NEW YORK Neil Walker hit a
three-run homer, Zach Britton started a game-ending double
play on New York's third try in the ninth inning and the
Yankees kept the Boston Red Sox from a bubbly celebration in
the Bronx for at least another night with a 3-2 victory
Batting from the left side,
Walker launched a no-doubter in the seventh inning off Ryan
Brasier for the Yankees' third hit of the game and a 3-1
Aaron Judge returned to New
York's lineup for the first time since breaking his right
wrist July 26, while AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts got a day
off for Boston after injuring his left side Sunday. Judge
hit a pop fly to the warning track but finished 0 for 4.
New York moved 2½ games
ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild card. The A's lost at
home to the Angels.
Boston is trying to clinch
the AL East at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three
years. The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 10 1/2 games and
entered the night with a magic number of four over the
Astros to lock up baseball's best record.
The game started about six
hours after it was supposed to begin. Originally scheduled
for 1:05 p.m., it was pushed back earlier in the morning
because heavy rain was in the forecast.
Chad Green (8-2) and David
Robertson relieved J.A. Happ and got the ball to Britton,
who capped a five-hitter for his sixth save.
Boston reliever Brandon
Workman (6-1) walked two in the seventh before Walker took
Brasier deep. The Red Sox bullpen wasted six scoreless
innings of two-hit ball from hard-throwing starter Nathan
DODGERS 3, ROCKIES 2, 10
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris
Taylor hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to extend Los
Angeles' lead in the NL West to 1½ games over Colorado.
Taylor connected off Adam
Ottavino (6-4) with one out and was swarmed by teammates at
home plate. A day after moving past the Rockies into first
place, the defending NL champions matched their largest lead
of the season. The Dodgers won the series opener 8-2.
Dylan Floro (6-3) got the win
by striking out two in the 10th.
Dodgers starter Clayton
Kershaw gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings.
Rockies counterpart Kyle
Freeland allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. Charlie Blackmon
homered for Colorado.
Los Angeles tied it 2-all in
the fifth when Austin Barnes scored on a throwing error by
third baseman Nolan Arenado.
ANGELS 9, ATHLETICS 7
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)
Kaleb Cowart hit a go-ahead grand slam in a six-run sixth
inning before adding an RBI triple, and Los Angeles rallied
The Athletics fell five games
back of the AL West-leading Astros and 2 1/2 behind the
Yankees for the top wild card.
Andrelton Simmons hit a
two-run single to get the Angels started in the sixth before
Cowart connected against Lou Trivino (8-3) for his club's
first grand slam of the season.
Mike Trout hit his 35th home
run for Los Angeles and stole his 24th base.
Noe Ramirez (6-5) pitched 1
1/3 innings of relief for the win. Ty Buttrey allowed a
two-run single to pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler in the eighth
but got five outs for his fourth save.
Mark Canha hit a three-run
double for the A's, who lost for the fourth time in five
CUBS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) Javier Baez
and Daniel Murphy each hit an early two-run homer as Chicago
routed fading Arizona.
With their fifth victory in
six games, the Cubs increased their NL Central lead to 3 1/2
games over Milwaukee, which lost at home to last-place
Mike Montgomery (5-5) allowed
a run and four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in
six innings for his first win since Aug. 7.
The slumping Diamondbacks
dropped six games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL
West and six back of St. Louis for the second wild card.
They have lost four in a row and nine of 11.
Just before Baez connected,
Anthony Rizzo lined out to end a 17-pitch at-bat. Rizzo
added a two-run single in a four-run fifth.
Matt Andriese (3-6) lasted
two innings and was charged with five runs on five hits in a
bullpen game for Arizona.
CARDINALS 8, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) Paul DeJong
hit a two-run homer, Yadier Molina added a two-run single in
a four-run eighth inning and St. Louis won ITS third
Austin Gomber pitched five
effective innings for St. Louis, which holds a slim lead for
the second NL wild card. The Cardinals top the National
League with 36 victories since All-Star break, and their 43
road wins this season rank second.
Atlanta's division lead
dropped to 5½ games over Philadelphia as the Braves lost
their fourth in a row after a season-best six-game winning
streak. They are 38-38 at SunTrust Park and have dropped 14
of 18 at home.
The Braves' magic number
remained at seven as they try to clinch a division title for
the first time in five years. Philadelphia beat the New York
Anibal Sanchez (6-6) allowed
four hits and two runs and struck out six in five innings.
Gomber (6-1) gave up six
hits, one run and three walks while striking out five for
his fifth victory in his last six decisions.
ASTROS 7, MARINERS 0
HOUSTON (AP) Marwin
Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning that
helped Houston eliminate Seattle from contention for the AL
Houston extended its division
lead to five games over second-place Oakland.
Rookie starter Josh James
(1-0) struck out seven and scattered four hits over 5 1/3
innings for his first major league win. Four relievers
completed the shutout.
Seattle starter Mike Leake
(10-10) yielded six hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to
snap a two-game winning streak.
RAYS 4, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)
Blake Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner
in two years, pitching Tampa Bay past Texas.
Snell (20-5) threw one-hit
ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for
victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy
Young Award season of 2012.
Snell won his eighth straight
start. The 25-year-old lefty struck out five, walked two and
threw 92 pitches, exiting with a 1.97 ERA.
Tampa Bay has won four
straight and 13 of 16 this month in a last-ditch attempt to
wrest a playoff berth from Oakland. The Rays moved within 5½
games of the Athletics for the second AL wild card.
The Rays scored three times
in the fourth against Yovani Gallardo (8-6). Willie Adames
hit a two-run homer and Joey Wendle had an RBI double.
REDS 3, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) Jose
Peraza capitalized on Chase Anderson's home run troubles
with a drive in the first inning and Cincinnati handed
Milwaukee its third loss in four games.
The Brewers' edge for the top
NL wild-card spot was cut to two games over St. Louis.
Milwaukee fell 3½ games behind the first-place Cubs in the
Milwaukee managed only three
hits against five Cincinnati pitchers. It was the third
low-scoring defeat for the Brewers in four games they
lost to Pittsburgh 3-1 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday.
Michael Lorenzen, making his
first start since 2015 after 151 relief appearances, allowed
one unearned run on one hit in four innings. Sal Romano
(8-11) followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the
Raisel Iglesias struck out
three in the ninth after a leadoff walk for his 28th save.
Anderson (9-8) gave up three
runs on six hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings, matching
his shortest start of the season. Six relievers blanked the
Reds the rest of the way.
PHILLIES 5, METS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jorge
Alfaro hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning
and Philadelphia boosted its faint playoff hopes.
Philadelphia overcame an
uneven outing from ace Aaron Nola and a home run by starter
Steven Matz that made him the third Mets pitcher to homer in
The Phillies won for the
third time in 10 games and moved within 5½ games of Atlanta
for the NL East lead. The Braves lost at home to St. Louis.
Wilson Ramos and Justin Bour
delivered pinch-hit RBI hits in a five-run sixth before
Alfaro drilled a curveball from Drew Smith (1-1) to
left-center for his 10th homer.
And with that, Matz's
eventful performance was wasted by the Mets.
The other Mets pitchers to
homer in back-to-back outings were Hall of Famer Tom Seaver
(1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Pat Neshek (3-1) relieved
Nola and got the final out of the sixth. Seranthony
Dominguez, Tommy Hunter and Hector Neris each pitched a
scoreless inning as the Phillies improved to 7-11 against
the Mets this season.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) The
Orioles fell to Toronto, dropping their 108th game, a team
record for losses in a season since they arrived in
Baltimore in 1954.
The 1988 Orioles, who opened
the season 0-21, held the previous team record for losses
with a 54-107 finish. The overall franchise record for
defeats is 111, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns a mark
this year's team could still eclipse.
The Orioles led 4-2 in the
seventh before a throwing error by third baseman Steve
Wilkerson on a grounder by Teoscar Hernαndez allowed two
runs to score. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. followed with a two-RBI
single off reliever Paul Fry that that gave Toronto a 6-4
Jake Petricka (3-1) pitched
two scoreless innings. Tyler Clippard held the Orioles in
the eighth, and Ken Giles earned his 23rd save.
PIRATES 2, ROYALS 1, 11
Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a
single in the 11th inning and Jameson Taillon struck out a
career-high 11 for Pittsburgh.
It was just the second at-bat
of the season for the 30-year-old Lavarnway, the Pirates'
fourth-string catcher. He hit .288 in 77 games in with
Triple-A Indianapolis. Lavarnway has played 142 career games
with five teams.
Starling Marte led off the
11th with an infield single off Burch Smith (1-6). Josh Bell
walked and Burch struck out Francisco Cervelli before Adam
Frazier was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting
up Lavarnway's walk-off hit to shallow center.
Pinch-hitter Hunter Dozier
tied the game in the ninth with a double off Pirates closer
Felipe Vazquez that scored Jorge Bonifacio. Left fielder
Corey Dickerson threw to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who relayed
home to throw out Salvador Perez and preserve the tie.
Kyle Crick (3-2) retired the
side on 10 pitches in the 11th to earn the win.
NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) Stephen
Strasburg matched his season high with 11 strikeouts and
Bryce Harper tied a season high with five walks to lead
Anthony Rendon drove in two
runs for the Nationals (77-75), who moved within 6½ games
of the NL East-leading Atlanta.
Strasburg (9-7) pitched six
innings and allowed two runs and five hits with two walks.
At one point, he struck out six consecutive batters.
Sean Doolittle pitched a
perfect ninth for his 25th save in 26 opportunities.
Sandy Alcantara (2-1) pitched
four innings for the Marlins and allowed six hits, six
walks, and three runs.
TWINS 5, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) Chris
Gimenez homered and Tyler Austin drove in three runs to lead
The Twins have won three
straight, while the Tigers have lost seven of nine.
Mikie Mahtook drove in all of
Jake Odorizzi (7-10) allowed
two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and
struck out six in his first start since losing a no-hitter
in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees.
Trevor Hildenberg pitched the
ninth for his seventh save, allowing Mahtook's two-out RBI
Daniel Norris (0-5) pitched a
season-high 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits
and three walks.
INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 3
CLEVELAND (AP) Corey
Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his
career-high 19th win for Cleveland.
Kluber (19-7), who allowed
three runs, topped 200 strikeouts for the fifth straight
season. Kluber won 18 games in three of the previous four
seasons, including his two AL Cy Young Award-winning years,
2014 and 2017.
Omar Narvaez walked and Matt
Davidson singled with two outs in the eighth, but Kluber
retired Ryan LaMarre on a groundout.
Indians All-Star second
baseman Jose Ramirez was hit on the left arm by Carlos
Rodon's pitch in the fifth inning and walked from the plate
in obvious pain. Ramirez spoke with manager Terry Francona
and a team trainer, but stayed in the game.
Carlos Rodon (6-6) allowed
five runs in seven innings. Palka and Narvaez hit solo
homers in the sixth for the White Sox.
GIANTS 5, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) Giants
rookie Chris Shaw hit a two-run single in the eighth inning
and San Francisco rallied to beat San Diego, assuring that
the rebuilding Padres will finish last in the NL West.
Hunter Pence homered, doubled
and drove in three runs for the Giants.
Freddy Galvis had four hits
and scored twice for the Padres, who dropped to 60-92, one
more loss than last year with 10 games to play. Ownership
expected the team would improve from last season, when it
finished 71-91, seven games better than San Francisco.
Sam Dyson (4-3) pitched the
seventh and Will Smith worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Craig Stammen (8-3) took the