And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Orioles 4, Rays 2; Red Sox 18, Blue Jays 6:  Tampa Bay, you’re not adhering to the narrative. We all decided that you’d put the pressure on the Red Sox until Boston was literally burning and being looted with panic.  And you, Boston: you’re supposed to lose these games to Toronto due to trotting out Tim Wakefield and John Lackey. You’re not supposed to put the wild card away until you get to play Baltimore.  God, can’t anyone read a script around here?

Braves 7, Marlins 1: Dan Uggla and Brian McCann homers do their own part to screw up this “we suddenly have playoff races” dynamic. The Braves break their losing streak.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4: The Cardinals win their sixth in seven games. Albert Pujols had three errors, but Nick Punto picked him up with the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth.  Punto’s probably getting really tired of carrying Pujols.

Yankees 3, Mariners 2: Mariano Rivera gets his 600th career save. Which now means he’s a good, I suppose.

Tigers 5, White Sox 0: Justin Verlander pitches seven shutout innings for his 23rd win. Detroit has won 11-straight.

Rangers 10, Indians 4; Angels 6, Athletics 3:  It doesn’t help the Angels if both teams win.  Two homers for David Murphy in the Texas-Cleveland game.

Nationals 3, Mets 2: Apparently it was “Star Wars Night” in New York. I was thinking of tuning in but then I decided I had a bad feeling about this.  Chien-Ming Wang made his return to New York and got a no-decision. Craig Stammen got a hit and the win in relief. Each of those are things he hasn’t done for a long time. Western Ohio, represent.

Astros 5, Phillies 3: Let me get this straight: Philly can buzz through Atlanta and Milwaukee, but Houston trips them up?  OK. Fine. That’s baseball. I’m sure you guys have some other explanations for me, however. Gotta love that it was J.A. Happ who got the win, thoug, a day after Brett Myers beat the Phillies.  That’s almost poetic. The Astros should sign Terry Mulholland next.

Royals 4, Twins 0: Bruce Chen dominates the Twins with eight innings of two-hit shutout ball. Gleeman pretty much summed it up when he tweeted “Watching the Twins is just too depressing at this point. I’m gonna go watch ‘The Road’ to cheer me up.”

Reds 2, Cubs 1: Brandon Phillips homered for the third time in the past two nights. Mike Leake gave up one run in eight innings in what was likely his final start of the year. Nice ending to a year that began in really crappy and awkward fashion for Leake.

Giants 3, Padres 2: Mark DeRosa had an RBI single in the 12th to win it. Matt Cain continues his run of good pitching with no wins to show for it.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4: Gerardo Parra hit a tying homer in the 7th and then a leadoff single in the 10th inning, eventually scoring the go-ahead run on a bases loaded walk.

Brewers 2, Rockies 1: Ryan Braun hit a walkoff homer and the Brewers bullpen pitched six scoreless innings following a shortish Zack Greinke start.

Judge still at 61 HRs, Severino 7 no-hit innings for Yanks

New York Yankees v Texas Rangers
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ARLINGTON, Texas – While Aaron Judge is down to three more games to try to get his 62nd home run for the New York Yankees, Luis Severino was nearly perfect in a promising final start before the playoffs.

Severino faced the minimum 21 batters with one walk while pitching seven no-hit innings, in only his third start since missing two months with a strained right lat, before the Texas Rangers broke through against New York’s bullpen in the Yankees’ 3-1 win on Monday night.

Judge has gone without a homer in four games, and his only one in the last 12 was No. 61 on Wednesday in Toronto that tied Roger Maris’ American League record. He went 1 for 4 with an infield single against Texas, and is 2 for 12 with five walks and a hit by pitch since that last long ball.

The Yankees and Rangers play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday before closing the regular season Wednesday.

Manager Aaron Boone said after the game that he hadn’t spoken yet with Judge about whether he would play both games Tuesday.

“I’m going to kind of get with him, figure out what we want to do,” Boone said.

Boone had a one-sided conversation with Severino (7-3). The manager wasn’t going to push him.

Severino wanted to go back out and said he was “1,000%” positive he could have finished the no-hitter. But he understood why Boone didn’t give in.

“I think it was a good decision,” Severino said. “I don’t want to go out there and hurt myself and not be good for the postseason. We’re looking for the bigger picture.”

Severino threw 63 of 94 pitches for strikes for the AL East champions.

“It’s still just a decision that just sucks to happen because he was very efficient,” Boone said. “To have to be the one that shuts that down is not fun, but one you’ve got to do.”

Judge has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012. He leads the AL with 130 RBIs trails Minnesota’s Luis Arraez .315 to 311 in the batting race.

With many in the crowd of 35,906 wearing Yankees jerseys and chanting “M-V-P!, M-V-P!” when Judge batted, his hit came on a checked-swing leading off the sixth when he was jammed, along with a groundout, a strikeout and a liner into a double play.

“We did a nice job of keeping him at bay,” Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said. “He didn’t hurt us at all. I thought overall we threw the ball well.”

Severino, hoping for a postseason rotation spot, struck out seven and averaged 97.9 mph for 47 fastballs, reaching a top velocity of 100.3 mph. He threw 17 changeups, 16 sliders, 11 sinkers and three cutters.

“I was feeling good from the beginning,” Severino said. “The fastball was electric today, it was spot-on.”

Texas’ only runner off him was Josh Smith, who walked in the third and was immediately erased when No. 9 batter Bubba Thompson grounded into an inning-ending double play.

“Pretty certain he would have got that no-hitter … the fastball had, like, crazy life today,” said catcher Kyle Higashioka, drawing comparisons to Corey Kluber‘s no-hitter he caught at Texas in 2021, about six weeks after San Diego’s Joe Musgrove also no-hit the Rangers there.

Castro, in his first appearance since July 10 after recovering from a strained shoulder, struck out Adolis Garcia to open the eighth. Rookie third baseman Josh Jung, who is hitting just .195, lined a single over shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Jonah Heim followed with another solid single before Kole Calhoun‘s RBI groundout.

Marwin Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton homered in the eighth off just-in reliever Jonathan Hernandez. Stanton hit a 457-foot drive and reached 30 homers for the seventh time. Judge struck out between those long balls.

Scott Effross worked the ninth for his his third save with the Yankees.

Martin Perez (12-8) allowed only one run over six innings while give up five hits and walking five. The Rangers turned five of their club record-tying six double plays behind the All-Star left-hander.

ONLY SECOND TIME

The roof was open at Globe Life Field, where New York had played only once before – a four-game series last year when Judge had 14 at-bats and a walk without going deep. But the slugger did hit the final homer in the Rangers’ former stadium across the street when the Yankees were the opponent for the last game played there in 2019.

OPENING SIX MONTHS LATER

The opener of the four-game series was the 159th game of the season for both teams. It was initially supposed be the season opener six months ago before MLB’s 99-day offseason lockout delayed spring training and postponed the first week of the regular season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms. … Boone said he had no update on reliever Ron Marinaccio, who exited Sunday after 12 pitches because of a sore right shin. Marinaccio did have an MRI. … Reliver Clay Holmes (rotator cuff inflammation) is scheduled to start throwing Tuesday to build up for the playoffs. … DJ LeMahieu went 1 for 3 in his third game in four days since missing three weeks because of an inflamed right second toe.

Rangers: Rookie LHP Cole Ragans (0-3 in his first nine big league starts this season) was placed on the injured list with a left calf strain.

UP NEXT

RHP Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.83 ERA) is set to pitch the opener for the Yankees, with RHP Gerrit Cole (13-7, 3.51) in the nightcap. Texas will go with RHP Jon Gray (7-7, 3.93) for the day game, and a bullpen game for Game 2.