In the American League, the Boston Red Sox continue to dominate the AL East standings with a win over the Baltimore Orioles, who are second on the wild card standings behind the Toronto Blue Jays, enjoying a safe distance from the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers helped the St. Louis Cardinals tie with them for the second wild card playoff spot, while the New York Mets, despite losing to the Atlanta Braves, remain on top of the wild card standings.
Chicago White Sox 3 Kansas City Royals 8: Robin Ventura stays the entire nine innings and picks up the win, while Kendrys Morales carried on with his terrific late-season surge, hitting home run 29 to drive in 3 runs. Paulo Orlando and Alcides Escobar hit homers too.
Boston Red Sox 5 Baltimore Orioles 2: The Red Sox got two 2-run homers from Mookie Betts and David Ortiz, while Rick Porcello did enough in his complete game, that included 7 k’s, to pick him his 21st win of the season.
Atlanta Braves 7 New York Mets 3: The Mets remain at the top of the wild card standings despite the loss. Aaron Blair has his first win in 13 starts, carried by the offense of Freddie Freeman (4 hits, 1 home run, 3 RBIs).
Washington Nationals 3 Miami Marlins 4: A 5th inning 3-run homer from Danny Espinosa helped the Nats lead for a short while, but Derek Dietrich and Ichiro Suzuki helped drive in runs in the following inning for the win.
Los Angeles Angels 2 Texas Rangers 3: The Rangers come from behind with a home run by Elvis Andrus to tie the game in the 7th, and an Ian Desmond RBI in the 9th for the walk off victory.
Cincinnati Reds 2 Chicago Cubs 5: After some offensive struggles, the Cubs are back to big hitting again, leaning on home runs by Addonis Russell, Wilson Contreras and Jason Heyward, driving in two with his big hit. Jason Hammel struck out 6 in his 7-inning effort.
St. Louis Cardinals 5 Colorado Rockies 3: The Cards win their 3 in a row, which means they’re now tied with the Giants for the second wild card spot. Carlos Martinez earned the win in 5 innings of work, also helping out with his bat, helping score two in the 4th with a double.
Houston Astros 4 Oakland Athletics 2: Evan Gattis opened the game with a home run by the A’s matched and took the lead. In the 8th, Tyler White came on to pinch hit and tie the game, followed by a 2-runsingle from Marwin Gonzalez for the win.
Toronto Blue Jays 3 Seattle Mariners 2: The Blue Jays are once again tied with the Orioles for the two wild card tickets, pushing the Mariners back a bit. Marco Estrada was fantastic in 7 innings of work, allowing just one hit while striking out 8. Juan Encarnacion hit his 41st home run of the season, driving in two.
San Francisco Giants 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 2: Madison Bumgarner had a good game, striking out 10 and allowing one hit. But the Dodgers came back from the one-run down in the ninth against the bullpen, with RBIs by Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez. The Giants lose their sole hold on one of the two spots in the wild card standings, helping the frustration. Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig almost triggered a brawl, with Bumgarner sparking the exchange for some reason.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 San Diego Padres 3: The Padres score all 3 runs in the 4th, including a home run by Wil Myers, matching the D-Backs record of 63-87, sharing the bottom of the NL West.
American League Standings
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Boston Red Sox||86||64||0.573||—||46–32||40–32|
|Toronto Blue Jays||82||68||0.547||4||42–32||40–36|
|New York Yankees||77||72||0.517||8½||44–31||33–41|
|Tampa Bay Rays||64||85||0.430||21½||35–40||29–45|
|Kansas City Royals||77||73||0.513||10||45–30||32–43|
|Chicago White Sox||72||78||0.480||15||41–33||31–45|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||65||85||0.433||23½||35–40||30–45|
National League Standings
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Mets||80||70||0.533||8||41–34||39–36|
|St. Louis Cardinals||79||71||0.527||16||33–41||46–30|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||85||65||0.567||—||48–27||37–38|
|San Francisco Giants||79||71||0.527||6||40–35||39–36|
|San Diego Padres||63||87||0.420||22||34–38||29–49|
Wild Card Standings
|Los Angeles Dodgers||85||65||0.567|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|New York Mets||80||70||0.533||+1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||79||71||0.527||—|
|San Francisco Giants||79||71||0.527||—|
|San Diego Padres||63||87||0.420||16|