In the American League, things have gotten complicated for the Toronto Blue Jays, slipping down the wild card standings while the Baltimore Orioles take first place, and both the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners are still trying to win a playoff spot. In the National League, the top of the Wild Card Standings remain unchanged as the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals all win their games.
Toronto Blue Jays 3 Boston Red Sox 5: The Blue Jays lose their advantage in the wild card standings, and the Tigers only need one win to tie them for second place. David Ortiz hit his 38th home run of the season to break the tie in the 7th inning, scoring two runs to win the game.
Baltimore Orioles 8 New York Yankees 1: The Orioles take first place in the WC standings as Yovani Gallardo had no problems holding the Yankees down, while Mark Trumbo hit his 47th homer of the season, helped out in the power department by Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones.
Miami Marlins 7 Washington Nationals 4: Justin Bour and Christian Yelich both had 2 RBIs each while Bryce Harper had a frustrating day, going o-for-4.
New York Mets 5 Philadelphia Phillies 1: One step closer to clinching the wild card spot, the Mets win their 3rd in a row, led by the 33rd home run this season from Jay Bruce, and a strong performance from Robert Gsellman on the mound.
Chicago Cubs 7 Cincinnati Reds 3: While giving some rest to their usual rotation arms, the Cubs win number 102, led by two home runs and 3 RBIs from Ben Zobrist.
Detroit Tigers 6 Atlanta Braves 2: The Tigers are only 0.5 games behind the Blue Jays, one win from tying their current record. Daniel Norris struck out 8 in 6.2 innings of work, while he had plenty of run support in the form of four home runs: Two for Miguel Cabrera, and one each from Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton.
Tampa Bay Rays 1 Texas Rangers 3: Yu Darvish was terrific with 12 strikeouts in 6 innings while the bullpen did a fantastic job in the remaining 3 innings, while Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor helped out with a home run each.
Minnesota Twins 3 Chicago White Sox 7: The Twins lose their 103rd game of the season, their worst since moving from Washington to Minneapolis in 1960. Carlos Rodon struck out 10 in six innings, while the offense of Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera helped out offensively.
Milwaukee Brewers 1 Colorado Rockies 4: Nolan Arenado hit his 41st home run to bring in two runs as the Rockies beat the Brewers.
Cleveland Indians 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 2: Francisco Lindor hit his 15th home run of the season, a 3-run hit to lead the Indians to their 92nd win of the season.
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 St. Louis Cardinals 7: The Pirates couldn’t hold back their division rivals from staying in the playoff race, as Carlos Martinez allowed 5 hits while striking out 9 in 7 innings. The offense came from Jedd Gyorko, Brandon Moss and Matt Holliday (who isn’t staying next season), all hitting home runs. It was probably his final home run for the Cards, who activated him off the DL to see him deliver a pinch hit home run.
San Diego Padres 3 Arizona Diamondbacks 5: Paul Goldschmidt hit a early two-run homer to put the Diamondbacks up by 3 runs. After typically losing the lead, Chris Owings hit a two-run homer to break the tie and win the game.
Houston Astros 1 Los Angeles Angels 7: Rookie Jefry Marte had another terrific performance with 2 hits and a home run, while Kaleb Cowart helped out with 3 RBIs.
Oakland Athletics 1 Seattle Mariners 5: The Mariners remain behind the Tigers, one game behind the Blue Jays, not giving up on that playoff spot. Robinson Cano hit a couple of home runs to continue with his late-season form, while Nelson Cruz blasted his 42nd home run of the season. Taijuan Walker earned the win, allowing only 2 hits and one run in six innings.
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 San Francisco Giants 9: The Giants remain one game ahead of the Cardinals, riding Madison Bumgarner’s 5 strikeouts through 7.1 innings, while the offense Brandon Belt (3 RBIs) and Bumgarner himself (two RBIs) helped make Rich Hill look bad for the first time in Dodgers uniform.
American League Standings
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Boston Red Sox||93||67||0.581||—||47–32||46–35|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||73||0.544||6||46–35||41–38|
|New York Yankees||83||77||0.519||10||47–32||36–45|
|Tampa Bay Rays||66||94||0.412||27||36–45||30–49|
|Kansas City Royals||81||79||0.506||11½||47–32||34–47|
|Chicago White Sox||78||82||0.487||14½||45–34||33–48|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||73||87||0.456||22||39–40||34–47|
National League Standings
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Mets||86||74||0.537||7||44–37||42–37|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84||76||0.525||18½||36–43||48–33|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||91||69||0.569||—||53–28||38–41|
|San Francisco Giants||85||75||0.531||6||43–36||42–39|
|San Diego Padres||68||92||0.425||23||39–42||29–50|
American League Wild Card Standings
|Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||73||0.544||—|
|New York Yankees||83||77||0.519||4|
|Kansas City Royals||81||79||0.506||6|
|Chicago White Sox||78||82||0.487||9|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||73||87||0.456||14|
|Tampa Bay Rays||66||94||0.412||21|
National League Wild Card Standings
|Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|New York Mets||86||74||0.537||+1|
|San Francisco Giants||85||75||0.531||—|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84||76||0.525||1|
|San Diego Padres||68||92||0.425||17|