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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 9: Pitching need not apply, as the Blue Jays take three of four from Baltimore. Toronto enjoyed a five run fifth and then sat uncomfortably through an O’s comeback late but held on. Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, but doubles were the name of the game on Sunday. Seven in all for the Blue Jays, four in the first inning alone. The idea that homers kill rallies is dumb as all get-out, but there is something kind of helpless and disconcerting about giving up a crap-ton of doubles. It’s like the wheels are all falling off, constantly.

Athletics 6, Reds 1: The A’s snap a seven-game skid. That two of those games came against Cincinnati was rather embarrassing for them, but here we are. Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each hit two-run homers and Danny Valencia had a solo shot.

Rays 5, Astros 0: Matt Moore tossed seven shutout innings striking out 10 and allowed only two hits. Dallas Keuchel had four shutout innings. Unfortunately he pitched five innings in all, and that fifth one was a lulu: five runs on four hits and an error.

Cubs 13. Braves 2: Jon Lester allowed only one unearned run in seven and the Cubs’ bats did what you’d expect them to do against a bunch of jabroni Braves pitchers. Chicago has won 14 of 18. Anthony Rizzo drove in three. David Ross drove in two. Javier Baez had a three-run shot.

Tigers 4, Yankees 1: Michael Fulmer continue his dominant run, winning his seventh and adding six more scoreless innings. That brings his total up to twenty eight and a third. If he retires the first batter he faces the next time out, he’ll set the Tigers scoreless innings record. In addition to that 7-1 record, the Tigers rookie has a 2.52 ERA and a 52/19 K/BB ratio over 53 and two-thirds innings.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: Yordano Ventura allowed one run over seven innings, struck out ten and somehow managed not to hit anyone or have an embarrassing emotional meltdown of some sort. Progress, man.

Brewers 5, Mets 3: Bad day all around for the Mets. First manager Terry Collins was taken to the hospital and then Zach Davies dominated them, allowing one run — unearned — and striking out seven in six innings. Milwaukee had a 5-0 lead by the fifth. New York made a little noise agains their old friend Carlos Torres in the eighth, but not enough noise.

Twins 7, Red Sox 4: Rookie Max Kepler hit his first career home run at a great time: tie game, bottom of the tenth for a walkoff win. It was a three-run shot after an 0-for-4 day. The heroics salvaged the final game of the series for Minnesota and prevented the sweep.

Indians 8, Angels 3: Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs. And that came in just the first two innings. He had three hits on the day. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three himself. The Indians have won nine of 12. Mike Trout left the game late with a hurt thumb after being hit by a pitch, though the x-rays were negative, which is a positive.

Nationals 5, Phillies 4: Jayson Werth played the hero, hitting a walkoff two-run single with two outs in the ninth. That’s a three-game sweep of the reeling Phillies, who have lost 17 of 22. It was tied entering the ninth but Jonathan Papelbon gave up a homer to Maikel Franco in the top of the inning. He was still pitcher of record in the bottom half so Werth’s hit helped him vulture a win. Pitcher wins are the best, man.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4: Cole Hamels struck out five dudes on the day. One of them was his 2,000th career strikeout. Only 77 pitchers have struck out as many as 2,000 batters. I would’ve guessed more, but nope. I bet there aren’t many things you’ve done in your life that only 76 other people have done. Good things, I mean.

Rockies 2, Padres 1: Tyler Anderson made his major league debut and gave up one run on six hits while pitching into the seventh. The Rockies scored their two runs on a bases loaded walk and a homer. Must’ve been late-90s throwback day. The Padres are 0-10 on Sundays. Maybe they just give up and try to lose fast in order to watch all of that prestige cable TV and awards shows and stuff. Maybe they just think Sunday’s to relax.

Diamondbacks 6, Marlins 0: Robbie Ray threw shutout ball into the eighth. Peter O’Brien hit a three-run homer in the first inning. It was basically over at that point but they still had to keep playing because it’s baseball. There have been four different Pete/Peter O’Brien’s in baseball history, by the way. It’ll take Peter O’Brien playing, like, five more years before I stop thinking that he’s this guy.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 4: The Redbirds sweep the Buccos. Big fan of secondary team nicknames, by the way. “Redbirds,” “Buccos,” “Bombers,” “Fish,” “Tribe,” “Pale Hose.” Not every team has them, I don’t think. Not sure the Dodgers do. Or the Giants. Maybe there are some hyper-local ones most of us don’t know. Some teams’ are kind of lame — just initials like the “M’s” or the “O’s.” I guess it’s like individual nicknames in that way.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off rookie Julio Urias in the sixth inning. Urias had an otherwise nice day, so his first two starts of the season are starting to fade a bit. No run support, however, as Jake Peavy tossed six shutout innings to earn his 150th win.

Cardinals beat Brewers, both clinch postseason berths

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Milwaukee, and the Brewers also earned a playoff spot Sunday via help on the West Coast moments later.

St. Louis (30-28) will be the fifth seed in the NL and open a three-game wild-card series at San Diego on Wednesday. By winning, the Cardinals avoided having to travel to Detroit for two makeup games Monday. St. Louis finished the regular season with 23 games in 18 days as it made up a slew of postponements caused by a coronavirus outbreak in the clubhouse.

“You had to throw some of the expectations out the window not knowing what to expect after taking those couple weeks off and all those doubleheaders and so many new guys,” Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “It was very different, very fulfilling to make the playoffs.”

The Brewers (29-31) locked up the eighth seed and a third consecutive postseason berth after the Padres beat San Francisco 5-4 in a game that ended about 15 minutes after St. Louis’ victory. The Giants finished with an identical record as the Brewers but lost out on a tiebreaker due to an inferior intradivision record.

“It’s fitting for 2020 and everything we went through,” Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich said. “It felt just as good as past years. This year’s a unique one. There’s so many challenges we had to go through on a daily basis behind the scenes, things you don’t deal with in a normal year.”

Milwaukee will face the top-seeded Dodgers in Los Angeles in a three-game series that also starts Wednesday.

The Brewers haven’t had a winning record at any point this season. Milwaukee and Houston will be the first teams ever to qualify for the playoffs with a losing mark.

“It’s a celebration,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re in the playoffs. That’s how you see it. There’s no reason to apologize for getting into the playoffs.”

Cardinals starter Austin Gomber allowed one run, one hit and two walks and struck out three over four innings.

Giovanny Gallegos (2-0), Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes combined to pitch the final five innings. Reyes got his first save.

“We’d have been happy getting in as the eight seed,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We’d have been happy being the one seed, but people can say we got in if there was no expanded playoffs so that’s even another feather in this group’s cap.”

Brett Anderson (4-4) surrendered a triple to Bader and a walk to Tyler O'Neill to start the third inning before departing with a blister on his left index finger. Anderson opened the season on the injured list with a blister on the same finger and did not make his debut until Aug. 3.

Freddy Peralta replaced him a day after being activated from the paternity list, and O’Neill promptly stole second. Kolten Wong then hit a line drive off Peralta’s leg that Peralta threw into right field to score Bader and O’Neill.

Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong each added RBI singles to push the St. Louis lead to 4-0.

After Milwaukee scored in the top of the fifth, Bader hit his fifth home run of the season.

“That was a big counterpunch,” Shildt said of Bader. “Got them on their heels again.”

THREE TIMES THE FUN

Yadier Molina grounded into a triple play in the eighth inning when he hit a one hop grounder to Jace Peterson at third base in the eighth inning. It was Milwaukee’s first triple play since Sept. 23, 2016, when Cincinnati’s Joey Votto lined out to first base. Molina was also the last Cardinals player to hit into a triple play when he grounded out to third base at Boston on Aug. 15, 2017.

TRAINING ROOM

Brewers: Counsell said it was too early to prognosticate Anderson’s status after departing with the blister.

Cardinals: St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced that RHP Dakota Hudson will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Monday. Hudson went 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts before leaving his start on Sept. 17 at Pittsburgh with right elbow discomfort after two innings.

UP NEXT

Brewers: The Brewers head to Los Angeles and will likely be without two of their top starters in Anderson and Corbin Burnes, who sustained a left oblique injury on Thursday.

Cardinals: This will be the fourth postseason series between St. Louis and San Diego, who faced each other in 1996, 2005, and 2006 in the Division Series.