Bieber shines again, White Sox fall out of 1st

Minnesota takes over AL Cen­tral lead

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CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber low­ered his ERA to 1.63 in his fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son start, the low­est in the Amer­i­can League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jor­dan Lu­plow hit a game-end­ing home run that gave the In­di­ans a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wed­nes­day night and knocked the White Sox out of first place in the AL Cen­tral.

Bieber, who leads the big leagues with eight wins, al­lowed an un­earned run and two hits in five in­nings with 10 strike­outs in his eighth dou­ble-digit strike­out game, also a ma­jor league high.

He low­ered his ma­jor league­lead­ing ERA from 1.74.

With the score 2-2, Lu­plow home­red onto the porch in left field off Gio González (1-2). A .194 hit­ter, Lu­plow struck out in his first three at-bats.

TWINS 7, TIGERS 6: In Min­neapo­lis, Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda fin­ished off his reg­u­lar sea­son with an­other strong start and Minnesota beat Detroit to take over sole pos­ses­sion of the AL Cen­tral lead for the first time since late Au­gust.

Ed­die Rosario added a tworun homer for Minnesota (35-22), which has won four straight.

Af­ter an in­field hit to the first bat­ter of the game, Maeda (6-1) re­tired 15 of his next 16 bat­ters and didn’t al­low a hit dur­ing that stretch. He gave up a three-run homer to Miguel Cabr­era in the sixth. Cabr­era hit an­other three­run homer with two outs in the ninth off Ser­gio Romo.

ATH­LET­ICS 6, DODGERS 4: In Los An­ge­les, Ra­mon Lau­re­ano broke a ninth-in­ning tie with a two-run homer and Oak­land beat Los An­ge­les.

Ed­win Rios, who re­placed Dodgers third base­man Justin Turner in the sixth, home­red in his first at-bat in the eighth, ty­ing it 4-all. It was the first run given up in 19 ap­pear­ances this sea­son by Jake Diek­man (1-0), who had a 22-in­ning score­less streak that dated to last Sept. 16.

BRAVES 9, MAR­LINS 4: In Atlanta, Dansby Swan­son hit a three-run homer and the Braves cruised to their third straight win over Miami in a game over­shad­owed by Max Fried’s early exit.

The Braves ace was mak­ing his fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son start for the NL East cham­pi­ons. He lasted only only one in­ning, tweak­ing an an­kle while field­ing a bunt down the third-base line by Star­ling Marte.

BLUE JAYS 14, YAN­KEES 1: In Buf­falo, N.Y., Gary Sánchez made two of his team’s sea­son-high four er­rors and Toronto dealt the Yan­kees per­haps a fa­tal blow in their race for home-field ad­van­tage in the first round of the play­offs.

Danny Jansen home­red twice, once off No. 3 catcher Erik Kratz in the eighth, as the Blue Jays re­duced their magic num­ber to one for clinch­ing a wild card berth and their first post­sea­son ap­pear­ance since 2016.

AN­GELS 5, PADRES 2: In San Diego, the eupho­ria of clinch­ing their first play­off berth in 14 sea­sons three days ear­lier was tem­pered for the Padres when right-han­der Mike Clevinger was pulled af­ter only one in­ning.

Clevinger breezed through a per­fect first in­ning on 12 pitches, in­clud­ing strik­ing out Mike Trout and David Fletcher.

But rookie Adrian More­jon came out to start the sec­ond. More­jon (2-2) al­lowed a ty­ing, two-run homer to Sho­hei Oh­tani and solo shots to Justin Up­ton and Anthony Bem­boom for a 4-2 An­gels lead.

RAYS 8, METS 5: In New York, Randy Arozarena home­red twice and Tampa Bay clinched its first AL East ti­tle in 10 years.

Joey Wen­dle and Bran­don Lowe also went deep for Tampa Bay.

It is the third di­vi­sion crown for the thrifty Rays, who also won the AL East in 2008 and 2010.

REDS 6, BREW­ERS 1: In Cincinnati, Joey Votto home­red for his first hit all sea­son against Mil­wau­kee, Trevor Bauer dom­i­nated on short rest, and the Reds won a piv­otal se­ries.

The Reds are in po­si­tion for a wild-card play­off berth af­ter tak­ing two of three from their NL Cen­tral ri­val. Cincinnati has won nine of 11, its best streak of the sea­son.

Cincinnati had Bauer (5-4) pitch on three days’ rest. He al­lowed four hits and struck out 12 in eight in­nings. Bauer ex­ited with an NLbest 1.73 ERA.

DIAMONDBAC­KS 7, RANGERS 3: In Phoenix, rookie Wy­att Mathisen hit his first two ca­reer homers, fel­low rookie Daulton Varsho knocked in the go-ahead run with a triple, and Arizona ral­lied past Texas.

PHILLIES 12, NATIONALS 3:

In Wash­ing­ton, Bryce Harper smacked a pair of homers to help his cur­rent club, Philadel­phia, keep its play­off hopes afloat — and push his for­mer club, the Nationals, to the brink of elim­i­na­tion a year af­ter they won the World Se­ries.

ROY­ALS 12, CAR­DI­NALS 3: In Kansas City, Mo., Sal­vador Perez and Franchy Cordero hit two homers and drove in five runs apiece, and the Roy­als pum­meled St. Louis.

MARINERS 3, ASTROS 2: In Seattle, Nick Margevi­cius tossed six shutout in­nings, Ty France drove in a pair of runs and the Mariners kept their slim post­sea­son hopes alive.

It was Seattle’s first se­ries win against Hous­ton since Sept. 17-19, 2018.

RED SOX 9, ORI­OLES 1: In Bos­ton, Nathan Eo­valdi struck out eight over six score­less in­nings, Rafael Dev­ers hit a three-run dou­ble that capped a six-run third and the Red Sox beat Bal­ti­more.

PIRATES 2, CUBS 1: In Pittsburgh, Adam Fra­zier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bot­tom of the first with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hen­dricks as the last­place Pirates slipped by Chicago.

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Cleveland’s Jor­dan Lu­plow, cen­ter, is mobbed by team­mates af­ter hit­ting a walkoff, solo home run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning Wed­nes­day, lift­ing Cleveland over the vis­it­ing Chicago White Sox.

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