09/21 23:02 CDT Astros top Angels 11-3, clinch a postseason berth
Astros top Angels 11-3, clinch a postseason berth
By The Associated Press
Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high
seven RBIs, and the Houston Astros clinched a postseason berth by routing the
Los Angeles Angels 11-3 on Friday night.
George Springer added a three-run shot in the eighth for the Astros, who are
still looking to secure the AL West title. The defending World Series champions
began the day with a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Oakland.
Houston starter Gerrit Cole (15-5) allowed three hits and three runs in seven
innings in his fifth straight win. He also struck out 12, giving him 1,006 for
his career and moving him in front of teammate Justin Verlander (269) for most
in the AL this season with 272.
Gurriel hit his third career grand slam in the first inning. He connected for
his 12th homer against Andrew Heaney (9-10) in the third and singled in Tyler
White in the fifth.
It was his first career multihomer game. His brother Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also
homered twice for Toronto on Friday night, marking the first time in major
league history that brothers had multihomer games on the same day.
Gurriel's seven RBIs were the most for a Houston player since J.R. Towles set a
franchise record with eight 11 years ago on Friday.
Mike Trout homered for the second straight game for the Angels, who lost their
third in a row. They have allowed 42 runs combined in those three losses.
RED SOX 7, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home
runs and the Boston Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with
their 105th win.
The AL East champion Red Sox (105-49), playing without several of their
regulars, matched the club mark set in 1912.
Trevor Bauer took a step toward being in Cleveland's postseason rotation,
pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his first appearance since breaking his
right leg on Aug. 11. He was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA when was struck on the lower
leg by a line drive hit by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.
Boston ace Chris Sale, being eased back into the rotation after recent shoulder
trouble, struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs in his third
start back from the disabled list.
Josh Donaldson homered off Sale in the fourth, ending the lefty's 35-inning
consecutive scoreless streak. It was the first homer off Sale in 75 innings.
The Red Sox used nine pitchers against the AL Central champion Indians. Matt
Barnes (6-3) pitched a scoreless sixth and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for
his 42nd save.
Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. were
out of Boston's lineup. Rafael Devers homered and Travis, who had three RBIs,
for the Red Sox, who used a four-run seventh to erase a 4-2 deficit.
Shane Bieber (10-5) allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
YANKEES 10, ORIOLES 8
NEW YORK (AP) --- CC Sabathia won for just the second time since the All-Star
break, Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks hit two-run homers and the Yankees built
a six-run lead to beat Baltimore and close in on their second straight AL wild
Luke Voit added a two-run single to give him 24 RBIs in 31 games with the
Yankees, and Hicks scored four runs. After Baltimore closed to 9-8 in the
eighth, Aaron Judge doubled in a run for his first RBI since returning from the
disabled list on Sept. 14.
New York lowered its magic number to two over Tampa Bay for ensuring a
wild-card game on Oct. 3, most likely against Oakland. The Yankees began the
night 1 games ahead of the Athletics for home-field advantage.
Baltimore dropped to a major league-worst 44-109, overtaking the 1937 St. Louis
Browns for second-most losses in franchise history behind the 111 of the 1939
BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 5
ATLANTA (AP) --- The Atlanta Braves moved to the brink of their first NL East
title since 2013, bouncing back from Ronald Acuna Jr.'s defensive blunder with
a five-run seventh inning.
Ozzie Albies sparked the comeback with a two-run homer and Johan Camargo
finished it off with a two-out, two-run single, giving the Baby Braves a chance
to celebrate as soon as Saturday afternoon with one more victory over the
Acuna misjudged Wilson Ramos' liner to left in the top half of the seventh,
turning what should have been an out into a two-run double. Pinch-hitter Jose
Bautista tacked on a run-scoring single, giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead.
Tyler Flowers led off the bottom half with a single off Pat Neshek (3-2), and
Albies followed with a drive into the right-field seats for his 23rd homer.
Dansby Swanson walked and Lucas Duda followed with a pinch-hit single before
Neshek finally got an out --- on a grounder that bounced off the third-base bag
and was backhanded by Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw home to get Swanson trying to
Ender Inciarte hit a run-scoring double into the right-field corner. With two
outs and the bases loaded, Camargo came through on a 3-2 pitch by lining a
two-run single to left to put the Braves ahead for the first time all night .
Jonny Venters (4-0) claimed the win by getting the final two outs in the
seventh. A.J. Minter earned his 15th save despite giving up a run in the ninth.
RAYS 11, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) --- Austin Meadows drove in three runs, Tommy Pham reached base
three times and had two RBIs and Tampa Bay keep its postseason hopes alive.
Pham walked twice, tripled and added a sacrifice fly as the Rays bounced back
from a tough, 9-8 loss Thursday, when the Blue Jays scored seven runs in the
bottom of the ninth inning for the victory. Tampa Bay has not lost consecutive
games since Aug. 17-18 at Boston.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit two home runs for the Blue Jays, and Randal Grichuk
added a solo shot. Toronto has lost 10 of 14 games against Tampa Bay this
Gurriel's older brother, Yuli, hit two home runs for Houston on Friday night.
They are the first brothers in major league history to have multihomer games on
the same day.
Jalen Beeks (5-1) allowed two runs in three innings, Adam Kolarek worked 1 2-3,
Hunter Wood got one out, and Austin Pruitt pitched the final three innings for
his third save.
Making his sixth career start, Blue Jays right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (2-4)
allowed for runs, two earned, and six hits in four-plus innings.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) --- Ian Kennedy pitched three-run ball into the eighth inning, and
Kansas City stopped a five-game slide.
Alex Gordon had three hits for the Royals, who led 4-0 after four innings.
The Tigers committed three errors while losing for the eighth time in 11 games.
Kennedy (3-8) won his second straight start, permitting two earned runs and
seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six and walked none.
MARLINS 1, REDS 0, 10 INNINGS
MIAMI (AP) --- Pinch-hitter Isaac Galloway smacked an opposite-field double in
the 10th inning to score Brian Anderson and lead Miami.
Galloway drove David Hernandez's 3-2 slider past right fielder Phillip Ervin to
plate Anderson, who had reached on a double to right.
Kyle Barraclough (1-6) retired the final two batters in the top of the 10th.
Hernandez (5-2) relieved Luis Castillo with two on and one out in the ninth,
retiring Peter O'Brien on a double play.
Castillo allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in his 8 1/3
innings, his longest start of the season.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Marlins, striking
out eight in his final home start of the season. Chen finished with a 1.62 ERA
in 13 starts at Marlins Park.
WHITE SOX 10, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) ---Chicago played without shortstop Addison Russell after he was
accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife, and they were unable to overcome a
shaky performance by Jose Quintana in a loss to the White Sox in a crosstown
Russell was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball after a
blog post attributed to Melisa Reidy contained detailed allegations of years of
physical and emotional abuse. The 24-year-old Russell can challenge the leave
before an arbitrator, and the leave can be extended for additional seven-day
periods if the union agrees. He continues to be paid his $3.2 million salary.
Quintana (13-11) was charged with five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings
against his former team. The left-hander had been pitching well, going 3-1 with
a 2.10 ERA over his previous six starts.
Daniel Palka also homered at Guaranteed Rate Field, and Ryan LaMarre went 3 for
3 with three RBIs.
White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) struck out eight while pitching
seven innings of one-run ball.
METS 4, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Jacob deGrom turned in a record 23rd consecutive quality
start, lowered his ERA to 1.77 and boosted his record to .500 as he bids to
earn the NL Cy Young Award, allowing one run in seven innings for the Mets.
Throwing fastballs in the 97-99 mph range, deGrom (9-9) struck out eight and
walked one while allowing just one run and three hits, all singles. Bob Gibson
(in 1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) each had single-season runs of 22 quality
starts, the previous major league mark.
The right-handed deGrom has given up as many as four earned runs in only one of
his 31 starts in 2018, back on April 10 against Miami. He's now up to 28 in a
row allowing three runs or fewer, the longest single-season streak in major
So this game was pretty much wrapped up by the third inning, which ended with
the Mets ahead 4-1. Jay Bruce had two run-scoring hits, and Devin Mesoraco and
Dominic Smith also delivered RBIs, all off Joe Ross (0-1).
Robert Gsellman worked around Anthony Rendon's RBI single in the ninth for his
RANGERS 8, MARINERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first
inning and finished with a season-high five RBIs, and Texas prevailed in a game
halted by rain with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak and won their first game under
interim manager Don Wakamatsu. Texas fired Jeff Banister on Friday morning. The
Rangers are 65-88 and have been in last place since April 9.
The loss moved the Mariners closer to elimination in the American League
Beltre's RBIs all came with two outs. His 476th career home run moved him into
sole possession of 30th place all time, moving past Stan Musial and Willie
Right-hander Ariel Jurado (4-5) followed an "opener" for the fourth consecutive
time, allowing two runs in five innings on the way to the win.