The New York Mets kept pace in the National League (NL) wildcard race thanks to a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB on Saturday.

The Mets and Dodgers only totalled six hits total at Citi Field, but the Mets got a big hit at an opportune time.

Rajai Davis hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to give his team the lead, helping keep the Mets' postseason hopes alive with a 3-0 victory.

Jacob deGrom's stellar pitching held the Dodgers off through seven innings of work. He notched eight strikeouts and pitched like the Cy Young winner he is.

The Mets are three games back from the NL's second wildcard spot with a 77-71 record. The Chicago Cubs hold the spot and the Milwaukee Brewers are also ahead of the Mets.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 96-54 and have the best record in the NL. But with a win from the Astros, Los Angeles are now down one game to Houston and two games to the New York Yankees for the best record in MLB.

Marvellous Markakis

Nick Markakis went four for five with two RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 10-1 win against the Washington Nationals.

Brett Gardner tallied two home runs and five RBIs in the Yankees' 13-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kris Bryant went a perfect three for three and hit a home run as the Cubs took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1.

 

Cruz goes hitless

Nelson Cruz was hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times in the Minnesota Twins' 2-0 victory against the Cleveland Indians.

 

Awesome Eaton

Adam Eaton somehow made a circus catch.

Saturday's results

Minnesota Twins 2-0 Cleveland Indians
Minnesota Twins 9-5 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 14-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Yankees 13-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 10-1 Washington Nationals
Detroit Tigers 8-4 Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox 2-1 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 3-0 Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros 6-1 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 St Louis Cardinals
Oakland Athletics 8-6 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies 11-10 San Diego Padres
Miami Marlins 4-2 San Francisco Giants
Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 2-1 Chicago White Sox

 

Brewers at Cardinals

Milwaukee are one game back from the Cubs for the NL's second wildcard spot and have split the first two games of a three-game series with the St Louis so far. If the Brewers can win the rubber game on Sunday, they have a chance to move into a tie for a playoff spot with a Cubs loss.

The Chicago Cubs crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-8 at Wrigley Field on Friday and the visiting team's poor pitching was a big reason why.

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras went yard twice while Nicholas Castellanos, Anthony Rizzo and Nico Hoerner each notched one home run apiece.

Chicago totalled five home runs in all and it was not a good night for Pirates starter Steven Brault.

Brault became the first pitcher in MLB's Live Ball Era to allow 10 earned runs and five home runs in three innings or less.

He forked up eight hits in just 2.2 innings before being relieved.

Pittsburgh's offense was not bad though, as they tallied 13 hits from eight different batters.

The Pirates remain far from playoff contention with a 65-83 record while the Cubs are second in the National League (NL) Central with a 79-68 mark.

Chicago are just holding onto the NL's second wildcard spot.

The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers both lost their Friday matchups, giving the Cubs a little more breathing room as they look to remain in the hunt.

Chicago are up a half game on Milwaukee and three on the Mets for the second wildcard spot. The Philadelphia Phillies, who are also in pursuit of that spot, were idle on Friday.

Lux lifts Dodgers

Rookie Gavin Lux homered and drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the New York Mets 9-2.

Bo Bichette went three for five and scored two runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 6-5 win against the New York Yankees.

 

Flowers fails

The Atlanta Braves' Tyler Flowers was hitless in five at-bats in his team's 5-0 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera went 0 for four in the Tigers' 6-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Miraculous LeMahieu

The Yankees' DJ LeMahieu managed to create an incredible double play.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 17-8 Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves 5-0 Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 New York Mets
Oakland Athletics 14-9 Texas Rangers
Houston Astros 4-1 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 10-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Colorado Rockies 10-8 San Diego Padres
Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Rays 11-4 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Miami Marlins
Chicago White Sox 9-7 Seattle Mariners

 

Twins at Indians

Cleveland are right outside the playoff picture and just 3.5 games back from American League (AL) Central-leading Minnesota. The Indians are on the brink of a postseason appearance so beating their toughest divisional rivals could be huge for them as they look to build momentum.

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to dominate the National League West as they clinched the division for the seventh straight season on Tuesday.

A 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles maintained the Dodgers' stranglehold on the MLB's NL West.

Only the New York Yankees (nine) and Atlanta Braves (14) have won more consecutive division titles.

The Dodgers' offense was powered by Corey Seager, who hit two home runs and tallied five RBIs in the contest. Gavin Lux also sent a solo shot over the outfield wall.

Los Angeles also had 11 strikeouts from right-hander Walker Buehler.

Mason Williams was Baltimore's only player to record multiple hits, as he went two for three at the plate.

The Dodgers are now 94-52 in 2019. The Orioles, meanwhile, are one of the worst teams in baseball with a 46-98 record.

 

Dickerson downs Braves

Philadelphia's Corey Dickerson went two for four and hit two home runs as the Phillies took down the Atlanta Braves 6-5.

Brett Gardner tallied two home runs and three RBIs in the Yankees' 12-11 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

 

Alonso hitless as Mets win

Pete Alonso was hitless and struck out three times in the New York Mets' 3-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Arenado says no!

Nolan Arenado made a great play on this ball as the Colorado Rockies topped the St Louis Cardinals 2-1.

 

Tuesday's results

Detroit Tigers 12-11 New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Atlanta Braves
Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Minnesota Twins 5-0 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Texas Rangers
Chicago White Sox 7-3 Kansas City Royals
Oakland Athletics 21-7 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 2-1 St Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cleveland Indians 8-0 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 4-3 Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres 9-8 Chicago Cubs 

 

Braves at Phillies

Philadelphia are not far from the playoff picture, and once again beating one of the best teams in MLB, could give them the momentum they need to claim a wild-card spot. Atlanta still have a firm lead in the NL East.

Pete Alonso hit two home runs as the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

The Mets entered Monday's game having lost their last two MLB games to the Philadelphia Phillies but rebounded by topping the Diamondbacks.

New York's offense was powered by rookie sensation Alonso, who went two for four at the plate with two homers and two RBIs.

The Mets also benefited from Jacob deGrom's strong showing after the pitcher tallied 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work while only giving up three hits.

The Diamondbacks' lone run of the night came off a home run from Wilmer Flores in the fifth inning.

Arizona and the Mets are battling for the second National League wild-card spot and this series is crucial for both teams. 

 

Donaldson brings the rain

Josh Donaldson clubbed a home run and recorded three RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 7-2 win against the Phillies.

Yordan Alvarez went two for five and hit two homers as the Houston Astros demolished the Oakland Athletics 15-0.

 

Maybin struggles but Yankees win

Cameron Maybin was hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times as the New York Yankees shut out the Boston Red Sox 5-0.

 

Alvarez shows no mercy… to the ball!

Alvarez blasted this ball as the Astros made light work of the Athletics.

 

Monday's results

Atlanta Braves 7-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Yankees 5-0 Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros 15-0 Oakland Athletics
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 San Francisco Giants
Cleveland Indians 6-2 Los Angeles Angels
Chicago Cubs 10-2 San Diego Padres

 

Braves at Phillies

Atlanta have won nine of their last 10 games and will try to keep their hot streak going against a Philadelphia squad that still have a chance to break into the playoff picture. The Phillies are just a few games back from the Cubs in the National League wild-card standings.

The Houston Astros had a productive day at the plate in a 21-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners in MLB on Sunday.

The Astros tallied 22 hits from 11 different batters against the Mariners and Yordan Alvarez led the way offensively.

Alvarez served as Houston's designated hitter and went four for six with six RBIs.

But the Astros also had great pitching. 

Gerrit Cole tallied 15 strikeouts in eight innings of work and only gave up one hit to Seattle, which came on a Shed Long home run in the fourth inning.

Seattle's Felix Hernandez had a poor outing and gave up 11 runs (seven earned) in just two innings.

The Astros are 94-50 and hold a 9.5-game lead over the second-placed Oakland Athletics in the American League (AL) West. The Mariners, on the other hand, are last in the division with a 58-86 record.

 

Awesome Alcantara

Sandy Alcantara recorded eight strikeouts for the Miami Marlins and shut the Kansas City Royals out 9-0.

Eugenio Suarez went three for four and hit two home runs in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Yan Gomes hit two home runs in the Washington Nationals' 9-4 win against the Atlanta Braves.

 

Longoria hitless

Evan Longoria went hitless and struck out in all four of his at-bats in the San Francisco Giants' 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Cordell's cool catch

The Chicago White Sox's Ryan Cordell was not letting a ball get away.

Sunday's results

Texas Rangers 10-4 Baltimore Orioles
Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Miami Marlins 9-0 Kansas City Royals
Philadelphia Phillies 10-7 New York Mets
Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals 9-4 Atlanta Braves
St Louis Cardinals 2-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago White Sox 5-1 Los Angeles Angels
Houston Astros 21-1 Seattle Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 Chicago Cubs
Cleveland Indians 5-2 Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics 3-1 Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 2-1 Colorado Rockies
New York Yankees 10-5 Boston Red Sox

 

Athletics at Astros

Oakland are second to Houston in the AL West and both teams have been playing great baseball as of late. The four-game series between the Athletics and Astros should be a must-see matchup.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have put together an impressive dozen games, beating the Cincinnati Reds in MLB on Saturday.

Arizona have been so successful over that stretch that they are now 1.5 games out of the National League (NL) wildcard race, with the help of a Chicago Cubs loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Diamondbacks have gone 11-1, with their most recent win a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati, and trail only the Washington Nationals and Chicago in the wildcard standings. 

Rookie pitcher Alex Young kept the Reds at bay as he struck out 12 in eight innings of work. He allowed just two hits toeing the rubber.

But it was also a low-scoring night for the Diamondbacks, whose two runs came in the fourth. Ketel Marte hit an RBI single and Christian Walker hit a groundout that scored Marte.

Luis Castillo was tagged with the loss.

 

Happ shines for Yankees

J.A. Happ kept Boston scoreless into the seventh inning (7 Ks, two hits) of the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over the Red Sox.

Justin Verlander got his MLB-leading 18th win after pitching seven solid innings for the Houston Astros in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Ryan McBroom finished the night with two doubles and three RBIs to help the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.

 

Rosario struggles

The New York Mets were shut out by the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0, and leadoff hitter Amed Rosario had the worst night after he finished 0 for four at the plate.

Aaron Brooks gave up six runs on six hits in 2.2 innings for the Baltimore Orioles, who went on to lose 9-4 to the Texas Rangers.

 

Braves' double play

The Atlanta Braves turned around a 9-3 double play.

There was no doubt about a home run from Astros star Alex Bregman.

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 Cincinnati Reds
Kansas City Royals 7-2 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 9-4 Baltimore Orioles
St Louis Cardinals 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Angels 8-7 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 2-1 Seattle Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Chicago Cubs
Minnesota Twins 5-3 Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 5-4 Washington Nationals
San Diego Padres 3-0 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 10-2 Detroit Tigers
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Indians at Twins

Cleveland are so close to making it over the hump in the American League (AL) wildcard race, but they dropped game two against AL Central-leading Minnesota on Saturday. The Indians will try to get one back in the series finale on Sunday and do so with Mike Clevinger (10-2, 2.71 ERA) starting on the mound.

The Arizona Diamondbacks boosted their wild-card chances with a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in MLB action on Friday.

Arizona were two games under .500 on August 24 and a longshot in the National League's wild-card race.

But after Friday's victory, the in-form Diamondbacks have won four successive games and 10 of their last 11.

The Diamondbacks are now only two and a half games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot, after the latter's 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Red-hot outfielder Ketel Marte carried the load on offense with three hits, including a three-run home run – his 31st this season.

Marte now has 12 hits in 22 at-bats in September, vaulting him into third place in the NL batting standings. But the race everyone is watching right now in Arizona is the battle for a wild-card spot. Again, watch out for the Diamondbacks.

 

Pineda stars but Twins lose

Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and gave up one run in six innings against the Cleveland Indians, who won 6-2.

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Tampa Bay Rays used five pitchers (Brendan McKay, Peter Fairbanks, Andrew Kittredge, Cole Sulser and Emilio Pagan) who combined for 13 strikeouts and yielded only two hits in a 5-0 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Hamels hammered by Brewers

Cubs starter Cole Hamels got rocked (3.3 innings pitched, nine hits, five runs) in the loss to the Brewers.

 

Machado with the arm!

Manny Machado casually throws this ball sidearm, across his body, and still easily gets the runner at first in the San Diego Padres' 3-2 defeat to the Colorado Rockies.

 

Friday's results

Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 7-6 Baltimore Orioles
Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Toronto Blue Jays
New York Mets 5-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Red Sox 6-1 New York Yankees
Atlanta Braves 4-3 Washington Nationals
Kansas City Royals 3-0 Miami Marlins
Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 Chicago Cubs
Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 7-4 Seattle Mariners
Cleveland Indians 6-2 Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies 3-2 San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Detroit Tigers 5-4 Oakland Athletics

 

Indians at Twins 

Cleveland are running out of time to catch Minnesota in the American League Central. The Indians face a stiff challenge going against Jake Odorizzi, who posted a 2.86 ERA in five starts in August. Indians right-hander Aaron Civale has been a revelation in his first seven MLB starts, with a 1.94 ERA.

Michael Lorenzen did it all in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Reds pitcher Lorenzen threw two innings while recording the win over the Phillies at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, but that was not nearly what was so rare.

Lorenzen entered the game in the seventh inning as a pitcher and was left in to hit in the bottom of the eighth.

Reds manager David Bell's instincts were right, though, as the righty hit a home run to break the tie.

But just to add to his odd night, Lorenzen was left in the game in the ninth inning to play centerfield when he was relieved by closer Raisel Iglesias.

Lorenzen became the first player to win a game while homering and playing in the field since Babe Ruth in 1921, according to Stats by Stats.

Lorenzen has played center, left and right field this season and has seven home runs since 2015. 

 

Cano lifts Mets

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano went three for three with a home run and two RBIs in an 8-4 victory against the Washington Nationals.

 

Santana struggles against Yankees

Texas Rangers right fielder Danny Santana went 0 for four with three strikeouts in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

 

Reynolds to the rescue

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds made two great plays on Wednesday.

And for good measure, he hit a two-run walk-off single to help the Pirates win 6-5 against the Miami Marlins.

 

Wednesday's results

New York Mets 8-4 Washington Nationals
New York Yankees 4-1 Texas Rangers
Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Miami Marlins
Boston Red Sox 6-2 Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians 8-6 Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants 9-8 St Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 4-0 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Colorado Rockies

 

Cubs at Brewers

This is the Milwaukee Brewers' last chance to catch the Chicago Cubs on their own terms. Milwaukee have a four-game series against Chicago this week and they are four games behind the Cubs in the standings. A sweep erases the Cubs' lead. Even winning three of four games is a good thing. But what the Brewers cannot do is lose three out of four. If they do, then their fate is out of their hands since they do not play the Cubs again.

The New York Mets lost a heartbreaker to Washington, blowing a six-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning at Nationals Park in MLB on Tuesday.

New York fell short 11-10 and the game was brought to a close by a three-run homer from Kurt Suzuki. 

But Suzuki was not the only Washington player that shined, as Juan Soto went three for four with three RBIs and a home run of his own.

New York's Pete Alonso went three for five and notched his 44th home run of the season.

The Nationals have won eight of their past 10 games and are second in the National League (NL) East at 78-59, while the Mets have lost seven of their past 10 and sit fourth in the division.

Superb Sanchez

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs as the New York Yankees took down the Texas Rangers 10-1.

Kyle Schwarber went three for three and hit a home run in the Chicago Cubs' 6-1 win against the Seattle Mariners.

 

Reynolds, Porcello struggle

Bryan Reynolds went 0 for five in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. 

Rick Porcello gave up six runs in four innings in the Boston Red Sox's 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

 

Brilliant Bichette

The Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette showed off some nice arm strength and accuracy.

Tuesday's results

Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 10-1 Texas Rangers
Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Cincinnati Reds
Miami Marlins 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 11-10 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 6-5 Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox 6-5 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 7-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Houston Astros
St Louis Cardinals 1-0 San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs 6-1 Seattle Mariners
Kansas City Royals 6-5 Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 7-5 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Colorado Rockies

 

White Sox at Indians

Cleveland remain right in the middle of the American League (AL) wildcard race. The Indians will need to keep winning and will send Shane Bieber (12-7, 3.27 ERA) to the mound. The White Sox will counter with Ivan Nova (9-11, 4.48 ERA).

Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers were 7-0 shut-out winners over the New York Yankees in MLB action.

The Rangers pitching staff were so effective, handing the Yankees their first shutout in 220 games to break the second-longest streak in league history.

New York's streak was only shy of a 308-game stretch by the 1931-33 Yankees' team. The last time this current team were shutout was by the Boston Red Sox on June 30, 2018.

Minor had the help of relievers Shawn Kelley and Emmanuel Clase, and had an offensive boost from Elvis Andrus, who was three for five at the plate.

 

Hoskins leads Phillies

Rhys Hoskins helped push the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 after he drove in three runs with two home runs. 

Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings in the St Louis Cardinals' 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants.

New York Mets righty Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 and allowed three hits over seven shut-out innings in the team's 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

 

Mariners pair struggle despite win

Jake Fraley and Tom Murphy were 0 for four as the Seattle Mariners had just four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Buck Farmer allowed two runs off two hits in less than an inning of work as the Detroit Tigers fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

 

Springer puts Astros ahead

It did not take long for George Springer to break a tie as the Houston topped the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.

This Christian Yelich home run put the Los Angeles Dodgers star at the top of the leaderboard and he joins Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, and Pete Alonso with 43 dingers so far this season.

 

Monday's results

Texas Rangers 7-0 New York Yankees
New York Mets 7-3 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Detroit Tigers
Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves 6-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago Cubs 5-1 Seattle Mariners
St Louis Cardinals 3-1 San Francisco Giants
Arizona Diamondbacks 14-7 San Diego Padres
Houston Astros 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Cleveland Indians 11-3 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-9 Colorado Rockies

 

Angels at Athletics 

The A's are just half a game out of the AL wild-card race and open a series against the Angels on Tuesday with the hopes of moving into playoff position. Oakland will start Mike Fiers (13-3, 3.40 ERA) and Los Angeles will counter with Jaime Barria (4-7, 6.10).

Justin Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter in the Houston Astros' win over the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB on Sunday.

He struck out 14 and walked only one in the Astros' 2-0 victory and is now 17-5 this season.

Verlander was able to complete the no-hitter after rookie infielder Abraham Toro broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to put Houston ahead.

The third baseman also made a routine defensive play to seal Verlander's no-hitter.

"Man, I can't put it into words," Verlander said, via MLB.com. "I mean, I've been so close to the third one so many times, it just didn't happen and then tonight, Abraham Toro comes up with a huge homer. Only fitting that he was able to make the last out. Ball is in play, you're just hoping that it's an out. Make an out, make an out, make an out, good throw, good throw, good throw."

The Astros remain in control of the American League (AL) West as they have a 10-game advantage over the second-placed Oakland Athletics.

Zimmerman marks return with homer

Ryan Zimmerman returned from the injured list (IL) and hit one of the Washington Nationals' four home runs in their 9-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Adalberto Mondesi, who also returned from the IL, matched a career-high with four hits. He also stole three bases as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

Michael Pineda pitched an effective six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits in the Minnesota Twins' 8-3 win against the Detroit Tigers.

 

Lindor, Santana go hitless

Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana both went 0 for five in the Cleveland Indians' 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Craig Kimbrel struggled on the mound, giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings for the Chicago Cubs.

 

Carrasco's inspiring return

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco made his return to the mound on Sunday. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in June.

Steven Brault's first career home run was a doozy.

Matt Olson made an impressive catch and throw.

Sunday's results

New York Yankees 5-4 Oakland Athletics
St Louis Cardinals 4-3 Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds 5-3 St Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros 2-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 8-3 Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 9-3 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 6-4 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners 11-3 Texas Rangers
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres 8-4 San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox 4-3 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 New York Mets

 

Rangers at Yankees

The Yankees and Rangers will begin a three-game series on Monday. New York will start Masahiro Tanaka (10-7, 4.47 ERA) while Texas will send Mike Minor (11-8, 3.25) to the mound.

The New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 thanks to DJ LeMahieu's walk-off home run in MLB action on Saturday.

New York entered play having lost their last four contests against Oakland but prevailed in their latest courtesy of LeMahieu's heroics in the 11th inning.

LeMahieu blasted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. 

While LeMahieu went one for five on the day, he came up big when his team needed him most. Gary Sanchez was two for three at the plate and hit two home runs.

The Yankees only tallied six hits but four of them cleared the outfield wall.

Matt Olson notched three hits in his four at-bats and was instrumental to the success of the Athletics' offense.

The Yankees lead the American League East with an 89-48 record, while the Athletics (78-57) are second in the AL West.

 

Garver shines as Twins fall

Mitch Garver hit two home runs in the Minnesota Twins' 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Stephen Strasburg recorded 14 strikeouts as the Washington Nationals blanked the Miami Marlins 7-0.

Anthony Santander hit two home runs in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Cardinals clinch doubleheader but Ozuna struggles

Marcell Ozuna went 0 for four as the St Louis Cardinals were 10-6 winners over the Cincinnati Reds before also claiming the second game of the doubleheader 3-2.

Orlando Arcia went 0 for four in the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

 

Carpenter the hero

This clutch hit from Matt Carpenter secured a win for the Cardinals.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 4-3 Oakland Athletics
St Louis Cardinals 10-6 Cincinnati Reds
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Houston Astros
Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Chicago Cubs
New York Mets 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 7-0 Miami Marlins
Detroit Tigers 10-7 Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals 7-5 Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 11-5 Chicago White Sox
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 Los Angeles Dodgers
Texas Rangers 3-2 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 4-1 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels 10-4 Boston Red Sox

 

Indians at Rays

Cleveland have dropped two straight games to Tampa Bay, who are just a half-game back in the American League wild-card race. The Athletics are also a half-game adrift of the Indians.

Jurickson Profar had a night to remember – both good and bad – as the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees in MLB on Friday.

First, the bad. The Athletics infielder botched a double play which allowed the Yankees to move into a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.

Then, the good. Profar broke a tie for a second time – the first was with a 0-0 score and a home run in the second – with a two-run double in the sixth to give Oakland the edge for good. The Yankees would not score again and the A's claimed an 8-2 win over the American League (AL) East leaders.

Brett Anderson was awarded the win after pitching six innings, allowing two runs off six hits and striking out one.

Yankees righty Tommy Kahnle was tagged with the loss. He gave up three runs on three hits in just one inning of work.


Quintana shines

Jose Quintana pitched 5.2 shut-out innings and allowed just four hits while striking out three in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Todd Frazier hit two three-run home runs as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-5. 

Austin Pruitt, and three Rays relievers, combined on a five-hitter as Tampa Bay shut out the Cleveland Indians 4-0.


Horrible Hall

Matt Hall came in for relief of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, but was quickly replaced himself after surrendering four runs on three hits in 1.2 innings.

Tim Anderson was 0 for five as the Chicago White Sox went on to lose 10-7 to the Atlanta Braves.


All Betts are on

Mookie Betts swatted two home runs on Friday with the latter breaking a 15th-inning tie to guide the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Right-fielder JD Martinez also homered for Boston before making a costly error in the ninth that extended the contest.


Soler special

Jorge Soler has been a highlight reel of his own this season and he tied the Kansas City Royals' single-season home-run record (37) in a 14-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

George Springer hit a monster three-run home run in the Houston Astros' 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday's results

Chicago Cubs 7-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Oakland Athletics 8-2 New York Yankees
New York Mets 11-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals 7-6 Miami Marlins
Houston Astros 7-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 13-5 Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 10-7 Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers 6-3 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 14-2 Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants 8-3 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Angels 6-7 Boston Red Sox

 

Mets at Phillies

The Phillies cannot afford to give up another game now. The National League wildcard race is heating up and they are currently 3.5 games back of making the cut. A win on Saturday against the Mets, who won the series opener, will almost certainly better their position. Philadelphia will start Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA) while New York go with Steven Matz (8-8, 4.06).

The Milwaukee Brewers snapped the St Louis Cardinals' six-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in MLB on Wednesday.

The Brewers are barely holding on in the race for the National League (NL) Central as they trail St Louis by 5.5 games in the division.

Milwaukee are also 3.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for second in the division and the second wildcard spot.

By virtue of Wednesday's win, in which Keston Hiura smoked a home run and the Brewers handed Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty his first loss since July 7, Milwaukee were able to make up some ground in the division and kept pace in the wildcard race, as Chicago also won on Wednesday.

Milwaukee scored a run in three of the first four innings and used a nine-strikeout performance from Jordan Lyles to earn the victory.

Milwaukee have three games left against the Cardinals and seven against the Cubs, so absolutely nothing is decided in this division.

Hernandez heroics

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez went three for five with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani tossed seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

Jason Kipnis went two for four with two home runs in the Cleveland Indians' 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

 

Syndergaard struggles

Noah Syndergaard gave up 10 runs (nine earned) in three innings in the New York Mets' 10-7 loss to the Cubs.

 

DeShields robs Goodwin

Texas Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. robbed Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin of a home run.

Wednesday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 7-3 Seattle Mariners
Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals 8-4 Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves 9-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 4-2 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 5-0 Miami Marlins
Chicago Cubs 10-7 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 8-2 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 8-6 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 6-4 Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox 7-4 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 3-0 Los Angeles Angels

 

Rays at Astros

Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45 ERA) has not lost yet in his time with the Astros, so it is going to be a challenge for the Rays to take a game in this series. The Astros have won the first two by a combined score of 23-7.

The Houston Astros showed off their classy offense in a thrashing of the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB on Tuesday.

Two teams could hit 300 or more home runs as the Minnesota Twins are on pace to do it and the New York Yankees have a shot as well, and both of those organisations are getting well-deserved credit for their success.

In Houston, though, the Astros have been somewhat forgotten. But as they showed on Tuesday by scoring six runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings off American League Cy Young candidate Charlie Morton in a 15-1 win over the Rays, this lineup is as good as any in MLB.

The Astros scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth, five in the sixth and another in the seventh. They had eight extra-base hits (three home runs) including two homers from rookie Yordan Alvarez, who is now one away from Carlos Correa's Astros rookie record of 22.

Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit while four had at least two. Josh Reddick, Alex Bregman and Alvarez all had three apiece.

The Rays had the second-best ERA in MLB at 3.56 coming into the game but the Astros' offense has quietly been on par with the best in MLB all season.

 

Darvish delights

Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-2 win over the New York Mets.

Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak went two for three with a home run, two RBIs and a walk in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Franmil Reyes went two for three with a home run, three RBIs and two walks in a 10-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

 

Woeful Nationals

Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Adams and Yan Gomes combined to go 0 for 19 with eight strikeouts in the Washington Nationals' 2-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Brilliance from Brault

Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Steven Brault made a great catch in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tuesday's results

Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians 10-1 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Miami Marlins
Chicago Cubs 5-2 New York Mets
St Louis Cardinals 6-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 3-1 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 15-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics 2-1 Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox 10-6 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 San Diego Padres
New York Yankees 7-0 Seattle Mariners

 

Cardinals at Brewers

Forget the fact this is a game between two contenders for the National League Central and watch this game for this: Jack Flaherty is pitching for St Louis and he is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA for the Cardinals in his past seven starts and has not given up more than two runs in a start since July 2. He is a sight to behold right now.

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