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Sunday’s other MLB games
Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 8
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also connected, and the Red Sox outslugged Toronto, reclaiming a two-game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East. Ortiz put Boston up 10-8 with a drive off Joaquin Benoit. It was his 41st career home run at Rogers Centre, his highest total at any road stadium. With his 535th career homer, Ortiz moved past Jimmie Foxx into sole possession of 18th place on baseball’s career list. He also increased his RBI total to 110.
Orioles 3, Tigers 1
Chris Tillman pitched six impressive innings in his return from the disabled list, leading the Orioles to the win. Michael Bourn and Jonathan Schoop homered off Justin Verlander (14-8) as Baltimore moved into a tie with Toronto for second in the AL East and the top spot in the wild-card standings.
Rays 4, Yankees 2
Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer, Matt Andriese won for the first time since June and the Rays stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak. Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also went deep for the last-place Rays.
Royals 2, White Sox 0
Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Royals beat Chris Sale and the White Sox. Kendrys Morales homered on Sale’s first pitch of the second and Eric Hosmer did the same in the fourth. The Royals are four games behind Baltimore and Detroit for the top spot in the AL wild-card standings.
Angels 3, Rangers 2
Andrelton Simmons hit two solo home runs, sending Jered Weaver and the Angels to the win. Simmons began the day with only one homer this season. Yunel Escobar hit a leadoff drive in the first inning for the Angels. Adrian Beltre homered twice for the AL West-leading Rangers.
Mariners 3, Athletics 2
Ketel Marte hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, helping Seattle to its fifth straight win. The Mariners are 31/2 games back in the AL wild-card race. Marte had three hits for Seattle, and Mike Zunino homered and doubled.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3
Matt Moore struck out 11 in seven innings and Hunter Pence hit a key two-run double, helping San Francisco to the series sweep. The Giants pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles, which lost 3-0 at Miami.
Mets 10, Braves 3
Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam for New York, and Seth Lugo won his fourth straight start. The Mets have won seven of eight and are 16-5 since Aug. 20. They moved back into position for the second NL wild card, a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.
Brewers 2, Cardinals 1
Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning, and the Brewers dropped the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race. The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild card. Braun connected against Kevin Siegrist (5-3) for his 27th homer.
Marlins 3, Dodgers 0
Jose Urena pitched 82/3 innings of four-hit ball, leading Miami to the win. Christian Yelich had two hits and drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won three of four. Justin Bour also drove in a run. Urena (4-6) retired his first 14 batters.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2
Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings for NL East-leading Washington, and Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run. Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run and four hits, bouncing back nicely from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start.
Rockies 3, Padres 2, 10 innings
Mark Reynolds homered leading off the 10th inning and the Rockies salvaged a split of a four-game series. Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, his 25th, and hit an RBI single. Reynolds’ homer was the 250th of his career and 13th of the season.
Cubs 9, Astros 5
Jorge Soler and Addison Russell homered to lead Chicago to a win over the Astros, moving the Cubs closer to clinching the NL Central. Soler hit a solo home run as part of Chicago’s four-run third, and Russell hit a two-run shot — his 20th of the season — in the fourth as the Cubs built a 9-0 lead.