Around the Horn
Saturday’s other MLB games
Astros 8, Mariners 6
Dallas Keuchel threw six solid innings, Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBIs and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners to drop their magic number to one for clinching the AL West title. The Astros (90-58) reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004. A day after scoring three runs in the first, the Astros jumped on the Mariners again, scoring four times against Erasmo Ramirez (5-6) in the second inning.
Red Sox 3, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Rick Porcello took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays. The win reduced Boston’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New York Yankees at three games. Porcello (10-17) gave up one unearned run in 71/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk to win for the sixth time in nine starts. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.
Yankees 9, Orioles 3
Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird both homered for the second straight game, rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched six shutout innings and the New York Yankees downed the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth win in a row. The Yankees (82-66) extended their stretch of winning seasons to 25, the second-longest such streak in major league history behind their own 39 straight from 1926-64. The Yankees began the day three games behind AL East-leading Boston. New York was atop the wild-card race, four games ahead of Minnesota.
White Sox 10, Tigers 4
Matt Davidson and Nicky Delmonico homered, Tim Anderson had four hits and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit, winning the season series with the Tigers for the first time since 2008. The White Sox have won 10 of 18 against Detroit this year. Delmonico hit a two-run shot to open in the scoring in the first, and Chicago jumped to an early 6-0 lead, chasing starter Myles Jaye (1-2) in the second.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 2
Marco Estrada pitched eight efficient innings, Josh Donaldson homered twice among his four hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota’s loss clinched the AL Central for the Cleveland Indians and gave teams a chance to gain on the Twins for the final AL wild card. Estrada (9-8) allowed two solo homers and extended his string of allowing three earned runs or fewer to nine of his last 11 outings. Jose Bautista ended his 0-for-17 skid with three hits and an RBI for Toronto.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the National League single-season record for rookies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals to inch closer to the NL West title. Chase Utley had two doubles and scored twice to help the Dodgers reduce their magic number to win the division to five.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 1
Kyle Hendricks pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Addison Russell homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to increase their NL Central lead. Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs. Hendricks (7-5) allowed one run and five hits in a season-high 72/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Mets 7, Braves 3
Jacob deGrom set a career high in wins, Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini each drove in two runs and the New York Mets snapped a five-game skid with a victory over the Atlanta Braves. DeGrom (15-9) allowed five hits, one run and two walks in seven innings. He struck out seven while topping his personal mark of 14 victories in 2015.
Marlins 7, Brewers 4
Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer, Adam Conley pitched into the sixth inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers to stop a six-game slide. Conley (7-7) allowed three runs and five hits in 52/3 innings. Junichi Tazawa, Brian Ellington and Drew Steckenrider combined for 21/3 scoreless innings in relief before Kyle Barraclough got into trouble in the ninth.