The Atlanta Braves claimed their first MLB postseason series victory in 19 years, while the Oakland Athletics snapped a 14-year drought.

National League (NL) East champions Atlanta swept the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card Series, cruising to a 5-0 win on Thursday.

The Braves were too good in the best-of-three matchup as they won their first playoff series since 2001, ending their record-tying streak of 10 consecutive postseason series losses.

Ian Anderson produced a shut-out performance, Adam Duvall homered and Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits to lead the Braves to the NL Division Series (NLDS).

Oakland also advanced in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after topping the Chicago White Sox in the American League (AL).

Chad Pinder's go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning helped the Athletics rally past the White Sox 6-4 to claim the Wild Card showdown 2-1.

After losing the opening game, AL West champions the Athletics will now face the Houston Astros in the ALDS.

 

Kershaw leads sweep, Tatis and Myers homer twice

Clayton Kershaw set a playoff career high with 13 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. The Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 for a sweep en route to the NLDS.

Fernandes Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers each hit two home runs to see the San Diego Padres rally past the St Louis Cardinals 11-9. Tatis and Myers became the second team-mates in postseason history with multi homers in the same game, joining New York Yankees pair Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1932. San Diego are also the first team in postseason history with five home runs from the sixth inning onward.

Braves pitcher Anderson struck out nine batters in six innings, allowing two hits and walking two in his playoff debut.

 

Scoreless Reds exit

For the first time, the Reds were shut out in back-to-back postseason games. The 22 innings without a run is the longest playoff scoreless streak in Cincinnati's history.

 

Thursday's results

Atlanta Braves 5-0 Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres 11-9 St Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Chicago White Sox
Miami Marlins-Chicago Cubs (postponed)

 

Marlins at Cubs

After rain washed out Thursday's Game 2, the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs will meet on Friday. Miami lead 1-0.

The New York Yankees and Houston Astros advanced in the MLB playoffs on Wednesday.

The Yankees rallied late for a 10-9 win over the Cleveland Indians to seal a 2-0 American League (AL) Wild Card Series victory.

Trailing 9-8 entering the ninth inning, the Yankees needed a sacrifice fly from Gary Sanchez to draw level before DJ LeMahieu's RBI single proved decisive.

Gio Urshela went two-for-five with four RBIs for the Yankees.

The Astros extended the Minnesota Twins' postseason drought as a 3-1 win wrapped up a 2-0 series victory in the AL Wild Card Series.

Carlos Correa hit a home run in the seventh inning to break the tie before Kyle Tucker delivered an RBI single in the ninth.

It marked the Twins' 18th straight loss in the playoffs.

 

Bauer brilliant but beaten, Rays advance

Trevor Bauer's stellar performance was not enough for the Cincinnati Reds, who were edged 1-0 by the Atlanta Braves after 13 innings in their National League (NL) Wild Card Series opener. Bauer struck out 12 and conceded just two hits in 7.2 innings. He became the first pitcher in MLB history with 12-plus strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed in a playoff game, as per Stats Perform data. It was also the first ever playoff game to be scoreless through 11 innings.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 to win their AL Wild Card Series 2-0. Hunter Renfroe blasted a grand slam in the win. The Rays will face the Yankees in the AL Division Series.

Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer in the Miami Marlins' 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in their series opener.

 

Ryu struggles

Blue Jays starter Ryu Hyun-jin lasted just 1.2 innings. He conceded eight hits and seven runs (three earned).

 

Wednesday's results

Atlanta Braves 1-0 Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros 3-1 Minnesota Twins
Miami Marlins 5-1 Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Toronto Blue Jays
St Louis Cardinals 7-4 San Diego Padres
New York Yankees 10-9 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers

 

White Sox at Athletics

The Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics meet in their AL Wild Card Series decider on Thursday.

The St Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers reached the MLB playoffs on the final day of the regular season.

The Cardinals overcame the Brewers 5-2 to head to the postseason for the second straight year.

The Brewers needed the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies to also taste defeat – and they got that on Sunday.

The Giants fell to the San Diego Padres 5-4 and the Phillies were beaten 5-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays.

That meant the Brewers (29-31) got into the playoffs ahead of the Giants (29-31) thanks to a better record against divisional opponents.

Twins win AL Central as Bieber shines again

The Minnesota Twins won the American League (AL) Central for the second straight year despite a 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Shane Bieber became the first pitcher to complete the triple crown since Johan Santana in 2006. The Cleveland Indians star finished the regular season with eight wins, a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts.

Madison Bumgarner finished a disappointing season strongly. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher gave up just two hits and no runs in five innings in an 11-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Josh Fleming completed the regular season with a 5-0 record. The Rays pitcher struck out five and conceded just four hits in six innings in a win over the Phillies.

 

Lugo battles

Seth Lugo's start for the New York Mets lasted just 1.1 innings. He gave up five hits and six runs in a 15-5 loss to the Washington Nationals

 

Sunday's results

Kansas City Royals 3-1 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 5-0 New York Yankees
San Diego Padres 5-4 San Francisco Giants
Texas Rangers 8-4 Houston Astros
Washington Nationals 15-5 New York Mets
Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Toronto Blue Jays
Arizona Diamondbacks 11-3 Colorado Rockies
Boston Red Sox 9-1 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 10-8 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 8-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Los Angeles Angels
Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics 6-2 Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Philadelphia Phillies
St Louis Cardinals 5-2 Milwaukee Brewers

 

Playoffs begin

The three-game AL Wild Card Series begin on Tuesday as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Rays, the Houston Astros take on the Twins, the Chicago White Sox meet the Oakland Athletics and the Indians do battle with the New York Yankees.

The Chicago Cubs claimed their first National League (NL) Central title since 2017, despite losing to MLB neighbours the Chicago White Sox 9-5.

While the Cubs did not win on Saturday, they still had plenty to celebrate thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-0 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.

Locking up the third seeding, the Cubs will host a wild-card series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, starting Wednesday.

The Cubs could face the Miami Marlins, Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds or Brewers, who are all vying for the sixth seed.

Meanwhile, New York Yankees duo DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit are closing in on crowns.

LeMahieu is on the verge of winning the batting title, while team-mate Voit is poised to become home-run champion following the Yankees' 11-4 win against the Marlins.

Voit hit his MLB-leading 22nd homer of the season, while LeMahieu improved his average to .359 thanks to four hits and three RBIs.

 

Biggio and Grichuk fuel Jays

Home runs from Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.

The Boston Red Sox routed the Atlanta Braves 8-2 thanks to Christian Vazquez's grand slam, while Tanner Houck struck out 10 in a dominant display.

Kyle Seager homered in both games as the Seattle Mariners swept their doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics 5-1 and 12-3.

 

Mets eliminated from playoffs

The New York Mets will not feature in the postseason. The Mets needed to win their three remaining games and receive help from rival teams to snatch a wild-card spot, but they lost 4-3 to the Washington Nationals in game one. The Mets also lost 5-3 in the second clash.

The Los Angeles Dodgers topped rivals the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 but will be sweating on the fitness of Mookie Betts, who was forced to exit the game after being struck by a pitch.

 

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 11-4 Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals 4-3 New York Mets
Washington Nationals 5-3 New York Mets
Seattle Mariners 5-1 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 12-3 Oakland Athletics
Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Texas Rangers 6-1 Houston Astros
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 St Louis Cardinals
Minnesota Twins 7-3 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 8-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 9-5 Chicago Cubs
Colorado Rockies 10-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 6-2 San Francisco Giants

 

Padres at Giants

The Giants need help if they are to reach the playoffs. San Francisco must beat the Padres on Sunday and hope the Brewers lose to the Cardinals to stand a chance of making the postseason for the first time since 2016. Drew Smyly takes to the mound for the Giants as the Padres counter with Adrian Morejon.

The Miami Marlins clinched an MLB playoff berth for the first time since 2003, while the Cincinnati Reds also ended their postseason wait.

The Marlins edged the New York Yankees 4-3 after 10 innings on Friday to advance to the playoffs.

Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara struck out nine over 7.1 innings and Jesus Aguilar's sacrifice fly in the 10th proved decisive.

Miami move into the playoffs just a year after recording 105 losses in MLB.

The Reds reached the postseason for the first time since 2013 after a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Mike Moustakas went two-for-four with three RBIs in the Reds' win.

 

Astros clinch, walk-off wins for Braves and A's

The Houston Astros moved into the playoffs for the fourth straight year despite a 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Freddie Freeman delivered a two-run walk-off homer as the Atlanta Braves edged the Boston Red Sox 8-7 after 11 innings.

Mark Canha also belted a two-run walk-off homer to see the Oakland Athletics overcome the Seattle Mariners 3-1.

Willson Contreras smashed a huge home run, and delivered an even bigger bat flip, in the Chicago Cubs' 10-0 thrashing of the White Sox.

Santos struggles

Antonio Santos got through just 0.2 innings in his start for the Colorado Rockies. He gave up five hits and six runs and the Rockies eventually fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5.

 

Friday's results

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

 

Brewers at Cardinals

The St Louis Cardinals (29-27) are closing in on a playoff spot ahead of facing the Milwaukee Brewers (28-30) on Saturday. Adam Wainwright (5-2, 3.05 ERA) starts for the Cardinals, while Brandon Woodruff (2-5, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound for Milwaukee.

The Toronto Blue Jays secured an MLB playoff spot after they defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Thursday. 

Toronto clinched their first postseason berth since 2016 with their 30th win of a shortened campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Blue Jays, who enjoyed back-to-back trips to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in 2015 and 2016, were led by Ryu Hyun-jin and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. against the Yankees. 

Ryu pitched seven shut-out innings, while Guerrero hit a solo home run as the slumping Yankees lost for the fourth time in five games following a 10-game winning streak. 

The Blue Jays (30-27) are only two games behind the Yankees (32-25) for second spot in the AL East.

The Houston Astros, meanwhile, are on the cusp of securing the last AL playoff spot after routing the Texas Rangers 12-4. 

George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick all homered in Arlington, with the Astros requiring just one more win from their remaining three games to secure second place in the AL West.

 

Dodgers roll on, Marlins stay alive

The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their MLB-leading 40th win of the season via a 5-1 success against the Oakland Athletics. 

Pablo Lopez allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings as the Miami Marlins boosted their postseason hopes with a 4-2 win at the Atlanta Braves. Eyeing their first playoff appearance since winning the 2003 World Series, the Marlins are competing for a wildcard spot. 

Homers from Jose Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays powered the Baltimore Orioles to a 13-1 demolition of the Boston Red Sox. 

 

Perez costly

Red Sox starter Martin Perez allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk in just four innings, while striking out two.

Alec Mills lasted only 3.6 innings before he was removed after giving up four runs and eight hits with one walk.

 

Thursday's results

Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 Chicago Cubs
Colorado Rockies 5-4 San Francisco Giants
New York Mets 3-2 Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians 5-4 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 New York Yankees
Miami Marlins 4-2 Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles 13-1 Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals 8-7 Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros 12-4 Texas Rangers
St Louis Cardinals 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Oakland Athletics

 

Astros at Rangers

The Astros can clinch on Friday. Jose Urquidy starts for Houston, while the Rangers counter with Kyle Cody.

The Tampa Bay Rays claimed the American League (AL) East title, while Shane Bieber starred again in MLB on Wednesday.

The Rays clinched the AL East for the first time since 2010 thanks to an 8-5 win over the New York Mets.

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow struck out eight and gave up just three hits and two runs in six innings in the Rays' win.

Randy Arozarena went three-for-five, including a two-run homer.

In his final start of the regular season, Bieber got through five innings in the Cleveland Indians' 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Bieber struck out 10 and conceded just two hits and a run, finishing the regular season with a 1.63 ERA.

Jordan Luplow hit a walk-off homer for the Indians.

 

Bauer brilliant, Maeda marvellous

Trevor Bauer starred in the Cincinnati Reds' 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out 12 and gave up just four hits in eight innings.

Kenta Maeda improved to 6-1 this season. He struck out nine batters in six innings as the Minnesota Twins edged the Detroit Tigers 7-6.

Bryce Harper crushed two home runs as the Philadelphia Phillies thrashed the Washington Nationals 12-3.

Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero each had five RBIs as the Kansas City Royals beat the St Louis Cardinals 12-3.

 

Terrible Tanaka

New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka battled. He gave up eight hits, five runs (three earned) and a homer in a 14-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Wednesday's results

Los Angeles Angels 5-2 San Diego Padres
Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 Washington Nationals
Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians 3-2 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds 6-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 3-2 Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 9-4 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 New York Mets
Boston Red Sox 9-1 Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins 7-6 Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals 12-3 St Louis Cardinals
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants 7-2 Colorado Rockies

 

Athletics at Dodgers

Mike Fiers (6-2, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Oakland Athletics (34-21) against Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.86 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-17) in their series decider on Thursday.

The Atlanta Braves maintained their stranglehold on the National League East after claiming a third consecutive title on Tuesday.

Atlanta's 11-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Truist Park ensured the Braves sealed another NL East crown.

Marcell Ozuna hit two of Atlanta's five home runs, while NL MVP candidate Freddie Freeman had a homer of his own as the Braves clinched three successive NL East titles for the first time since claiming an unprecedented 14 straight between 1991 and 2005.

It was also Atlanta's 20th division championship – the most in MLB history.

The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed an eighth consecutive NL West crown and the number one seed through the Championship Series with a 7-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs secured their postseason berths.

Jose Ramirez's walk-off homer in the 10th inning helped the Indians to a 5-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox and a playoff spot.

After missing the postseason in 2019, the Cubs are back despite a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates following the Washington Nationals' doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Ramirez stars for Tribe

Cleveland's Ramirez became the second player in MLB history to hit a walk-off three-run homer (or grand slam) while trailing to clinch a playoff spot for his team, according to STATs. The other was Bobby Thomson in 1951.

Nationals veteran Yadiel Hernandez, 32, became the oldest player in league history to hit a walk-off homer for his first career home run, per STATS.

Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault pitched seven shut-out innings against the Cubs. He struck out six and walked three.

 

Roark highlights Toronto's pitching woes

It was a forgettable outing for the Toronto Blue Jays, who were humbled 12-1 by rivals the New York Yankees. Tanner Roark allowed six runs and seven hits in 4.3 innings.

 

Tuesday's results

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

 

Rockies at Giants

After staying in the playoff hunt, the Giants will lock horns with the Rockies again on Wednesday. Logan Webb starts for the Giants midweek as the Rockies counter with Ryan Castellani.

The Oakland Athletics clinched the American League (AL) West title, while the Tampa Bay Rays moved closer to the AL East.

The Houston Astros' 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday saw the inactive Athletics claim the AL West.

It marks the first time since 2013 that the A's have won the AL West crown.

Mariners starter Marco Gonzales starred against the Astros, striking out six and not giving up a run in eight innings.

The Rays are close to securing the AL East after a 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

Jacob deGrom starred for the Mets with 14 strikeouts while giving up just four hits in seven innings, but the Rays secured a narrow win.

Now 4.5 games clear atop the AL East, the Rays are closing in on the title.

 

Braves near NL East as Kirk stars

The Atlanta Braves closed in on the National League (NL) East title after beating the Miami Marlins 5-4.

Alejandro Kirk starred for the Toronto Blue Jays. He went four-for-four with a home run in an 11-5 win over the Yankees. According to STATS, he is the first catcher 21 or younger to have four-plus hits and two-plus extra-base hits since Johnny Bench in 1969.

Jon Lester was in fine form for the Chicago Cubs. He conceded just four hits in six innings in a 5-0 shut-out win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Gonzalez goes hitless

Erik Gonzalez went 0-for-four in the Pirates' loss as their struggles continued.

 

Monday's results

Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Texas Rangers
Washington Nationals 5-1 Philadelphia Phillies
Cleveland Indians 7-4 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs 5-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 5-4 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 4-1 St Louis Cardinals
Seattle Mariners 6-1 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 7-2 San Francisco Giants

 

Athletics at Dodgers

After winning the AL West, the Athletics (33-20) take on the team with the best record in MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-16), on Tuesday. Frankie Montas (3-4, 5.86 ERA) starts for Oakland against the Dodgers' Dustin May (1-1, 2.68 ERA).

The San Diego Padres ended their playoff wait in MLB, while the New York Yankees also clinched a place in the postseason.

The Padres reached the playoffs for the first time since 2006 thanks to Sunday's 7-4, 11-inning win over the Seattle Mariners.

Wil Myers hit a three-run homer for the Padres, while starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet struck out 10 over six innings.

Mitch Moreland, Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham had RBIs in the 11th inning.

The Yankees moved into the playoffs for the fourth straight season despite a 10-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Michael Chavis hit two homers for the Red Sox as they ended the Yankees' 10-game winning streak.

 

Ramirez lifts Indians as Means dominates Rays

Jose Ramirez belted two home runs in the Cleveland Indians' 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Baltimore Orioles starter John Means struck out 12 over 5.2 innings in a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Darin Ruf went two-for-four with four RBIs in the San Francisco Giants' 14-2 mauling of the Oakland Athletics.

Kyle Wright struck out six and gave up just one hit in 6.1 innings in the Atlanta Braves' 7-0 shut out of the New York Mets.

 

Harper worry for Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper suffered a back injury in a 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll see if he's available for me tomorrow. He'll get a lot of treatment and keep our fingers crossed."

 

Sunday's results

Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox 10-2 New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 7-4 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 2-1 Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves 7-0 New York Mets
Houston Astros 3-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Colorado Rockies 6-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
St Louis Cardinals 2-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Texas Rangers 7-2 Los Angeles Angels
Washington Nationals 15-0 Miami Marlins
San Francisco Giants 14-2 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 7-4 Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins 4-0 Chicago Cubs

 

Cardinals at Royals

Adam Wainwright (5-1, 2.87 ERA) starts for the St Louis Cardinals (26-24) against Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 3.86 ERA) and the Royals (21-32) on Monday.

The New York Yankees extended their winning streak in MLB, while the Minnesota Twins clinched a playoff spot.

The Yankees recorded their 10th straight win by crushing the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Saturday.

Clint Frazier hit a home run and went three-for-four with three RBIs as the Yankees' form run continued.

Yankees starter J.A. Happ gave up just four hits in eight innings, striking out nine.

The Twins are heading to the postseason for the second straight year after beating the Chicago Cubs 8-1.

Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Josh Donaldson all hit homers for the Twins.

 

White Sox go deep five times, Kershaw shines

The Chicago White Sox crushed five homers in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Tim Anderson went deep twice and Nomar Mazara, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu also hit solo homers.

Clayton Kershaw produced another fine start. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher struck out six and conceded just four hits in seven innings in a 6-1 win against the Colorado Rockies.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes improved to 4-0 this season. He got through six innings, giving up just four hits and striking out nine as the Brewers shut out the Kansas City Royals 5-0.

 

Bad news for Astros

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander announced on Saturday he would undergo Tommy John surgery. The 37-year-old made just one start in 2020.

 

Saturday's results

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

 

Yankees at Red Sox

The Yankees (31-21) can seal a series sweep over the Red Sox (19-34) at Fenway Park on Sunday. Deivi Garcia (2-1, 3.28 ERA) starts for the Yankees as they close in on securing a playoff spot, while Tanner Houck (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take to the mound for Boston.

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.

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a spot in the MLB playoffs on Wednesday, while Kyle Higashioka starred for the New York Yankees.

The Dodgers are heading to the postseason for the eighth straight year after a 7-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

Will Smith went two-for-four with three RBIs in the Dodgers' latest win as they improved to 35-15.

The win saw the Dodgers pull 3.5 games clear of the Padres (32-19) in the National League (NL) West.

Higashioka crushed three home runs in the Yankees' 13-2 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays.

He went three-for-four with five RBIs, while DJ LeMahieu was three-for-four and hit two homers.

The Yankees became the first team in MLB history to have their number one and nine hitters have multi-homer games in the same game, as per STATS.

Cubs walk it off as Reds' run rolls on

Javier Baez hit a walk-off single to lift the Chicago Cubs past the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

The Cincinnati Reds stretched their winning streak to five by edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.

Kyle Gibson was in superb form for the Texas Rangers. He shut out the Houston Astros, striking out nine and giving up just four hits in a 1-0 victory.

Adam Wainwright continued his fine season for the St Louis Cardinals, striking out nine and conceding just four hits in seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He is 5-1 this season.

DeGrom's hamstring worry

Jacob deGrom got through just two innings in the New York Mets' 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The star pitcher had conceded three runs before exiting the game due to a hamstring spasm.

 

Wednesday's results

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

 

Indians at Tigers

Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA) takes the mound for the Indians (26-23) against Casey Mize (0-1, 5.85 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (21-27) on Thursday.

The New York Yankees crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 20-6 to move back into second place in the MLB's American League (AL) East.

After a poor run of form threatened to eliminate the Yankees from playoff contention, the Yankees are back to their best following six consecutive wins.

The Yankees humbled AL East rivals the Blue Jays on Tuesday thanks to DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit, who became the first players at the top of New York's batting order to have five RBIs in the same game.

Voit homered twice to improve his MLB-leading total to 18 and LeMahieu had four hits to go with his five RBIs in New York, where the Yankees used a seven-run second-inning to see off the Blue Jays.

The Yankees also welcomed back All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton from injury, following a 32-game absence.

Christian Yelich, meanwhile, returned to form with a home run and three hits as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the St Louis Cardinals 18-3.

Trailing 1-0 in the opening inning, Yelich and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back solo homers to fuel the Brewers in Milwaukee.

 

Senzatela pitches complete game, Duvall stays hot

Antonio Senzatela pitched the first complete game of his career as the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1. He allowed six hits and retired his last eight batters against the AL West-leading Athletics.

Adam Duvall equalled an Atlanta Braves record with his 10th home run in September. Duvall hit a homer in the fourth inning for his 15th of the season and 10th of the month, matching the franchise mark for September shared by Dale Murphy (1983) and Chipper Jones (1999).

Ryan Yarbrough snapped a personal 16-game winless streak as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays topped World Series champions the Washington Nationals 6-1.

 

Woeful Walker

It was a rough outing for Taijuan Walker and the Blue Jays. Walker lasted just 1.6 innings and allowed seven runs, one earned, and six hits. He also allowed back-to-back homers to Voit and Aaron Hicks. Team-mate Shun Yamaguchi also struggled, allowing seven runs on two hits in 1.3 innings.

 

Tuesday's results

Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox 2-0 Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 New York Mets
New York Yankees 20-6 Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers 6-0 Kansas City Royals
Houston Astros 4-1 Texas Rangers
Atlanta Braves 5-1 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 18-3 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox 6-2 Minnesota Twins
Chicago Cubs 6-5 Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies 3-1 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 San Diego Padres
Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants-Seattle Mariners (postponed)

 

Blue Jays at Yankees

The Yankees will look to retain second position in the AL East when they resume hostilities with the Blue Jays in game two on Wednesday. Gerrit Cole will start for the Yankees, while Toronto's Tanner Roark takes to the mound midweek.

The San Diego Padres claimed an eighth straight win in MLB to close the gap to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

On the back of a five-run seventh inning, the Padres beat the Dodgers 7-2 at Petco Park.

It marked their eighth straight win as they improved to 32-17 and moved to within 1.5 games of National League (NL) West leaders the Dodgers (33-15).

Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet struck out 11 over seven innings, giving up just three hits.

Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, lasted 6.1 innings for the Dodgers, striking out nine and conceding five hits and three runs.

The Baltimore Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak by thrashing the Atlanta Braves 14-1.

Jose Iglesias went four-for-four with four RBIs, hitting a three-run homer in a nine-run third inning during which DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle also went deep.

The Orioles became the first team in American League (AL) history to score one run or less in four straight games, then score 14-plus in their next outing, according to STATS.

 

Minor magic, Lewis delivers amazing catch

After struggling at the start of the season with the Texas Rangers, Mike Minor was traded to the Oakland Athletics last month. He produced a fine start in a 9-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday, striking out eight in seven innings. The Mariners won the first game of a doubleheader.

In the second game, Mariners right fielder Kyle Lewis produced an incredible catch to rob Ramon Laureano of a grand slam.

Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in just 4.2 innings, but the Milwaukee Brewers were edged by the St Louis Cardinals 3-2. They split their doubleheader.

Tyler Stephenson crushed a walk-off home run in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. They swept the doubleheader.

 

Terrible Toussaint

Braves starter Touki Toussaint got through just 2.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, eight runs (five earned) and two homers to the Orioles.

 

Monday's results

Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 9-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 6-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 St Louis Cardinals
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 6-5 Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics 9-0 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 14-1 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 3-1 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 7-2 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Blue Jays at Yankees

Chasing playoff spots, the Toronto Blue Jays (26-20) and New York Yankees (26-21) do battle on Tuesday. Taijuan Walker (3-2, 2.95 ERA) will start for Toronto, while Deivi Garcia (1-1, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees.

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