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Arizona Diamondbacks mascot Baxter applauds along with fans as it is announced the Diamondbacks clinching a playoff spot during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. Both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers lost, giving the Diamondbacks the National League Wild Card playoff spot. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron’s sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth.

ROCKIES 8, PADRES 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and Colorado opened a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.

German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings.

Luis Perdomo (8-11) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.

CUBS 5, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Jose Quintana (7-3) pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 in his second big league shutout as Chicago opened a 5+-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead double in the fourth off Chase Anderson (11-4), Ben Zobrist had a two-run homer in the seventh and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run double in the eighth against Carlos Torres.

PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Seung Hwan Oh (1-6) allowed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth to Starling Marte and rookie Jordan Luplow also went deep as St. Louis fell 2+ games behind the Rockies.

Jameson Taillon (8-7) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Five pitchers combined for hitless relief, with Felipe Rivero striking out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 5

TORONTO (AP) – Jose Bautista had two hits and a walk in what was likely his final home game with the Blue Jays, leaving to a standing ovation during the ninth inning. Bautista, who turns 37 next month, is hitting .203 with 22 homers and 62 RBIs, and Toronto appears unlikely to exercise its half of a $17 million mutual option.

Aaron Judge homered twice for the Yankees, increasing his AL-leading total to 48 – one shy of the major league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987. Judge has 11 home runs in September.

A day after clinching a postseason berth, New York dropped five games behind AL East-leading Boston with seven games to play.

Jaime Garcia (1-3) jeopardized his chance of making New York’s postseason roster, allowing five runs, four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

RED SOX 5, REDS 4

CINCINNATI (AP) – Mookie Betts hit a tying three-run double in the eighth off Raisel Iglesias (3-3) and dashed home from second base on Rafael Devers’ infield single as Boston won for the 14th time in 17 games.

Robby Scott (2-1) won, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 35th save and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 11 appearances.

Billy Hamilton helped the Reds go up 4-1. He tripled home a run and brought the crowd to its feet by scoring after getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a wild throw, and Hamilton kept going when nobody covered home.

DODGERS 3, GIANTS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Clayton Kershaw (18-4) became the NL’s first 18-game winner, pitching shutout ball until Mac Williamson’s home run in the eighth, his final inning.

Kershaw lowered his league-best ERA to 2.21 and struck out six to become the first Dodgers pitcher to reach 200 seven times.

Brandon Morrow worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

Yasmani Grandal hit a sacrifice fly in the first against Chris Stratton (3-4) and a homer in the fourth.

INDIANS 4, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE (AP) – Corey Kluber (18-4) won his sixth straight start and struck out 10 in becoming the AL’s first 18-game winner, allowing Ben Gamel’s tying two-run homer in the fifth, which stopped his scoreless streak at 26 2/3 innings.

Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run put Cleveland ahead in the sixth against Mike Leake (3-1). Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save as Cleveland won for the 29th time in 31 games and eliminated Seattle from postseason contention.

TWINS 10, TIGERS 4

DETROIT (AP) – Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), Eduardo Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth and Minnesota completed a four-game sweep, outscoring Detroit 39-12.

Jose Berrios (13-8) won for the first time since he beat the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 30, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings.

Minnesota has a 4 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels and a 5+-game advantage over Kansas City and Texas for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.

Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16.

ANGELS 7, ASTROS 5

HOUSTON (AP) – Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, helping Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game skid.

The Angels are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.

Valbuena hit his bases-loaded, go-ahead double with no outs off Chris Devenski (8-5). Keynan Middleton (6-1) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win and Blake Parker struck out one in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 1

CHICAGO (AP) – Lucas Giolito (3-3) allowed one run in seven innings, Avisail Garcia drove in three runs with his 18th homer and Chicago dropped Kansas City

5+ games behind the Twins.

Ian Kennedy (4-13) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as he lost his seventh straight decision.

ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Khris Davis hit his 41st home run, a drive off Martin Perez (12-12) in a five-run fifth inning, as Oakland extended its winning streak to a season-high seven.

Jharel Cotton (9-1) pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, dropping the Rangers 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota.

ORIOLES 9, RAYS 4

BALTIMORE (AP) – J.J. Hardy hitting a crowd-pleasing, go-ahead two-run homer off Chris Archer (9-12) in what was likely his last home game with Baltimore. Rookie Chance Sisco also homered for the Orioles, who earned a split of the four-game series to finish 46-35 at home.

Mychal Givens (8-1) got five outs for the win, dropped the Rays six games behind Minnesota with six to play.

NATIONALS 3, METS 2

NEW YORK (AP) – Max Scherzer (16-6) struck out 10 and allowed three hits over six innings as Washington clinched home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.

Trea Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jacob deGrom (15-10), and Jose Lobaton had an RBI single. Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his 29th save, retiring Nori Aoki on a game-ending groundout with runners at second and third.

PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 0

ATLANTA (AP) – Nick Pivetta (7-10) allowed five hits in six innings to outpitch Luiz Gohara (1-3) in a matchup of rookies, and Mikael Franco hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth as Atlanta finished 37-44 in its first season at SunTrust Park.

Aaron Altherr added an RBI double in the eighth off A.J. Minter. Hector Neris pitched out of trouble for his 24th save.