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Led by Albert Pujols' three RBIs and a gem by Matt Shoemaker, the Angels became the first Major League team to clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 win over the Mariners on Monday night at Angel Stadium, but both Pujols and Shoemaker left with injuries.
The Dodgers danced their way out of trouble all evening before erupting for eight runs in the sixth to secure an 11-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday, extending their lead in the NL West to four games over the Giants.
Anthony Rizzo's tie-breaking, walk-off homer that opened the ninth inning gave the Cubs a 1-0 win over the Reds and spoiled a strong start from Alfredo Simon on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis used the combination of strong pitching, timely power and good defense to take the first two games in the series. On Sunday, the pitching was there, Jhonny Peralta supplied the power and Peter Bourjos provided the defense as the Cardinals completed the sweep of the Rockies with a 4-1 win in front of 44,598 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
Matt Garza continued his dominance of the Reds and late-season callup Matt Clark belted his third home run in five days to pace the Brewers to a 9-2 victory Sunday as Milwaukee kept pace for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Brewers remained 1 1/2 games behind the Pirates and five back of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
The Pirates trailed the Cubs early in Sunday's series finale at PNC Park, but a triple play in the fourth inning turned the momentum in a 7-3 Bucs victory. Josh Harrison had two RBIs in a six-run fifth inning.
Copying San Francisco's four-run first inning from the series opener, the Dodgers added a four-run second inning and pounded out a record-setting 17-0 pulverizing in support of a four-hitter for six scoreless innings from Zack Greinke -- when he wasn't slugging a two-run homer and double off the wall.
Lisalverto Bonilla earned his first Major League victory in his first start, as the Rangers won their second straight with a 3-2 victory over the Braves on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
Fernando Rodney picked up his Major League-leading 45th save of the season Friday night in Seattle's 4-2 win over the Athletics. That tied him with Kazuhiro Sasaki for the Mariners' single-season record, which Sasaki set in 2001.
Pitching has carried the Mariners much of the way this season in their push for the playoffs, but Seattle went on the offensive with three home runs Friday night in a 4-2 victory over the free-falling A's. The series-opening win puts the Mariners in a tie for the second AL Wild Card berth with 16 games to go.
Although it was a tight game, Cincinnati was unsuccessful in making the playoff race harder for Milwaukee and dropped a 3-2 decision Friday night at Miller Park. Though the Reds lost on a bases-loaded single by Lyle Overbay in the ninth inning, eyes were opened about starting pitching prospect Daniel Corcino.
After being held scoreless through 10 innings, the O's got the big knock they needed on Jimmy Parede's two-run double in the 11th for a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader.
The Pirates' latest win came in 4-1 fashion against the Phillies on Thursday as Francisco Liriano out-pitched A.J. Burnett in a battle of the Pirates' top two starters from a season ago. The victory gave them a 1 1/2-game cushion in the Wild Card and has the Bucs 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central.
Johnny Cueto's eight strong frames led the Reds' shutout, and with the 1-0 victory on Thursday, Cincinnati took its first series from St. Louis in five tries this season, and just its second in the last 13 series against the Cardinals overall.
Two months into the season, it seemed improbable that Carlos Santana would find his way into the record book for the Indians. After another strong showing in Thursday's doubleheader sweep of the Twins, that is exactly where Santana's name belongs.
On Thursday, T.J. House took the mound in the second game of a doubleheader with the Twins and delivered a brilliant performance. On the heels of a stellar outing by Corey Kluber in the first tilt, House handled Minnesota's lineup with apparent ease en route to a 2-0 victory in Game 2 at Progressive Field.
Wily Peralta delivered a strong start, September callup Matt Clark delivered his first two RBIs and Francisco Rodriguez rebounded from a crushing outing the night before in a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Miller Park. It was the Brewers' second victory in 15 games, and their fourth victory in 20 games.
Matt Shoemaker shut out the Rangers through the first six innings at Globe Life Park on Wednesday, paving the way for the offense to come on late and leading the Angels to an 8-1 win that pushed their winning streak to a season-high seven games.</p>
Alfredo Simon gave his club seven strong innings and the Reds gave him offensive support for a 4-2 victory at Great American Ball Park. It was the third time in the past month that Cincinnati enjoyed back-to-back wins and the first time since Aug. 27-28 vs. the Cubs.
Rookie starter Rafael Montero delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Rockies at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Villar made a pair of terrific plays at shortstop and went 2-for-4, driving in the go-ahead run with a single in the ninth inning to send the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Casey McGehee and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a 6-3 victory over the reeling Brewers on Tuesday night and move Miami one game closer in the chase for the second National League Wild Card spot.
In Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway, a new face put the first-place Orioles one step closer to October, with Alejandro De Aza homering twice to whittle Baltimore's magic number to clinch the division to nine. The O's maintained a 10-game lead in the American League East and are 33-19 against Boston since 2012.
Jose Bautista hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning and Mark Buehrle continued his recent turnaround with another quality start in the Blue Jays' 9-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
For the first time, the Marlins hit Yovani Gallardo hard, far and often, and crept one game closer in their late-season push for a playoff spot with a 6-4 victory over the freefalling Brewers on Monday night.
Jose Bautista reached another milestone by hitting home run No. 200 in a Blue Jays uniform during Monday night's 8-0 victory over the Cubs.
Jeff Locke delivered seven strong innings and the Bucs' offense was sparked by Starling Marte and a four-run eighth in a 6-4 series-opening win against the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. The win was the fourth in a row for the Pirates, who hold the second NL Wild Card spot.
Jered Weaver continues to have success against the Indians, and he was backed by a six-run fifth frame and four total homers in the Angels' 12-3 blowout on Monday afternoon at Progressive Field.
Nelson Cruz drove in all seven Orioles' runs as Baltimore beat the Rays, 7-5, in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
R.A. Dickey tossed seven-plus strong innings while Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays salvaged the finale of the series at Fenway Park, taking a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Heading home, Toronto finds itself five games back of Seattle for the second American League Wild Card.
After a stirring pregame ceremony in front of a sellout crowd gathered for "Derek Jeter Day," the Royals, thanks to another fine pitching performance, mostly silenced the fans and the Yankees' bats, dampening New York's celebratory day with a 2-0 victory.
Albert Pujols drove in three critical runs in the Angels' 8-5 victory over the Twins on Saturday night, and he reached a couple of impressive milestones in the process.
Chris Heisey hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to back another stellar Johnny Cueto outing as the Reds beat the Mets, 2-1, and snapped a four-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park on Saturday afternoon.
Francisco Liriano threw six scoreless innings on Saturday, and a methodical attack gave him enough support for an overdue win as the Pirates downed the Cubs, 5-0, in the delayed regularly scheduled game of an impromptu "doubleheader" at Wrigley Field.
Erick Aybar lifted a fly ball to right field and Kole Calhoun slid in just before Oswaldo Arcia's throw home, giving the Angels their fifth lead of the game and pushing them to a 7-6 victory over the Twins in 10 innings at Target Field on Friday night.
The Mets left the yard five times to back a solid outing by Bartolo Colon as New York cruised to a 14-5 victory over the Reds in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Time is running out on the Marlins' playoff chances, but Jarred Cosart is doing his part to keep his team in the race. The right-hander allowed three runs and struck out six in 7 2/3 innings, collected a hit and scored a run in an 11-3 victory over the Braves at Marlins Park on Friday night.
Robinson Cano had a pair of hits and a season-high four RBIs in the first three innings for the Mariners on Thursday, but he was far from the only Seattle hitter to light up the scoreboard early in a 10-2 victory over the Rangers in Arlington.
J.J. Hardy's go-ahead two-run single in the seventh on Thursday ensured that a tie game and blown lead became a 9-7 victory against the Reds and yet another thrilling win for the playoff-minded O's.
By the third inning on Thursday, David Ortiz had already belted two homers at Yankee Stadium. You wondered if this was finally going to be the night the slugger belted three homers in a game, one of the few feats he's never accomplished.
Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion belted two-run homers, while Marcus Stroman fired six solid innings in the Blue Jays' 7-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday night, starter Danny Salazar logged his first career shutout and the Tribe nine broke through at multiple turns against Tigers righty Justin Verlander, leading to a 7-0 rout for the Indians at Progressive Field. The victory helped pull Cleveland within four games of Detroit in the race for the American League's second Wild Card spot.
Edinson Volquez kept on keeping on. Shelby Miller, on the other foot, decided that when it came to the Pirates, it was time to stop being stepped on. The result of momentum on one side and resolve on the other was a terrific pitchers' shootout under a midday sun on Wednesday at Busch Stadium not decided until Peter Bourjos' single with two outs in the ninth gave the Cardinals a 1-0 walk-off win in the crucial and pivotal National League Central showdown.
The Brewers probably wish they could take a mulligan Tuesday. Jake Arrieta scattered five hits over six innings, rookie Arismendy Alcantara belted a two-run homer, and the Cubs scored two runs on back-to-back errors by shortstop Elian Herrera in the first inning to post a 7-1 victory over the Brewers.
R.A. Dickey fired seven solid innings, while Danny Valencia, Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro belted homers in leading the Blue Jays to an 8-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night.
Juan Lagares had the type of night he needed to continue establishing himself with a month left in the season. And it was the type of night the Mets were all too happy to accept, combining it with David Wright's breakout in an 8-6 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.
The O's scored five runs in the first two innings and held off a late Reds comeback for a 5-4 win on Tuesday at a rain-soaked Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After a three-game dry spell and one very wet suspended game, the Royals got back in the win column. Salvador Perez knocked in three runs with a home run and a double as Kansas City worked on a 4-3 Labor Day victory over the Texas Rangers on a 75-degree Monday evening.
Jorge Soler hit two doubles, including one in his first at-bat, and scored on an RBI single by Welington Castillo, who added a two-run home run, to lift the Cubs to a 4-2 win over the Brewers, who fell to second place in the Central Division.
J.J. Hardy crushed a grand slam that highlighted a seven-run sixth inning as the Orioles downed Minnesota, 12-8, in front of 40,905 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday that, paired with the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto, gave them a nine-game lead in the American League East.