An early-afternoon Astros victory made the Angels’ late-night matchup with the Mariners a near must-win.
And it turned into one of the best games of the season.
Mike Trout made an all-time-classic catch to rob Jesus Montero of a three-run homer in the fourth inning, C.J. Cron tied things up 2-2 with a solo jack in the bottom of the sixth, and then David Freese went all David Freese in the bottom of the ninth …
Anaheim is just a half-game back of Houston in the race for the second American League Wild Card.
Multiple clinching celebrations took place Saturday around Major League Baseball, with the Toronto Blue Jays grabbing a postseason spot for the first time since 1993, the New York Mets locking up their first National League East title since 2006, and the Chicago Cubs securing a spot in the National League Wild Card Game despite a loss.
The tightest race still is for the second American League Wild Card, but there was no movement there on Saturday. Houston (+0.5 games), Anaheim (-0.5 games), and Minnesota (-1.5 games) all won. Cleveland (-3 games) did too.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Pirates 4, Cubs 0
Rangers 7, Astros 9
Rays 8, Blue Jays 10
Orioles 0, Red Sox 8
White Sox 1, Yankees 2
Giants 14, Athletics 10
Phillies 1, Nationals 2 (12 innings)
Mets 10, Reds 2
Twins 6, Tigers 2
Indians 9, Royals 5
Braves 2, Marlins 6
Brewers 1, Cardinals 5
Dodgers 6, Rockies 8
Diamondbacks 0, Padres 3
Mariners 2, Angels 3
Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta missed nearly two months earlier this summer with a left oblique strain and came down with renewed discomfort in that muscle after yielding eight hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to the Cubs on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
We won’t see any more of the 26-year-old starter over the final 11 days of the regular season …
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted Wednesday evening that he’s getting the vibe the Brewers were upset about Peralta’s physical shape this year and want him to work hard on it over the winter. Peralta will finish with an ugly 4.72 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 60/37 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings.
He had a promising 3.53 ERA and 154/61 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings last year.