AROUND THE HORN
Rockies: 3B Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam, RHP German Marquez threw five solid innings for his first major-league win and the Rockies slowed the Cardinals’ playoff chase with an 11-1 victory Wednesday. The Cardinals entered the day tied with the Mets and Giants atop the National League wild- card standings. Arenado’s homer was his NL-leading 39th.
Astros: DH Evan Gattis homered twice, C Jason Castro threw out a runner to end the game and the contending Astros beat the Athletics 6-5 to complete a threegame sweep. The Astros began the day two games behind the Orioles for the second American League wild-card spot. SS Carlos Correa had two hits, including an RBI double, and 2B Jose Altuve, the AL batting leader, singled twice and scored a run.
Mariners: 2B Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly drove in OF Guillermo Heredia, who had reached on an error, in the 12th inning to give the Mariners to 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays and prevent Toronto from extending its AL wild-card lead.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer pitched 62⁄ innings and struck out eight to earn his 18th win as the Nationals reduced their magic number to win the AL East to three with an 8-3 victory over the Marlins. 1B Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and CF Trea Turner also homered in the win.
Red Sox: Five unearned runs in the sixth inning lifted the Red Sox to a 5-1 win and padded their lead in the AL East to five games over the second-place Blue Jays. OF Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox and RHP Clay Buchholz allowed three hits over seven innings to earn the victory.
Yankees: Rookie C Gary Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, RHP Masahiro Tanaka won his seventh straight decision despite allowing four home runs in the same inning and the Yankees beat the Rays 11-5 to move within 21⁄ games of the AL’s second wild-card spot. Sanchez has 19 homers in 43 games.