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And That Happened: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights:

Royals 4, Indians 3: The Indians came just four games shy of tying the 1916 Giants’ all-time 26-game winning streak, an incredible run that was stopped in its tracks by Lorenzo Cain and Mike Minor on Friday night. Cain put up the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the sixth inning, capping a four-run spread while the Indians struggled to get back on top. Minor sealed the deal for the Royals in the end, allowing a bloop single to Yandy Diaz before closing out the ninth with three straight strikeouts for his first save of the year.

Hey, think about it this way: The Indians may be done chasing history, but at least everyone will show up wearing clean underwear today.

Dodgers 7, Nationals 0: Sometimes, you have to pretend you know what you’re doing and hope no one catches on. Sometimes, you just need to read the ball better.

You can’t pin all the blame on Jayson Werth: Corey Seager exploited an Edwin Jackson fastball for a three-run homer, while the whole of the Nats’ offense couldn’t scare up more than four hits against Alex Wood and the bullpen. With the win, the Dodgers extended their winning streak to three games, their longest such run since August 25. They still need six more wins to clinch the NL West title.

Cubs 8, Cardinals 2: As long as there has been an enforceable strike zone, there have been quibbles between pitchers and umpires. Friday’s game was no exception, inciting an especially salty dispute between Cubs’ right-hander John Lackey and home plate ump Jordan Baker following a botched call in the fifth inning.

At least Joe Maddon didn’t expect anyone to keep their cool. “That’s the definition of insanity,” he told reporters following the game. “Why would I think he’s going to change in that particular moment? God bless him. I never want him to change. He’s not going to change, so why expect that? It happened, we reacted, and the rest of the group came together.”

Granted, he might have felt differently had the Cubs not won so handily, skirting their division rivals with four shutout innings and an impressive seven-run explosion in the sixth.

Athletics 4, Phillies 0: Maybe it was Daniel Mengden’s expertly-trimmed handlebar mustache or the way he slung his changeup, but whatever the case, the Phillies couldn’t figure him out. Mengden fired nine scoreless innings for his first career complete game shutout, issuing two hits and seven strikeouts and tacking on a base hit of his own.

Yankees 8, Orioles 2: The Yankees kept pace with the Red Sox again on Friday, maintaining their three-game deficit in the AL East as they try to prevent Boston from gaining a steep advantage in the last two weeks of the regular season. Luis Severino went eight strong and Didi Gregorius smashed his 22nd home run of the season, tying Derek Jeter’s single-season record for most dingers by a Yankees’ shortstop.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Red Sox 13, Rays 6 (15 innings): Let’s not pretend that this isn’t exactly what any of us (non-baseball player types) would look like against Chris Sale, Supreme Strikeout Leader:

Unlike the rest of us, Kevin Kiermaier wasn’t down for long. He stung the right field bleachers with a game-tying jack in the 14th inning and harnessed a pair of extra bases with five-star catches on the warning track. The Red Sox ran the Rays’ bullpen right into the ground in the 15th, however, piling on seven runs to take the win.

Tigers 3, White Sox 2: Friday was a day for snapping streaks, and thankfully for the Tigers, that meant the end of their six-game skid. Anibal Sanchez went toe-to-toe against Carson Fulmer, each distributing one run over six innings, and Sanchez’s 11 strikeouts decorated his best start of the season. Mikie Mahtook supplied the winning run, pouncing on a 3-2 slider from Juan Minaya to send the Tigers home with a win.

Reds 4, Pirates 2: The Reds trotted out a tried-and-true strategy during Friday’s opener: solid pitching and a lot of home runs. Homer Bailey suppressed Pittsburgh’s offense with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Scott Schebler swatted a handful of solo home runs for a two-run advantage. The Reds are angling to surpass the Pirates for fourth place in the NL Central, which… sounds like the epitome of September baseball.

Braves 3, Mets 2: When you’re down 26 games in the division standings and three games from elimination in the wild card race, there are things you want to see:

And things you don’t:

This one went to the Braves, who needed just one run to top the Mets after rookie Sean Newcomb settled into a groove.

Brewers 10, Marlins 2: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Marlins/Brewers series was relocated to Miller Park on Friday. The Brewers did everything they could to accommodate their guests, relinquishing home field advantage and decking out the ballpark with palm trees and multicolored seashells and flamingoes.

The only accommodation they couldn’t make was on the scoreboard, where they trounced the Marlins with an eight-run lead after homering for the cycle with Eric Thames‘ solo shot, Stephen Vogt‘s two-run knock, a three-run homer from Domingo Santana and Neil Walker‘s grand slam.

Astros 5, Mariners 2: James Paxton returned to the mound for Seattle, but didn’t find the conditions nearly as favorable as Felix Hernandez had on Thursday night. He nearly hit his pitch count in just 1 1/3 innings, scattering three runs over four hits and two walks before getting pulled for Ryan Garton. The Mariners are still just 3.5 games back in the wild card race, but neither the Twins nor the Angels appear ready to relinquish their hold on second and third place just yet. The Astros, meanwhile, are gunning for the title with two wins to go.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 3: The Twins played up Bartolo Colon‘s first-ever “Big Sexy” Night at the ballpark, but the Blue Jays didn’t succumb to his charms for long. After four scoreless innings, Kevin Pillar broke through with a solo homer in the fifth, while Josh Donaldson‘s long ball in the sixth snapped a homer-less streak of six consecutive games:

A two-run rally in the seventh propelled the Blue Jays to their first win of the series, dropping the Twins to a slim two-game lead in the wild card standings.

Rockies 6, Padres 1: Speaking of wild card leaders, the Rockies preserved their 2.5-game advantage over the Brewers with a solid outing from Tyler Chatwood, who turned in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball before Wil Myers‘ 457-footer forced his exit in the sixth. Chatwood provided his own run support, too, putting the Rockies on the board with a two-RBI single in the second inning.

Angels 6, Rangers 6: Both the Angels and Rangers made compelling arguments for their place in the postseason, but it was the Angels’ five-run inning that put them over the top on Friday. The run support couldn’t have been more timely or more welcome, especially on a bullpen day. Mike Scioscia trotted out seven relievers to keep the Rangers’ bats at bay, starting with two scoreless frames from Bud Norris and ending with Blake Parker‘s sixth save of the season.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2: The Diamondbacks may not be in line for a division title, but they only need seven more wins to lock down a spot in the playoffs. Robbie Ray turned in seven innings of two-run, 10-strikeout ball for his 14th win of the year, while Jeff Samardzija did everything he could to play spoiler to the D-backs’ efforts, crafting his own eight-inning gem and scoring the Giants’ second and final run of the night.

And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: The Nats become the first team to clinch a playoff spot this year, though they had to wait until the Braves-Marlins game ended to make it official. Here Stephen Strasburg tossed eight shutout innings — making it 34 straight scoreless innings for him — and struck out ten. It’s the Nats’ fourth division title in six years. Now all they have to do is figure out how to advance past the Division Series. Until then, at least we have this video of Anthony Rendon pouring his celebratory Budweiser down Bryce Harper‘s butt crack:

Braves 10, Marlins 8: The Braves made the Nats wait for the champagne, but they handed the division to Washington all the same with this win. Quite a late rally for the Braves who were trailing 8-5 in the ninth and then saw Rio Ruiz hit a two-run single with two outs to force extras. They then watched Lane Adams hit a two-run homer to walk things off in the 11th. Earlier the Marlins blew a 3-0 lead, then the Braves blew a 5-3 lead, so yeah it was one of those days.

Indians 3, Orioles 2: That’s 18 straight wins for Cleveland. Roberto Perez and Francisco Lindor each hit solo home runs off of Jeremy Hellickson in the bottom of the sixth to give the Tribe the lead for good. The Indians are now in a five-way tie for ninth longest winning streak of all time. Next on the list is the 1947 New York Yankees and the 1906 White Sox, each of which won 19 in a row. At the top the list: the 1916 Giants who won 26 in a row.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 0: Michael Wacha tossed eight shutout innings and Yadier Molina knocked in five runs. St. Louis has won seven of eight and move to within two games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

Brewers 3, Cubs 1: The Brewers are only two back as well after sweeping the Cubs. Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Zach Davies allowed one run over seven innings. Chicago scored three runs in the whole dang series. The last month will give us a race in the Central after all, it seems.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 1: Holy crap, the Dodgers keep losing. Ten straight now, and 15 of 16. They are the only team in baseball history to both lose 15 of 16 and win 15 of 16 in the same season, so at least their futility is accompanied by some fun trivia. Tyler Chatwood shut ’em out for five innings and three relievers did it for three more innings. Rich Hill ran out of gas at five innings and then the L.A. bullpen imploded, mostly via a Mark Reynolds grand slam, surrendered by Walker Buehler. Frankly it’d be way better if he had given it up on Saturday when L.A. dropped their ninth so we could use that video clip we all like to see when something bad happens for the ninth time. Oh, hell, I had the day off yesterday so let’s use it anyway:

Diamondbacks 3, Padres 2: J.D. Martinez hit two homers and Paul Goldschmidt hit one himself and that’s all there was. Still not gonna say that the Dodgers will choke this thing away, but the Dbacks are now only nine games back. Nine games? NINE GAMES.

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 2:  Teoscar Hernandez is not a player most of us think about all that much but he probably gave Anibal Sanchez nightmares last night after he hit two homers and drove in five. Heck, every Jays batter probably gave Sanchez nightmares after they scored seven runs on 12 hits off of him in less than five innings.

Reds 10, Mets 5: New York had a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh but the Reds tied it up with three that inning and poured it on with two more in the eighth and three more in the ninth. Highlight of the game: Reds manager Bryan Price came out to argue after one of his batters was ejected to end the top of the seventh, then halted the argument during “God Bless America,” and then put his hat back on and continued to argue after the song was over:

Rays 4, Red Sox 1: Wilson Ramos and Lucas Duda each hit a solo homer for the Rays who handed Rick Porcello his 17th loss of the year. There have been 204 20-game losers going back to 1900, but unless I’m missing one, none of them have pitched for a playoff team. Porcello’s Red Sox appear playoff bound and, if he takes all of his remaining turns, he has three starts left. I’m guessing the Sox won’t let it happen, but it sure would be something.

White Sox 8, Giants 1: I thought I had a pretty good weekend — I got a good hike in, made a couple of good meals and on Friday I met two of our commenters emeritus, Paper Lions and Historiophiliac, in actual person — but Jose Abreu hit for the cycle on Saturday and hit two homers and drove in three yesterday, so I guess he wins. Carson Fulmer — who sounds more like a quarterback than a pitcher — allowed one run over six innings and struck out nine. For the record, Paper Lions and Historiophiliac are cool people. Just thought you should know that.

Royals 11, Twins 3Brandon Moss homered and drove in four and Jason Vargas won for the first time in a good while by allowing one run over five innings. Eric Hosmer had four hits. He had 11 hits in the four-game series against the Twins.

Yankees 16, Rangers 7: Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit two homers. Judge is now over 40 homers for the year, and is eight behind Mark McGwire’s rookie record. Sanchez now has 30 on the year and 50 in his first 161 big league games. That one-two punch is gonna be fun to watch for years. Meanwhile, all Didi Gregorius did was notch four hits while driving in four. The Yankees have won three straight series and stand three and a half games ahead of Minnesota for the AL’s top Wild Card spot.

Athletics 10, Astros 2: A four-game sweep of the mighty Astros by the lowly Athletics, who outscored Houston 41-15 in the series. Matt ChapmanRyon HealyBoog Powell and Matt Olson all homered and Kendall Graveman allowed one run over six. The A’s then used five pitchers to finish the final three innings because September.

Angels 5, Mariners 3Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena hit solo homers and Justin Upton hit a two-run double in the Angels’ decisive three-run eighth inning. The Angels pull to within one game of the Twins for the second Wild Card.

And That Happened: Saturday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the rest of Saturday’s scores and highlights:

Marlins 10, Phillies 9: Giancarlo Stanton and Rhys Hoskins broke out of their respective mini-slumps on Saturday, mashing mammoth home runs in a slugfest that was finally decided with Derek Dietrich‘s two-run homer in the seventh. Stanton struck first, dealing a 445-foot blow to Aaron Nola for his 52nd dinger of the year:

Hoskins returned with his 12th home run, narrowing the Phillies’ deficit to one run in the fourth with a 401-foot blast that landed in the heart of the Marlins’ home run sculpture:

The rookie’s heroics were short-lived, however, as a 98 MPH fastball to his right hand cut his performance short in the seventh inning. He’s expected to be day-to-day for the time being.

Astros 12, Mets 8 (Game 1): After 17 years, Minute Maid Park finally opened its gates for its first-ever doubleheader. If only the circumstances were friendlier. Baseball took a back burner as the Astros honored those who assisted in hurricane relief efforts over the past week and held a moment of silence for the lives that were lost during Hurricane Harvey. While the club’s eventual 12-run finish provided a welcome respite from the devastation still lingering outside of the ballpark, skipper A.J. Hinch reminded his players that their responsibilities off the field were far from over.

I don’t want it out of their minds,” said Hinch. “I want them to think about it for this week, I want them to think about it next week, I want them to think about it next month or six months [from now] — or whenever people need something. We have time and energy and money — and whatever we can do to help, I want them to think about it.

Astros 4, Mets 1 (Game 2): The Astros kept their spirits up with another win on Saturday night, spinning a four-run sixth inning and forcing Seth Lugo from the game. The Mets, on the other hand, not only took their third consecutive loss, but lost Wilmer Flores in the fourth after an errant foul ball struck the infielder in the face and fractured his nose.

Yankees 5, Red Sox 1: While the wild card races rage on, the Yankees and Red Sox are still locked in a battle for the AL East pennant this month. The Yankees inched closer to the top of the division with their first win of the series, capitalizing on a strong showing from Masahiro Tanaka and vaulting over their first-place rivals with a pair of home runs by Chase Headley and Matt Holliday and a Gary Sanchez RBI single.

Cubs 14, Braves 12: Rene Rivera had no chill on Saturday, blasting his first career grand slam in the second inning to kickstart the Cubs’ double-digit win:

The Braves responded in full force, highlighting their own 12-run efforts with a handful of home runs from Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Rio Ruiz. While it wasn’t a banner day for any pitcher tasked with corralling the teams’ respective offenses, Wade Davis eventually shut down the Braves after whiffing Freddie Freeman in the ninth, preserving the Cubs’ two-run lead and their much-needed win.

Padres 6, Dodgers 5 (Game 1): The Dodgers may have eclipsed last season’s win total, but they’re slumping something awful right now. Case in point: They dropped back-to-back sets against the fourth-place Padres on Saturday after Brock Stewart collapsed in a four-walk, five-strikeout effort and Yangervis Solarte clubbed a walk-off home run in the ninth.

Padres 7, Dodgers 2 (Game 2): Yu Darvish caught a rare case of the yips in Game 2, distributing five runs on eight hits and three walks over just three innings. Opposite Darvish, Padres’ right-hander Jordan Lyles made his first big league start since May, keeping the Dodgers to two runs, four walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 frames. Despite Lyles’ jitters, the Padres broke through with a four-run rally in the third inning, collecting their 61st win of the season and moving within 32 games of the first-place Dodgers.

Giants 2, Cardinals 1 (10 innings): The Giants prevailed in extras after sticking to what they know best: small ball. Jeff Samardzija led the charge for seven innings, fanning nine batters and holding the Cardinals to just one run, but it was backup catcher Nick Hundley who finally came through in the clutch with a leadoff home run in the tenth to clinch the Giants’ first win of the month. They’re still 3-7 in their last 10 games, though, so don’t get too excited.

Indians 5, Tigers 2: The Indians extended their hot streak with another win on Saturday, banking on eight pristine innings from Corey Kluber to lock in their tenth consecutive victory. With the win — his 14th of the season — the ace right-hander owns a 2.56 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 11.8 SO/9 in 168 2/3 innings this season: real Cy Young Award-contending stuff.

Pirates 5, Reds 0: While Jameson Taillon and Tyler Mahle duked it out on the mound, rookie outfielder Jordan Luplow snagged the spotlight at the plate, earning his first two major league hits on a second-inning single and eighth-inning three-RBI home run. Taillon’s three-hit, four-strikeout efforts were backed by an equally dominant showing from the bullpen, handing the Pirates their first shutout since Gerrit Cole‘s 1-0 masterpiece last weekend.

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 2: Watching your No. 2 pitcher take a Mark Trumbo line drive to his elbow has to rank among one of the worst feelings for a big league manager, as do the words, “It felt like my arm exploded.” Thankfully, Marcus Stroman appears to be day-to-day after sustaining a contusion on his right elbow, and should be ready to resume his post at the head of the Blue Jays’ rotation next week. The team rallied behind a cohesive 7 1/3 innings from the bullpen, producing three home runs and a bonus sac fly to top the Orioles for their first win of the weekend.

Twins 17, Royals 0: The fight for the second AL wild card spot has been furious, and no one wants it more than the Twins. At least, that’s the impression they gave off on Saturday night, blanking the Royals to the tune of 17 runs — the most single-game runs they’ve compiled since a 20-7 beatdown of the Mariners back in June. Joe Mauer opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning, followed by Byron Buxton’s incredible 10.52-second triple, and a pair of Eduardo Escobar home runs capped the Twins’ wild ride in the seventh. They’re not safe just yet, especially with the Angels and Orioles still within three games of securing a postseason berth, but are doing just about all they can to keep their head above water.

White Sox 5, Rays 4: It only took Chris Archer eight pitches (and two home runs) to realize that something was wrong with his arm. The Rays’ ace made his exit in the first inning, followed by a tentative diagnosis of right lateral forearm tightness. There’s been no talk about shutting Archer down for the year — the team maintains that his removal was purely precautionary — but it’s less-than-ideal news for the wild card contenders. The White Sox picked up the win in a nail-biter, edging the Rays with Avisail Garcia‘s go-ahead home run on a 100.7-MPH pitch from Ryne Stanek in the seventh.

Nationals 3, Brewers 2: A late-game surge propelled the Nats to their 82nd win of the year, but the victory came with one notable drawback: the loss of Max Scherzer, who lasted five innings against the Brewers before exiting with a calf injury. He was spotted on crutches in the clubhouse, and while it doesn’t look he’s heading to the disabled list anytime soon, it could conceivably delay his scheduled start against the Phillies on Thursday.

Angels 7, Rangers 4 (10 innings): After dropping a one-run contest in the eighth inning of Friday’s series opener, the Angels returned for some well-paced revenge on Saturday. This time, they waited until the ninth inning to strike, knotting the score 4-4 on a two-out homer from C.J. Cron. Cron returned in the 10th to finish the job, furnishing the Angels with an insurance run after Kole Calhoun produced the go-ahead RBI single off of Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2: You can forget about ousting the Diamondbacks from their wild card berth anytime soon. They rolled to their ninth straight win, dismantling the Rockies with another lights-out performance from Patrick Corbin, a pair of timely hits from J.D. Martinez (including his 30th home run of the year) and run-scoring wild pitches from Colorado right-handers Jon Gray and Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies, meanwhile, kept their 1.5-game lead over the Brewers, but could undoubtedly use some padding in the standings as they prepare for another eight-game stretch against the Dodgers and D-backs next weekend.

Mariners 7, Athletics 6: Welcome to September baseball, where Matt Joyce is allowed to patrol center field and Bruce Maxwell forgets to block game-winning wild pitches.

The Mariners maintained their 3.5-game deficit in the AL wild card standings, and thanks to a smattering of losses across the AL East on Saturday, are now the third-closest team to a playoff spot.