MLB roundup: Angels undermine Mariners’ playoff hopes

2021-10-02 09:37:56 GMT + 00: 00 – Luis Quijada came in relief with runners in the corners and no outs in the seventh inning and struck out the next three hitters on strikes as the Los Angeles Angels visiting were damaging the Seattle Mariners’ playoff prospects with a 2-1 win on Friday.

Brandon Marsh netted a two-run double in the third inning as the Angels won only for the fourth time in their last 14 games.

The Mariners, who had won four in a row and 10 of 11, lost a game behind Boston in the race for second place in the AL wild card. Seattle is tied with Toronto. The Mariners’ score came on the brace produced by Jarred Kelenic in the second set.

Angels left-hander Jose Suarez (8-8) allowed just one run on three hits in five innings. He walked two and pulled out five. Closest Raisel Iglesias gave Kyle Seager a brace in the ninth but got a return to the mound, a volley into the infield and a right flyout to get out of the round to win his 34th save.

Dodgers 8, Brewers 6

Trea Turner pulled off a grand slam from his two home runs, Matt Beaty hit a shot and Los Angeles stayed alive to win at least a tie for the National League West title by rallying for a victory over Milwaukee.

Despite the win, the Dodgers still suffered a loss as veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw left the game in the second inning with discomfort in his left forearm. The Dodgers, who have already qualified for the playoffs at least as a wild-card team, remain two games behind San Francisco in the division with two games to go. The Giants’ magic number is one that robs the Dodgers of a ninth consecutive NL West title.

Christian Yelich and Eduardo Escobar each had two hits and two runs for the Brewers, who are tied in the playoffs as National League center champions, but have lost three of four. After coming in with a career 1.89 ERA against the Dodgers, Milwaukee southpaw Eric Lauer allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and pulled out three.

Giants 3, Padres 0

Anthony DeSclafani combined with four relievers on a nine-hit shutout as host San Francisco claimed his seventh straight victory and tied at least one tie for the Western National League title by beating San Diego.

With a 2-0 lead in the first inning, DeSclafani (13-7) had five innings, allowing four hits and no walks. He took out three. Jose Alvarez, Dominic Leone, Tyler Rogers and Doval (third save) finished with four scoreless innings of relief.

Darin Ruf hit his 16th homer of the season, and the Padres had two hits each from Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham and Wil Myers. San Diego has lost its seventh in a row and its 12th in its last 13 games.

Red Sox 4, Nationals 2

Hunter Renfroe broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the sixth inning and visiting Boston claimed a well-deserved victory over Washington.

Bobby Dalbec followed Renfroe’s explosion with a solo homerun as Boston won for just the second time in seven games. The Red Sox edged out the Seattle Mariners by one game in the race for the second-place wild card from the AL. The Toronto Blue Jays are also in a second leg. The Red Sox also moved on to a New York Yankees game for the first wild card.

Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (12-8) recorded more than five scoreless innings, allowing five hits. He took out six and walked three. Josh Rogers (2-2) allowed four runs on seven hits for Washington, which has lost six of its last seven games. Alcides Escobar and Jordy Mercer have successfully completed solo circuits for the Nationals.

Spokes 4, Yankees 3

Rookie Wander Franco hit a two-run single in the ninth inning and Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaker single in the second as visiting Tampa Bay recorded a victory over New York, which was unable to secure a place in the playoffs.

The Yankees entered the game with a magic number two to clinch their fifth straight playoff spot, but their loss and Boston’s victory over Washington left that number still at two.

Kiermaier’s hit helped the Rays to a victory in their first 100-game season in team history. Nelson Cruz scored three hitters for the 449th of his career, tying the slugger with Hall of Fame Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and Jeff Bagwell for the 40th on the all-time roster.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4

Danny Jansen hit a two-run homerun and had three RBIs, left-hander Steven Matz pitched in the eighth inning and Toronto held on to defeat Baltimore.

Corey Dickerson added a solo homerun and Cavan Biggio had three hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays in Game 1 of a three-game series. Pat Valaika hit a two-run homer and Kelvin Gutierrez had a solo shot for the Orioles. Austin Hays added two hits and sent off a home runner for Baltimore.

The Blue Jays stayed within one game of Boston for the second AL wild card, but gained ground over Seattle, which was tied with Boston until it lost later on Friday.

Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 7

Dom Nunez hit an equalizer in the ninth inning and Trevor Story delivered the deciding single later in the inning as Colorado recovered from a seven-point deficit to win over Arizona in Phoenix.

Sam Hilliard hit a three-run homerun and Brendan Rodgers had three hits for the Rockies. Rookie pitcher Humberto Castellanos hit a three-run homerun for his first major league shot for the Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth straight game. Arizona is one step away from the franchise record for losses (111 in 2004).

Christian Walker added a two-run homerun and Ketel Marte had a solo shot for the Diamondbacks.

October 1, 2021; Seattle, Washington, United States; Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher (22) defeats the tag by Seattle Mariners wide receiver Tom Murphy (2) to score and take a 2-1 lead during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Abbie Parr-USA TODAY Sports

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Mets 4, Braves 3

Brandon Nimmo hit a pair of solo homers and starter Tylor Megill worked five scoreless innings to help New York defeat host Atlanta, who rested several regulars after winning the NL East the day before.

Nimmo’s home runs have given him eight this year and punctuated the team’s 11-hit attack. Pete Alonso had three of those hits. The only hit given to Megill was an Ozzie Albies single with a fourth putout. Edwin Diaz, the Mets’ fifth pitcher, had a scoreless ninth goal and got his 32nd save.

Atlanta starter Huascar Ynoa (4-6) pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The Braves scored a point in the sixth for Jeurys Familia when Albies doubled up at Ehire Adrianza. Eddie Rosario and Adrianza hit solo homers for the Braves.

Phillies 5, Marlins 0

Bryce Harper went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and reliever-to-starter Ranger Suarez (8-5) struck out a career-high nine batters as Philadelphia shut out host Miami.

Harper, a National League MVP candidate with 41 doubles, 35 homers and 84 RBIs, rolled his left ankle after smashing his double in the third inning but stayed in the game and scored in the fifth inning. The Phillies ended a four-game losing streak and won a winning season.

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (9-15) played five innings, allowing five hits, one walk and four runs, while striking out six. The 15 losses are a career worse for Alcantara, who finished the year with 205 2/3 innings pitched and 201 strikeouts.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3

Paul Goldschmidt delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth as St. Louis edged out his visit to Chicago.

Tyler O’Neill produced two homers, one double and three runs for the Cardinals, who won for the 19th time in 20 games. Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson pitched five clean innings while allowing just three hits and one walk, striking out four strikes.

Trayce Thompson hit a three-run homerun for the Cubs, who have lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.

A 8, Astros 6

Matt Olson and Chad Pinder did a homerun and Sean Manaea pitched 5 2/3 effective innings as Oakland’s visit outlived Houston.

Manaea (11-10) allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Lou Trivino pitched 1 1/2 scoreless innings for his 22nd save.

Jason Castro hit a three-run homerun for the Astros, whose roster was without five starters one night after winning AL West for the fourth time in five seasons.

Pirates 9, Reds 2

Cole Tucker’s first career grand slam came in an eight-point eighth inning as host Pittsburgh handed Cincinnati their third straight loss.

Tucker also trebled and scored and made two stellar defensive plays. Pittsburgh starter Wil Crowe allowed a hit in six clean innings. He struck out nine strikes, walked two and put out the last 12 batters he faced. Chris Stratton (7-1) gave up a point in the eighth for the Pirates.

Jose Barrero had a triple RBI and Max Schrock had a single RBI for the Reds. Starter Luis Castillo allowed one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. Amir Garrett (0-4) allowed two runs in the third inning for the Reds.

Indians 9, Rangers 6

Jose Ramirez led three points to take Cleveland to a win in Arlington, TX. Ramirez had a two-run single to cap the Indians’ third inning with four runs before adding a single RBI as part of a five-run fourth.

Austin Hedges and Bobby Bradley each had a solo homerun and Harold Ramirez scored two runs for Cleveland. Rookie Eli Morgan (5-7) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs but was victorious.

Jose Trevino threw a two-run homer and Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Nathaniel Lowe (three hits) also went deep for the Rangers.

Royals 11, Twins 6

Hunter Dozier had three hits, including a home run, as Kansas City hit Minnesota.

Every Royals player in the starting lineup had a hit, except for major league home run leader Salvador Perez. Whit Merrifield led the team with three hits. Kansas City starter Jon Heasley (1-1) claimed his first major league victory in his third outing. He allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, including three runs in the sixth.

The Twins, reigning two-time Central American League champions, were sure to finish in last place with loss. John Gant (5-11) allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings for the Twins. He walked two and pulled out three.

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