And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Rockies 8, Giants 7: The sweep. All due to late comebacks against the Giants’ pen. Here it was Justin Morneau with an eighth inning double on Javier Lopez to drive in two of the Rockies’ four runs during the rally. The Giants sell out all of their games these days, but no one except Colorado expatriates left happy this weekend.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 3: Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered which, combined with some dumb plays by the Dodgers, helped the Dbacks overcome an abbreviated-by-elbow-pain Bronson Arroyo start. Maybe it’s best that it was abbreviated. I had this one on for three innings and Vin Scully told us the “Arroyo knows 150 songs on the guitar” story twice. If he had gone the distance I’m afraid Vin would’ve had go do his “Uggla means ‘owl’ in Swedish” story even though the Braves weren’t in town.

Mariners 5, Rangers 1: Hisashi Iwakuma overgame some pregame neck stiffness to help the Mariners end a five-game losing streak.Kyle Seager had four hits and three RBI. Seager kills the Rangers. This season he’s 19 for 48 with three home runs and 12 RBI against Texas.

Cardinals 5, Nationals 2: Not a bad weekend for Matt Adams. He hit a solo shot off of Jordan Zimmermann in the second inning on Friday, a solo shot off of Stephen Strasburg in the seventh inning on Saturday, and a two-run homer off of Doug Fister in the second inning on Sunday afternoon.

Athletics 10, Yankees 5: Derek Norris and Coco Crisp each hit three-run homers early in the game to make this one a laugher. Between that and Jesse Chavez carrying a shutout into the sixth, Oakland was up 10-0 after four innings. Also: Carlos Beltran was called out for abandoning his base pursuant to Rule 7.08 at one point. Dude thought there were three outs when there were only two and he was walking back to the dugout. That’s always special to see.

Reds 13, Brewers 4: When Billy Hamilton leads off the game with a dinger you know you’re in for a long day. Ryan Ludwick went 4 for 5 with three doubles. Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips went deep too. Marco Estrada was on the mound for Milwaukee, so that should explain things. He’s given up a major league-high 23 homers in 84 innings, with 18 coming since May 1.

Rays 4, Astros 3: David Price struck out 10 and the Rays got their first series win in weeks. Bo Porter did that “move Tony Sipp to the outfield for one batter and then move him back to the mound” thing. Amazingly, that doesn’t ensure victory.

Cubs 3, Phillies 0: Travis Wod had a n0-hitter into the sixth and pitched eight shutout innings in all. This was the Cubs’ first road series win since last September.

Royals 6, White Sox 3: A three-run homer for Sal Perez and a series sweep for the Royals. That’s seven straight wins for Kansas City and eight of nine. A couple weeks ago we were wondering whether Ned Yost would be fired. Now they’re one and a half back of the Tigers.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2: Casey McGehee tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, two-run double, then drove home the winning run with a walkoff sacrifice fly in the 10th. Meanwhile, Gregory Polanco, had two hits and his hitting  .387 since being called up. Which is kind of fun.

Indians 3, Red Sox 2: Two days, two 3-2 comeback wins for the Indians. This courtesy of a Nick Swisher homer in the 11th. The Red Sox left a ton of runners on base.

Mets 3, Padres 1: When the Mets face the Padres and four runs are scored, it’s officially an offensive outburst. Bobby Abreu had an RBI double in this battle between two deadball era teams.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2: J.A. Happ allowed one run in six innings and Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBI to help the Jays earn the split. And since they were in first place in front of Baltimore, a split is kind of a win. Or something.

Tigers 4, Twins 3: The second walkoff sac fly of the day. This one wouldn’t have happened if Oswaldo Arcia hadn’t dropped the previous fly ball, which allowed Torii Hunter to go from first to third and set up for J.D. Martinez’ subsequent game-winner. Arcia had a horrible defensive weekend overall, messing up some on Saturday too.

Braves 7, Angels 3: The Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but that’s all they’d get as the Braves put up a four-run sixth inning and then won it going away. Tommy La Stella was 3 for 3 with two RBI. He’s hitting .411 in the 16 games since he’s been called up. Been nice knowing ya, Dan Uggla. Which means “owl.”

Astros claim AL pennant with walk-off win against the Yankees

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Following a rollercoaster performance on Saturday, the Astros clinched the American League Championship Series with a decisive 6-4 walk-off win against the Yankees, claiming their second AL pennant and earning a well-deserved entrance to the World Series.

Both clubs decided to preserve possible Game 7 starters Luis Severino and Gerrit Cole, electing to have a “bullpen day” for a pivotal Game 6. Chad Green took the mound for the Yankees, tossing one inning before handing the ball off to a long line of relievers, while Brad Peacock‘s rare playoff start was capped at 1 2/3 innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that made it the first postseason game since 1999 in which neither starting pitcher lasted two innings or longer.

All told, the two clubs utilized a total of 13 pitchers to make it through nine innings. The Astros lost Ryan Pressly to a worrisome knee injury in the third, but were able to lean on José Urquidy for 2 2/3 innings of one-run, five-strikeout ball. Although Yankees’ bullpen fought back in every inning, they had considerable difficulty recovering from Yuli Gurriel‘s three-run homer off of Green in the bottom of the first:

Still, New York managed to get in a couple of knocks as well: first, with Gary Sanchez‘s RBI single in the second inning, then with Gio Urshela‘s 395-foot blast in the fourth inning — the second of his postseason career to date. That wasn’t enough to close the gap, however, and Alex Bregman‘s productive groundout in the sixth helped cushion the Astros’ lead as they headed toward the final few innings of the series.

That lead started to look a little shaky in the ninth. Only three outs away from a ticket to the World Series, Houston closer Roberto Osuna gave up a leadoff single to Urshela, which was quickly followed by a jaw-dropping, full-count, game-tying two-run shot from DJ LeMahieu that barely cleared the right field fence.

With the threat of extra innings and a potential loss looming, the Astros engineered a last-minute rally to regain the lead and stake their claim for the pennant. With two outs and no runners on, George Springer took a five-pitch walk from Aroldis Chapman. In the next at-bat, Houston pinned their hopes on José Altuve — and he didn’t disappoint, lifting a 2-1 slider out to left field for a 406-foot, two-RBI homer that confirmed the Astros’ series win.

The 2019 World Series will mark the third Fall Classic appearance for the Astros and the first for the Nationals. It all begins on Tuesday night.