09/02/2021 at 7:50 AM CEST
Catcher Austin Hedges hit an RBI single for the tiebreaker run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3. Hedges’ hit traveled to right field and allowed pinch-runner Daniel Johnson to score from second base.
On the mound, the triumph was scored by relief Blake Parker (2-0) in one episode. The Royals lost to closer Ervin Santana (1-2).
Reds and Cardinals split wins
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of home runs, including the one that sealed the St. Louis Cardinals win 5-4 over Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader. With their victory, the Cardinals remain in the race for the National League wild card. The Reds entered the day tied with the San Diego Padres for the second wild card in the National League, 2.5 games behind the Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.
Goldschmidt (24) took the ball out of the field in the first inning, alone, but his home run in the fourth inning, with a runner on the trails, marked the triumph of St. Louis.
On the mound, the beneficiary was the Dominican relief team Génesis Cabrera (3-5) in two innings, in which he allowed three hits and struck out two batters. The loss was carried by starter Wade Miley (11-5) in four innings. The Reds thus lost four games in a row for the first time since losing four in a row from July 16-19.
In Game 2, Ranger Nick Castellanos hit a grand slam, homered and finished with six RBIs for the Reds, who beat the Cardinals 12-2. Castellanos (26) hit a grand slam in the second against pitches from starter JA Happ, with no outs in the inning. In the first episode he hit his first home run of the day, over Happ, leading a teammate on base.
Venezuelan third baseman Eugenio Suárez (24) also hit from four corners in the fifth inning to punish the pitches of reliever Brandon Dickson, without teammates on base, when the pitcher had taken an out of the inning.
The victory was credited to starter Sonny Gray (7-5) in five innings. For the Cardinals the defeat was carried by Happ (8-7) in one-episode work.
Weaver’s triumphant return to the Padres
Starter Luke Weaver returned to the mound after a three and a half month absence and pitched six solid innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 win over San Diego Padres. With their victory, the Diamonbacks avoid sweep in the series and also that the Padres gain ground in the race for the National League wild card. The Padres are tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild card in the National League.
En route to victory, Weaver (3-3) allowed four hits, a home run and a run, and retired three batters via strikeout. Weaver made his first start since May 16 after being sidelined with a sore shoulder.
In attack third baseman Josh VanMeter (5) helped him by hitting a four-corner hit with a runner on the trails. For the Padres, the loss was carried by Japanese starter Yu Darvish (7-9) in 2 2/3 innings.
Gilbert and Crawford lead the Mariners’ triumph
Rookie starter Logan Gilbert and four relievers combined to win 1-0 at Houston Astros, leaving them without scoring for the second day in a row. Seattle he took the AL West leaders two of three in the series, and while they are still 6.5 games behind Houston in their division, they remain in competition for the wild card. Gilbert worked five episodes and came out without a decision, while the victory was credited by relay Justus Sheffield (6-8) in one-episode work.
Shortstop JP Crawford scored the only run on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Abraham Toro in the sixth inning. For the Astros, the loss was carried by starter Jake Odorizzi (6-7) in five innings.
Duran singles and pushes Red Sox win
Ranger Jarren Duran hit the tiebreaker RBI single in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox, who have been affected by a covid outbreak, beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 and they stopped their streak of nine consecutive victories. With their victory, the Red Sox surprised the Rays, leaders of the American League East Division. Boston is two games ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the race for the second AL wild card.
Boston infielder Yairo Muñoz became the latest Boston player to test positive for coronavirus. Eight Boston players and two coaches have tested positive or are considered close contacts since last Friday.
Puerto Rican catcher Christian Vázquez (6) hit from four corners in the seventh inning and got the ball out of the field when he found the pitches of the reliever Collin McHugh, with no runners ahead. On the mound the victory was credited to the relief Garrett Whitlock (7-2) in two blank innings and achieved the victory.
For the Rays, Dominican shortstop Wander Franco (7) hit a full-return hit in the third against the work of starter Chris Sale, carrying a teammate in circulation with just one out remaining to conclude the inning. Franco extended his on-base streak to 32 games. He is one away from tying Hall of Famers Mel Ott (1929) and Arky Vaughn (1932) in the third longest stretch for a player under 21.
The loss was carried by closer Pete Fairbanks (3-5) in one episode.
Rookie Sheets hits two home runs in White Sox win
Rookie designated hitter Favin Sheets hit a pair of home runs for the Chicago White Sox, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3. The White Sox (78-56) won for the fifth time in six games and are 22 games above the .500 percentage for the first time since Sept. 13, 2006 (84-62). The Pirates (48-85) have lost four of five.
Sheets (8), who was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, hit a three-run home run off starter Max Kranick with two outs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. After the Pirates left the tying run stranded at first base, Sheets hit a solo throw to reliever Duane Underwood Jr. in the bottom of the eighth for his eighth home run of the season.
Cuban catcher Yasmani Grandal made contact with the ball twice in three trips to the batter’s box and hit the cash register twice. Grandal is 9 of 17 (.529) in four games since returning from the 10-day disabled list. Dominican shortstop Leury Garcia appeared four times before the pitcher, connected twice, drove in a run and scored one. White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada hit an infield single in the fifth to extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.
The victory was credited to the starter, Carlos Rodón (10-5) in five innings. The Pirates’ loss was carried by Kranick (1-3) in four and two-thirds innings.
Grichuk hits a sacrifice and marks the victory of the Blue Jays
Randal Grichuk hit the playoff sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Toronto scored more than three runs for the third time in its last 13 games. The Blue Jays remain 4 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second AL wild card.
Second baseman Marcus Semien (33) hit a solo home run in the first inning, while Cuban ranger Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who was 2-for-3, drove in two runs to help the Blue Jays take two games in the series. three against the Orioles, with which he reaches 56 RBIs so far this season.
On the mound, the victory was credited by relay Tim Mayza (5-2) in one episode. For the Orioles the loss was carried by relief Dillon Tate (0-5) in one episode.
Cabrera hits a home run again in the Tigers win
Venezuelan designated hitter Miguel Cabrera hit a two-touchdown home run, the 502nd of his career, drove in with a single in the seventh inning, and Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics 8-6. With their victory, the Tigers ended a four-game losing streak.
Cabrera (15) got the ball out of the field in the fourth inning by catching pitches from starter James, leading a teammate along the way. His compatriot second baseman Harold Castro (2) also hit a four-corner hit in the sixth inning to punish the pitches of Venezuelan relief Yusmeiro Petit.
On the mound, the victory was credited by Puerto Rican relief Joe Jiménez (5-1) in one-inning work, taking all three outs of the perfect seventh inning. Closer Gregory Soto posted his 17th save so far this season by working one inning and striking out two.
The Athletics had in the attack the Dominican ranger Starling Marte (10), who disappeared the ball from the field in the fourth inning, when he found the pitches of the Dominican starter Wily Peralta, without runners ahead, without outs in the episode. The defeat was carried by the relief AJ Puk (0-2) by allowing two hits and two runs.
Cole strikes out 15 in Yankees win
Starter Gerrit Cole had 15 strikeouts, the most of the season, in seven innings and posted his 14th win as the AL leader, and the New York Yankees they stopped their four-game losing streak defeating the Los Angeles Angels 4-1.
Cole (14-6) gave up four hits and did not walk while recording his most strikeout total since joining the Yankees. The right-hander was outstanding during his first start in his hometown of Orange since turning down the Angels’ million-dollar offer in free agency two years ago for the even higher $ 324 million deal from New York. Cole extended his career-best scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings before David Fletcher threw an RBI double in the sixth for the Angels.
Aaron Judge hit his 30th homer and Luke Voit hit a two-run single for the Yankees, who had won 13 in a row before his skid.
The Angels’ three-game win streak ended when New York avoided being swept in the three-game series. The Angels’ loss fell to starter Packy Naughton (0-1) in 3 2/3 innings.