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Dodgers rout secures home-field advantage for wild-card series, Pujols hits 662nd homer

By Sports Desk September 19, 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched home-field advantage in the MLB wild-card series after crushing the Colorado Rockies 15-6.

Mookie Betts led the way for the high-flying Dodgers, hitting a National League (NL)-leading 16th home run on Friday.

The Dodgers, who are closing in on an eighth consecutive NL West title, will now be at home in the best-of-three wild-card round in the playoffs.

Already assured of a place in the playoffs, the Dodgers also set a season-high for hits with 17 as Cody Bellinger homered for the first time since August.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols homered twice to move fifth on the all-time list for career home runs.

Pujols' 661st career homer saw him surpass Willie Mays, while he finished the night with 662 in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

 

Anderson hits hat-trick of homers

Brian Anderson enjoyed a memorable outing, smashing three home runs to fuel the Miami Marlins' 14-3 win over World Series champions the Washington Nationals. Per STATS, Anderson became the first player in MLB history to hit three homers in a game that lasted less than nine innings. The 27-year-old matched the franchise mark for the Marlins in game two of a doubleheader.

The New York Yankees rallied past rivals the Boston Red Sox 6-5 as DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit continue to star. LeMahieu had a go-ahead double in the 12th inning, while Voit hit an RBI single in the 11th. Through Friday, LeMahieu leads the league in batting average and Voit leads in home runs. The last time one team had the MLB leader in both categories at season's end was in 1959, according to STATS. The in-form Yankees also had All-Star duo Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back in the line-up together for the first time since August 8.

For the third consecutive season the Oakland Athletics qualified for the playoffs thanks to their 6-0 shut-out win against the San Francisco Giants.

 

Mets battered by Braves

The New York Mets were put to the sword during a 15-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Steven Matz returned to the starting rotation but he only lasted three innings after allowing six runs, eight hits, three walks, a wild pitch and two lengthy homers.

 

Friday's results

St Louis Cardinals 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
St Louis Cardinals 7-2 Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals 5-0 Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins 14-3 Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians 1-0 Detroit Tigers
Atlanta Braves 15-2 New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds 7-1 Chicago White Sox
New York Yankees 6-5 Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Baltimore Orioles
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers 15-6 Colorado Rockies
Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs 1-0 Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres 6-1 Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics 6-0 San Francisco Giants

 

Dodgers at Rockies

Clayton Kershaw will take to the mount for the Dodgers on Saturday as the Rockies counter with Carlos Gonzalez.

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