And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong.  Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future.

I spent the weekend in New York and got in late last night. As soon as I did, the Osama Bin Laden news broke. Between travelling, missing all of yesterday’s games and than watching the news reports, transfixed, there was little time — and frankly, little desire — to recap yesterday’s games.  Indeed, even baseball fans understood as the news spread that this was bigger than what was going on down on the field. Check out the reaction in Philly during last night’s Mets-Phillies game, from both the fans and the players and managers. Sometimes I really love my fellow Americans.

Below are the scores. Feel free to make the comments a discussion thread for the weekend’s games. Or feel free to talk about other things.

Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3
Padres 7, Dodgers 0
Athletics 7, Rangers 2
Marlins 9, Reds 5
Royals 10, Twins 3
Pirates 8, Rockies 4
Orioles 6, White Sox 4
Angels 6, Rays 5
Astros 5, Brewers 0
Red Sox 3, Mariners 2
Nationals 5, Giants 2
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Braves 6, Cardinals 5
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Mets 2, Phillies 1

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.