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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Your fact of the day: There have only been three players in Major League Baseball history who were named Aurelio. Aurelio Lopez, Aurelio Rodriguez and Aurelio Monteagudo. All three were killed in car accidents.

I just thought you all needed to know that.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Mets 6, Reds 3: Yesterday was a big day for Mets fans to find a tweet of mine from back in June in which I said that, whatever you think about the domestic violence stuff, people considering Jose Reyes had to contend with the fact that he kind of sucks now. I roll my eyes at their hindsight-fueled mocking of my tweet now — they can’t seem to find tweets of their own in which they correctly predicted he’d be putting up the best season he’s had in five years at the time — but it’s certainly the case that Reyes has not sucked for the Mets. Far from it. Here he hit a leadoff homer, scored twice and stole a base. On the season he’s hit .287/.341/.485 in 40 games and has been a big part of the Mets second half push for the Wild Card.

Rays 7, Orioles 6: This one was tied at six in the seventh inning when Corey Dickerson had a go-ahead RBI double. The O’s lose a game on the first place Red Sox and remain a game ahead of Detroit for the second Wild Card as they head to the Motor City for a pivotal seres with the Tigers who . . .

White Sox 7, Tigers 4: . . . lost to Chicago. Like the O’s, it was a late rally that did them in, albeit a bigger one. The Chisox scored four runs in the eighth inning thanks to Shane Greene and Justin Wilson being totally hittable. Avasail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Tyler Saladino and Justin Morneau did the hitting with three RBI singles and an RBI double, respectively.

Athletics 4, Angels 1: Jharel Cotton, who came to Oakland in the trade which sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to Los Angeles, made his major league debut. And it was impressive. He shut out the Angels through six and exited after allowing a solo homer to C.J. Cron in the seventh. That was only the second hit he gave up in the game, by the way. Nice pickup.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 3: The Pirates finally won a game. Their first since August 29, which covered eight games, their longest losing streak in five years. Jung Ho Kang eighth inning home run was the game winner. With the Cards’ loss and the Mets’ win the Mets and Cards are now tied for the second wild card in the National League. Though they might both make it to the playoffs given that . . .

Rockies 6, Giants 5: . . . The Giants continue to struggle. They took a two-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but the Rockies rallied with a Nolan Arenado homer off of Santiago Casilla and a two run double by pinch hitter Cristhian Adames off of Joe Nathan for the walkoff win. Josh Osich contributed to that for the Giants too, by the way, hitting the only dude he faced with a pitch. The Giants used eight relievers in this game. Six in the final two innings. More is not better. And the Giants are not good, going 17-32 since the All-Star break.

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 0: The Yankees traded away the two best relief pitchers in the game, released a should-be future Hall of Famer and called up a bunch of rookies, all of which are things you do when you rebuild. Then the Yankees put on a pretty convincing push for the Wild Card because nothing makes sense in baseball. Here they beat the Jays thanks to a Starlin Castro homer and a Brian McCann RBI single in the third inning and a combined shutout from Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard. New York is two and a half back from a playoff slot.

Red Sox 7, Padres 2: This win, combined with the Blue Jays loss gives the Sox sole possession of first place in the AL East. Which, given how this season has gone in that division won’t last long, but dang it, they have it today. Travis Shaw, Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt homered and David Price allowed two runs over seven innings.

Nationals 5, Braves 4: Good news: the Nats win on a walkoff single from Wilson Ramos in the 11th. Bad news: mere hours after activating Stephen Strasburg, he leaves the game with a pinch in his elbow after throwing 42 pitches, grimacing in obvious discomfort following pitch 41. He’ll have an MRI today. It sounds pretty ominous. Seventeen pitchers were used in this game. Criminey!

Indians 6, Astros 5: A Joba Chamberlain-style midge attack at Progressive Field briefly felled Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning but rallied from that and ended up pitching into the eighth. All the players had to fight the bugs, but Mike Napoli managed a two-run homer and Brandon Guyer added a two-run double, both in the fifth inning, to boost the Indians to victory.

Marlins 6, Phillies 0: Andrew Cashner and four Miami relievers combined for the shutout. Martin Prado drove in three via a sac fly, a fielder’s choice and a double.

Brewers 2, Cubs 1Jonathan Villar homered twice, once from the left side of the plate, once from the right, and Keon Broxton saved what would’ve been a tying homer with this play to preserve the win:

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Twins 6, Royals 5: Minnesota avoids the sweep. Brian Dozier didn’t hit a homer, though, so I’m not sure how to get through this day. Everything seems different and weird.

Mariners 8, Rangers 3: A five-run first inning for Seattle ended this one before it really began. Adam Lind his a three-run homer in the first and added a second homer in the third.

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1: Yasiel Puig drove in two, one via a homer, one via a sac fly, as the Dodgers extend their lead in the West over the Giants to five games. When giving radio interviews recently I said that the last week of the season will be big given that the Giants and Dodgers will play each other a bunch of times. At this rate, however, the game could be virtually meaningless.

Giants beat Mariners again in road game playing at home

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SAN FRANCISCO — The nomadic Seattle Mariners are taking their bats from the Bay Area to Southern California for three more “home games” on the road.

Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning of the San Francisco Giants‘ 6-4 win Thursday that sent Seattle to a second home defeat played in San Francisco’s ballpark because of dangerous air quality in Western Washington.

The series was moved because of smoke from all the West Coast wildfires. Now, the Mariners are altering their air travel reservations once more and headed to San Diego for a weekend series at Petco Park.

“It’s disappointing, but its the world we’re living in in 2020,” Mariners starter Nick Margevicius said. “There’s a lot of things we can’t control, a lot of things in the season, a lot of things in the world right now.”

Darin Ruf homered in the second inning to back Giants starter Tyler Anderson, who hurt his own cause when he was ejected in the bottom of the third by plate umpire Edwin Moscoso for emphatically expressing his displeasure with a walk to Kyle Lewis.

“Tyler knows that that just can’t happen,” mangaer Gabe Kapler said. “It puts us in a really tough spot.”

Wandy Peralta followed Anderson and threw 49 pitches over a career-high three innings, and Rico Garcia (1-1) worked one inning for his first major league win. Sam Selman finished for his first career save, stranding two runners when Lewis lined out and Kyle Seager flied out.

“Peralta came up huge for us,” Kapler said. “As tough as that was it was equally rewarding and in some ways inspiring to see him come out and give us the length that he did and battle. It gave us a chance to climb back into the game. I thought our guys continued to be resilient.”

JP Crawford hit a two-run single in the second following RBI singles by Tim Lopes and Phillip Ervin, but Seattle’s bullpen couldn’t hold a three-run lead.

Margevicius was staked to an early lead but Kendall Graveman (0-3) couldn’t hold it. The Mariners capitalized in the second after Anderson hit Seager in the backside.

Seattle has fared better against San Diego this season after losing all four to San Francisco. Manager Scott Servais had prepared himself for the possibility his club might have to stay on the road a little longer.

“I think with our players and everybody else it was going to be a two-day trip. That’s what we were led to believe that everything was going to clear up in Seattle,” Servais said. “We can’t control the weather it’s bigger than all of us and with what’s going on there with the smoke. Certainly understand why we have to go but I don’t think anybody was really prepared for it.”

Brandon Crawford contributed a sacrifice fly and Evan Longoria and Alex Dickerson RBI singles for the Giants.

Austin Slater returned at designated hitter for San Francisco and went 0 for 2 with a walk as he works back from a painful right elbow. Luis Basabe singled in the sixth for his first career hit and also stole his first base.

“I didn’t think about it,” said Basabe, who will gift the special souvenir ball to his mother. “I was just happy to get the opportunity.”

Justin Smoak made his Giants home debut as a pinch hitter in the sixth facing his former club after he signed a minor league deal earlier this month following his release by the Brewers.

Anderson, who was trying to win consecutive starts for the first time this season, received his second career ejection. The other was Aug. 13, 2016, while with Colorado.