2021-09-26 09:56:06 GMT + 00: 00 – Mike Zunino cracked a tie homer in two runs when the Tampa Bay Rays hit St. with a 7-3 victory over the Miami Marlins, Petersburg, Florida took the crown of the American League East.
Coupled with the New York Yankees’ 5-3 comeback win over the Boston Red Sox, the win earned the Rays their second straight division title and fourth overall in the organization’s history (2008, 2010).
Zunino had two hits and two runs, and Brandon Lowe went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz each had two hits, a run and an RBI.
Rookie Shane McClanahan (10-6) was eliminated after five innings requiring 84 pitches, but tied with the club with his 10th win and shared the lead with Josh Fleming. The left-hander fired six hits and hit three while walking.
Cardinals 8, boys 5
Paul DeJong hit a double homer and a victim flight as the guest in St. Louis passed Chicago and won his team record for the 15th straight win.
Harrison Bader added a solo homer and an RBI single when the Cardinals reduced their magic number to three for reaching the National League wildcard game. Cardinal’s starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks. Kwang Hyun Kim (7: 7) won the victory with a goalless inning, relieved.
Ian Happ drove three runs for the Cubs, who lost for the 12th time in their last 14 games.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3
Giancarlo Stanton beat a Grand Slam start in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees divided hosts Boston for the best wildcard spot in the American League.
Stanton’s first pitch blast gave the Yankees their first edge in the competition. The bat homered and had four RBIs in a New York win on Friday to start the crucial three-game streak.
The guests extended their winning streak to five. Bobby Dalbec finished ninth for the Red Sox, who had won seven in a row in the series.
Phillies 3, Pirates 0
Left-handed ranger Suarez threw a four-hit shutout to get hosts Philadelphia past Pittsburgh and only 1 1/2 games ahead of NL East-leading Atlanta.
Suarez (7-5) hit seven and didn’t go for the Phillies, who won their fifth in a row. Suarez, a former seamstress, threw only 97 litters while recording his first career shutout.
Matt Vierling homered and single and Bryce Harper added a homerun. JT Realmuto delivered two hits for the Phillies. Pirate’s right-hander Wil Crowe (4-8) only held 4 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs with four walks and two strikeouts.
Athletics 2, Astros 1
Starling Marte scorched a walk-off double with an out in the lower part of the ninth inning, giving hosts Oakland their second straight win over AL West-leading Houston.
The A’s defeated another home run by the Astros’ Kyle Tucker ahead of Sean Manaea to stay alive in AL West where they are now in third place, seven games behind Houston with seven games left.
Oakland also fell four games behind wildcard co-leaders New York and Boston, Toronto two games and Seattle three. The win was attributed to Andrew Chafin (2-3), who scored a 1-2-3 tip of ninth, and Astros seamstress Ryan Pressly (5-3) took the defeat.
Indians 6, White Sox 0
Rookie right-handed Eli Morgan admitted a hit over six shutout innings to knock hosts Cleveland past Chicago in the fourth game of their five-game streak.
Morgan hit six and went one in his 17th major league start. Jose Ramirez and Andres Gimenez homered, and Myles Straw had two hits and scored two runs for the Indians.
White Sox starter Lance Lynn (10-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings. He hit six and didn’t make a blow for the White Sox, who won the AL Central on Thursday with a win at the series opener.
Tiger 5, Royals 1
Miguel Cabrera had a double and a single race with two runs and hosts Detroit took their fifth win in six games by beating Kansas City.
Jonathan Schoop had two hits and scored two runs while Jeimer Candelario added two hits and an RBI. Drew Hutchison (3-1) allowed only one undeserved run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Michael Fulmer got the last four outs for his 12th save.
Detroit starter Tarik Skubal gave up a hit in four goalless innings. Making his second career start, Kansas City starter Jon Heasley kept the Tigers scoreless with three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hunter Dozier had two extra base hits and an RBI for the Royals.
Blue jay 6, twins 1
Marcus Semien linked the home run record for the second base in one season with his 43rd.
Jays starter Robbie Ray allowed three hits over six innings while taking his 13th win. Teoscar Hernandez and George Springer also played for Toronto, which remained two games behind the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in the race for the two wildcard spots in the American League.
Minnesota, who had a four-game winning streak, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jorge Polanco made a single, moved up to second on a walk to Josh Donaldson, stole third, and scored a hit from Mitch Garver, whose potential extra base liner was backhanded to the center by Springer before stepping in the fence cracked.
Angel 14, Seafarer 1
Shohei Ohtani hit two runs-scoring triples and left with loaded bases when Los Angeles thwarted Seattle’s postseason hopes with a blowout in Anaheim, California.
Luis Rengifo homered and Phil Gosselin and Jared Walsh each drove in four runs for the Angels, who have only won their last nine games for the second time. Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (1-0) threw seven innings of relief, allowing only one run on three hits to claim his first Major League victory. Angels starter Jaime Barria, a right-handed player, left with poor fatigue after two goalless innings.
The Mariners had their season high of six games, falling three games behind Boston and the New York Yankees in the hunt for the two wildcard playoff places in the American League.
Braves 10, Padres 8 (10 innings)
Jorge Soler drove four runs, including one on a double in the 10th, to help Atlanta beat San Diego in 10 innings.
Soler, who went 3 for 5, hit a line drive double that scored Travis d’Arnaud, who started the inning at second base, and sent Orlando Arcia, who left, to third. Arcia then scored after a long victim flight from Ozzie Albies. The winning pitcher was Richard Rodriguez (5-4) and Will Smith earned his 34th save. The losing pitcher was Daniel Hudson (5-3).
San Diego starter Vince Velasquez set up three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Atlanta starter Huascar Ynoa allowed a season high with seven runs on seven hits and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Giants 7, Rockies 2
Brandon Belt scored two home runs when San Francisco won a fourth time in their last five games by beating Colorado in Denver.
The Giants came off a homerun that night, breaking the franchise record of 235 in a single season, which was set in 2001. Belt’s first homer came in the first inning, tying the record; his second, a three-barrel shot in the fifth, set it up.
Colorado starter Jon Gray (8-12) went 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs out of five hits with five strikeouts. Before the Saturday night game, the Rockies held a ceremony to retire Larry Walker’s # 33 as the team celebrated its induction into the Hall of Fame.
Orioles 3, Rangers 2
Kelvin Gutierrez finished a seventh three-run inning with a two-run home run and Baltimore defeated the visit to Texas.
The rally in the seventh inning ended a goalless game and gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.
Jose Trevino and Nathaniel Lowe had solo home runs for the Rangers. Texas right-hander Jordan Lyles (9-13) allowed all three runs with seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Brewer 2, Mets 1
Corbin Burnes backed up his candidacy for the Cy Young National League by throwing seven strong innings and taking victory when Milwaukee reduced its magic number for winning the NL Central to one by defeating the New York Mets.
Eduardo Escobar delivered a two-run single in the third inning for the Brewers, who with a win in the series finals on Sunday or a loss for the St. Louis Cardinals, who won 15, bring them their fourth season title in franchise history can in a row.
The loss was the fourth in a row and the twelfth in 15 games for New York, which was eliminated from the playoffs before the first field due to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York took first place in NL East for 114 days.
Reds 7, Nationals 6
Nick Castellanos hit a walk-off solo homer with an out in the ninth inning and Cincinnati beat visiting Washington.
Castellanos, who went 2 to 3 with three RBIs, hit a 0-1 fastball from Patrick Murphy (0-3) into midfield for his 31st home run.
The Reds, who have won a walk-off for the second year in a row, remain six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wildcard. Mychal Givens (4-3) threw in an inning for the win.
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 2
Zac Gallen prevailed in the duel with Clayton Kershaw and Arizona won a rare victory against playoff-bound Los Angeles.
Gallen (3-10) gave up a run with just three hits over six innings, while Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly hit home runs when the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers for the third time in 18 games this season.
Trea Turner scored two home runs for the Dodgers, who lost only a third time in their last 14 games. Los Angeles fell 5-2 in nine games on their road trip.
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