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MLB roundup — Sept. 21

Saturday’s American League results

Rays 5, Orioles 1 — Desmond Jennings drove in four runs, Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and the host Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race. The first pitch came 10 hours, 56 minutes after the Rays’ 5-4, 18-inning win.

Rangers 3, Royals 1 — Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the visiting Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race. The Rangers won for only the fifth time in 19 September games. They remained a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 2 — Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this season, and the Boston Red Sox fell to Mark Buehrle and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. Buchholz (11-1) gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings.

Athletics 9, Twins 1 — The host Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second consecutive AL West title behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo. The A’s have won 12 out of 15. Parker (12-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and Callaspo matched his career highs with four hits and had three RBI.

Tigers 7, White Sox 6 — The host Detroit Tigers tied the score with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox in the 12th when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded.

Angels 6, Mariners 5 — Grant Green hit a three-run double in the first to spark the host Los Angeles Angels.

Saturday’s National League results

Cubs 3, Braves 1 — Dioner Navarro hit a tie-breaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the host Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship. Starlin Casto singled off Kris Medlen with one out in the eighth, pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy singled against Scott Downs (4-4) and Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double down the left-field line.

Pirates 4, Reds 2 — A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to lead the host Pittsburgh Pirates. Burnett (9-11) struck out a season-high 12 as the Pirates moved a game in front of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild-card race. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 31st save. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 2 — Matt Adams had two hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning, to power the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, who broke open a one-run game with five runs in the eighth.

Mets 5, Phillies 4 — Juan Lagares hit a two-run triple to highlight a four-run rally in the fifth that enabled the visiting New York Mets to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in a game shortened to six innings by rain.

Dodgers 4, Padres 0 — Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Dodgers Dodgers defeated the host San Diego Padres. Kershaw (15-9) lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.88.

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 2 — Matt Davidson homered and drove in three runs while Chris Owings and Gerardo Parra each had three hits to power the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Saturday’s interleague result

Yankees 6, Giants 0 — Ivan Nova pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer and the host New York Yankees kept pace in the AL wild-card chase. Alfonso Soriano connected for the second day in a row.

Associated Press


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