A Christian Vazquez home run in bottom of the 13th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays, who believed they had taken the lead in the top half of the inning only to see their hopes dashed. 

Sunday's win gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series (ALDS) in the best-of-five series, and Boston can close it out with a victory at Fenway Park on Monday.

That outcome seemed unlikely in the top of the 13th inning after Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier drove a ball off the top of the wall in right field with Yandy Diaz running from first base. 

With Diaz about to round third and head for home, the ball caromed off Boston right fielder Hunter Renfroe's right hip and back over the wall. 

After all six umpires consulted as a group and two of them talked to MLB replay officials afterward, they put Kiermaier at second base and Diaz at third, and Mike Zunino struck out for the fourth time in the game to end the threat with the scored still tied 4-4. 

The umpires made the correct call, with MLB Rule 5.05(a)(8) stating "the batter and all runners shall be entitled to advance two bases" when a fielder deflects a fair ball over a fence, but the Rays felt hard done by considering Diaz would have scored easily on the play.

Umpire Sam Holbrook told reporters afterward it was "very simple from an umpire's standpoint", noting that they would only have been able to exercise their own discretion about where to place the runners if they determined Renfroe knocked the ball out of play intentionally. 

Rays manager Kevin Cash did not argue once umpires explained the situation to him, but his team could not extend the game from there. 

In the bottom of the 13th, Renfroe walked with one out and Vazquez homered to end it, becoming the first Red Sox player to hit a play-off walk-off homer since Marry Ramirez in 2007.

Despite a shaky start in Chicago, the White Sox stayed alive in their best-of-five series with an action-packed 12-6 win over the Houston Astros. 

White Sox starter Dylan Cease recorded only five outs before being pulled from the game as the Astros built a 5-1 lead after the top of the third inning with their eyes on a sweep. 

The Chicago offence suddenly woke up, exploding for five runs in the bottom of the inning on homers by Yasmani Grandal and Leury Garcia, then adding three more the following inning. 

By the time Chicago tacked on an additional three runs in the eighth, every hitter in the White Sox line-up had recorded at least one hit as they scored double-digit runs in a postseason game for the third time in franchise history, after 2005 (14) and 1959 (11).

 

Rays at Red Sox

Tampa Bay (100-62) won five more games than anyone else in the American League (AL) during the regular season, but the Rays' postseason could come to an end with a loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 on Monday. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets went to extras for the second straight game with Cody Bellinger coming up with the crucial RBI in a 2-1 win for the world champions on Saturday.

The Dodgers had won 6-5 on Friday against the Mets and backed that up in another tight contest, with Bellinger's line hit allowing Corey Seager to score easily in the 10th inning.

This came after the Dodgers had been held hit-less across six innings by the Mets, with LA also having an 1-12 record in extras coming into the series.

Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker had eight strikeouts but Will Smith hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning for the Dodgers.

Bellinger has had an underwhelming season but came up with the crucial hit in the 10th inning before Corey Knebel locked down the save.

Walker Buehler had an exceptional performance for the Dodgers, keeping the game tight with 10 strikeouts across seven innings. That marks the sixth time Buehler has gone at least seven innings and allowed one earned run or fewer.

The win improves the Dodgers record to 71-46, while the Mets are 59-57.

 

Moore silences the boos, Gilbert no-hitter

Making his 10th start of the season, Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Matt Moore allowed no hits, tossing down eight strikeouts in their 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Moore's no-hit start was across six innings and comes after copping boos for his relief display against the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. "A day like today, coming off the field, it’s something you wish you could put in a bottle and open up someday or relive it," Moore said.

In his first big league start, Tyler Gilbert completed a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with five strikeouts across nine innings in their 7-0 triumph over the San Diego Padres.

Chris Sale fired in his return to the mound after two years, tossing down eight strikeouts in the Boston Red Sox' 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, while Rafael Devers had two hits and four RBI.

Matt Chapman had a game to remember after bashing two home runs and taking an unbelievable catch running backwards in the Oakland Athletics' 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Shohei Ohtani drilled a lead-off home run, taking his season tally to 39 homers, as the Los Angeles Angels lost 8-2 to the Houston Astros.

Joey Gallo crushed a two-run home run in the 10th inning to cap the New York Yankees' 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

 

Rays dismantled by Twins

The Tampa Bay Rays may be leading the American League East with a 71-46 record but they were dismantled by the resurgent Minnesota Twins 12-0. The Rays trailed 7-0 after three innings and only managed three hits for the game.

 

Swanson makes Braves history

The Atlanta Braves hit four home runs in their 12-2 win over the Washington Nationals, including Dansby Swanson who made franchise history, with no Braves short-stop hitting more homers than him.

 

Saturday's results 

Pittsburgh Pirates 14-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox 16-2 Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves 12-2 Washington Nationals
Miami Marlins 5-4 Chicago Cubs
Detroit Tigers 6-4 Cleveland Indians
Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 8-3 Texas Rangers 
New York Yankees 7-5 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 9-4 Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 12-0 Tampa Bay Rays
Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 4-1 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 8-2 Los Angeles Angels 
Seattle Mariners 9-3 Toronto Blue Jays

 

Padres at Diamondbacks

Fernando Tatis Jr could return for the first time this month following a shoulder injury when the Padres complete their four-game series against the Diamondbacks who are chasing a sweep.

Will Smith played a significant part in the Los Angeles Dodgers blowing a four-run seventh-inning lead Friday, but the catcher made up for it in the end. 

Smith's two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the visitors a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets, lifting the Dodgers to their fifth win in six games. 

Los Angeles had scratched out a 4-0 edge through the first six innings at Citi Field, scoring runs on a ground-rule double and three sacrifice flies. 

But the Mets came to life in the seventh, drawing within a run on RBI singles from Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil. 

A passed ball by Smith allowed Pete Alonso to score the equaliser and that is how the game would remain heading into extra innings. 

With Max Muncy on second to start the 10th, Smith homered to left for a 6-4 lead, and that was enough for the Dodgers after Kenley Jansen escaped the bottom of the ninth with one run allowed. 

 

Braves back in first place

The Atlanta Braves waited out a three-hour, 12-minute rain delay before starting their game against the Washington Nationals, and it was well worth it as the visitors moved back into a tie for first place with a 4-2 win. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Atlanta got solo home runs from Travis d'Arnaud, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson to regain a share of the top spot in the National League East with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Phillies also fell victim to the longball in a 6-1 home defeat to Cincinnati as the Reds got a three-run homer from Joey Votto, a two-run drive by Eugenio Suarez and a solo shot from Nick Castellanos. 

Rookie Jarred Kelenic drew a bases-loaded walk from Brad Hand in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run as the Seattle Mariners downed the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 – Seattle's 10th successive game decided by two runs or fewer.  

Zack Greinke dominated the Los Angeles Angels, allowing two hits in seven shutout innings as the Houston Astros won 4-1 thanks to a Kyle Tucker grand slam in the fourth inning. 

Jack Flaherty was brilliant for the St Louis Cardinals in his first start since May 31 after recovering from a strained oblique muscle. The right-hander allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five in a 6-0 defeat of the Kansas City Royals. 

Daulton Varsho's walk-off homer in the ninth gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres. 

 

Cubs implode against Marlins

The Chicago Cubs needed three pitchers to get through an ugly 11-run second inning in a 14-10 loss to the Miami Marlins. Reliever Dan Winkler had the worst of it, facing seven batters and failing to retire any of them as he walked a batter, hit two others, and allowed four hits including a three-run homer by Alex Jackson. 

 

Run, Kevin, run!

The Tampa Bay Rays hit three balls over the fence in Minnesota on Friday, but Kevin Kiermaier provided the most exciting home run of the night in a 10-4 defeat of the Twins. 

 

Friday's results 

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

Orioles at Red Sox

Two years and two days after his last MLB start, seven-time All-Star Chris Sale will return from elbow surgery to start for the Boston Red Sox (67-51) against the Baltimore Orioles (38-76) at Fenway Park.

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