MLB review: Braves, Astros clinch division titles

2021-10-01 06:22:36 GMT + 00: 00 – The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros maintained their division dominance with decisive wins on Thursday.

The Braves got six solid innings from starter Ian Anderson and home runs of Jorge Soler and Austin Riley to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3, winning their fourth straight National League East championship.

The Astros took advantage of a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to win the American League West for the fourth time in five seasons.

Houston’s Carlos Correa set a career-high with his 25th homerun and Lance McCullers Jr. worked six solid innings for Houston, which had lost five of the previous six games. McCullers had a hit in the sixth. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.

The Braves have won six in a row and 10 of their last 11 and are 42-27 since the All-Star Game. In sweeping the three-game series, the three Atlanta starters combined to allow just four runs, three earned, in 20 innings. The Phillies have never had a lead in the series and have lost four straight games.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer to top a three-homer play-off in a four-run sixth inning and his visit to New York defeated Toronto.

Aaron Judge had his second of his two home runs and Anthony Rizzo also had a solo shot in the sixth inning as the Yankees won the rubber game of an important three-game streak. With the win, the Yankees extended their lead for the American League’s first wild card to two games against the Boston Red Sox and the inactive Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays lost three games to the Yankees but stayed within one game of Boston and Seattle for the AL’s final playoff spot. Toronto southpaw Robbie Ray (13-7) allowed five runs, four hits (all homers) and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4

A LaMonte Wade Jr. single gave San Francisco a victory over their visit to Arizona, allowing the Giants to maintain their two-game lead over the second-ranked Dodgers in National League West.

The hit increased Wade’s incredible ninth inning success rate to 13 for 23 (.565) and gave the Giants their fifth win of the season.

Former Giants World Series star Madison Bumgarner received a big ovation from San Francisco fans before allowing four runs in five innings. Giants reliever Tyler Rogers (7-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Dodgers 8, Padres 3

Mookie Betts and Corey Seager hit back-to-back homers to open the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock went back-to-back in the fourth, and Los Angeles beat San Diego.

Seager added another homerun in the seventh inning for the Dodgers, who have won nine of their last 11 games as they go for a ninth straight NL West title.

Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. scored for the Padres, who lost their ninth straight meeting with the Dodgers and were swept aside by their division rival for the third straight series. San Diego has lost six straight games in total and 11 of the last 12.

Orioles 6, Red Sox 2

Rookie Alex Wells pitched six one-run innings and Boston missed another chance to come close to an AL wildcard spot in a loss to Baltimore.

Wells (2-3) allowed three hits while throwing 52 of his 80 throws for strikes against Boston, who came into second-place wildcard on Thursday with a half-game lead over Seattle and a one game ahead of Toronto.

Rookie Ryan Mountcastle pummeled his 33rd Homer, a three-point shot at Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (9-8), who has failed to complete five frames for the eighth time in his last 15 starts. Baltimore won its last series at home while inflicting Boston its fifth loss in six games.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

Dylan Carlson hit home runs on both sides of the plate and drove three points to reach St. Louis after visiting Milwaukee.

Sep 30, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is greeted by left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Center. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cardinals have won for the 18th time in their last 19 games while the Brewers have lost for the seventh time in their last 11 games.

Cardinals starting pitcher JA Happ (10-8) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven. Brewers starting pitcher Brett Anderson allowed two runs on three hits in five innings.

Tigers 10, Twins 7

Niko Goodrum hit two home runs and produced four runs as Detroit beat Minnesota to end a four-game losing streak.

Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with a homerun, three runs and two runs batted in and Harold Castro had two doubles and two runs batted in for Detroit.

Byron Buxton hit two home runs and also doubled, and Josh Donaldson and Brent Rooker also scored for Minnesota in their last home game of the season.

Rangers 7, Angels 6

Brock Holt had a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Texas against Los Angeles in the rubber game of the three-game series in Arlington, TX.

DJ Peters doubled up and hit a three-run homer while Adolis Garcia had a two-run, his 31st of the season, to help the Rangers recover from a 5-0 deficit early on.

Jared Walsh had three hits, Shohei Ohtani doubled and trebled, and Taylor Ward netted a two-run brace in the first inning before leaving with right abductor strain for Los Angeles. Angels starter Alex Cobb allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.

Cubs 9, Pirates 0

Sergio Alcantara homed and scored three runs to support Justin Steele’s seven scoreless innings as his visit to Chicago sent Pittsburgh to its 100th loss of the season.

Steele (4-4), a career-high rookie in innings, allowed four hits, one on goal and seven strikeouts. The southpaw combined with relievers Rex Brothers and Jason Adam, who each pitched an inning, on a six-hit shutout.

Rafael Ortega hit a homerun and stole home, Willson Contreras added an RBI brace 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 claimed his first victory for New York, when the 41-year-old left-hander pitched five solid innings in a win over his visit to Miami.

The Mets took three of the Marlins’ four in their last home streak of the season. Hill, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays when the Mets were atop the National League East on July 23, came 0-4 in 12 games (11 starts) Thursday for New York despite a 3.86 ERA.

Marlins starter Edward Cabrera allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six strikes in three innings.

Indians 6, Royals 1

Bradley Zimmer recorded a brace, two fly sacrifices and three RBIs as Cleveland saved the final of a three-game series with a win at Kansas City.

Logan Allen (2-7) took the win with three scoreless innings in relief. Indians starter Shane Bieber, who was on his second start in more than three months on the injured list, had a run in three innings.

Cleveland ruined the major league debut for Royals starter Angel Zerpa (0-1), who allowed two unearned runs on three hits in five innings.

–Field level media

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