MLB: Standings & Scores

Hanley Ramirez

The Boston Red Sox escape the New York Yankees thanks to Dellin Betances screwing things up in the 9th inning and one massive home run for Hanley Ramirez, continuing their AL East dominance. The Toronto Blue Jays join the Baltimore Orioles at the top of the AL Wild Card standings, the Chicago Cubs clinch the NL Central despite losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, and the San Francisco Giants beating the St. Louis Cardinals with a terrific performance by Johnny Cueto gives them some distance in the wild card standings, while the New York Mets remain in second place.

Minnesota Twins 5  Detroit Tigers 1: A Brian Dozier 2-RBI single stood out as the Twins pushed the Tigers further behind in the wild card standings. Hector Santiago wasn’t brilliant, but allowed just one run to slip by in 5.2 innings, earning his 12th win of the season.

Cleveland Indians 1  Chicago White Sox 2: James Shields not falling apart and dropping his ERA under 7.00 is cause for celebration. Jose Abreu hitting his 24th home run of the season in the win is another reason to be happy.

Tampa Bay Rays 7  Baltimore Orioles 6: The Rays go ahead and spoil things for another AL East team, with Evan Longoria hitting a 3-run homer to start the game, finishing with 5 RBIs overall, as the O’s are tied with the Blue Jays for the two wild card spots.

Pittsburgh Pirates 15  Philadelphia 2: An offensive explosion for the Bucs, including two home runs for Andrew McCutchen, who finished with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Sean Rodriguez hit a home run too, and Chad Kuhl was the pitcher who enjoyed a breezy, pressureless day on the mound.

New York Yankees 5  Boston Red Sox 7: Heading into the 8th, the Yankees had a 5-1 lead. But David Ortiz hit a homerun, and in the 9th Dellin Betances imploded, with a Hanley Ramirez 3-run homer closing the game, sending the Yankees 3 games back in the wild card standings, while the Red continue to lead the division.

Oakland Athletics 14  Kansas City Royals 5: Daniel Mengden allowed only 3 hits in his start, while the A’s rode the coattails of Stephen Vogt, finishing with 5 RBIs, including a 2-run homer.

Milwaukee Brewers 5  Chicago Cubs 4: The loss didn’t stop the Cubs from clinching the NL Central for the first time since 2008, as Jimmy Nelson struck out 7 in his start, and a 2-run double from Scooter Gennett broke the tie and won the game for the visitors.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3  Arizona Diamondbacks 7: Home runs by Kyle Jensen and Mitch Haniger, along with some solid pitching from Archie Bradley gave the Diamondbacks a win over the likely winner of the NL West.

Toronto Blue Jays 7  Los Angeles Angels 2: Russell Martin hit a 3-run homer and Josh Donaldson added 3 hits and 2 runs, as the Blue Jays got back to the top spot in the wild card standings, tied with the Orioles.

St. Louis Cardinals 2  San Francisco Giants 6: One of Johnny Cueto’s best starts in a while, throwing a 5-hitter while giving up two runs, as the Giants create some distance from the Cards, who fall to one game behind the New York Mets, two behind the Giants.

American League Standings

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 82 64 0.562 43–32 39–32
Baltimore Orioles 80 66 0.548 2 45–26 35–40
Toronto Blue Jays 80 66 0.548 2 42–32 38–34
New York Yankees 77 69 0.527 5 44–31 33–38
Tampa Bay Rays 63 83 0.432 19 35–40 28–43

American League Central

W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 84 62 0.575 47–25 37–37
Detroit Tigers 78 68 0.534 6 42–32 36–36
Kansas City Royals 74 72 0.507 10 42–29 32–43
Chicago White Sox 71 75 0.486 13 41–33 30–42
Minnesota Twins 55 92 0.374 29½ 29–46 26–46

American League West

W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 87 60 0.592 47–22 40–38
Seattle Mariners 78 68 0.534 40–31 38–37
Houston Astros 76 70 0.521 10½ 41–33 35–37
Oakland Athletics 64 82 0.438 22½ 33–42 31–40
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 63 83 0.432 23½ 33–39 30–44

National League Standings

National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 87 59 0.596 46–28 41–31
New York Mets 77 69 0.527 10 38–33 39–36
Miami Marlins 73 73 0.500 14 36–35 37–38
Philadelphia Phillies 65 82 0.442 22½ 32–41 33–41
Atlanta Braves 56 90 0.384 31 24–48 32–42

National League Central

W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 93 53 0.637 51–21 42–32
St. Louis Cardinals 76 70 0.521 17 33–41 43–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 71 74 0.490 21½ 36–38 35–36
Milwaukee Brewers 66 81 0.449 27½ 39–36 27–45
Cincinnati Reds 62 83 0.428 30½ 36–38 26–45

National League West

W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 64 0.562 47–27 35–37
San Francisco Giants 78 68 0.534 4 39–33 39–35
Colorado Rockies 69 77 0.473 13 37–35 32–42
San Diego Padres 62 84 0.425 20 33–38 29–46
Arizona Diamondbacks 62 84 0.425 20 29–46 33–38

Wild Card Standings

AL Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 80 66 0.548
Toronto Blue Jays 80 66 0.548
Detroit Tigers 78 68 0.534 2
Seattle Mariners 78 68 0.534 2
New York Yankees 77 69 0.527 3
Houston Astros 76 70 0.521 4
Kansas City Royals 74 72 0.507 6
Chicago White Sox 71 75 0.486 9
Oakland Athletics 64 82 0.438 16
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 63 83 0.432 17
Tampa Bay Rays 63 83 0.432 17
Minnesota Twins 55 92 0.374 25½
NL Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
San Francisco Giants 78 68 0.534 +1
New York Mets 77 69 0.527
St. Louis Cardinals 76 70 0.521 1
Miami Marlins 73 73 0.500 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 71 74 0.490
Colorado Rockies 69 77 0.473 8
Milwaukee Brewers 66 81 0.449 11½
Philadelphia Phillies 65 82 0.442 12½
Cincinnati Reds 62 83 0.428 14½
San Diego Padres 62 84 0.425 15
Arizona Diamondbacks 62 84 0.425 15
Atlanta Braves 56 90 0.384 21
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