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MLB roundup — Sept. 24

Tuesday’s American League results

Rangers 3, Astros 2 — Adrian Beltre blasted a solo home run to left-center field with one out in the sixth inning to break a 2-all tie and lift host Texas. Matt Dominguez had led off the top of the sixth with a home run to left off Rangers ace Yu Darvish to tie the score 2-2. The win enabled the Rangers to stay one game behind the Indians in the chase for the final wild-card spot.

Rays 7, Yankees 0 — Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and visiting Tampa Bay beat the Yankees to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years. Matt Joyce had a leadoff homer as the Rays jumped ahead 3-0 in the first and David DeJesus had two RBI doubles. Tampa Bay has a one-game lead over the Indians for the top wild card with five to play.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 — Toronto eliminated host Baltimore from the playoff hunt, using two clutch RBI singles by Mark DeRosa to beat the Orioles in 10 innings. Baltimore’s sixth consecutive loss left the Orioles six games behind the Indians for the final wild-card slot with five games left. DeRosa singled in the tying run in the eighth inning and put the Blue Jays ahead in the 10th.

Tigers 4, Twins 2 — Doug Fister (14-9) struck out seven and host Detroit homered three times in the fourth inning to clinch a playoff berth. Victor Martinez and Omar Infante went back-to-back and Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer.

Tuesday’s National League results

Braves 3, Brewers 2 — Andrelton Simmons’ single to the gap in right-center drove in Justin Upton with two out in the ninth inning to lift host Atlanta. Upton led off the ninth by hitting the first pitch for a single to left and two outs later scored on Simmons’ hit. Craig Kimbrel (4-3) struck out the side in the ninth for his 49th save.

Mets 4, Reds 2 — Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and New York beat host Cincinnati, a costly setback to the Reds’ hopes of a second consecutive NL Central title.

Phillies 2, Marlins 1 — Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen drove in runs without a hit in the first inning, and Philadelphia beat host Miami to hand the Marlins their 100th loss of the season. Ruf drew a bases-loaded walk, Frandsen followed with an RBI groundout and that was all the offense that the Phillies would need.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 0 — Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single with two out in the ninth inning, and host St. Louis closed in on the NL Central title. Making his ninth career start, Wacha came about as close as possible to finishing off the third no-hitter in the majors this season. Zimmerman hit a chopper just over Wacha’s glove and the ball bounced slowly toward shortstop. A charging Pete Kozma grabbed it with his bare hand and whipped a throw to first that was a little wide.

Pirates 8, Cubs 2 — Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs with two doubles and pitcher Gerrit Cole (10-7) had a two-run single in the second and allowed two runs in six innings to lift visiting Pittsburgh.

Tuesday’s interleague result

Rockies 8, Red Sox 3 — Charlie Blackmon hit his first career leadoff homer and Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings to lift host Colorado.

— Associated Press


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