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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Tigers 10, Red Sox 5: Justin Upton took three days off to clear his head and to work on his swing. They did him well. He came back on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a double. Yesterday afternoon he hit two three-run homers which went a combined 890 feet. Justin Verlander tends to win when he’s given ten runs to work with. As do most pitchers.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 2: Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. That’s a pretty handy thing to do when you’re down 2-1. That came off of Brett Cecil and spoiled Marcus Stroman‘s seven and a third innings of one-run ball.

Dodgers 4, Reds 0: Julio Urias tossed six shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out six. Or, as we professionals call that, “Tossing a Satan.”

Rays 8, Rangers 4: Logan Forsythe hit a three-run homer in the Rays’ five-run fourth as Tampa Bay took two of three from the Rangers. It’s too little, too late for the Rays, but they’re playing good baseball right now, having won six of seven.

Braves 7, Nationals 6: Jace Peterson hit a walkoff homer in the 10th. The Nationals committed five errors and blew an early 4-0 lead. Do that and even the Braves will make you pay for it.

Cardinals 9, Phillies 0: The Cardinals hit four homers —Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty, Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker did the damage — and starter Mike Leake tossed seven shutout innings and hit a two-run single to boot. They went 6-3 on this now-completed road trip and remain a game and a half up on Miami for the second wild-card spot.

Marlins 3, Pirates 2: The Marlins sweep the Pirates. A Christian Yelich homer and two unearned runs held up. With that Miami is now right behind the Cards for that second wild card. What a year of lost chances and disappointment for Pittsburgh.

White Sox 4, Athletics 2: Jose Quintana won his 10th game. That’s the first time he’s ever won ten despite the fact that he’s pitched well enough to win 15 or more for four years running. Hell, he should probably have 15 this year already. His last start he gave up two runs and lost. The start before that he gave up one run and got a no-decision. July 29: one run, no decision. July 24: zero runs, no-decision. June 17: two runs, no decision. May 30: one run, and a loss. May 14: two runs and a loss. April 18: two earned runs and a loss. April 5: two earned runs and a no-decision. That’s nine games with either a loss or a no-decision in which he easily pitched well enough to win.With even a little better luck he’s among the league leaders in wins and with a tad more luck he’s leading everyone. I know every pitcher has spells in which he gets bad run support and bad luck, but for Quintana it’s been this way four four years.  I don’t know how he hasn’t had an aneurysm by now.

Royals 2, Twins 1: Danny Duffy hasn’t had to rely on luck lately. He’s just been pitching lights-out baseball. Here he won his 10th straight decision after allowing one run while pitching into the seventh. He’s 11-1 with a 2.66 ERA. The Royals started him in the bullpen this year for Pete’s sake.

Angels 2, Yankees 0: Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers combined for the shutout. Both Angels runs were singled in by Andrelton Simmons. One in the first, one in the eighth.

Brewers 7, Mariners 6: The Brewers’ four-run ninth stuns the Mariners. Keon Broxton and Chris Carter homered — it was Broxton’s second homer of the game — and Scooter Gennett had an RBI single in the final frame. The win ends Milwaukee’s six-game losing streak.

Rockies 11, Cubs 4: Nolan Arenado hit two home runs — both three-run shots — and drove in six. His dingers put him past Kris Bryant for the lead in the National League.

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 1: Luis Perdomo allowed one run — unearned, though that was due to his own error — on five hits over seven innings. I’ve always thought unearned runs due to a pitcher’s own error should be earned. It’d be a mess to manage and screw with scoring uniformity but on a cosmic level it seems more just.

Astros 5, Orioles 3: Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs over eight innings. Carlos Correa doubled in a couple of runs. Mark Trumbo hit his 37th homer of the year in a winning effort in a losing cause.

Mets 2, Giants 0: Syndergaard > Samardzija. At least on this night. The former with eight innings of shutout, two-hit ball, the latter whose only mistake was a gopher ball to Yoenis Cespedes with a runner on. In other news, Yoenis Cespedes seems to be OK.

Braves clinch postseason spot with 10-1 win over Nationals

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The Braves clinched a postseason berth with Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Nationals. Now, the only question is whether they’ll get there with an NL East division title or via one of two wild card spots currently up for grabs.

Granted, things are looking pretty good on the division title front. After losing their second straight game to the Braves, the Nationals sit 10.5 games back of first place in the NL East, and every other division rival is at least 15 games out. The Braves, meanwhile, carry a magic number of four; should they clinch, it’ll be their 19th franchise title and 14th since they migrated to the East division in 1994.

They certainly looked like postseason contenders on Saturday. Mike Foltynewicz led the charge with six innings of one-run, five-strikeout ball, limiting the Nationals to four hits while rookie right-hander Austin Voth kept the Braves scoreless through 5 2/3 frames. Things started to tip in Atlanta’s favor in the sixth inning: Nick Markakis put the team on the board with an RBI single, and a four-run breakout in the seventh helped cement a sizable lead. Over the last three innings, the Braves found opportunity after opportunity against the Nationals’ bullpen, capitalizing on walks, throwing errors, and productive outs as they climbed toward a double-digit finish.

The win didn’t come without some sacrifice, however. The Braves lost Charlie Culberson to a facial injury after he was struck by a Fernando Rodney fastball in the seventh inning, and they’ll likely be without him for the remainder of the regular season — pending a formal diagnosis, of course. Culberson’s loss isn’t the only one the club is feeling right now, either, as Johan Camargo ended his season with a hairline fracture in his right shin and Freddie Freeman is playing through a minor bout of elbow soreness after making an early exit from Friday’s 5-0 shutout.