10/1/2021 6:22:36 AM GMT + 00: 00 – The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros kept their dominance in the division alive with wins on Thursday.
The Braves received six strong innings from starter Ian Anderson and home runs from Jorge Soler and Austin Riley to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 and win their fourth straight championship in the National League East.
The Astros used a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to win the American League West for the fourth time in five seasons.
Houston’s Carlos Correa marked a career high with his 25th home run, and Lance McCullers Jr. worked six solid innings for Houston, who had lost five of the previous six games. McCullers carried a no-hitter into the sixth. He allowed two runs with three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
The Braves have won six in a row and ten of the last eleven, and have been 42-27 since the All-Star Game. In sweeping the three-game series, Atlanta’s three starters combined only four runs, three earned, in 20 innings. The Phillies have never had a head start in the series and have lost four times in a row.
Yankees 6, blue jays 2
Gleyber Torres scored a two-run home run to top a barrage with three homers in a sixth four-run inning, and visited New York defeating Toronto.
Aaron Judge scored his second of two home runs and Anthony Rizzo also scored a solo shot in the sixth inning when the Yankees won the rubber match of an important three-game series. With the win, the Yankees increased their lead for the American League’s first wildcard to two games against the Boston Red Sox and the idle Seattle Mariners.
The Blue Jays fell three games behind the Yankees, but stayed one game behind Boston and Seattle for the final playoff spot of the AL. Toronto’s left-hander Robbie Ray (13-7) allowed five runs, four hits (all home runs) and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4
A walk-off single from LaMonte Wade Jr. brought San Francisco to a win over visiting Arizona and allowed the Giants to maintain their two-game lead over runner-up Dodgers in the National League West.
The hit increased Wade’s astounding success rate to 13-for-23 (.565) in the ninth inning and gave the Giants their fifth walk-off win of the season.
Former Giants World Series star Madison Bumgarner received a handsome ovation from San Francisco fans before allowing four runs in five innings. Giants reliever Tyler Rogers (7-1) threw two scoreless innings for victory.
Dodgers 8, Padres 3
Mookie Betts and Corey Seager made consecutive home runs to open the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock went for the fourth in a row, and Los Angeles beat the visit to San Diego.
Seager added another home run in the seventh inning for the Dodgers, who have won nine of their last eleven games as they compete for the ninth consecutive NL West title.
Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. homered for the Padres, who lost their ninth encounter with the Dodgers and were defeated by their division rivals for the third series in a row. San Diego has lost a total of six in a row and eleven of the last twelve.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 2
Rookie Alex Wells tossed six innings of a one-run ball and Boston missed another chance to approach an AL wildcard place in a loss in Baltimore.
Wells (2-3) allowed three hits while throwing 52 of his 80 pitches for strikes against Boston, which took second place with a wildcard on Thursday, half a game ahead of Seattle and one game ahead of Toronto .
Rookie Ryan Mountcastle hit his 33rd home run, a three-run shot from Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (9-8) who missed five frames for the eighth time in his last 15 starts. Baltimore won its last home streak, giving Boston its fifth loss in six games.
Cardinals 4, brewers 3
Dylan Carlson met Homer from both sides of the plate and drove to St. Louis in three runs to visit Milwaukee.
The Cardinals won for the 18th time in their last 19 games while the Brewers lost for the seventh time in their last 11 games.
Cardinal’s starting pitcher JA Happ (10-8) allowed three runs with nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He deleted seven. Brewer’s starting pitcher Brett Anderson allowed two runs on three hits in five innings.
Tiger 10, twins 7
Niko Goodrum scored two home runs and drove in four runs when Detroit defeated Minnesota to go on a four-game losing streak.
Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs and two RBIs and Harold Castro had two doubles and two RBIs for Detroit.
Byron Buxton hit two homers and doubled up, and Josh Donaldson and Brent Rooker also played for Minnesota in his final home game of the season.
Ranger 7, angel 6
Brock Holt delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Texas over Los Angeles in the three-game series rubber game in Arlington, Texas.
DJ Peters doubled up and hit a three-run homer while Adolis Garcia had a two-run shot, his 31st of the season, to help Rangers recover from an early 5-0 deficit.
Jared Walsh had three hits, Shohei Ohtani doubled and tripled, and Taylor Ward double-run in the first inning before heading to Los Angeles with the right kidnapper. Angels starter Alex Cobb allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.
Cubs 9, pirates 0
Sergio Alcantara homered and drove in three runs to endorse Justin Steele’s seven goalless innings as the Chicago visit sent Pittsburgh to his 100th loss of the season.
Steele (4-4), a career high rookie in innings, allowed four hits, walked one, and hit seven. The left-hander combined with the Rex Brothers and Jason Adam, who each pitched an inning, in a shutout with six hits.
Rafael Ortega homered and steal home, Willson Contreras added an RBI double, while Matt Duffy and David Bote hit RBI singles for the Cubs. The pirates fell to 59-100.
Mets 12, Marlins 3
Rich Hill eventually took his first win with New York when the 41-year-old left-handed threw five solid innings in a win over visiting Miami.
The Mets took three out of four from the Marlins in their last home series of the season. Hill, who was taken over by the Tampa Bay Rays when the Mets topped the National League East on July 23, stepped 0-4 in 12 games (11 starts) for New York on Thursday despite an ERA of 3, 86 at.
Marlins starter Edward Cabrera allowed two runs with two hits and two walks while striking six over three innings.
Indians 6, Royals 1
Bradley Zimmer recorded a double, two victim flies, and three RBIs as Cleveland saved the final of a three-game series with a win in Kansas City.
Logan Allen (2: 7) took the win with three goalless innings relieved. Indian starter Shane Bieber, who made his second start on the injured list in more than three months, delivered a run in three innings.
Cleveland spoiled the major league debut of Royals starter Angel Zerpa (0-1), who allowed two undeserved runs with three hits in five innings.
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