Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
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[September 18, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights
of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:
Cubs 4, Cardinals 3
Jason Heyward hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh
to help Chicago complete a sweep of St. Louis.
Heyward finished with three hits for the Cubs, who have won six
straight and climbed 17 games above .500. They also moved to six
games ahead of third-place St. Louis in the National League Central.
Pedro Stop (5-4) earned the victory after throwing a scoreless
inning, and Wade Davis secured his 31st save in as many chances.
Astros 7, Mariners 1
Justin Verlander delivered another strong start, and the Houston
Astros bashed four home runs in their 7-1 win over the Seattle
Mariners on Sunday, a victory that secured the first American League
West pennant in franchise history.
Houston won its first division championship since 2001, when it
claimed the National League Central title. This marks the first
division title since the club moved to the AL in 2013 and the
seventh division crown overall. It is the Astros' second playoff
berth in three seasons with manager A.J. Hinch.
Tigers 12, White Sox 0
Matthew Boyd fell one out short of pitching Detroit's first
no-hitter since 2011.
Boyd yielded a two-out double to right-center in the ninth by Tim
Anderson. He also got home run support from Nicholas Castellanos,
Mikie Mahtook and rookie Jeimer Candelario.
Indians 3, Royals 2
Corey Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings and Edwin Encarnacion
belted his 36th home run as Cleveland defeated Kansas City.
Kluber (17-4), who struck out nine and did not walk a batter, has
pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts.
Cody Allen pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his 28th save.
Nationals 7, Dodgers 1
Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning
and added a solo shot in the eighth, and Stephen Strasburg won his
fourth start in a row as Washington beat Los Angeles.
The Nationals salvaged the finale of the three-game series between
Athletics 6, Phillies 3
Joey Wendle's grand slam in the top of the sixth inning was the
difference as Oakland topped Philadelphia.
Returning to the majors after an 849-day absence, Phillies starter
Henderson Alvarez stifled the Athletics lineup early in the game,
scattering just four hits over five innings, but the wheels fell off
for Alvarez the second time through the lineup.
Mets 5, Braves 1
Robert Gsellman allowed only three hits over seven strong innings
and pitched New York past Atlanta.
Gsellman (7-7) gave up one unearned run and struck out three in his
longest stint since May 29. He has allowed only one unearned run and
six hits his last 13 2/3 innings against the Braves.
Reds 5, Pirates 2
Robert Stephenson allowed one hit, walked three and struck out eight
while pitching six scoreless innings in Cincinnati's victory over
He got out of a jam in the third inning, when the Pirates had
runners at second and third with no outs, and cruised from there.
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Orioles 6, Yankees 4
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 in five innings, and Tim Beckham hit a
long three-run homer as Baltimore salvaged one victory in the series
against New York.
Jimenez (6-10) recorded his 19th career double-digit
strikeout game, striking out every Yankee except Todd Frazier.
Beckham hit his 22nd homer and 10th since being acquired from Tampa
Bay in the fourth off New York starter Sonny Gray, who is 3-6 since
joining the Yankees.
Brewers 10, Marlins 3
Brandon Woodruff struck out six and the Milwaukee Brewers' offense
produced an eight-run inning for the second time in three games in
its rout of Miami.
Woodruff (2-2) went six innings, limiting Miami to three runs on
eight hits and didn't walk a batter.
Twins 13, Blue Jays 7
Eddie Rosario homered twice and Joe Mauer hit the fourth career
grand slam as Minnesota scored seven runs in the second inning and
six in the fifth to erase a 5-0 second-inning deficit against
Toronto's Josh Donaldson homered in each of the first two innings to
help stake starter Joe Biagini (3-11) to the early five-run lead.
However, Rosario and Byron Buxton hit back-to-back homers to lead
off the second and spark the Twins' rally.
Rays 3, Red Sox 2
Evan Longoria had two RBIs and Jesus Sucre hit a solo home run to
help Tampa Bay salvage the final game of the three-game set against
Boston, which had its three-game win streak snapped.
Sucre put the Rays ahead again in sixth when he hit a solo shot off
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez to make the score 3-2.
Rangers 4, Angels 2
Adrian Beltre had a two-run double and Joey Gallo hit the
third-longest home run in the majors this season to lift Texas.
The loss dropped the Angels two games behind the Twins for the
second American League wild-card spot with 13 games remaining. The
Rangers remain five games back.
Giants 7, Diamondbacks 2
Pablo Sandoval hit his first right-handed home run since 2014 as
part of a two-hit, three-RBI day, helping San Francisco avoid a
Chris Stratton pitched six strong innings and combined with four
relievers on a six-hitter as the Giants bounced back from narrow
defeats to Diamondbacks pitching standouts Robbie Ray and Zack
Greinke on Friday and Saturday.
Padres 4, Rockies 3
After offering little resistance in two losses, San Diego struck
late to beat Colorado to avoid a sweep in the three-game series.
The Padres tied the score with two runs in the eighth inning and won
it in the ninth on Austin Hedges' squeeze bunt off Rockies closer
Greg Holland (3-6).
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