SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Giants have become the first major league team to secure a playoff berth this season.
After the 29-31 of the 2020 season cut short by the pandemic, the Giants made a complete U-turn in manager Gabe Kapler’s second season. They have the best record in baseball (94-50) with 18 games to go – nine of them against the Padres trying to win an NL wild card.
San Francisco extended their last hot streak by gaining power early on the plate and steadily pitching from the bullpen after Dominic Leone pitched two strong innings.
Tommy La Stella hit on the fourth pitch for Padres starter Yu Darvish (8-10) and Evan Longoria hit a three-point shot five batters later. Mike Yastrzemski added a solo homerun in Game 4 when Brandon Belt also went deep when San Francisco secured a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.
Zack Littell (3-0) worked 1 2/3 innings relief and took the victory.
BLUE GEAIS 8, RADIUS 1
TORONTO (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored his 45th Major League home run, Alek Manoah had a career high point with eight shutouts and Toronto missed his fourth loss in five games as leaders AL East, Tampa Bay.
Teoscar Hernández played his first five-hit game of his career and Bo Bichette added a solo homerun, his 24th, as aspiring Blue Jays improved to 12-1 in September.
Guerrero edged two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani on most circuits in the majors. He also surpassed the peak in a single season his father inducted into the Hall of Fame with Montreal in 2000.
Manoah (6-2) allowed just one hit, didn’t go for a 10 when he caught a winless streak with five starts.
Ray’s left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
YANKEES 6, TWINS 5, 10 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Judge scored a three-run homer in the eighth inning with two outs against Alex Colomé, Gary Sánchez scored in the 10th.
New York won only the fourth time in 16 games and closed with 18 games to play within half a game against the AL wildcard leaders Toronto and Boston.
Gleyber Torres automatically came second when Sánchez was eliminated in 10th place ahead of Ralph Garza Jr. (1-3).
Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sanó scored two runs in the first inning, and Byron Buxton added a solo homer for a 5-0 lead in the third.
DJ LeMahieu started the comeback with a prey flying in the sixth. Joey Gallo made his 33rd homer, his eighth with the Yankees, in the seventh. Richter added his 33rd homer.
Clay Holmes (5-1) finished 10th when New York ended a six-game home defeat, the longest in a decade.
CARDINALS 7, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) – Adam Wainwright won his fifth straight start in a rare matchup of 40-year-old pitchers, and St. Louis eclipsed New York.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and had two RBIs for the up-and-coming Cardinals, who started on matchday one behind Cincinnati and San Diego for the second NL wildcard.
New York played three games behind the Reds and Padres.
The 40-year-old Wainwright (16-7) allowed four hits in six innings with three walks and four strikeouts in a matchup against the 41-year-old New York starter Rich Hill.
Dylan Carlson had an RBI double, and Nolan Arenado, Yadier Molina, Edmundo Sosa and Harrison Bader all had RBI singles in ninth place.
Hill (6-7) allowed three runs with six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
ASTROS 15, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jose Siri homered twice and added a single run on his first start in the Big League.
Siri finished 4 for 5 with five RBIs and scored three times for the Astros (84-59). Alex Bregman added a 2-run homer while Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had 2-run doubles. Houston built a 9-0 lead after scoring multiple runs in each of the first three innings by three Texas pitchers.
Houston starter Jake Odorizzi left with a pain in his right foot after coming off the hill and running to cover the first base for the first of the second inning.
Cristian Javier (4-1), the first of five relievers after Odorizzi, hit six with a walk while allowing a run over 2 2/3 innings.
Rangers starter Spencer Howard (0-4) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.
MARLINS 3, NATIONAL 0
WASHINGTON (AP) – Sandy Alcantara allowed a hit over eight innings and Miami beat Washington.
With two outs in seventh, Josh Bell placed a single off the base of the right fence to end Alcantara’s no-hit bid. The right-hander then retired his next four batter and went with seven strikeouts and no walks after throwing 96 pitches.
Jesus Sanchez had an RBI single in the first inning and Alex Jackson doubled two home runs in the ninth inning. Dylan Floro worked a one-hit ninth for his eleventh parade.
Alcantara (9-13) was perfect through five innings before Keibert Ruiz made the mistake of opening the sixth on second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Paolo Espino (4-5) allowed a run with six hits and three walks in six innings for Washington.