Settling the Score: Tuesday’s results

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Tuesday night belonged to Giants rookie right-hander Chris Heston, who threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season against the Mets at Citi Field.

But how about those Toronto Blue Jays?

Edwin Encarnacion returned from a minor left shoulder injury Tuesday and slugged a walkoff two-run homer as Toronto scored a 4-3 victory over the visiting Marlins. It’s the seventh win in a row for the Blue Jays, who are now back to .500 at 30-30 and boast the very-best run differential in the American League at +54. They’re four games back of the also-streaking Yankees in the AL East standings.

Here’s the replay of that walkoff blast from Encarnacion …

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Your box scores and AP recaps from Tuesday’s full slate …

Red Sox 0, Orioles 1

Nationals 1, Yankees 6

Brewers 4, Pirates 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 4

Cubs 0, Tigers 6

Mariners 3, Indians 2

Padres 5, Braves 6

Phillies 2, Reds 11

Giants 5, Mets 0

Angels 8, Rays 2

Astros 2, White Sox 4

Royals 2, Twins 0

Cardinals 3, Rockies 4

Rangers 2, Athletics 1

Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 3

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.