Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games
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[September 22, 2016]
Sept 21 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday:
Yankees 11, Rays 5
Red-hot Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit two more home runs, giving
him five in his last four games, as New York rolled to an 11-5 win
over the Tampa Bay Rays.
With the win and Baltimore's loss to Boston, the Yankees (79-72)
pulled to within 2-1/2 games of the second wild card in the American
League with 11 games remaining in the season.
New York jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings, then
held off the Rays (64-87), who inched back with five solo home runs.
Rockies 11, Cardinals 1
Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam as the Colorado Rockies piled on
rookie starter Luke Weaver early and beat the St. Louis Cardinals
Arenado's grand slam came with two outs in the second and was his
first since Sept. 26, 2015, against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the
fourth of his career.
It was his National League-leading 39th homer and gave the Rockies a
Astros 6, Athletics 5
Evan Gattis hit two home runs, right-hander Collin McHugh won his
fifth straight game and the Houston Astros continued their wild-card
playoff push with a 6-5 victory against the Oakland Athletics.
The Astros entered the game trailing Baltimore by two games for the
American League's second wild-card spot.
McHugh (12-10) allowed two runs on six hits over 5-2/3 innings,
striking out five and walking two.
Mariners 2, Blue Jays 1 (12 innings)
Felix Hernandez (11-6) gutted through seven scoreless innings in a
2-1 win over the Blue Jays, but the real stars were Seattle's
relievers, who combined for six innings and allowed four hits while
striking out six.
The Blue Jays were forced to use starter R.A. Dickey in the 12th
inning after exhausting their bullpen.
Seattle (80-71) are struggling to stay in the race for a American
League wild-card spot, but their offense simply could not find a way
to score more than one run against Aaron Sanchez and a strong effort
from the Toronto bullpen.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 1
Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer after Boston scored two runs
on a throwing error during a five-run sixth inning as the Red Sox
defeated the Baltimore Orioles.
Boston (88-64) have now won seven consecutive games, while Baltimore
(82-70) slipped to six games behind the Red Sox in the American
League East, missing a chance to tie Toronto (83-69) for second
place as the Blue Jays lost in Seattle earlier.
Phillies 8, White Sox 3
Tommy Joseph homered and drove in three runs as the Philadelphia
Phillies completed beat the Chicago White Sox.
Jerad Eickhoff (11-14) went seven innings for the win, giving up
three runs on six hits. The right-hander struck out six against just
one walk, throwing 93 pitches, 62 strikes.
White Sox ace Chris Sale (16-9) had an unusually rough outing,
giving up three runs in the opening frame. He also hit three batters
in a game for the first time in his seven-year career.
Braves 4, Mets 3
Ender Inciarte drove home the winning run with an RBI groundout in
the top of the ninth and made a game-saving catch to end the bottom
of the inning as the Atlanta Braves continued to play wild-card
spoiler by beating the New York Mets.
The Braves (61-91) trailed 3-0 entering the seventh before storming
back to stun the Mets (80-72), who entered the game in a three-way
tie for the National League's two wild-card spots with the San
Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets are assured of no worse than being tied for the second wild
card by virtue of the Cardinals' loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Indians 4, Royals 3
Jose Ramirez hit three of Cleveland's six doubles, and Corey Kluber
struck out nine in 6-1/3 innings in winning his 18th game as the
Indians beat the Kansas City Royals.
The loss officially eliminates the Royals from the American League
Central Division race, and the win for Cleveland reduces the
Indians' magic number for clinching the division to five.
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Kluber (18-9) gave up four consecutive singles and two runs in the
third inning, but no runs and two hits in the other 5-1/3 innings he
Nationals 8, Marlins 3
Max Scherzer earned his 18th win and Ryan Zimmerman slugged a
three-run homer to lead the Washington Nationals to an 8-3 victory
over the Miami Marlins.
Scherzer (18-7) struck out eight and was working on a shutout until
the seventh, when he gave up a solo homer to the upper deck in right
field by Christian Yelich and a two-run, pinch-hit blast by Derek
That was it for Scherzer, who allowed four hits, two walks and three
runs in 6-2/3 innings.
Cubs 9, Reds 2
John Lackey picked up his first victory since Aug. 9 and joined four
fellow starters with double-digit wins as the Chicago Cubs beat the
Lackey (10-8) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings as the
Cubs won their third successive game.
The Cubs (97-55) matched the win total from their 2015 wild-card
season and reduced their magic number to two to secure National
League postseason home-field advantage.
Cincinnati starter Robert Stephenson (2-2) worked an abbreviated
3-2/3-inning outing and took the loss.
Angels 5, Rangers 4
The Los Angeles Angels held on to the lead this time and beat the
After watching Texas rally to win the first two games of the series,
the Angels' bullpen pitched three shutout innings to back starter
Mike Trout's three-run home run gave Los Angeles a lead they would
The Rangers (90-63) had their magic number to clinch the American
League West remain at two. Texas also hold a one-game lead on
Cleveland (88-63) for the best record in the AL.
Pirates 4, Brewers 1
Home runs from Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez paced the
Pittsburgh Pirates offense and Chad Kuhl struck out six in a 4-1
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
McCutchen and Rodriguez finished with two hits each while Rodriguez
drove in three runs.
Kuhl (5-3) held Milwaukee to a run on five hits and a walk over six
innings of work and earned his second consecutive victory. He's
allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his last nine starts.
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt smacked two home runs and Zack Greinke
continued his dominance over San Diego.
Goldschmidt had a solo blast in the first inning and a two-run shot
in the sixth as the Diamondbacks avoided the three-game sweep in
winning for just the second time in six outings.
Greinke (13-7) beat the Padres for the eighth occasion in nine
decisions. He worked six innings, charged with two runs, two hits
and four walks (one intentional).
Dodgers 9, Giants 3
Yasiel Puig smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to
spark an early surge as the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the San
Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.
First-place Los Angeles (86-66) pushed their lead over San Francisco
(80-72) to six games in the National League West.
The Giants, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals all lost on
Wednesday, leaving them in a three-way tie for the two NL wild-card
Tigers v Twins (postponed)
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