Red Sox inch closer to AL East title
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left the game after hurting his left side making a throw to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston’s magic number to two for a third straight AL East title.
Boston can clinch the division at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons, needing only one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon.
Betts said the injury is minor and he will be in the lineup Tuesday. He is hitting .337 with 29 homers and 72 RBIs.
PIRATES 3, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana homered on consecutive pitches from Felipe Vazquez to begin the ninth, but Milwaukee fell short. The Brewers lead the NL wild-card race by 2½ games.
Trevor Williams (13-9) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. Vazquez got his 24th consecutive save and 34th overall this season when Ryan Braun struck out, Mike Moustakas popped out weakly and Erik Kratz grounded out.
Jhoulys Chacin (14-8) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA — Peter O’Brien homered and drove in three runs as Miami ended a five-game losing streak. O’Brien put the Marlins ahead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Bryan Holaday added a pair of doubles.
Nick Pivetta (7-13), who has won only one of his last 11 starts, struck out seven in the first three innings.
Jose Urena (7-12) allowed one run and three hits through a five-inning stint for his third straight win. He left early because of cramping in his pitching hand.
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK — Dellin Betances wasted a 2-1 eighth-inning lead, allowing hits to four of his first five batters. Pinch-hitter Rowdy Tellez had a tying single and Randal Grichuk a go-ahead double. Betances (4-6) has lost in two of his past three appearances.
The Yankees maintained a 1½-game lead over Oakland for the top AL wild card. Manager Aaron Boone said All-Star slugger Aaron Judge could return to the lineup against Boston.
Andrew McCutchen hit his fourth homer with the Yankees on the second pitch from Thomas Pannone (3-1). Toronto closer Ken Giles struck out Gary Sanchez with a runner on to end his second save in two days.
HOUSTON — Justin Verlander (16-9) struck out 11 in seven innings, allowing one run and three hits for Houston, which leads second-place Oakland by 4½ games in the AL West.
Arizona began the day four games behind in the NL West and 3½ games back for the second NL wild-card spot.
Zack Greinke (14-10) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
RAYS 5, ATHLETICS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Khris Davis hit a grand slam in the ninth off Sergio Romo, his major league-leading 43rd homer.
Tampa Bay trails Oakland by seven games with 14 games left.
NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA — Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon hit two-run homers off Sean Newcomb (12-9) and 19-year-old rookie Juan Soto added an RBI single.
Atlanta maintained a 6½-game lead in the NL East over second-place Philadelphia.
REDS 2, CUBS 1
CHICAGO — The Cubs’ NL Central lead remained at 2½ games over second-place Milwaukee when Scott Schebler homered on the first pitch of the game from Jose Quintana (13-10) and Phillip Ervin also went deep.
Joey Votto had three hits for last-place Cincinnati.
ROCKIES 3, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO — Antonio Senzatela pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and also hit a two-run single as Colorado held its playoff position.
The Rockies, blanked the previous two days, avoided a three-game sweep. Colorado began the day with a half-game lead over St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot and a half-game behind Los Angeles in the NL West — the Dodgers played later at St. Louis.
PADRES 7, RANGERS 3
SAN DIEGO — Rookie Francisco Mejia hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and San Diego avoided three-game sweep in a matchup of last-place teams.
It was the first walkoff for Mejia, who was promoted from Triple-A on Sept. 4. The prized prospect has hit three homers since then.
ANGELS 4, MARINERS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking home run and Justin Upton connected in his third straight game as Los Angeles averted a four-game sweep.
Angels star Shohei Ohtani appeared to be limping as he jogged off the field in the eighth inning after he slid awkwardly into second base and was caught stealing.
TIGERS 6, INDIANS 4
CLEVELAND — The Indians rested several regulars a day after clinching the AL Central. Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four runs for Detroit
Francisco Liriano (5-10) allowed three runs in seven innings for the Tigers, who won two of three in the series after losing 10 straight at Progressive Field dating to last season.