09/16/2021 at 8:16 AM CEST
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Nolan Arenado each hit home runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 11-4. The Cardinals added their fifth consecutive victory. St. Louis, which jumped to playoff position Tuesday night for the first time since May 30, advanced 1.5 games ahead of the Reds for the second NL wild card thanks to Cincinnati’s 4 loss. -5 against the Pirates. The Cardinals began the game with a game ahead of the San Diego Padres.
Goldschmidt (26) hit from four corners in the seventh inning, as did Arenado (32), both lonely. Panamanian shortstop Edmundo Sosa (6) hit from four corners in the eighth inning, with no runners ahead, against pitches from relief relay Heath Hembree, with no outs in the inning.
The victory was scored by starter Jon Lester (6-6) in six innings. For the Mets the defeat fell to Megill (3-5) in three innings.
Tapia pushes the triumph of the Rockies
Dominican ranger Raimel Tapia hit the playoff single against in the 10th inning and led to Colorado Rockies to a 3-2 win over Atlanta Braves. Atlanta’s lead in the NL East Division fell to 3.5 games over the Phillies as the Braves attempt to win the division for the fourth consecutive year. Colorado was 28 games in the West Division of the National League.
In the 10th inning, Tapia singled deep into center field and sent third baseman Colton Welker to the ring with the Rockies’ win-win run. On the mound the victory was credited by the Dominican relief Carlos Estévez (3-4) in one episode.
For the Braves, Puerto Rican ranger Eddie Rosario (11) bounced the ball off the field in the fifth inning without teammates on the trails. The loss was carried by closer AJ Minter (2-6) in one episode.
Quantrill dominates the Twins from the mound
Starter Cal Quantrill pitched 6 2/3 innings, supported by three home runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 12-3. Quantrill (6-3) allowed two hits, a home run and three runs en route to victory. In the attack, Dominican designated hitter Franmil Reyes (29) stood out, hitting a homer in the ninth inning with no runs ahead against the pitches of closer Andrew Albers. First baseman Bobby Bradley (13) and ranger Oscar Mercado (5) also hit home runs.
For the Twins, Dominican first baseman Miguel Sanó (28) took the ball off the field in the seventh inning, leading two runners ahead against Quantrill’s services. Sanó had Minnesota’s only two hits against Quantrill (6-3).
Gonzalez, Meyers hit home runs in a row against Rangers
Venezuelan third baseman Marwin González and ranger Jake Meyers hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run second inning, and Mexican starter José Urquidy pitched six solid innings and The Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 7-2. On the mound, Urquidy (7-3) struck out six batters and walked by beating Texas for the third time in four career starts, helping the AL West leaders Astros win by third. time in four games. This was the longest of Urquidy’s three starts in September after missing two months with a shoulder injury. The Mexican faced 21 batters with 81 pitches, of which 64 traveled to the strike zone, and left his average ERA at 3.38.
Meyers’ solo home run, the fifth of the season, snapped a 0-for-12 streak, while Gonzalez’s homer was his fourth of the season and his second home run and second hit since rejoining the club on Sunday.
For the Rangers the defeat was carried by Japanese starter Kohei Arihara (2-4) in four episodes.
Marsh hits a home run and marks the victory of the Angels
Ranger Brandon Marsh hit the solo playoff homer in the eighth inning and Los Angeles Angels defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-2. Marsh hit a 101 mph fastball and a full count against relief Michael Kopech (4-3) on the wall in center left for his second home run. The rookie center fielder finished with three hits and scored two runs. On the mound the victory went to relief Mike Mayers (5-5) in one episode.
For the White Sox, Cuban third baseman Yoan Moncada (12) hit a full return in the fourth inning with no runners ahead. The defeat was carried by Kopech (4-3) in two innings.
Olson gives victory to Athletics
First baseman Matt Olson hit a two-run home run and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 12-10, for whom Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez hit his 44th homer. The Athletics ended a three-game streak and held 3.5 behind the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Yankees in the AL wild-card chase. On the mound, starter Sean Manaea (10-9) scored the victory in a five-round job.
For the Royals, Perez (44) homered in the fifth against Manaea’s pitches, with no runners on the trails as the pitcher sought the last out of the episode. Perez’s home run promotes him to the runner-up in the home run title competition, tying the Angels’ Japanese Shohei Ohtani. Both are surpassed by the leader of the Major Leagues, the Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who has 45 home runs so far this season. It was also the 196th home run of the catcher’s career, all with Kansas City, so Perez places one of Mike Sweeney’s second on the club’s career list.
The defeat was carried by Venezuelan starter Carlos Hernández (6-2) in four episodes.
Urshela and Gardener hit home runs against the Orioles
Colombian shortstop Gio Urshela hit from four corners and ranger Brett Gardner hit a two-run single in the ninth inning and The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3. For the Yankees it was their third straight win and they remained in the competition along with the Blue Jays and Red Sox at the top of the AL wild-card rankings when all three teams won. Urshela (12) bounced the ball from the field in the third inning leading a runner down the road against starter John Means’ streamer, with no outs in the episode. The victory was credited to the Dominican relief Wandy Peralta W. Peralta (5-3) in a third of an episode.
For the Orioles, Ranger Austin Hays (20) hit a pair of homers in the sixth and eighth innings and drove in all three of his ninth. The defeat was carried by relief Tyler Wells (2-3) in a third of an episode.
Freddy Galvis decides with his bat the victory of the Phillies
Venezuelan third baseman Freddy Galvis drove a two-run home run on Wednesday and first baseman JT Realmuto added a solo one to certify the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 win over Chicago Cubs. Galvis hit a full return in the fourth against starter Alec Mills’ work on the mound, leading a runner on base as the pitcher sought the third out of the inning. Realmuto bounced the ball in the eighth inning.
The victory over the mound was credited to closer Ian Kennedy (2-1) in one inning. For the Cubs, the loss was charged by closer Trevor Megill (1-2) in two-thirds of the inning.
Collin Morán pushes the Pirates’ win over the Reds
First baseman Colin Moran rolled to the first and pushed this Wednesday the race of the Pitsburgh Pirates win 5-4 over Cincinnati Reds. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Moran decided the game by sending Dominican pinch hitter Wilmer Difo to the ring.
On the mound the win went to closer Chris Stratton (6-1) in one inning. For the Reds, the loss was charged by closer Mychal Givens (3-3) in two-thirds of the inning.
Schwarber and Vázquez seal the victory of the Red Sox
Ranger Kyle Schwarber and pinch hitter Christian Vázquez drove in two runs each in the 10th inning on Wednesday that certified the Boston Red Sox win 9-4 over Seattle Mariners.
Pinch-running back Jack Lopez scored on a Tom Murphy pass ball to start the score in the 10th of six runs. JD Martinez, Schwarber and Vazquez added hits to score runs and Boston beat the Mariners for the second day in a row.
The victory was credited to starter Adam Ottavino (7-3) in one and a third innings. For the Mariners the defeat was carried by the relief Erik Swanson (0-3) by allowing two hits and four touchdowns.
Bo Bichette hits a home run and Robbie Ray throws solid for the Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Wednesday featuring an outstanding performance by shortstop Bo Bichette and starter Robbie Ray. Bichette homered and equaled a career-high five RBIs while Ray fanned 13 opponents in seven innings and clinched major league strikeout leader status. The Blue Jays posted a positive record of 13 wins and 2 losses so far in September. They beat the Red Sox and Yankees for the best wild card in the American League. Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in seven games. The AL East leaders are 6-8 in September after going 21-6 in August.
Dominican first baseman Vladimr Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored twice, and fellow ranger Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI single. The victory was credited to Ray (12-5) in seven innings, by accepting four hits, home run and a run, and retired 13 by way of strikeout. Ray increased his season total to 233 strikeouts, passing Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (224) and Philadelphia Phillies Zack Wheeler (225).
For the Rays, the loss was carried by starter Michael Wacha (3-5) in six innings.
Dustin Garneu puts the Tigers victory on track
Catcher Dustin Garneau hit a home run on Wednesday night and drove in two runs in the Detroit Tigers win 4-1 over Milwaukee Brewers. The Tigers thus dominated the two-game series. Garneau scored the lead run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly, and hit his fourth home run with two outs in the seventh.
The victory was credited to starter Matt Manning (4-6) in six innings. For the Brewers, the loss fell to starter Brando Woodruff (9-9) in six innings.