Tommy Pham hit the game-winning run-scoring single in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 3-2 on Saturday, earning their second one-run loss in Chicago in as many days.
Arizona managed just one run in seven innings against Chicago starter Justin Steele. But Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly limited the Cubs to one run over 5 2/3 innings, and relievers Ryan Thompson, Andrew Saalfrank and Kevin Ginkel (8-0) combined to keep Chicago scoreless over 3 1/3 innings, to force extras.
In the top of the 10th, Gabriel Moreno scored on a wild pitch from Daniel Palencia, and Pham then hit a single to left, giving Jordan Lawlar a 3-1 lead. The two-run cushion proved necessary as Chicago cut the deficit in half on Cody Bellinger’s two-out RBI single that scored Mike Tauchman.
Arizona heads into Sunday’s final hoping for a win in the four-game set. The three-game skid has cut the Cubs’ lead over the Diamondbacks in the wild-card race to one game.
Nationals 7, Dodgers 6 (11 innings)
Washington scored on a wild pitch by Gus Varland with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, defeating visiting Los Angeles on a long day at the stadium.
Enrique Hernandez’s two-out single in the top of the 10th inning gave the Dodgers the lead. Keibert Ruiz tied the game with a single in the bottom of the inning.
The game began after a weather delay of more than four hours. This came after the teams endured a long rain delay in the seventh inning on Friday night.
Orioles 13, Red Sox 12
James McCann hit two home runs, helping Baltimore extend its winning streak to seven games with a win over Boston.
McCann hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Aaron Hicks hit his eighth home run of the season, Jordan Westburg added his third and Gunnar Henderson hit his 24th for the Orioles. Baltimore’s seven straight wins have all come on the road.
The Red Sox scored three runs off Yennier Cano in the bottom of the ninth, but missed the game-winning run at third base. Boston has lost four straight games overall and has lost its last six home games. Wilyer Abreu collected five of Boston’s 23 goals in the loss.
Twins 8, Mets 4
Max Kepler had a three-run pinch hit and Willi Castro went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored, leading Minnesota to a victory over New York in Minneapolis.
Kyle Farmer went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Donovan Solano had a two-run single for the Twins, who have won four of their last five games. Kenta Maeda (4-7) got the win, allowing two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo and DJ Stewart all scored for New York, which lost its third straight game. David Peterson (3-8) suffered the loss while allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings.
Blue Jays 5, Royals 1
George Springer had two home runs and four RBIs, Kevin Gausman struck out 10 in eight dominant innings and Toronto beat visiting Kansas City.
Springer hit two solo home runs and a two-run single in the 3-for-4 win. Gausman (11-8) allowed one run on two hits and a walk. The Blue Jays have a 9-5 record in their 15 games against teams with sub-.500 records.
Edward Olivares hit a solo home run for the Royals, who have lost three straight games.
Rays 7, Mariners 5
Yandy Diaz hit a two-run walk-off home run as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Seattle in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Tampa Bay trailed 4-1 after two innings, but emerged with the win on Diaz’s two-run blast off Tayler Saucedo (3-2). Diaz finished the game with three RBIs for the Rays, who posted a season-high 31 games over .500.
Julio Rodriguez hit his career-high 29th home run and Ty France hit a two-run single for Seattle. Colin Poche (11-3) earned the win in the ninth inning.
Brewers 9, Yankees 2
Tyrone Taylor hit a go-ahead home run to set off a three-run eighth inning, and Milwaukee rallied for a win over host New York after a lengthy rain delay.
The Brewers scored five straight goals to start the eighth period. William Contreras added a two-run single in the ninth. Jonathan Loaisiga (0-2), who gave up Taylor’s home run, suffered the loss.
The Yankees lost their third straight game after a five-game winning streak. Trying to avoid its first losing season since 1992, New York fell two games under .500 and was held to four hits.
Phillies 8, Marlins 4
Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and drove in three runs to lift host Philadelphia past Miami.
Brandon Marsh had a three-run double and a single and Nick Castellanos added two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs. Jeff Hoffman (4-2) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Garrett Hampson hit a home run twice and a single and Jazz Chisholm Jr. had two hits for the Marlins. Starter Johnny Cueto (1-4) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and five runs.
Tigers 3, White Sox 1
Tarik Skubal pitched five strong innings, Matt Vierling hit a home run and host Detroit edged Chicago.
Skubal (5-3) allowed just two hits while striking out nine. Alex Lange retired all four batters he faced to earn his 22nd save.
Luis Robert Jr. drove in the only run for the White Sox. Jose Urena (0-5), making his Chicago debut after being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, gave up one run in four innings.
Cardinals 4, Reds 3
Willson Contreras hit a home run and drove in three runs as visiting St. Louis pitched against Cincinnati.
Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI for the Reds, who lost their third straight game. Tyler Stephenson and Alejo Lopez drove in the other races in Cincinnati.
Starting pitcher Zack Thompson (5-5) allowed three runs on five hits for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in six games. Thompson struck out six and walked three.
Rangers 3, Athletics 2
Robbie Grossman hit a wild pitch in the seventh inning and Texas secured a victory over Oakland in the second game of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.
Leody Taveras had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which ended a four-game losing streak. Oakland reliever Lucas Erceg (3-4) struck out the first two batters in the seventh but then allowed three straight walks. Francisco Perez came in and shot a 0-2 slider to Jonathan Ornelas, and the ball flew away allowing Grossman to score for a 3-2 lead.
Zack Gelof hit a game-winning two-run home run in the seventh for the A’s, who had won two straight games and five of their last seven.
Astros 7, Padres 5
Kyle Tucker hit a two-run, five-run double in the fifth inning and Houston beat visiting San Diego, ending a six-game home losing streak.
The Astros extended their lead in the American League West to 1 1/2 games over the Seattle Mariners by sending 10 batters to the plate and recording eight hits in the fifth.
Houston chased down Padres starter Seth Lugo and added another run off reliever, Nick Martinez, as four consecutive batters recorded singles to turn a two-run deficit into a 7-4 lead.
Pirates 8, Braves 4
Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a home run as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Atlanta.
Liover Peguero also hit a home run, Ke’Bryan Hayes added an RBI double and four players – Endy Rodriguez, Jack Suwinski, Ji Hwan Bae and Miguel Andujar – hit RBI singles for the Pirates, who have won eight of their last 11 games .
Matt Olson hit a home run and an RBI single, and Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies each added a run-scoring single for the Braves, who missed a chance at a playoff spot.
Giants 9, Rockies 1
Thairo Estrada hit Chase Anderson’s third pitch of the game for a two-run home run, Logan Webb shut out visiting Colorado for six innings and San Francisco rattled off two straight wins over its National League West rival.
Mike Yastrzemski collected two doubles, two singles, two runs and two RBIs for the Giants, who were 2 1/2 games out of the NL’s final wild-card spot.
After Yastrzemski knocked Anderson’s first pitch of the game off the center field wall for a double, Estrada took a ball before ripping his 11th home run of the season into left field for a lead the Giants never relinquished.
Angel 6, Guardian 2
Tyler Anderson pitched eight strong innings and Los Angeles hit four home runs to beat visiting Cleveland and take the series lead in the third game of four games in Anaheim, California.
The depleted Angels, who were without injured slugger Shohei Ohtani for the sixth straight game, started three rookies. Despite the absence of Ohtani (44 home runs), the Angels and Guardians exchanged five long balls in the first four innings.
Anderson (6-6) threw his longest outing of the season. He handed out four hits and a walk and allowed two runs. Lucas Giolito (7-13) made his second start for the Guardians since being acquired on waivers from the Angels on August 31. He gave up four runs on four hits in seven innings.
https://deadspin.com/mlb-roundup-d-backs-clip-cubs-as-nl-wild-card-race-tig-1850822890 The D-backs edge out the Cubs as the NL wild card race tightens