MLB Roundup: Blue Jays’ wild card lead slips, Yankees clinch playoff spot

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodriguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep with a 9-5 win over the Oakland A’s on Thursday.

Rodriguez slowly walked off the sphere with a coach in the backside half of the primary inning. He just lately missed three video games in Anaheim with a decrease back problem.

“Concerning,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “It’s the identical area within the low back. He’ll get work up tomorrow when we get to Kansas City, get an MRI and pictures of that.”

Jarred Kelenic homered and doubled for Seattle in his first sport since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma. Adam Frazier had three RBIs, and Matthew Boyd (2-0) pitched two innings for the win.

Seattle entered the day with a four-game lead over Baltimore for the third and last AL wild card.

Stephen Vogt tripled in three runs for Oakland. Vogt also announced he will retire on the finish of the season, ending a 10-year main league profession.

Kirby Snead (1-1) was charged with the loss.

ORIOLES 2, ASTROS 0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Bradish came within one out of his first career shutout, outpitching Justin Verlander in a stellar performance and main Baltimore to the victory.

Bradish (4-7) struck out 10 and walked none. He departed after Jeremy Pena’s two-out single within the ninth, and Felix Bautista struck out Aledmys Diaz for his 15th save.

Trey Mancini went zero for 3 in his first game again at Camden Yards because the Orioles traded him to Houston on Aug. 1, and the Astros failed of their first attempt at incomes their 100th victory this season.

The Orioles remained 4 games behind Seattle within the race for a postseason spot, however they were set to gain floor on the loser of the Tampa Bay-Toronto recreation.

Verlander (17-4) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in his second recreation again from a calf injury.

The Toronto Blue Jays lead the wild card race, one sport in entrance of the Tampa Bay Rays, 1.5 forward of Seattle and 5.5 forward of the Orioles.

The top three make the playoffs.

YANKEES 5, RED SOX 4 (10 INNINGS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge fell a few toes in need of a record-tying 61st homer, hitting a 404-foot drive caught in front of the middle area wall within the ninth inning, and New York beat Boston on Josh Donaldson’s 10th-inning single to clinch their sixth straight playoff berth.

Judge had walked 3 times and struck out once earlier than he got here to the plate with the score tied 4-all in the ninth. The crowd of 43,123 was on its toes for every pitch, and Judge drove a 2-2 fastball from Matt Barnes just to the best of straightaway heart.

The ball left the bat at 113 mph, and fans waited in anticipation as Judge jogged toward first base. But they groaned in unison as Kike Hernandez made the catch a step in front of the fence, not far from the 408-foot sign.

Judge additionally threw out a runner at second base to help hold off Boston in the ninth, showing off his defensive prowess. Tommy Pham hit a one-hopper off the right-field wall in opposition to Clay Holmes (7-4). Judge played the carom and from the warning track threw a strike to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the tag. It was Judge’s sixth assist of the season.

Then within the 10th, with pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez at second as the automatic runner, Kaleb Ort (0-2) intentionally walked Gleyber Torres earlier than Donaldson grounded a single simply previous diving shortstop Xander Bogaerts and into left area.

RAYS 10, BLUE JAYS 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco had three RBIs and Jonathan Aranda homered, powering Tampa Bay to the win within the opener of an enormous four-game collection between playoff contenders.

Randy Arozarena had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rays, who have been coming off a three-game series by which they have been swept by Houston and scored simply twice. Ryan Yarbrough (3-8) obtained the win.

Tampa Bay (83-67) pulled within one game of Toronto (84-66) for the top spot within the AL wild-card standings. Seattle (82-67) is in third, 4 games ahead of Baltimore.

Whit Merrifield homered twice for Toronto, and Teoscar Hernandez also went deep. Jose Berrios (11-6) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in two innings.

PHILLIES 1, BRAVES 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ranger Suarez pitched six sparkling innings, and the Phillies continued their push toward the membership’s first playoff berth in a decade.

Matt Vierling knocked in the one run within the game with a second-inning sacrifice fly.

Suarez allowed five hits, struck out 4 and walked two. Zach Eflin got 5 outs earlier than Jose Alvarado finished the six-hitter for his second save.

Philadelphia (82-67) moved inside a half-game of San Diego for the National League’s second wild-card spot and remained 2 1/2 video games ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff berth.

The Braves (93-57) fell 1 1/2 games behind the idle New York Mets for the NL East lead.

Atlanta played without outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who was scratched because of again tightness.

Braves starter Max Fried (13-7) struck out eight in five innings.

GUARDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched two-run ball into the eighth inning, and the Guardians beat the White Sox for a three-game collection sweep.

Cleveland opened a seven-game lead over Chicago within the AL Central with its 15th win in 18 games. The Guardians (83-67) are going for the franchise’s first division title since 2018.

Bieber (12-8) earned his fourth straight win. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked none in 7 2/3 innings.

Emmanuel Clase handled the ninth for his AL-best 37th save in 41 possibilities.

Gavin Sheets homered for Chicago within the eighth. Johnny Cueto (7-9) allowed 4 runs, three earned, and eight hits in six innings in his third straight loss.

CARDINALS 5, PADRES 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brendan Donovan hit a grand slam within the seventh inning to lead Albert Pujols and NL Central-leading St. Louis to a victory towards San Diego, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Pujols remained at 698 career homers, although he did drive two balls to deep left area, one for a single and one for an out on the warning observe. The next cease in his pursuit of the 700-homer club is Dodger Stadium, the place the Cardinals open a three-game sequence on Friday.

Manny Machado hit his 30th homer for the Padres, who had won five in a row. Nick Martinez (4-4) got the loss.

Donovan’s slam made a winner of Jack Flaherty (1-1), who struck out nine in six innings. Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

BREWERS 5, REDS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs, leading Brandon Woodruff and Milwaukee to the victory.

Wong hit a two-run drive within the second inning towards Hunter Greene (4-13). He hit another two-run shot in the sixth off Dauri Moreta and a solo drive within the eighth against Joel Kuhnel. Wong has 15 homers and 46 RBIs on the season.

The second-place Brewers (80-70) opened a four-game set towards lowly Cincinnati with their second straight win.

Woodruff (12-4) struck out 11 in six innings.

Kyle Farmer hit his 13th homer within the sixth for Cincinnati.

ROYALS 4, TWINS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Heasley pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and the Royals beat the Twins to finish a three-game collection sweep.

Edward Oliveras and Drew Waters homered for Kansas City. Salvador Perez also drove in a run, extending his streak to seven straight games with an RBI.

Heasley (4-8) allowed one run, struck out three and walked two. Brad Keller got three outs for his first career save.

The first house sweep of no less than three video games by the Royals since July 2021 also in all probability ended the fading playoff hopes of the Twins, who two weeks in the past had been within the midst of an AL Central race but lost eight of 9 on their road journey.

Minnesota rookie Josh Winder (4-5) allowed three runs and 6 hits in six innings.

GIANTS 3, ROCKIES 0

DENVER (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski homered and John Brebbia pitched an inning in his second start of the series, serving to the Giants full a four-game sweep.

Brebbia was adopted by 5 relievers within the 10-hit shutout. Jharel Cotton (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win in his first huge league look since he was claimed off waivers from Minnesota on Sunday. Camilo Doval received three outs for his 24th save.

Brebbia also worked a scoreless inning when he got the beginning for Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory. He grew to become the first Giants pitcher to begin twice in the identical collection since Dominic Leone against San Diego last September.

San Francisco pulled off its first sweep of no much less than 4 games towards the Rockies since July 15-17, 2019.

The Rockies misplaced their fifth in a row at home and have been shut out for the 12th time this season.

Colorado right-hander Jose Urena (3-7) was charged with two runs and 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

RANGERS 5, ANGELS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, sending Texas to the win.

Seager drove a 1-1 fastball from Jose Quijada (0-5) deep to left-center for his 32nd homer, extending his profession best in his first season with Texas. Quijada got here in to pitch the eighth and walked leadoff hitter Marcus Semien earlier than Seager connected for his opposite-field shot.

Matt Moore (5-2) got three outs for the win, and Jose Leclerc dealt with the ninth for his seventh save in eight opportunities.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani was held out of the beginning lineup, however he pinch-hit with one out in the ninth and doubled into the right-field nook. Luis Rengifo and Mike Trout then struck out swinging.

CUBS 3, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cubs rookie Hayden Wesneski had an immaculate inning in his second main league start.

Wesneski (2-1) permitted two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings in his fourth look within the majors.

Wesneski had an immaculate inning in the fifth when he struck out the side on nine pitches. He fanned the three hitters at the bottom of the order: Jack Suwinski, Zack Collins and Jason Delay.

It was the 111th immaculate inning in major league historical past and fourth in Cubs history. The last Cubs pitcher to perform the feat was LaTroy Hawkins in 2004.

Christopher Morel hit a two-run double in Chicago’s third straight win. Mark Leiter Jr. received seven outs for his third save.

Last-place Pittsburgh lost its seventh straight sport. Kevin Newman homered, and Mitch Keller (5-12) pitched six innings of two-run ball.

DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Muncy hit a tying infield single within the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Mookie Betts singled residence the successful run, helping Los Angeles edge Arizona for its major league-leading 45th comeback victory.

The Dodgers did not take the lead until Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen left after a career-high eight innings. He struck out a career-best 13 and gave up only two hits.

Craig Kimbrel (6-6) received the win regardless of giving up Christian Walker’s 36th homer, which gave Arizona a 2-1 lead in the ninth.

Cody Bellinger doubled leading off the ninth towards Reyes Moronta (1-1).

Muncy had an RBI double within the fourth.

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