Roy­als beat In­di­ans to halt Cleve­land’s record streak

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans can re­turn to clinch­ing their di­vi­sion and play­off prepa­ra­tions. Their his­toric win­ning streak is, well, his­tory. Cleve­land’s AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Roy­als, who be­came the first team to con­quer the de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons since Aug 23. Ja­son Var­gas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss home­red off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Roy­als ended base­ball’s long­est win streak in 101 years. With one last chance in the ninth, the In­di­ans put the ty­ing run on base be­fore Mike Mi­nor struck out the side for his first pro save, fan­ning Fran­cisco Lin­dor on a pitch in the dirt for the fi­nal out.


Alex Wood struck out eight in six in­nings, Corey Sea­ger hit a three-run homer dur­ing a five-run sec­ond and the Dodgers won on the road. Wood (15-3) al­lowed three hits and walked one. Los An­ge­les has won three in a row af­ter los­ing 11 con­sec­u­tive games and 16 of 17. The teams en­tered the highly an­tic­i­pated three-game series hav­ing clinched play­off berths and own­ing the top two records in the Na­tional League. The Dodgers low­ered their magic num­ber to clinch the NL West to six. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig home­red in the Dodgers’ first Wash­ing­ton ap­pear­ance since win­ning Game 5 of the NL Di­vi­sion Series last Oc­to­ber. Ed­win Jack­son (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 in­nings. The NL East cham­pion Na­tion­als fell six games back of Los An­ge­les in the chase for home-field ad­van­tage in the play­offs.


Neil Walker hit a grand slam dur­ing an eight-run eighth in­ning, and the Brew­ers beat the Mar­lins in the open­ing game of a series re­lo­cated from Miami to Mil­wau­kee be­cause of the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma. The Mar­lins were tech­ni­cally the home team and bat­ted in the bot­tom of the in­nings. Mil­wau­kee even used palm trees, fake flamin­gos and gi­ant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel. Miami’s Dee Gor­don went hit­less in four at­bats to end his 17-game hit­ting streak. Brian Elling­ton (0-1) got the loss. Jared Hughes (43) picked up the win af­ter toss­ing a score­less sev­enth in­ning.


Xan­der Bo­gaerts had two hits in Boston’s seven-run 15th in­ning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 min­utes. Austin Pruitt (7-5) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the top of the 15th. Bo­gaerts fol­lowed with a sin­gle. Dustin Pe­droia hit a ground ball that was mis­played by sec­ond base­man Brad Miller, al­low­ing Bradley to score the lead run. An­drew Ben­in­tendi, Mitch More­land, Deven Mar­raro and Bo­gaerts drove in ex­tra runs for the Red Sox, who main­tained their three­game lead over the New York Yan­kees in the AL East. Brandon Work­man (1-1) got the win. Blaine Boyer, the 21st pitcher to ap­pear in the game, pitched the 15th for Boston. Nine Red Sox pitch­ers set a club record with 24 strike­outs.


Kris Bryant had three hits, in­clud­ing his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big week­end series with their fourth con­sec­u­tive win. Bryant went deep in the fourth and sin­gled twice in Chicago’s seven-run sixth. The NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cubs stayed three games ahead of Mil­wau­kee and in­creased their ad­van­tage over St. Louis to four games. Chicago pitcher John Lackey and catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras were thrown out for yelling at plate um­pire Jor­dan Baker in the fifth. Carl Ed­wards Jr. (4-4) pitched a per­fect sixth for the win. Tommy Pham home­red for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez (11-11) was charged with seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 in­nings.


Didi Gre­go­rius hit a tiebreak­ing two-run homer and drove in four runs, lead­ing the Yan­kees to their fifth win in six games. Luis Sev­erino (13-6) al­lowed three hits in eight in­nings. He made one big mis­take, Wel­ing­ton Castillo’s op­po­site-field, two-run homer to right that put the Ori­oles ahead 21 in the sec­ond. Sev­erino is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Gre­go­rius hit a sac­ri­fice fly in the first, home­red against Miguel Cas­tro for a 4-2 lead in the fifth and added an­other sac­ri­fice fly in a three-run sev­enth. Bal­ti­more lost for the eighth time in nine games. Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) al­lowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in 4 1/3 in­nings.


Carlos Cor­rea and Evan Gat­tis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run, and the Astros moved closer to clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle. Hous­ton’s magic num­ber dropped to two, mean­ing the Astros could se­cure their first di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship since 2001 with a win to­day if the An­gels lose to­day. The Astros led 3-0 af­ter one in­ning as James Pax­ton (12-4) strug­gled in his re­turn from the dis­abled list af­ter sit­ting out since Aug. 10 with a strained pec­toral mus­cle. He al­lowed three runs in 1 1/3 in­nings to snap a seven-game win­ning streak. Char­lie Morton (12-7) pitched six strong in­nings for Hous­ton. Ken Giles tossed a score­less ninth for his 31st save.


Rob­bie Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pol­lock hit a two-run dou­ble as Ari­zona beat San Fran­cisco. Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Di­a­mond­backs won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road. The Di­a­mond­backs trailed 2-1 when Pol­lock dou­bled in two runs off Jeff Sa­mardz­ija (914) in the sev­enth in­ning. Ari­zona re­duced its magic num­ber for clinch­ing its first post­sea­son berth since 2011 to seven.


Josh Donaldson home­red and drove in the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning with an in­field sin­gle that ric­o­cheted off the mound, send­ing Toronto to the win. J.A. Happ (9-10) pitched into the sev­enth in­ning in his third straight win, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 36th save in 46 op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Twins had a three-game lead over the Los An­ge­les An­gels for the sec­ond AL wild card go­ing into the night, with the Seat­tle Mariners 3 1/2 games back. The New York Yan­kees hold the first wild card with a four-game edge on the Twins. Twins starter Bar­tolo Colon (6-13) was charged with four runs in six-plus in­nings on “Big Sexy Night.” The Twins had sou­venir T-shirts for fans who bought a spe­cial ticket pack­age in honor of the burly right-han­der, who joined the Twins two months ago and has more than held his own de­spite his de­creased ve­loc­ity.


C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the a five-run rally in the sixth in­ning, and Los An­ge­les trimmed its deficit in the AL wild­card race to two games. An­drel­ton Sim­mons had two run-scor­ing sin­gles for the An­gels (75-72), who gained a game on the Min­nesota Twins (77-70) with just their third win in eight games. Los An­ge­les used seven pitch­ers in a bullpen start, with for­mer closer Bud Nor­ris get­ting the first six outs. Yus­meiro Pe­tit (5-0) pitched two per­fect in­nings, and Blake Parker earned a sixout save. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Texas (72-75). The Rangers have lost four straight and six of seven, their play­off hopes down to a flicker. Yo­han­der Men­dez (0-1) took the loss.


Tyler Chat­wood pitched into the sixth in­ning and drove in his first runs of the sea­son, help­ing the Rock­ies to the vic­tory. Nolan Are­nado home­red as Colorado re­mained 2 1/2 games ahead of Mil­wau­kee and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the sec­ond NL wild card. Chat­wood (812) tossed 5 2/3 in­nings and left af­ter Wil Myers’ 28th homer. It was Chat­wood’s third start af­ter six re­lief ap­pear­ances. San Diego’s Clayton Richard (7-14) al­lowed four runs and seven hits in six in­nings.


Zack Cozart hit two of Cincin­nati’s four solo home runs, pow­er­ing the last-place Reds to the vic­tory. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler also con­nected, send­ing the Pi­rates to their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games. Homer Bai­ley (5-8) al­lowed one run in 5 2/3 in­nings for his first win in six starts since Aug 11. Raisel Igle­sias got five outs for his 27th save. Chad Kuhl (7-11) gave up all four home runs, a sin­gle-game ca­reer high for the sec­ond-year right-han­der.


Daniel Meng­den pitched a two-hit­ter for Oak­land, and Matt Ol­son and Matt Joyce each hit a two-run homer. Meng­den (1-1) struck out seven and walked none in his first ca­reer shutout in his 18th start. J.P Craw­ford had both hits off Meng­den. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) al­lowed four runs and seven hits in six in­nings. Meng­den also got his first ca­reer hit, a sin­gle off Craw­ford’s glove in the short­stop hole be­fore Joyce con­nected in the sec­ond.


Mikie Mah­took hit a game-end­ing RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning, help­ing Detroit stop a six-game skid. For­mer Tigers re­liever Al Al­bur­querque (0-2) walked Jeimer Can­de­lario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bum­mer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria brought in Juan Mi­naya, who un­corked a wild pitch to move the run­ners to sec­ond and third. Mah­took then hit a 3-2 pitch up the mid­dle for his first ca­reer game-end­ing hit. Shane Greene (4-3) got four outs for the win.


Sean New­comb struck out eight in 5 1/3 in­nings, and the Braves handed the Mets their fifth straight loss. New­comb (3-8) gave up two runs and six hits. Arodys Viz­caino pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 op­por­tu­ni­ties. Rafael Mon­tero (5-10) be­came the fourth straight Mets starter pitcher to fail to com­plete five in­nings. He was lifted with two outs in the fifth af­ter throw­ing 108 pitches and al­low­ing three runs and seven hits. — AP

ST PETERSBURG: Dustin Pe­droia #15 of the Boston Red Sox looks up at home plate um­pire Laz Diaz #63 as he slides home ahead of catcher Je­sus Su­cre #45 of the Tampa Bay Rays to score off of an RBI sin­gle by Mitch More­land dur­ing the 15th in­ning of a game on Friday at Trop­i­cana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. —AFP

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