Wild card report: Rays remain red hot, Mariners’ winning streak snapped

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manuel Margot and David Peralta each doubled home a run in the seventh inning, sending the Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Monday for their 12th win in 15 games

Tampa Bay stopped Boston’s five-game winning streak and stayed five games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. The Rays hold one of three AL wild-card spots in a tight race that also includes Seattle, Toronto and Baltimore.

With the Rays trailing 3-2 in the seventh, pinch-hitter Vidal Brujan was hit by a pitch from Jeurys Familia (2-2) and stole second. Brujan advanced on a groundout and scored on Margot’s double off Familia. One out later, Peralta punched an RBI double over first base off Zack Kelly to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead.

Calvin Faucher (2-3) got the win in relief; Pete Fairbanks earned his fifth save in five attempts.

Red Sox starter Michael Wacha struck out seven in his bid to win a fifth straight start. He gave up two runs on seven hits, leaving after six innings. Alex Verdugo added a homer.

WHITE SOX 3, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE (AP) — Lance Lynn struck out a season-high 11, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run home run and the Chicago ended Seattle’s seven-game winning streak.

Lynn retired the final 17 batters he faced in a dominant outing. The win kept the White Sox on the heels of Minnesota and Cleveland in a suddenly tight AL Central race, while Seattle lost ground to both Toronto and Tampa Bay in the chase for the top wild-card spot in the AL.

Lynn (5-5) didn’t allow a base runner after Abraham Toro’s bloop RBI single in the second inning and he allowed just three hits.

A.J. Pollock also hit a solo home run for the White Sox.

Marco Gonzales (10-13) threw seven innings for the just second time since late June, allowing four hits and striking out three.

BLUE JAYS 8, ORIOLES 4, 2ND GAME

BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 3, 1ST GAME

BALTIMORE (AP) — Bo Bichette hit a career-high three home runs in the second game of a doubleheader, and Toronto defeated Baltimore to complete a sweep and widen its lead in the AL wild-card race.

Bichette hit a three-run homer off Nick Vespi in the third inning, then added solo drives in the sixth and seventh off Bruce Zimmermann. The shortstop had six hits and seven RBIs during the doubleheader.

Bichette lined to center in the ninth when he came up with a chance to tie the major league record of four home runs in a game. He matched a career high with five RBIs in the nightcap.

Toronto won the opener behind Kevin Gausman, who allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in his first outing at Camden Yards since Baltimore traded him in July 2018.

Cavan Biggio also homered in the second game for the Blue Jays, who extended their lead over Baltimore to 4 1/2 games for the AL’s third and final wild-card spot. The teams will meet 10 times in the final 31 days of the regular season, a stretch that began Monday.

Rougned Odor and Adley Rutschman homered in the second game for Baltimore. The Orioles have lost three in a row, their longest skid since a four-game slide from June 28-July 2.

Toronto starter Jose Berrios (10-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, striking out two. Keegan Akin (3-2) took the loss, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings.

In the opener, Anthony Santander homered from both sides of the plate for Baltimore. Rutschman had two hits and scored a run.

George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bichette hit consecutive RBI singles against rookie DL Hall as Toronto broke the game open in the ninth inning.

Mike Baumann (1-3) yielded three runs in five innings in his first major league start.

YANKEES 5, TWINS 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 54th home run, connecting for the third straight day and sending New York over Minnesota.

Judge has homered in five of his last seven games for the AL East leaders. He snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when he hit a 3-1 slider from Trevor Megill (3-2) into the second deck in left.

The All-Star slugger reached 54 homers in his 131st game. He is on pace to hit 65 homers, four more than Roger Maris’ AL record in 1961.

Judge, who also doubled, followed Gary Sanchez’s 473-foot, two-run homer into the left field bleachers off Jameson Taillon in the fifth that tied it at 2.

Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Yankees, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added his second homer this year in the seventh.

Greg Weissert (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his second career win. Clay Holmes earned his 19th save.

ASTROS 1, RANGERS 0

HOUSTON (AP) — Hunter Brown scattered three hits across six innings in his major league debut, and Houston handed Texas its ninth straight loss.

The Astros scored against hard-luck loser Martin Perez (10-6) with the help of an error in the second. But that one run was enough on a night when three relievers completed a three-hitter after Brown’s stellar start in which he struck out five and walked one.

Bryan Abreu pitched the seventh and Hector Neris worked the eighth before Rafael Montero got three outs for his 12th save.

Perez yielded six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Trey Mancini walked with two outs in the Houston second before a single by Chas McCormick. Martin Maldonado then singled on a line drive to left field and an error by Thompson on the play allowed Mancini to score.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PADRES 0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryne Nelson was brilliant in his big league debut, allowing just four hits in seven innings and retiring 17 straight batters at one point to lead Arizona over San Diego.

The 24-year-old Nelson (1-0) allowed Jurickson Profar’s leadoff double in the first, then didn’t permit another runner until Profar doubled with two outs in the sixth. Nelson struck out seven and walked none on 87 pitches.

Stone Garrett hit a solo homer for Arizona, which won for the ninth time in 11 games. San Diego, which came in with a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card spot, lost its third straight game.

Blake Snell (6-8) struck out 10 in six innings while allowing one run on four hits. He walked one.

NATIONALS 6, CARDINALS 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty pitched five effective innings for St. Louis in his first big league action since June, but the NL Central-leading Cardinals had their four-game winning streak stopped by Joey Meneses and Washington.

Meneses got three hits and fellow rookie C.J. Abrams had four to back five shutout innings from Anibal Sanchez (2-5). Washington, which has the worst record in the majors, has won three in a row.

Flaherty (0-1) returned from the injured list after being sidelined by a right shoulder issue. In his first start since June 26, he allowed one run on six hits and a walk. He struck out six and hit a batter while throwing 91 pitches.

St. Louis managed just three singles against three pitchers. Mason Thompson allowed one hit in three innings for his first big league save.

BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 4

DENVER (AP) — Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning for Milwaukee helping Craig Counsell earn managerial win No. 600.

Counsell reached the milestone in roller-coaster fashion, with Milwaukee trailing 3-0 after the first inning, rallying and then escaping a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth.

Caratini lined a slider from reliever Justin Lawrence for his ninth homer of the season. The Brewers trail Philadelphia by two games for the final NL wild-card spot.

Adrian Houser (5-9) allowed three runs, one earned, and two hits over five innings. Devin Williams earned his 10th save.

C.J. Cron homered and Ryan Feltner (2-7) took the loss for Colorado, surrendering four runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

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