MLB roundup: Rays win AL East title with victory
2021-09-26 09:56:06 GMT + 00: 00 – Mike Zunino hit a decisive two-run homerun as the Tampa Bay Rays won the American League East title with a 7- victory 3 over the Miami Marlins on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Coupled with the New York Yankees’ 5-3 comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox, the victory gave the Rays their second consecutive division title and the fourth overall in organizational history (2008, 2010 ).
Zunino had two hits and two runs, and Brandon Lowe went 4 for 5 with three doubles and two runs batted in. Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz each had two hits, a run and an RBI.
Rookie Shane McClanahan (10-6) came out after five innings that required 84 shots but tied the club’s top with his 10th win, sharing the lead with Josh Fleming. The southpaw gave six hits and struck out three while walking one.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 5
Paul DeJong hit a two-run homerun and a sacrifice volley as visiting St. Louis rallied to Chicago for their 15th consecutive win, a team record.
Harrison Bader added a solo homerun and an RBI single as the Cardinals reduced their magic number to reach the National League game to three. Cardinals starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed four runs, three earned, eight hits and three walks. Kwang Hyun Kim (7-7) took the win with a scoreless inning relief.
Ian Happ produced three runs for the Cubs, who lost for the 12th time in their last 14 games.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3
Giancarlo Stanton crushed a Grand Slam go-ahead in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees tied host Boston for the top spot in the American League wild cards.
Stanton’s first pitch explosion gave the Yankees their first lead in the contest. The slugger hit a homerun and had four RBIs in a victory in New York on Friday to kick off the pivotal three-game series.
The visitors extended their winning streak to five. Bobby Dalbec scored the ninth for the Red Sox, who had won seven in a row entering the series.
Phillies 3, Pirates 0
Southpaw Ranger Suarez had a four-hit shutout to put host Philadelphia past Pittsburgh and stay just a game and a half behind NL East leaders Atlanta.
Suarez (7-5) struck out seven strikes and no goals for the Phillies, who won their fifth in a row. Suarez, a former closer, threw just 97 shots while recording his first career shutout.
Matt Vierling hit a homerun and a single and Bryce Harper added a homerun. JT Realmuto provided two hits for the Phillies. Pirates right-hander Wil Crowe (4-8) lasted just 4 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs with four walks and two strikeouts.
Athletics 2, Astros 1
Starling Marte scored a brace with a strikeout late in the ninth inning, giving host Oakland their second straight victory over front-runner AL West Houston.
The As defeated another homerun of Kyle Tucker of the Astros against Sean Manaea to stay alive in AL West, where they now sit third, behind Houston by seven games with seven remaining.
Oakland also remained four games behind wildcard co-leaders New York and Boston, with Toronto two games and Seattle three. Andrew Chafin (2-3), who worked a 1-2-3 in the lead of the ninth, was credited with the win, and the Astros’ closest, Ryan Pressly (5-3) suffered the loss.
Indians 6, White Sox 0
Rookie right-hander Eli Morgan allowed a hit in six clean innings to lead host Cleveland past Chicago in Game 4 of their five-game series.
Morgan pulled out six and walked one in his 17th start in the major leagues. Jose Ramirez and Andres Gimenez hit a homerun, 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 struck out six and failed to produce a batter for the White Sox, who won AL Central with a win in Game 1 of the series on Thursday.
Tigers 5, Royals 1
Miguel Cabrera had a two-run double and a two-run single, and host Detroit earned his 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 one run batted in. Drew Hutchison (3-1) allowed only one unearned run in 2 2/3 innings relief. Michael Fulmer had the last four strikeouts for his 12th save.
Detroit starter Tarik Skubal allowed a scoreless four-innings hitting. Making his second career start, Kansas City starter Jon Heasley held the Tigers scoreless on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hunter Dozier had two more hits and an RBI for the Royals.
Blue jays 6, twins 1
Marcus Semien tied the single-season homerun record for second baseman with his 43rd as Toronto ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Jays starter Robbie Ray allowed three hits in six innings while notching his 13th victory. Teoscar Hernandez and George Springer also scored for Toronto, which remained two games away from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the American League wildcard two-seat race.
Minnesota, which ended a four-game winning streak, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Jorge Polanco scored a single, climbed to second on a walk from Josh Donaldson, stole third place and scored on a sacrificial volley from Mitch Garver, whose potential for an additional center liner was donated by Springer before crashing into the fence.
Angels 14, Navigators 1
Shohei Ohtani scored two trebles and walked with goals loaded as Los Angeles dampened Seattle’s playoff hopes with a blowout in Anaheim, Calif.
Luis Rengifo scored a homerun and Phil Gosselin and Jared Walsh each scored four points for the Angels, who have only won for the second time in their last nine games. Southpaw Jhonathan Diaz (1-0) pitched seven innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits, to claim his first major league victory. Angels starter Jaime Barria, a right-hander, left after two scoreless innings with arm fatigue.
The Mariners saw their season-high six-game winning streak broken and lost three games to Boston and the New York Yankees in the race for two American League playoff spots.
Braves 10, Padres 8 (10 innings)
Jorge Soler produced four runs, including one on a double in the 10th, to help visit Atlanta to beat San Diego in 10 innings.
Soler, who went 3 for 5, netted an online brace that scored Travis d’Arnaud, who started the set on second, and sent out the marched Orlando Arcia, on third. Arcia then scored on a long sacrificial volley from Ozzie Albies. The winning pitcher was Richard Rodriguez (5-4) and Will Smith got his 34th save. The losing pitcher was Daniel Hudson (5-3).
San Diego starter Vince Velasquez pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Atlanta starter Huascar Ynoa allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Giants 7, Rockies 2
Brandon Belt hit two home runs as San Francisco won for the fourth time in the last five games to beat Colorado in Denver.
The Giants came into the night on a home run to equal the franchise record of 235 in a single season, set in 2001. Belt’s first homer came in the first inning and tied the record; his second, a three-point shot in the fifth, established it.
Colorado starter Jon Gray (8-12) played 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Ahead of Saturday night’s game, the Rockies held a ceremony in which they retired Larry Walker’s number 33 as the team celebrated their Hall of Fame induction.
Orioles 3, Rangers 2
Kelvin Gutierrez capped a seventh inning three-run with a two-run homer and Baltimore beat his visit to Texas.
The seventh inning rally shattered a scoreless game and gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.
Jose Trevino and Nathaniel Lowe pulled off solo homers for the Rangers. Texas right-hander Jordan Lyles (9-13) allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Brewers 2, Mets 1
Corbin Burnes bolstered his National League candidacy Cy Young with a pitching seven solid innings, taking the win as Milwaukee reduced his magic number for winning the NL Central to one edging out the visiting New York Mets.
Eduardo Escobar delivered a two-run third inning single for the Brewers, who can clinch the fourth full-season division title in franchise history with a win in the series final on Sunday or a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, who won 15. in a row.
The loss was the fourth in a row and 12th in 15 games for New York, eliminated from the playoffs before the first pitch due to the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. New York held the top spot in eastern NL for 114 days.
Reds 7, Nationals 6
Nick Castellanos hit a solo homerun with a ninth inning out and Cincinnati defeated his visit to Washington.
Castellanos, who went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, hit a 0-1 fastball from Patrick Murphy (0-3) down center field for his 31st home run.
The Reds, who won on a walk-off for the second night in a row, remain six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL’s second wild card. Mychal Givens (4-3) pitched a round for the win.
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 2
Zac Gallen got the better of a duel with Clayton Kershaw and Arizona earned a rare victory over Los Angeles in the playoffs.
Gallen (3-10) allowed a run on just three hits in six innings, while Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly hit home runs as the Diamondbacks won only for the third time in 18 games against the Dodgers this season.
Trea Turner hit two home runs for the Dodgers, who have lost only for the third time in their last 14 games. Los Angeles fell to 5-2 on their nine-game road trip.
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