Yankees lose to Angels 3-2, miss chance to clinch AL East
NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols‘ tiebreaking chopper, and the sloppy New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday night with a chance to clinch the AL East.
New York still would have locked down the division title with a Tampa Bay loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers later in the night. But with the Yankees waiting around in their clubhouse for a potential bubbly celebration, the Rays rallied for an 8-7 victory in 11 innings that ended nearly three hours after New York’s game finished.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton stung the ball in his return from injury and CC Sabathia got an emotional send-off in his final regular-season start in the Bronx, yet New York dropped to 99-54 after entering the night tied with Houston for the majors’ best record.
New York hasn’t won the AL East since 2012, the third-longest drought for the club since divisions were formed in 1969.
Angels right-hander Luke Bard (2-2) struck out five over three perfect innings of relief. David Fletcher had three hits and Pujols added two hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Los Angeles left 13 on base.
Aaron Judge hit 24th homer during an injury-shortened season. Ottavino (6-5) took the loss.
DODGERS 8, RAYS 7, 11 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Meadows homered leading off the 11th inning, sending Tampa Bay to a victory over Los Angeles that helped the Rays keep pace in the AL wild-card race and prevented the New York Yankees from clinching the AL East title.
Tampa Bay remained two games behind Oakland for the top wild card and a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second spot.
Tommy Pham had a career-high five hits for the Rays, who ended a two-game skid.
The teams combined to use 18 pitchers, two more than on Tuesday.
Cody Bellinger slugged his 45th homer in the eighth for the Dodgers.
CARDINALS 5, NATIONALS 1
Wainwright (13-9) limited the Nationals to an unearned run in seven innings. He gave up eight hits, struck out three and walked one.
Trailing by four, and with two on with one out in the eighth. The Nats’ Asdrúbal Cabrera hit a drive off Andrew Miller that had the distance to leave the park, but Fowler jumped and reached far over the wall to make the grab.
The Nationals started the day with a 1 ½-game lead over the Cubs and Brewers in the NL wild-card race. Washington has lost nine of its last 14.
Scherzer (10-7) gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out 11.
Carlos Martínez got four outs for his 21st save in 24 chances.
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out 10 batters, including his 300th of the season, in eight strong innings, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve homered and Houston beat Texas to lock up a postseason berth.
Houston won its fifth straight and 100th game of the season, becoming one of six teams in major league history to win at least 100 games in three straight seasons.
The Astros (100-53) have the best record in the majors and can clinch the AL West as early as Friday with a win and loss by Oakland.
Cole (18-5) allowed two runs on six hits in earning his 14th straight win. He became the third Astros pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a season, joining J.R. Richard, who had 313 in 1979 and 303 in 1978, and Mike Scott, who struck out 306 in 1986.
Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 35th save.
Willie Calhoun scored on a throwing error and Ronald Guzmán hit a solo homer for Texas.
PADRES 2, BREWERS 1
The Brewers, who had won four in a row, began the day tied with the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.
Rookie Seth Mejias-Brean hit his first career home run as the Padres ended a six-game losing streak.
Lamet (3-5) pitched six innings, giving up three hits.
Keston Hiura connected off Lamet in the sixth for his 17th home run of the season.
METS 7, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 49th homer and drew a bases-loaded walk during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent New York over Colorado.
New York closed to three games behind the Cubs and Brewers for the second NL wild card when both teams lost later in the day. After winning two of three at Coors Field, the Mets have 10 games left this season starting with a three-game series in Cincinnati that opens Friday.
Jeff McNeil also went deep for the Mets, who set a franchise record with 225 home runs this season.
Syndergaard went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and striking out six.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single off the top of the right field wall with two outs in the 10th inning and Cleveland kept up its playoff push, beating Detroit.
The Indians are four games behind the Twins in the AL Central and remained one-half game behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot. Cleveland is 2 ½ games behind wild-card leader Oakland.
Cleveland beat the Tigers for the 16th straight time this season. The Tigers, with the worst record in the majors at 45-106, matched their longest losing streak against an opponent. They also dropped 16 in a row to Minnesota in 2002-03.
Puig’s bases-loaded drive off José Cisnero (0-4) came after an intentional walk to Carlos Santana. It was the fourth hit of the game and the fifth career walkoff plate appearance by Puig.
Adam Cimber (6-3) earned the win for Cleveland, which did not allow a hit after the fourth inning.
Atlanta has lost three in a row for the first time since July 16-18, but still leads the division by nine games. With nine games left in the regular season, the Braves can clinch their second consecutive NL East title with either two wins, two Washington losses or a combination of one each.
The Phillies, eliminated from the division race, are three games behind the Cubs and Brewers in the race for the second wild card.
Eflin (9-12) gave up just an unearned run and five hits.
Julio Teheran (10-10) allowed three hits and four runs — three earned — in five-plus innings.
Héctor Neris earned his second save of the series and 28th in 34 chances with a perfect ninth.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Held without a hit until the sixth inning, Minnesota managed only three in the loss to Chicago.
In the AL Central, Minnesota is four games ahead of Cleveland after the Indians beat Detroit 2-1 in 10 innings. The surprising Twins still have a magic number of seven to clinch their first division title since 2010.
Jace Fry (3-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings to get the win for Chicago. Alex Colomé earned his 28th save in 30 chances with a perfect ninth.
Dario Agrazal (4-5) allowed the four runs and six hits while striking out six in five innings.
Tommy Milone (4-9) relieved Justin Dunn to start the third inning for Seattle before allowing two hits and using just 51 pitches to get through five shutout innings. Matt Magill earned his fifth save.
The Pirates lost a fifth straight game since winning three of four from Sept. 9-12. They have been outscored 57-16 during the losing streak, including 10-1 in the first two games of this series.
The Athletics, who have won seven of eight, began the day two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot. Cleveland was a half-game behind the Rays.
J.B. Wendelken (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
Arizona is 4 ½ games behind the Cubs abd Brewers in the race for the NL’s second wild card.
Leake gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out four.
BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and San Francisco gave Bruce Bochy his 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.
Bochy became just the 11th manager to achieve 2,000 wins, reaching the milestone with just 10 games remaining for the Giants before their skipper retires at the end of the season.
He won 951 games while managing the San Diego Padres over 12 seasons and is 1,049-1,047 in 13 years with San Francisco, which won three World Series titles with Bochy at the helm.
Jeff Samardzija didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning and the Giants gave him plenty of offense, tagging eight Boston pitchers for 15 hits while winning for the second straight night at Fenway Park.
Vogt finished with four RBIs for the Giants. Samardzija (11-12) pitched six innings, holding Boston to one run on two hits and four walks. He struck out two.
Grichuk’s 30th home run highlighted a six-run ninth that began with Toronto trailing 9-5. The shot came off Miguel Castro (1-3), who was charged with all six runs.
It was another disappointing outing by Buchholz. He allowed 10 hits, seven for extra bases, in 3 2/3 innings and left with a 6.48 ERA.
REDS 3, CUBS 2, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — José Iglesias had an RBI double in the 10th inning and five Cincinnati pitchers combined for a four-hitter as the Reds recorded their second straight win over the playoff-contending Chicago.
The Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers trail the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals by three games. Chicago and Milwaukee are tied for the second NL wild-card spot, 1½ games behind the Washington Nationals, who hold the first wild card.
Chicago opens a four-game series against St. Louis on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
With two outs and none on in the top of the 10th, Cincinnati’s Aristides Aquino started the winning rally against James Norwood (0-1) with a single to left. After Aquino advanced on a wild pitch, Josh VanMeter walked, putting runners on first and second. Iglesias then doubled to right to score Aquino with the go-ahead run.
Cincinnati slugger Eugenio Suárez hit his 48th homer, one behind Pete Alonso of the New York Mets for the major league lead.
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