Toronto (AFP) – Rimel Tapia scored a hat-trick, Jose Berrios played six games to remain unbeaten against Baltimore and the Toronto Blue Jays cemented their position at the top of the Premier League standings by beating the Oriole 6-3 on Saturday.
George Springer had two hits and two RBIs, leading Matt Chapman on the run and scoring as Toronto improved to 13-4 in September. The Blue Jays have won six of their last seven over Baltimore.
The Blue Jays lead the wild card race ahead of Seattle and Tampa Bay. Baltimore is five games behind the Rays for the last wild card.
Berríos (11-5) allowed two runs and seven hits to win his third straight decision. He is 8-0 with 3.04 ERA in 11 starts against the Orioles. Jordan Romano finished in a block 34 on 38 chances.
Orioles right Kyle Pradesh (3-7) allowed five runs and six strokes in 4 2/3 innings, his second straight loss.
Brewers 4, Yankee 1
Milwaukee (AFP) – Willie Adams hit a three-stroke shot to carry his 30th home of the season in support of Brandon Woodruff as Milwaukee leads New York.
New York’s Aaron Judge went 1 of 3 with a double and walk to stay at 57 Homers. Judge left four hurdlers to tie Roger Maris’ MLS record of 61.
The match featured a strange moment in the third inning. Catcher Victor Caratini had just received a throw and was trying to get the ball back to Woodruff (11-4), but his throw was hit by Marwin Gonzalez’s left hand kick to the left side of his head. Gonzalez was checked by a Yankees athletic coach for a few minutes before being removed from the game.
Adames opened the scoring in the third inning when he sent a player for Jameson Taillon’s first ball (13-5) over the left field wall.
Devin Williams got his 13th save on 14 chances.
Angels 2, Sailors 1
ANAHEIM, California (AP) – Shohei Ohtani made seven goalless runs, led in one and scored another to help Los Angeles beat Seattle.
The Mariners entered their four-game series tie for first place in the AL wild-card chase, but are now two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and a half-game at the back of Tampa Bay. Seattle is last, five games ahead of Baltimore.
Ohtani (13-8) hit the base twice in three racket strokes, led in his 89th run and cut his ERA to 2.43 in 148 total runs. He has given up three strokes by one walk and eight strokes, and now has 196 strokes on the season.
Mariners writer George Kirby (7-4) gave up two runs and four strokes over six runs with one walk and eight strokes.
Rise 5, Rangers 1
Street. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – Followed by Taylor Walls and six pitchers from Tampa Bay combined on a six hitter to beat Texas.
Tampa Bay is 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the AL wild card. The Rays have a 5 1/2 game advantage over Baltimore, which is fourth in the race on the three wild cards.
Jonah Heim Humid and John Gray (7-7) allowed two runs and two over 4 1/3 innings in his second start to Texas since returning from a left-handed slasher.
Heim made it 2-1 as Homer advanced in the fourth round against Ryan Yarbrough (2-8).
Watchmen 5, Twin 1, Game 1
Cleveland (AP) – Shane Pepper allowed a run on eight runs, Amed Rosario had four hits, and the Cleveland Guardians, captain of the Central, won a seventh in a row against the Minnesota Twins, 5-1 in a double-headed opener.
Jose Ramirez scored a solo goal on his 30th birthday, and Owen Miller earned a double for Cleveland (78-66), who have won 10 of their last 12 games. The Guardians opened a 4-1/2 game lead over the second-placed Chicago White Sox and a six-game margin ahead of the third-placed twins.
Bieber (11-8) won his third straight start, allowing four hits and not walking for the ninth time in 28 starts.
Matt Wallner of Minnesota came in eighth and went 1 for 3 with a picnic on his debut in the league.
Emmanuel Klass made a perfect ninth place.
Cardinals 5, Reds 1, Game 1
Street. Lewis (AFP) – Yadier Molina hit a two-round shot while Albert Pujols in his quest for 700 wrecks didn’t hit, and the Cardinal beat the Reds 5-1 in the first game with two heads.
42-year-old Pujols hit Homer #698 during Friday night’s 6-5 win over Cincinnati.
Tommy Adman has three hits for the NL Central Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt and Brendan Donovan led on tour.
TJ Friedl hit double the RBI for seventh place to account for the only Cincinnati race. Mike Minor (4-12) issued five walks in three innings and was charged with five runs and five hits.
St. Louis’ right-hander Dakota Hudson (8-7) made eight innings of his six-stroke career in his first big start to the league since Aug. 30.
Cardinals 1, Reds 0, Game 2
Street. Louis (AFP) – Andrew Kneisner scored a foul by Reds midfielder Nick Senzel, who was playing third base on a five-man court in the 11th inning, to give St. Louis a powerful two-header.
Senzel’s throw hit Knizner in the back as he ran home. Reds manager David Bell argued with Chad Fairchild that Kneisner was running out of baseline in fair territory, but to no avail.
Jose Quintana allowed two hits, hit hits, and hit six in eight innings. St. Louis went 8-1 on his nine starts since getting it from Pittsburgh on August 1.
Meets 5, Pirates 1
New York (AFP) – Eduardo Escobar hit Homer early with three games, and Chris Bassett scored six closing games to score his 14th victory, while New York topped Pittsburgh.
New York maintained its one-game advantage in the NL East over the Atlanta Braves.
Pete Alonso charted a base-loaded gait in the eighth for his 114th RBI, adding to his NL height. Mets players were injured four times, including Jeff McNeill twice.
Bassett (14-8) allowed three hits and eight hits.
Rodolfo Castro’s Tenth Homer in Season 9 prevented the pirates from closing for the 15th time. Bryce Wilson (3-9) was accused of losing. Four earned runs in 5 innings allowed 1/3 and five hits.
Athletics 8, Astros 5
HOUSTON (AFP) – Seth Brown prevailed and led in four games and Cole Irvine overcame a tough start to help Oakland beat Houston.
Tony Kemp hit three strokes and scored three runs as Oakland won for the fourth time in 15 games this month, ending Houston’s six-game winning streak a day after the Astros grabbed the post-season spot.
Brown pulverized an 80-mph slide off Astros starter Jose Urquidi in the fifth inning 432 feet on the upper deck of the right field for Homer from three runs to give Team A 6-4. In his next bet, Will Smith doubled on the seventh to widen the difference to 7-4.
Urquidy (13-7) allowed six runs and seven strokes in six innings while hitting six. The magic number for Houston to grab AL West remained at four.
Royals 9, Red Sox 0
BOSTON (AP) – Brady Singer came down from a base loaded with bases, no one came out of the jam in the third and finished with six rounds to drive Kansas City over Boston.
Singer (9-4) won his fifth straight decision, allowing five singles and walking while five were crossed out.
MJ Melendez and Vinnie Pasquantino have had three successful royals. Melendez scored four games and led Pasquantino three times. The top four hitters in the Kansas City lineup went 10 to 20 with eight RBIs.
Rich Hill (7-7) gave up four runs on eight hits and held back, hitting four.
White Sox 4, Tiger 3
DETROIT (AFP) – Yoann Moncada hit a tiebreak in the eleventh game of two rounds to give Chicago a win over Detroit.
With the score 2-2, Elvis Andros reached a narrow margin of eleventh. Gregory Soto (2-9) failed to catch the hit on the left side of the hill as auto sprinter Selby Zavala advanced to third.
Moncada hit an RBI single, José Abreu lost, and after a double steal, Eloy Jiménez’s fly gave Chicago a 4-2 lead.
Hitter Javier Baez-Bench scored twice in the bottom half against Aaron Bomer, who had retired Spencer Turkelson in a save for the second time.
Liam Hendrix (4-4) retired the standings in 10th, a day after flying off Victor Reyes at the end of the game in 10th.
Citizens 5, Marlins 3
Washington (AFP) – Lynne Thomas started things off with Homer ahead of Washington, who finished with four singles shots in a win over Miami.
The Nationals had the worst record in the majors and went in with NL-low 122 homers – the AL’s Detroit Tigers were at 91.
After Thomas scored his 16th goal of the season against Marlins’ Trevor Rogers, Luke Voight led Jeff Brigham (0-1) into third for 21st. Victor Robles then broke the 3-all tie by tying Brigham in fourth for Homer’s fifth of the year, and Homer Alex Cole’s fourth came against Cole Solser in fifth.
Rogers faced seven hits and 32 shots before leaving in a second with discomfort in his back muscles.
Hunter Harvey (2-1) made 1-2-3 fifth and was credited with the win. Kyle Finnegan collected his 10th block in 14 chances.
Rockies 3 and Cups 1
CHICAGO (AFP) – Charlie Blackmon hit a three-point tiebreaker and scored in the ninth inning twice, and Colorado earned a rare road win with a win over Chicago.
Blackmon led pinch runner Garrett Hampson by three into the right corner against Adbert Zulai (0-1) after CJ Crohn walked by one. A goal by Elias Diaz, making it 3-1, took the Rockies out with a win despite a dominant defeat by rookie rookie Hayden Wisinski in his first major league game.
The Rockies have won for the fifth time in their last 18 games on the road. Ureña allowed a run of one and seven hits. Daniel Bard came in ninth in blocking 31 on 34 chances.
Bravis 4, Phillies 3
ATLANTA (AP) – Ronald Acuna Jr. gave up and drove in four runs off Aaron Nola and threw some impressive defense on the right court, lifting Atlanta above Philadelphia.
The victory was diminished because Ozzy Albis broke his right pinky finger when he slid his head first to second base. He had just come back from an 81 game absence on Friday with a broken left foot.
Nola (9-12) started his 200th career, dropping four strokes and seven strokes with eight strokes in seven rounds. Closest Braves Kenley Jansen faced the minimum in the ninth minute to save him 34 on 41 chances.
Dylan Lee (4-1) took the loss.
Padres 2, Diamond Bucks 0
Phoenix (AP) – Luis Camposano made his first game of the season, Joe Musgrove won for the second time in three months and San Diego beat Arizona.
Camposano’s single shot capped the fourth inning of two rounds, and Musgrove lost (10-7) four strokes in six runs before the Bulls took over.
San Diego moved in the Philadelphia half game for the second wild card NL and stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for third and final place.
Nick Martinez threw two excellent shorts comfortably, and Josh Hader beat Jake McCarthy’s single in the ninth inning to save him 33 on 36 chances.
Arizona teammate Zach Gallen (12-3) was the tough loser, giving up two innings and four strokes in 5 1/3 innings. He has won his previous eight starts but lost for the first time in 16 matches since June 10.