlanta beat Milwaukee.
Jenkins (2-2) allowed one run and three hits in his sixth major league start. The right-hander has a 1.00 ERA over his past three.
His only costly mistake came on Ryan Braun’s home run in the fourth. Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his third save.
The victory was the Braves’ 10th in 14 games, including six in the last seven.
Wily Peralta (4-8) was the hard-luck loser after returning from the minors Monday.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve had four hits following a brief absence from the lineup, and Carlos Correa homered and drove in four runs to help Houston beat Minnesota.
Altuve was given the night off Monday, ending the longest active streak in the majors at 202 consecutive games played. He didn’t miss a beat one day later, going 4 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Correa hit a two-run shot and tied his career high for RBIs. Houston had gone seven games without a home run before he connected early off Hector Santiago (10-6).
Mike Fiers (8-5) gave up three home runs but benefited from Houston’s productive night at the plate. Ken Giles closed for his second save.
Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier hit back-to-back homers for the Twins.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 5, 10 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Justin Morneau had four hits to lift Chicago over Kansas City.
Frazier is tied for the major league lead with 31 home runs, and this one came on the first pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-4) after a single by Jose Abreu and a double by Morneau.
David Robertson (3-2) blew a save in the ninth when Alcides Escobar’s two-out single scored pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson.
Dan Jennings struck out Eric Hosmer for his first career save.
White Sox ace Chris Sale is 0-3 in five starts since a July 2 victory over Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in the first 2 1/3 innings but did not allow a hit after that. He threw 115 pitches in seven innings.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall drove in two runs and Tyler Holt hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that sent Cincinnati past St. Louis.
Holt’s double off Matt Bowman (1-4) broke a 4-all tie. Holt then scored from second on an infield hit after second baseman Matt Carpenter bobbled a barehanded attempt to get speedy Billy Hamilton.
Duvall’s two-run single in the third broke a career-worst 0-for-18 skid. Michael Lorenzen (2-0) won in relief of Brandon Finnegan, and Raisel Iglesias got his first save.
Hamilton stole three bases and has nine steals in his past three games.
Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals.
ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Smolinski reached base four times and scored the deciding run in the third inning, and rookie Zach Neal earned his first win as a starter when Oakland held on to beat Baltimore.
Danny Valencia and Khris Davis each drove in a run as the A’s won consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27 to keep Wade Miley (7-10) winless in an Orioles uniform.
Smolinksi finished with two hits and two walks as Oakland won its second straight one-run game against the AL East leaders.
Neal (2-1) allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings and retired 16 of the 18 batters he faced to win his second career start and first since May 25. He gave up Adam Jones’ homer in the fourth and a double to Jonathan Schoop leading off the sixth.
Neal’s only other win in the majors came in relief against San Francisco on June 28.
Liam Hendriks, John Axford and Ryan Madson completed the three-hitter. Madson worked the ninth for his 24th save.
MARINERS 6, TIGERS 5, 15 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager had two key hits that tied the score, Mike Zunino lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly and Seattle rallied twice to beat Detroit in 15 innings for its season-high fifth straight victory.
Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead when he opened the 15th with his 20th home run. But the Mariners came back against closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-3) and took advantage of a pivotal error by left fielder Justin Upton.
Seager hit a three-run homer off Justin Wilson in the eighth and tied the game again with an RBI single in the 15th before Adam Lind scored on Zunino’s fly to center.
Ariel Miranda (1-0), scheduled to start Thursday for the Mariners, entered in relief and gave up Martinez’s homer but wound up with his first major league win.
Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez homered off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer for his first hit since being traded, Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night for a split of the Subway Series.
After each team won once at Citi Field earlier this week, the Mets took the wrapup of the two-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Bruce had been 0 for 10 since being acquired from Cincinnati on Monday before his drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center field made it 4-0 in the fifth inning against Nathan Eovaldi (9-8).
Kelly Johnson also led off with a homer in the inning.
Bruce’s 26th homer gave him the NL RBIs lead with 83, ended an 0-for-19 rut overall and made him 5-for-56 against the Yankees. He cracked a smile on the way back to the dugout, where Colon and his new teammates greeted him with hearty high-fives.
Colon (10-6) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings in earning his 228th victory, most among active pitchers. The 43-year-old righty, who spent 2011 with the Yankees, became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game for each New York team, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Jeurys Familia worked around a pair of one-out singles for his 38th save in 40 chances.
GIANTS 3, PHILLIES 2, 10 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Denard Span homered leading off the 10th inning, and San Francisco Philadelphia Phillies for just its fifth victory in 14 games since the All-Star break.
Matt Moore made his first start for the NL West leader following his acquisition Monday from Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs and three hits in six innings and walked six — matching his career high.
Span led off the 10th by sending a 95 mph fastball from Severino Gonzalez (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole, his third hit of the game. San Francisco lost the first two games of the series.
Sergio Romo (1-0) earned the win without getting an out. Cesar Hernandez was caught stealing for the final out of the ninth while Romo was facing his first batter.
Romo became the first pitcher to record a win without officially facing a batter since 2009 when Alan Embree accomplished the feat for Colorado against Washington.
Santiago Casilla pitched a 1-2-3 10th for his 25th save in 30 chances.
DODGERS 4, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — Kenta Maeda allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, rookie Corey Seager tied a Dodgers record for shortstops with his 19th home run and Los Angeles beat Colorado to avoid a three-game sweep.
Maeda (10-7) gave up four hits and struck out five for the Dodgers, who lead the NL wild-card race. Maeda, who walked none and hit two batters, has allowed three runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Rockies, with 22 strikeouts and two walks.
Pedro Baez and Joe Blanton combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Kenley Jansen threw a hitless ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
Tyler Chatwood (10-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for Colorado. David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the fourth and has hit safely in his first 10 games in the majors.
RED SOX 3, MARINERS 2, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Brock Holt’s RBI single in the 11th inning lifted Boston past Seattle.
Travis Shaw, who had a solo homer in the second, opened the 11th against Cody Martin (1-2) with an opposite-field single to left against the shift. Sandy Leon sacrificed Shaw to second and Holt then bounced an single up the middle off the glove of diving shortstop Sean O’Malley.
Craig Kimbrel (2-3) retired all four batters he faced — including striking out the side in the 10th — for the victory. Brad Ziegler pitched the 11th for his third save, stranding the tying run at third.
RANGERS 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit his first homer with Texas, Ian Desmond drove in two runs and the Rangers beat Wade Miley and Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Texas received contributions from all three players it acquired before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Lucroy homered in the second inning, Carlos Beltran singled in a run in the fifth and Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless seventh.
Shin-Soo Choo came off the disabled list to get two hits and scored a run for the Rangers, who took back from Baltimore the distinction of owning the best record in the AL.
Texas won the season series 4-3 and would have home-field advantage in the postseason if the teams finish with the same regular-season record and meet in the playoffs.
Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 31st homer for the Orioles. Pedro Alvarez and Hyun-Soo Kim also hit solo shots. Miley (7-9) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings in his debut with the Orioles. The left-hander was acquired from Seattle on Sunday.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips had three hits and left-hander Brandon Finnegan limited St. Louis to two hits in six innings, leading Cincinnati to a rare series win over the Cardinals.
Cincinnati took two of three, giving it its fifth series win in the last 23 between the NL Central clubs. The Reds have won six straight series after the All-Star break for the first time since 1999.
Phillips had a single and a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run against former teammate Mike Leake (8-9). Ramon Cabrera drove in three runs, and Eugenio Suarez knocked in a pair.
Finnegan (7-8) allowed a pair of singles, and the bullpen gave up three more while closing out Cincinnati’s fourth shutout.
INDIANS 9, TWINS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Francisco Lindor added a two-run shot and Cleveland salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Minnesota.
The AL Central-leading Indians were outscored 35-16 by the last-place Twins in the first three games. Cleveland is 5-8 against Minnesota and 26-8 against the rest of the division.
Santana homered in the third off Hector Santiago (10-5), who made his first start with the Twins since being acquired from the Angels on Monday. Lindor homered in a three-run seventh. Jason Kipins hit his career-high 18th homer, a solo shot in the first. Jose Ramirez had a solo homer in the eighth.
Dan Otero (3-1) was the winner. Brian Dozier homered for Minnesota.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia homered in a five-run second inning, and Chicago chased Jordan Zimmermann in his return from the disabled list, snapping Detroit’s eight-game winning streak.
Zimmermann (9-5) allowed six runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings, failing to strike out a batter in his first outing since June 30. He had been out with a right neck strain.
Jose Quintana (9-8) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances. Chicago won for only the second time in eight games.
Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit. The Tigers fell three games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.
ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 6, 10 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning and Oakland beat Los Angeles to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a five-game losing streak.
Mike Morin (2-2) got the first two outs of the 10th inning before the A’s scored twice. Danny Valencia and Tyler Ladendorf singled, and Alonso’s double to center scored Valencia with the go-ahead run. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI single. Ryan Dull pitched a scoreless 10th to get his second save.
Jefry Marte and Jett Bandy hit back-to-back singles off John Axford to start the eighth and pinch-hitter Mike Trout drew a walk to load the bases. Johnny Giavotella sent a grounder to first base that Alonso bobbled, allowing Giavotella to reach safely and Marte to beat the throw home and tie it at 6.
Ryan Madson (4-4) then came in for Axford and retired Yunel Escobar and Kole Calhoun.
BRAVES 5, PIRATES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia scored from second on an improbable stolen base attempt in the seventh inning and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh despite Ryan Vogelsong’s strong start.
Vogelsong allowed only one run in six innings his first start in more than two months. He left with the game tied 1-1.
Felipe Rivero (0-4) walked Garcia with one out in the seventh, and Garcia moved to second on Ender Inciarte’s single. Garcia, who has only two steals this season, broke for third base as the left-handed Rivero held the ball on the mound. Rivero finally threw to third, but Jung Ho Kang dropped the throw for an error, allowing Garcia to score. Inciarte moved to second, and scored on Jeff Francoeur’s pinch single.
Hunter Cervenka (1-0) was the winner, and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — J.A. Happ won his ninth consecutive decision, Edwin Encarnacion reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season and Toronto beat Houston for its eighth victory in 11 games.
Happ (15-3), who already has set his career high for wins, retired 12 of his first 13 batters and allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He’s 9-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 10 starts since losing at Detroit on June 6. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Mike Fiers (7-5) was the loser.
RAYS 3, ROYALS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City for a series split.
Miller hit his 19th homer, connecting off Joakim Soria (4-5).
Brad Boxberger (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, and Alex Colome got his 26th save after giving up two hits during the ninth. Drew Smyly allowed two runs, five hits, one walk and struck out 10 in seven innings.
Ian Kennedy gave up one hit, walked four and had nine strikeouts in six-plus innings for the Royals. Alex Gordon hit his eighth home run.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched eight innings of one-hit ball and had a franchise-record 16 strikeouts to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Duffy (7-1) flirted with the Royals’ first no-hitter in nearly 25 years before giving up a line-drive double to Desmond Jennings leading off the Tampa Bay eighth.
Jennings came off the disabled list Monday after missing all of July with a strained hamstring.
Kendrys Morales’ 18th home run, a towering shot over the center field wall off Rays starter Chris Archer (5-15), got the Royals on the scoreboard in the seventh. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his second save.
Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain drove in runs in the eighth for the Royals, who won for only the second time in 10 games.
TWINS 12, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Max Kepler had three two-run homers and six RBIs, leading Minnesota over Cleveland.
The German-born Kepler homered off All-Star Danny Salazar in the first and third innings and hit another off Cody Anderson in the sixth. Kepler became the first Twin to homer three times in a game since Justin Morneau in 2007. He also had a single.
Joe Mauer was 4 for 4 and homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance with Cleveland after being acquired Sunday from the Yankees.
Jose Berrios (2-1) retired 15 straight after a three-run first inning. The rookie right-hander, recalled from Triple-A Rochester before the game, allowed four hits in six innings.
Salazar (11-4) lost for the first time since May 22.
CUBS 5, MARLINS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks allowed just seven hits in his second career shutout, providing Chicago’s bullpen a needed breather.
After a wild, 12-inning win a night earlier in which manager Joe Maddon used 22 players, Hendricks (10-7) threw 123 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.22, third-best in the majors. He allowed three walks and struck out five.
Anthony Rizzo finished a home run shy of the cycle and reached base five times, and Addison Russell had a two-run single in the first off wild Marlins starter Adam Conley (7-6).
ASTROS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 14 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit an RBI double in the 14th inning off Scott Feldman hours after Feldman was traded from Houston to Toronto.
Jose Altuve, who homered earlier in the game, opened the 14th with a single to shallow left field off Feldman (5-4), and Correa followed with his hit off the fence in right-center field. It gave Houston its ninth walkoff win this season, and 14th with its last at-bat.
Michael Feliz (7-1) pitched a perfect 14th inning after Chris Devenski pitched 4 1/3 perfect innings after entering the game in the ninth.
YANKEES 6, METS 5, 10 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Yankees hardly resembled a team resigned to fading away after selling off their stars at the trade deadline, rallying past the Mets in their Subway Series opener.
Didi Gregorius hit a tying single with two outs in the eighth and new closer Dellin Betances worked out of a major jam for his first save this season. Hours after trading slugger Carlos Beltran and pitcher Ivan Nova before the non-waiver deadline, the Yankees snapped a four-game slide.
Wilmer Flores and rookie Matt Reynolds homered for the skidding Mets, who lost their fifth in six games as fans in the sellout crowd of 42,125 traded chants throughout the night following a hectic afternoon at Citi Field.
Castro’s RBI came off Seth Lugo (0-1). Adam Warren (1-0) got his first win since returning to the Yankees.
Earlier in the day, the defending NL champions completed deals to land All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce and reacquire lefty Jon Niese.
RED SOX 2, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Mookie Betts homered to lead off the ninth inning, Craig Kimbrel got his 18th save in his return from knee surgery and Boston beat James Paxton and Seattle.
Paxton held Boston to a run and four hits over eight innings before Betts hit his 22nd homer off closer Steve Cishek (2-6), who blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday against Chicago.
Kimbrel made his first appearance since having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.
Junichi Tazawa (2-1) got the win with a scoreless eighth after Eduardo Rodriguez held Seattle to a run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 14, DIAMODNBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Rendon drove in three runs, Daniel Murphy went 3 for 3 and Stephen Strasburg got his major league-leading 15th win.
Strasburg (15-1) allowed a run and three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. He also had three hits and an RBI.
Arizona starter Archie Bradley (4-7) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
PADRES 7, BREWERS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs, Travis Jankowski had three hits and two walks and San Diego beat Milwaukee.
Carlos Villanueva (2-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jarred Cosart, allowing two runs and two hits. Villanueva was the first of four Padres relievers.
Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (6-10) exited with four innings pitched and eight hits allowed.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors Thursday:
It’s the final day of the All-Star break, and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. Contenders needing a closer are sure to be asking the Yankees about left-hander Aroldis Chapman. San Diego’s Drew Pomeranz or Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi could wind up in new rotations. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy are among the top bats that could move, as well.
TOUGHER ROAD AHEAD
The Cubs raced to a big lead in the NL Central behind a bevy of All-Stars, but also while playing the second-easiest schedule in the majors, per Baseball Reference . The next few weeks should be a bit tougher. Chicago returns from the All-Star break with three games against AL-leading Texas and then plays the Mets, Brewers, White Sox and Mariners to close out July — all but Milwaukee are over .500 and competing for playoff spots. Chicago is up seven games on the Cardinals in the Central after going 2-8 in its final 10 games before the break.
The Rangers rotation will get a boost shortly after the break when right-hander Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Cubs. Darvish missed the beginning of the season following Tommy John surgery and only made three starts before going back on the DL on June 9 with shoulder discomfort. The Japanese ace made two recent rehab starts with Double-A Frisco during his most recent DL stint, allowing five earned runs in seven innings.
Anthony Gose has tumbled from the majors all the way to Double-A this season following a demotion Wednesday. The Tigers outfielder was sent to Erie after he was in an altercation with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon during a game over the weekend. Gose has hit .209 in 30 games with the Tigers and .185 in 50 games with the Mud Hens this season. “After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”
David Ortiz is set to get booed at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale is ready to resume striking out Kris Bryant and the Kansas City Royals are facing a rugged road back to the playoffs.
Now that the All-Star fun is finished, a look at what’s on deck as Major League Baseball makes the turn and heads home toward October:
PENNANT PUSH: All eyes will be on Joe Maddon and his Cubs as they chase their first World Series crown since 1908. They’re in prime position so far — Jake Arrieta, Bryant and Co. hold the biggest lead at the break, up seven games over St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Cubs have never won a title while at Wrigley Field. All those past failures? “That’s something we don’t really discuss very often,” Arrieta said.
Only one division race closer than five games: The AL East, with Baltimore up two on Boston and Toronto. Ortiz got a lot of love this week, but what Big Papi really wants is one more swing in the postseason. The Red Sox begin the second half Friday night in the steamy Bronx.
Quite a scramble is shaping up for wild-card spots — 18 teams are within five games of the slots. World Series MVP Salvador Perez, All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer and the defending champ Royals are hovering at 45-43.
DEAL OR NO DEAL: Will Aroldis Chapman soon be closing somewhere else? Can Jonathan Lucroy catch on with a contender? How about Carlos Gonzalez? Could Drew Pomeranz or Jake Odorizzi be starting a new chapter?
Plenty to track before the Aug. 1 deadline to make trades without waivers. Last year, a lot of big names moved in the final week — Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki, among them.
This year, several elite teams need bullpen help. The Yankees have two of the top targets in Chapman and Andrew Miller. A few more wins might quiet all the trade noise, Miller said.
“We can shut down those rumors, and I think that’s the goal. That’s what need to do. That’s what we should do,” the lefty said.
HEAL OR NO HEAL: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Craig Kimbrel come out of the break on the disabled list, as do Felix Hernandez, Michael Brantley and several Texas pitchers.
How fast the likes of Jordan Zimmermann, Wade Davis, Matt Carpenter and others can effectively come back might determine how far their teams go.
The defending NL champion Mets had already lost captain David Wright and former ace Matt Harvey for the season and power-hitting Lucas Duda for a long time when slugger Yoenis Cespedes and hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard recently got hurt in the same game.
“I don’t want it to sound like woe is me,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “but woe is us.”
STEP IT UP!: Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Giancarlo Stanton are among several stars who slumped through the first half. Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward and Dallas Keuchel also have been shaky.
All over the majors, All-Stars who haven’t performed that way get 2½ months to return to form.
A big second half by Justin Upton could propel Detroit in the playoff chase, same for Yordano Ventura in KC and Adam Wainwright in St. Louis.
FLY, BALL, FLY: Giancarlo Stanton is done putting dents in the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. Time now for mere mortals to swing away.
Home runs are at a point that rivals the peak of the Steroids Era, but Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t worried that PEDs are juicing performances.
The increase “takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year,” he said.
The ball tends to travel when temperatures heat up — former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used to call this “hittin’ season.”
“It always goes back and forth, and you never know when it’s going to kind of take the swing the other way,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
DATES TO WATCH: Coming up, Ken Griffey Jr. (in a Mariners cap, not a backward lid) and Mike Piazza (Mets hat) step to the Cooperstown podium for their Hall of Fame induction speeches on July 24.
Later, the Atlanta Braves play for the last time at 20-year-old Turner Field (Oct. 2 vs. Detroit) before moving to a suburban ballpark.
Also in range: Ichiro Suzuki needs 10 hits to reach 3,000 in the majors and Alex Rodriguez is five home runs shy of No. 700.