09/30/2021 at 7:47 AM CEST
Shortstop Bo Bichette hit two home runs, breaking the tie with Clay Holmes in the eighth inning which gave Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 win over New York Yankees. The Blue Jays’ triumph further ignited the competition for the American League wild card and ended New York’s seven-game winning streak. The Red Sox came within 1.0 game of the wild-card leading Yankees. The Mariners, who started the matchday 2.5 games behind the Yankees, play the Athletics.
Bichette (28) hit from four corners in the third inning, with no teammates ahead, and repeated the penalty in the eighth inning, also alone.
On the mound the victory went to relief Adam Cimber (3-4) in one and a third innings. For the Yankees the loss was charged by closer Clay Holmes (8-4) in one episode.
Riley brings Braves closer to division title
Max Fried pitched seven strong innings, Austin Riley drove in three runs and The Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2. With their victory, the Braves are closing in on a victory of their fourth consecutive NL East title. The Braves have won nine of the last 11 games and reduced their magic number to one. Philadelphia, which fell 4.5 games down the standings with its third straight loss, can be eliminated from the postseason with an own loss or an Atlanta win. The teams conclude their series on Thursday; each has three games left after this series.
Puerto Rican ranger Eddie Rosario hit the batter once in three trips, drove in a run and scored once. Atlanta led 3-1 when Ozzie Albies singled to start the third inning and scored from the first on a two-out double by Eddie Rosario. Fried (14-7) improved to 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his last 11 starts, and the Braves are 10-1 in those games. The left-hander allowed two runs, one earned run, four walkless hits and six strikeouts. The loss was charged by starter Aaron Nola (9-9), who allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He has a 6.00 ERA in six starts this month.
Venezuelan third baseman Ronald Torreyes’ RBI single in the second inning ended a 17-inning, two-thirds scoreless streak for Fried, while Venezuelan ranger Odúbel Herrera had two doubles on four occasions with the baton and reached once at the doorbell.
Piña and Vogelbach stop Cardinals’ winning streak
Venezuelan catcher Manny Piña and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach each hit home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. One night after securing a postseason berth, the Cardinals lost their team-record 17-game winning streak with their loss. The streak, the longest in the majors since Cleveland won 22 in a row in 2017, led the Cardinals to next week’s NL wild-card game against the Dodgers or Giants.
The Cardinals were 71-69 after losing to Cincinnati 6-4 on Sept. 10, their previous loss. St. Louis is 21-7 in September, tying the 1930 and 1942 Cardinals for the most wins of the month. The Brewers, the NL Central champions, have won four of five.
In the top of the seventh inning, Piña (13) hit the other side of the fence against relay streamer Andrew Miller, with no runners ahead, no outs in the episode, while Vogelbach (9) also hit from four corners in the sixth inning, with a runner on base.
The victory was credited to starter Adrian Houser (10-6) in five innings. For the Cardinals, the loss fell to starter Miles Mikolas (2-3) in 5 2/3 innings.
St. Louis received a standing ovation after the loss before a crowd of 35,283.
Rodón controls the Reds with his pitches
Starter Carlos Rodón pitched five scoreless innings and Chicago White Sox beat Cincinnati Reds 6-1. The White Sox (91-68), American League Central champions, moved 23 games, the season high, above .500 with their fourth consecutive victory.
Rodon (13-5) allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two in his first start since he lasted just three innings in a 3-4 loss at Detroit on Sept. 20. Rodón’s 24 starts and 132 2/3 episodes are his highest totals since 2016, far beyond his work in the previous two years combined.
In attack, shortstop Tim Anderson (17) and designated hitter Gavin Sheets (11) each hit home runs. Dominican second baseman Leury Garcia faced pitchers four times, hitting two hits, dropping in a run and scored one, while Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu hit one hitter three times and scored a run.
The Reds, who were eliminated from postseason contention the day before, lost to starter Sonny Gray (7-9) in 4 2/3 innings.
Pérez hits his 48th home run in the Royals’ win
Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez hit his 48th homer so far this season and has established himself as a leader in home runs -before he was injured-, and led to the Kansas City Royals to a 10-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Perez hit 48 home runs so far this season to establish himself as the home run leader in the majors. The Venezuelan did not wait long to punish the Indians and the first inning took the ball out of the field over the top of center field. Perez blew the ball 439 feet and sent second baseman Whit Merrifield and shortstop Nicky Lopez to the buzzer.
The Venezuelan player leads the Major Leagues in the home run section, surpassing his closest followers the Dominican of the Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who has 46 homers, and the Japanese of the Angels, Shohei Ohtani, with 45. Salvador Perez tied the Royals’ record with his 48th home run of the season before leaving with a sprained right ankle. Perez, who has already broken the major league record for home runs by a catcher, leads the majors in home runs and RBIs (121). He homered on the first pitch he saw from Zach Plesac and struck out in the second inning before being replaced in the third by Cam Gallagher. Pérez equaled Jorge Soler, who hit 48 home runs for the Royals in 2019, and hit 200 in his career.
On the mound, the win was credited to starter Greg Holland (3-5) in two innings, while the Indians lost to reliever Nick Wittgren (2-9) in one inning.
Rasmussen and the Rays overtake the Astros
Starter Drew Rasmussen and three relievers combined for a three-hit ball, second baseman Brandon Lowe and first baseman Ji-Man Choi each hit home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 7-0. After securing first place in the AL playoffs and the best record in franchise history, the Rays were looking for more. The Astros lost for the fifth time in six games on a night in which they could have clinched their fourth AL West title in five seasons with a victory. They could still end up winning the division if Seattle loses to the Athletics.
Tampa Bay improved to 98-60, beating the 2008 team in the most wins in franchise history. With the best record in the American League, the two-time American League East champions secured home-court advantage through the American League Championship Series. It is the third time the Rays have entered the playoffs as the top favorites and are the first American League team to do so in consecutive seasons since the New York Yankees in 2011-12.
Rays rookie Wander Franco hit double and two singles and reached safely for his 43rd consecutive game, tying Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest streak by a player 20 years or younger. . On his way to victory, Rasmussen (4-1) allowed a hit in five innings. For the Astros the defeat was carried by the Venezuelan starter Luis García.
Martinez hits a home run and the Red Sox gain ground for the wild card
Designated hitter JD Martinez hit a home run and drove in three runs to back up a dominant pitching performance by starter Nathan Eovaldi, and the Boston Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak and bolstered their playoff hopes by beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-0. The Red Sox started the day behind the Yankees by 2.0 games for the best wild card in the American League and holding a 0.5 game lead over the Mariners for second place. The Blue Jays were also in competition, one game behind Boston.
Martinez hit his 28th home run in the second for a 1-0 lead. On the mound Eovaldi (11-9) the triumph in work of six episodes was credited. For the Orioles the loss fell to starter Zac Lowther (1-3) in five innings.