AROUND THE HORN

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

Rays: The Rays struck out in record fash­ion and lost their home fi­nale on a strange play. Dustin Pe­droia scored from first on David Or­tiz’s dou­ble in the 10th and the Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 for their 11th con­sec­u­tive win. The re­lay beat Pe­droia to home plate, but he avoided catcher Luke Maile’s first tag. Pe­droia slid past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile dropped the ball on an­other tag try. Ed­uardo Ro­driguez struck out a ca­reer-high 13 in 51⁄ in­nings. Ro­driguez and Heath Hem­bree com­bined to strike out 11 con­sec­u­tive bat­ters to es­tab­lish a ma­jor-league record. The Rays are the fifth team to strike out 23 or more times in a game.

Dodgers: The Dodgers clinched their fourth straight NL West ti­tle when Char­lie Cul­ber­son home­red with two outs in the 10th to de­feat the Rock­ies 4-3. Cul­ber­son’s first homer of the sea­son and the sixth of his ca­reer touched off wild cheers and a rau­cous celebration at home plate. Un­der first-year man­ager Dave Roberts, the Dodgers be­came the first NL West team to win four con­sec­u­tive di­vi­sion cham­pi­onships.

Padres: Rookie Manuel Mar­got tripled in the sev­enth and scored the go-ahead run on Wil My­ers’ sin­gle as the Padres de­feated the Gi­ants 4-3 to drop the Gi­ants a game be­hind the Mets in the NL wild-card race.

Blue Jays: Eze­quiel Car­rera drove in the ty­ing run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth in­ning, Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit a win­ning sin­gle and the Blue Jays kept their AL wild-card lead with a 4-3 vic­tory over the Yan­kees.

Roy­als: Sal­vador Perez home­red to cap a cy­cle by the Roy­als’ first four bat­ters of the game, and the Roy­als went deep three more times to beat the Tigers 12-9 and avoid elim­i­na­tion. The loss dropped the Tigers 11⁄ games be­hind the Ori­oles for the sec­ond wild-card spot.

Ori­oles: Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the sec­ond, and the Ori­oles beat the Diamondbacks 2-1 to com­plete a three-game sweep.

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