And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Royals 5, Tigers 2: Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple as the Royals salvage one from the three game series and, for now at least, salvage their AL Central title chances. Being down three and a half — with that half game pending in the form of the resumption of the suspended game against the Indians tonight — feels a lot harder than being down one and a half with the half-game pending.

Pirates 1, Brewers 0: The knockout blow to the Brewers, one expects, as they’re now four and a half back of the Pirates for the wild card. Vance Worley tossed eight shutout innings. Russell Martin drove in the lone Pirates run. Martin’s season: .297/.408/.442 is pretty darn amazing, even having missed a lot of time, especially in a day and age when offense sucks as much as it does.

Astros 8, Mariners 3: Jake Marisnick hit a three-run homer for the second day in a row and the Mariners drop two of three to Houston. Nothing personal against the Astros, but they’re a team you should take care of if you consider yourself a real contender.

Indians 7, Twins 2: Corey Kluber was outstanding again, striking out 14 for the second straight start. If you predicted that Kluber would win 17 or 18 games this season with an ERA around two and a half and that he’d strike out over ten dudes for every nine innings pitched, well, you’re a better man than me.

Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: Matt Kemp homered and drove in four. Yasiel Puig scored four times, while only getting two hits and not walking. Reached on an error and on a strikeout/wild pitch combo. The Dodgers treated this as a bullpen game, pushing back Dan Haren so he could face the Giants tonight. Six pitchers in all.

White Sox 10, Rays 5: John Danks took a no-hitter into the sixth, but he didn’t need to be that good with this kind of run support. At the time he gave up that hit he had a 10-0 lead. Avisail Garcia hit two home runs.

Mets 10, Braves 2: Jacob deGrom continues his wonderful run, striking out 10 in six innings in which he allowed only one earned run. Anthony Recker drove in three. The Mets have a very real chance of finishing the season in second place. As for the Braves: they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Their practical elimination came a long time ago, however, and they’ve been playing absolutely putrid baseball. After the game manager Fredi Gonzalez said “Today we didn’t play good baseball.” Oh, “today.”

Red Sox 3, Orioles 2: The Sox take two of three from the O’s, who continue to rest multiple regulars a game in order to prepare for the playoffs. Joe Kelly was solid. Mookie Betts and David Ross hit homers.

Nationals 2, Marlins 1: The Nats aren’t letting up any, eh? They took all four from the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings. The Nats just completed an 9-2 roadtrip and now head home to close things out for the regular season.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2: Masahiro Tanaka returned to the mound for the first time since July 8 and allowed one run over five and a third, throwing 70 pitches. Best of all, he said he didn’t feel any pain in his elbow. Derek Jeter went 2 for 4. On the weekend he was 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI. Nice to seem him ending strong for the folks at home.

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Rangers 2, Angels 1: Ryan Rua hit his first ever homer in the top of the ninth in a tie game off of Huston Street. Not bad. The Rangers, by the way, have won eight of nine. The Angels, despite dropping two of three here, have a two and a half game lead over the Orioles for home field advantage in the playoffs.

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 3: The Rockies have won six straight, the Dbacks have lost six straight and after all of that Arizona is back in the cellar and possesses the worst record in baseball. Been nice knowin’ ya, Gibby.

Padres 8, Giants 2: The Giants got swept by the Padres, which, man. They’re still in good wild card shape given how far back Milwaukee has fallen, but now they stand a decent chance of having to travel to Pittsburgh rather than hosting the Pirates, which is probably not anything they wanted.

Athletics 8, Phillies 6: A two-run walkoff homer for Josh Donaldson as the A’s take two of three to keep things from totally plotzing. Geovany Soto drove in three.

Reds 7, Cardinals 2: A three run homer from Devin Mesoraco and a solo shot from Jay Bruce in the eighth sealed this one. Bruce had two homers, actually. Contributing to all of this was the face that the Cardinals’ clubhouse had a stomach bug epidemic over the past day or so, making many relievers unavailable, so that all sounded like fun.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.