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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.

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