MLB recap: Cardinals rally previous Padres, lengthen wildcard lead

9/19/2021 6:27:29 AM GMT + 00: 00 – Tyler O’Neill hit a double homer to get the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 past the San Diego Padres on Saturday for their seventh straight win win.

O’Neill’s eight-inning blast-off reliever Emilio Pagan (4-2) destroyed San Diego’s 2-1 lead. The Cardinals have expanded their lead over the Cincinnati Reds to two games and over the Padres to 2 1/2 games in the race for the National League’s second wildcard slot.

Cardinal starting pitcher Adam Wainwright allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. Justin Miller (1-0) scored a goalless eighth inning to claim victory and Giovanny Gallegos ended the game on his ninth save.

Padre’s starting pitcher Yu Darvish threw seven scoreless innings. He hit nine thugs and allowed only three hits and one step.

Indians 11, Yankees 3

Andres Gimenez finished a fifth inning with seven runs with a three-run homer, and Franmil Reyes added a two-run homer in the sixth inning when the visit to Cleveland resulted in a win over New York.

Reyes drove in three races while Yu Chang drove homered and three for the Indians. Jose Ramirez added a late homer when Cleveland won for only the fifth time in 15 games and recovered well after being disfellowshipped in the series opener on Friday.

The Yankees lost for the 14th time in 21 games following their 13-game winning streak August 14-27. New York also saw bat Joey Gallo drop out after the third inning due to neck tension.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 3

Xander Bogaerts hit a triple homer to highlight his three-goal performance as Boston expanded its winning streak to four games with the victory over the Baltimore visit.

Rafael Devers had three hits and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who hold the first wildcard place in the American League with 12 games to play.

Four Boston reliefs combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Tanner Houck (1-4) hit three over 2 2/3 innings to claim the win.

Dodgers 5, Reds 1

Max Scherzer ran his personal winning streak to 11 games after throwing seven scoreless innings while visiting Los Angeles and took advantage of sloppy defense in a win over Cincinnati.

Scherzer (15-4), who made a perfect game in the eighth inning of his previous start, hit seven and went two. The strong pitching performance earned the Dodgers their seventh win in their last eight games.

Scherzer is 7-0 with a .78 ERA in his nine starts with the Dodgers since he was taken over by the Washington Nationals at close of trading. The Reds only managed three goals and will have to win on Sunday in order not to lose their eighth series in a row.

Giants 2, Braves 0

Left-handed Alex Wood returned from a COVID-19 absence to start a seven-man shutout mission as San Francisco beat Atlanta, which reduced its lead in the National League East to one game.

Curt Casali directed a two-run single into right field to produce the only runs of the game in the fourth inning and helped the Giants beat the Braves for the second straight year.

Braves starter Charlie Morton (13-6) was drawn after five innings, with two runs on four hits. He went three and turned down three.

Blue jay 6, twins 2

Teoscar Hernandez scored a triple home run, Marcus Semien a solo shot and Toronto defeated Minnesota.

Bo Bichette added three singles and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who were split after two games in the three-game series.

Toronto holds the second wildcard place in the American League with a half game against New York. The Blue Jays had lost their last eight games against the Twins at the Rogers Center in 2017.

Rockies 6, Nationals 0

Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings and visited Colorado defeating Washington.

Brendan Rodgers had three hits, including a home run, and Trevor Story added a 3-run homer for the Rockies, who have won five in a row. Freeland (6-8) allowed seven hits and one walk while hitting seven. He threw 80 pitches.

Juan Soto had a single and a walk for Washington, which lost three times in a row. The Nationals went 1-in-10 with runners in the scoring position and were eliminated for the second time this week.

Tiger 4, rays 3

Jeimer Candelario blasted a triple homer in the first inning and visited Detroit off Tampa Bay.

September 18, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tyler O’Neill (27) watches his double home run against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

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Dustin Garneau also played for Detroit, which dropped the first two games in the series with four games. Jose Urena (4-8) gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief while hitting four to take the win. Michael Fulmer worked the ninth to collect his tenth parade.

The Tigers midfielder Derek Hill left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent leg injury after colliding with Tampa Bay first baseman Ji-Man Choi.

Pirates 6, Marlins 3

Last-placed Pittsburgh won their fourth straight run for the first time this season, beating hosts Miami.

Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled up twice and scored two runs to lead the Pirates. They’ll be competing for a three-game sweep of the Marlins on Sunday. Cole Tucker went 3 for 5 – his first three-hit game of the season – and Hoy Park and Kevin Newman each had two RBIs.

Marlins catcher Nick Fortes, who made his debut in the Major League, went through with a two-time homer 2 to 3. He also sings in his first at-bat.

Rangers 2, White Sox 1

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nathaniel Lowe and Andy Ibanez each had two hits and five pitchers combined on a three-hitter to lift host Texas to a win over Chicago.

The White Sox were unable to get any closer to the American League Central title. Chicago’s magic number remains at five against the Cleveland Indians who put the New York Yankees on the run.

Texas sent Chicago to their third loss in four games behind a nine-hit attack and a resilient pitching team. The Rangers issued seven walks but neutralized the White Sox one night after Chicago rolled an 8-0.

Royals 8, Seafarers 1

Kris Bubic allowed a two-hit run over 6 1/3 innings when hosts Kansas City defeated Seattle in the middle game of a three-game series. The Mariners’ dwindling playoff chances suffered a blow as they only managed three goals.

Bubic (5-6) took his first win in his last five starts. It was his best outing since allowing two runs with just one hit against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 21. He hit two batters and left four.

Yusei Kikuchi (7-9) only lasted three innings for the Mariners. He allowed three runs with eight hits and threw 86 pitches.

Brewer 6, young 4

Manny Pina drew his second solo homer of the game in the eighth inning to give Milwaukee a win over Chicago.

Devin Williams (8-2) hit three thugs in game eight and Josh Hader finished his 33rd save on 34 chances, despite allowing a walk and a single.

Jace Peterson and Eduardo Escobar also had solo homers for Milwaukee, which secured a post-season spot thanks to the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds defeats on Saturday.

Diamondbacks 6, Astros 4 (10 innings)

Daulton Varsho hit a double home run in the 10th inning and visited Arizona to square his interleague series against Houston.

Varsho’s explosion followed an RBI single by Kole Calhoun, which drew 3-3. Varsho’s 11th home run, a shot from two runs by Astro’s right-handed Yimi Garcia (3-9), carried 431 feet into midfield.

Tyler Clippard allowed Jason Castro an RBI single at the end of the 10th, but Arizona improved to 6-10 in extra-inning games, winning only the 20th time on the road in 2021.

Phillies 5, Mets 3

Jean Segura scored two home runs, Bryce Harper double with two runs in the seventh inning and a visit to Philadelphia continued his ascent with a win over New York.

The Phillies won for the fifth time in seven games and beat the Mets for the fifth time in a row. Thanks to Atlanta’s loss to the Giants in San Francisco later on Saturday, they moved up to the Atlanta Braves in NL East within one game.

Philadelphia’s right-hander Aaron Nola (8-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first win since July 25. He hit nine, got one to 96 pitches, and improved to 9-3 lifetime against the Mets.

As 3, angel 1

James Kaprielian allowed two hits over six shutout innings to lead Oakland to a win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

He withdrew the game’s first six rackets until Jose Rojas led the third single player. But Kaprielian responded by pulling back the next 10 Angels hitters in a row until Jack Mayfield doubled up with an out in the sixth.

Kaprielian (8-5) left the inning and finished after six, having made 90 throws, canceled five and ran no one.

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