09/15/2021 at 8:03 AM CEST
Panamanian shortstop Edmundo Sosa hit the lead single in the eleventh inning of three runs and the St. Louis Cardinals returned to playoff position at beat the New York Mets 7-6. The Cardinals have won four straight and six of seven to jump to second in the NL wild card by half a game over the Cincinnati Reds, who lost 5-6 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s the first time the Cardinals have a playoff spot since they held on to a slim lead in the NL Central on May 30. On Tuesday they started the day tied in the wild card standings with the San Diego Padres.
Sosa hit once in five trips to the batter’s cage and drove in the key run that gave the Cardinals the win, adding his 24th RBI so far this season.
The victory was credited by relief Alex Reyes (8-8), who got Francisco Lindor to make a late-inning double play with runners on the corners in the 10th, shooting at the Cardinals. The defeat of the Mets was carried by relief Jake Reed (0-1) in a third of an episode.
Rookie Sheets hits a home run and seals the White Sox win
Rookie designated hitter Gavin Sheets hit a three-run home run, drove in four in his first three-hitter, and Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels 9-3. The White Sox, leaders of the AL Central, expanded their margin over second-place Cleveland Indians to 12.5 games.
Sheets (9) kicked the ball out of the field in the third inning, leading two teammates ahead against pitches from relief relay Andrew Wantz.
On the mound the victory was won by relief Aaron Bummer (3-5) in one episode. For the Angels, the loss was charged by starter Paky Naughton (0-2) in 3 2/3 innings.
Pérez hits his 43rd home run in the Royals’ win
Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez hit his 34th home run of the season, good for three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 10-7. The Athletics have lost three straight and seven of 10 to get further out of the AL wild-card contention. In the bottom of the sixth inning, when there was one out in the episode, Pérez (43) sent the ball into the street against the pitches of the Venezuelan relief Yusmeiro Petit. Perez drove the ball off the field by flying it 420 feet over the left-field fence, leading second baseman Whit Merrifield and shortstop Nicky Lopez ahead. Pérez finished with four RBIs.
It was the 43rd home run of the season for Pérez, who now ranks third in the competition for the best hitting home runs in the majors, behind only current leaders Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (45) and Japan’s Shohei Ohtani. (44). In addition, his homers put him just five from the club record of a season set by Jorge Soler.
The victory was credited to the relief Jake Brentz (5-2) in one episode. For the Athletics, the loser was Petit (8-2) in a third of an episode.
Garcia hits a home run and equals a mark in the Rangers’ win
Cuban ranger Adolis García tied the rookie record of the Rangers in a season with his 30th home run, and Texas beat 8-1 to the leaders of the American League West Division, the Houston Astros. In the bottom of the third inning, Garcia (30) kicked the ball off the field off pitches from starter Zack Greinke. Garcia bounced the ball 438 feet over the center-field fence, leading a runner ahead. He homered for his first home run in 13 games, a two-run throw for a 4-0 lead. The 28-year-old Cuban, who also had two doubles, had last faced an Astros reliever on Aug. 29, in Greinke’s last start. Pete Incaviglia hit 30 home runs during his rookie season in 1986. With 18 games remaining, Garcia also has 81 RBIs, seven fewer than the Rangers’ rookie record also held by Incaviglia.
On the mound, the win was credited to starter Jordan Lyles (9-11) in seven innings. The defeat was carried by Greinke (11-6) in five episodes.
One night after winning 15-1 in the opener of the four-game series, the Astros didn’t score until an RBI single by Carlos Correa in the ninth off Josh Sborz.
Hill hits the double that marks the victory of the Tigers
Ranger Derek Hill hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and gave the Detroit Tigers a victory in an interleague series match by 1-0 over the Milwaukee Brewers, who saw a five-game winning streak broken.
On the mound the win went to closer Bryan Garcia (2-1) in one episode. For the Brewers, the loss was charged by closer Hunter Strickland (3-2), who allowed a hit and run.
Twins and Indians split the wins
Opener Triston McKenzie launched six episodes and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. McKenzie (5-6) had seven strikeouts, allowed hits and walked for his fifth straight outing of six or more innings and one run or less. The right-hander has retired 96 of the last 112 batters he faced.
In attack, Ranger Bradley Zimmer (7) hit a four-corner hit in the fifth inning. The Twins lost to closer Danny Coulombe (3-2) in one episode.
Catcher Ryan Jeffers hit a home run for two runs and the Twins defeated the Indians 6-3 in the second game of the day. Jeffers (13) hit from four corners in the sixth inning leading a runner down the road.
On the mound the victory was credited by relief Kyle Barraclough (1-0) in one inning. For the Indians the loser was starter Logan Allen (1-7) in 3 2/3 innings.
Sampson throws solid and Cubs beat Phillies
Starter Adrian Sampson pitched five innings, was backed by two home runs and Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 6-3. Sampson (1-2) allowed four hits, a home run and two runs, gave away two walks and struck out three to claim the win. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom (26) hit a full return in the fifth, with a running back in the way. First baseman Alfonso Rivas (1) also hit from four corners in the fifth inning, solo.
For the Phillies, Venezuelan ranger Odubel Herrera (13) bounced the ball off the field in the first inning against Sampson’s serves, with no teammates on the way. The loss was carried by starter Kyle Gibson (10-7) in five innings.
Stallings pushes Pirates win with double
Starter Jacob Stallings hit an RBI double of the winning run and starter Dillon Peters worked five innings to guide the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Stallings doubled to left field and pushed Japanese first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo to the buzzer with the winning run.
The victory was credited by Petrers (1-2) in five innings by allowing five hits. For the Reds, starter Wade Miley (12-6) lost 4 1/3 innings in a job.
Rodgers hits a home run and seals the Rockies victory
Second baseman Brendan Rodgers hit a two-run home run and broke a tie in the fifth inning and The Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4. Atlanta, the leader of the NL East Division, seeking its fourth consecutive division title, started the night with a 4.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves had won five of seven. With their win, the Rockies, who are far behind in the NL West standings, moved to 22-51 in away games.
Rodgers (12) hit from four corners in the fifth with a runner on base on pitches from starter Touki Toussaint.
On the mound the victory was scored by starter Jon Gray (8-10) in five innings. For the Braves starter Touki Toussaint (3-3) took the loss in four innings.
Judge and Gallo hit home runs in Yankees win
Rangers Aaron Judge and Joe Gallo hit their 34th home runs and led the New York Yankees to a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. New York won for the third time in 11 games and tied the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL wild-card lead with 17 games to go. Judge (34) did it in the first episode leading a runner ahead. Gallo (34) also sent the ball to the other side of the fence in the eighth inning, solo. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (28), third baseman DJ LeMahieu (10) and designated hitter Luke Voit (10) also hit home runs.
For the Yankees it was their second straight win for the first time since Sept. 1-3. At 81-64, the Yankees assured they will not have a losing record. They haven’t finished below .500 since 1992. The Orioles, who at 46-98, the worst in the majors, are heading to 100 losses for the third straight full season.
On the mound the victory was credited to starter Gerrit Cole (15-7) in five innings. For the Orioles the loss was charged by starter Alexander Wells (1-3) in four innings.
Choi and Lowe hit home runs against the Blue Jays
First baseman Ji Man Choi and second baseman Brandon Lowe each hit home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays, who defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0. Choi (10) got the ball out of the field in the second inning, solo, while Lowe (34) hit from four corners in the eighth inning.
The victory was credited to starter Drew Rasmussen (3-1) in five innings. The defeat for the Blue Jays was carried by Puerto Rican starter José Berríos (11-8) in seven innings.