AL East champ Blue Jays rally past Rays

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Troy Tu­low­itzki dou­bled and sin­gled in his re­turn to the Toronto lineup af­ter miss­ing three weeks with in­juries as the Amer­i­can League East cham­pion Blue Jays ral­lied past the Tampa Bay Rays 8- 4 Fri­day night.

Tu­low­itzki went 2 for 5 and scored a run on a day that saw three ma­jor league games post­poned as the East Coast faced steady rain with Hur­ri­cane Joaquin swirling in the At­lantic.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion and Rus­sell Martin home­red for the Blue Jays, who started the day tied with Kansas City in the race for the AL’s best record and home­field ad­van­tage through­out the post­sea­son.

In New York, the Mets’ chase for home- field ad­van­tage in their open­ing play­off se­ries was put on hold when their game against the Washington Na­tion­als was called off. They were sched­uled to play a split dou­ble­header Satur­day.

The New York Yan­kees’ game in Bal­ti­more and the Mar­lin­sPhillies game in Philadelphia also were rained out and resched­uled as part of dou­ble­head­ers Satur­day.

An­gels slug­ger Mike Trout hit a lead­off triple in the ninth in­ning and scored off Al­bert Pu­jols’ tiebreak­ing sin­gle, help­ing wild card- con­tend­ing Los An­ge­les beat Texas 2- 1 and keep the Rangers from clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolle­son (6-4) ap­peared in his fourth con­sec­u­tive game. Trout hit the sec­ond pitch deep into the right-cen­ter gap, then slid head­first into third base be­fore em­phat­i­cally pump­ing his right arm to­ward his team­mates in the dugout.

Ben Zo­brist put a ma­jor dent in Min­nesota’s post­sea­son bid with an RBI dou­ble in the eighth in­ning against strug­gling All- Star Glen Perkins as the Kansas City Roy­als topped the Twins 3- 1.

The Twins en­tered the night trail­ing Hous­ton by one game and tied with Los An­ge­les in the AL wild- card race.

In Phoenix, Dal­las Keuchel be­came the AL’s first 20- game win­ner as the Hous­ton Astros backed him with the high­estscor­ing game in team history, mov­ing closer to a play­off berth by rout­ing the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 21- 5.

The Astros have won

five of six and held their one- game edge over the Los An­ge­les An­gels for the sec­ond AL wild- card spot. Hous­ton trails West leader Texas by two games with two to play.

The Chicago Cubs tried to keep up with Pittsburgh in the race to host the NL wild card game as Jake Ar­ri­eta struck out seven bat­ters in six strong in­nings for a 6- 1 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

In other games, Josh Tom­lin pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and Car­los San­tana drove in three runs with a bases- loaded dou­ble as the Cleve­land In­di­ans downed the Bos­ton Red Sox 6- 2, the Chicago White Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 2- 1, the At­lanta Braves blanked the St. Louis Car­di­nals 4- 0 and the Pittsburgh Pi­rates de­feated the Cincinnati Reds 6- 4 over 12 in­nings.

San Diego took a half- game lead over the Mets for home- field ad­van­tage in their up­com­ing play­off se­ries af­ter a 6- 2 2win over the San Diego Padres, the Oak­land Ath­let­ics beat the Seat­tle Mariners 4- 2 and the Colorado Rock­ies were 9- 3 win­ners over the San Fran­cisco Giants.


1. Oak­land Ath­let­ics’ left fielder Sam Fuld misses a ball that went for a dou­ble by Seat­tle Mariners’ Je­sus Su­cre in the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game in Seat­tle, Washington, Fri­day, Oct. 2. 2. Hous­ton Astros’ Luis Val­buena dives in vain for a ball hit by Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs’ Jamie Ro­mak for a dou­ble dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game, in Phoenix, Ari­zona, Fri­day. 3. Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Justin Turner, cen­ter, scores on a sin­gle by Corey Sea­ger ahead of the tag of San Diego Padres catcher Derek Nor­ris dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game in Los An­ge­les, Fri­day.

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