Mark Canha’s walk-off homer leads Ath­let­ics past Mariners

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OAK­LAND (AP) — Mark Canha couldn’t tell ex­actly what the pitch was com­ing at him was. All the 28-year-old out­fielder knows for sure is where it landed.

Canha hit a game-end­ing home run in the ninth in­ning to lead the Oak­land Ath­let­ics past the Seat­tle Mariners 6-5 on Wed­nes­day.

Canha’s drive to left, his fifth this sea­son, came on a belt-high, 1-0 cut fast­ball from Shae Sim­mons (0-1).

It was his sec­ond walk-off homer this sea­son and Oak­land’s eighth.

Oak­land avoided a three­game sweep and snapped an eight-game los­ing streak to Seat­tle.

“I don’t know, it was one of those things,” Canha said. “It hap­pened so fast, and I just saw it re­ally well. I think it just says that I was in a good po­si­tion and saw it well, and that’s all that mat­tered.”

The A’s im­proved to 15-10 in September, clinch­ing their first win­ning month since April of 2016. They won 15 games in a month for the first time since June 2015.

“For a lot of rea­sons, we wanted to win today,” A’s man­ager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve had a good thing go­ing here re­cently. We’ve been con­sis­tent at home all year. To get swept in the last se­ries at home would’ve been dis­heart­en­ing for what we’ve had go­ing on. And of course, we want to win for our fans on the last day here.”

Matt Joyce tied an A’s record with three dou­bles.

Blake Treinen (3-4) pitched a score­less ninth, work­ing around a one-out dou­ble by rookie Mike Mar­jama.

The A’s led 5-3 go­ing into the top of the eighth, when Robin­son Cano hit a two-run homer off Chris Hatcher.

Cano’s 23rd homer was Seat­tle’s sec­ond game-ty­ing home run on the day. The Mariners trailed 2-0 when Nel­son Cruz hit his team­lead­ing 38th homer, a tworun shot off Ken­dall Grave­man in the top of the fourth.

Grave­man left the game with a 5-3 lead and was in line to win his fourth straight de­ci­sion. Oak­land’s ace struck out four and gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk in six in­nings.

“We had quite a run go­ing against Oak­land,” Mariners man­ager Scott Ser­vais said. ►CUBS 5, CARDINALS1: ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ad­di­son Rus­sell hit a three-run homer and John Lackey pitched six strong in­nings as the Chicago Cubs clinched their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive NL Cen­tral ti­tle with a 5-1 vic­tory over the St. Louis Car­di­nals on Wed­nes­day night. The Cubs reached the post­sea­son for the third straight year for the first time since 1908. They are also the first de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pion to win their divi­sion the next sea­son since the 2009 Philadel­phia Phillies and the first de­fend­ing cham­pion to reach the play­offs the next sea­son since the Car­di­nals won the wild card in 2012. ►IN­DI­ANS 4, TWINS 2: CLEVE­LAND (AP) — From worst to wild card, the Min­nesota Twins have com­pleted a most re­mark­able re­ver­sal. A cou­ple hours after los­ing 4-2 to Cleve­land, the Twins earned an AL wild-card berth the An­gels lost 6-4 in 10 in­nings to White Sox. A sea­son after win­ning just 59 games, the Twins be­came the first team to lose at least 100 and then make the post­sea­son the fol­low­ing year. ►WHITE SOX 6, AN­GELS 4, 10 IN­NINGS: CHICAGO (AP) — Nicky Del­monico hit a two-run homer in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning to lift Chicago and elim­i­nate the An­gels from play­off con­tention. Del­monico, who had three hits and three RBIs, con­nected off Blake Parker (3-3). Danny Far­quhar (4-2) got the win. ►ROCK­IES 15, MAR­LINS 9: DEN­VER (AP) — Ian Des­mond home­red dur­ing a six-run sec­ond in­ning and play­off-chas­ing Colorado won hours after Ma­jor League Base­ball ap­proved the sale of the Mar­lins to an in­vest­ment group fea­tur­ing Derek Jeter. Char­lie Black­mon reached 100 RBIs for the Rock­ies, who with three games left are in prime po­si­tion to con­tend for their first post­sea­son berth since 2009. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the sec­ond NL wild-card spot. ►REDS 6, BREW­ERS 0: MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brew­ers rookie Bran­don Woodruff was chased in a five-run third in­ning and Milwaukee’s post­sea­son hopes took an­other hit. The Brew­ers have lost five of seven. They’ve dropped 2 ½ games be­hind Colorado for the sec­ond NL wild-card spot with only four games left. Joey Votto hit his team-high 36th home run and Homer Bai­ley (6-9) threw seven strong in­nings for the Reds. Woodruff (2-3) made his ma­jor league de­but last month. ►RED SOX 10, BLUE JAYS 7: BOS­TON (AP) — Reign­ing AL Cy Young win­ner Rick Por­cello strug­gled in his fi­nal play­off tuneup, and David Price re­lieved him to so­lid­ify his role on the post­sea­son ros­ter as Bos­ton low­ered its magic num­ber to two for win­ning the AL East. Han­ley Ramirez and Xan­der Bo­gaerts home­red in a five-run third in­ning for the Red Sox after Por­cello (11-17) gave up three runs in the first. ►YAN­KEES 6, RAYS 1: NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Sev­erino cruised through his fi­nal post­sea­son tuneup and Star­lin Cas­tro, Greg Bird and Aaron Hicks all home­red in the sixth in­ning for New York. The Yan­kees re­mained three be­hind AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton with four to play. Sev­erino (14-6) struck out nine and al­lowed a run in six in­nings. He is lined up to start New York’s play­off opener. The Yan­kees would host the AL wild-card game Tues­day against Min­nesota if they don’t win the divi­sion. ►DODGERS 10, PADRES 0: LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Rich Hill al­lowed two hits over seven in­nings and Yasiel Puig, Cur­tis Gran­der­son and Corey Sea­ger home­red to power Los An­ge­les. The Dodgers own the best record in base­ball and tied the Los An­ge­les fran­chise record for wins in a sea­son at 102, which was last done in 1974. Hill (12-8) struck out 10. The Dodgers will host the first game of the NLDS against the to-be-de­ter­mined wild-card win­ner on Oct. 6 at Dodger Sta­dium. ►ASTROS 12, RANGERS 2: AR­LING­TON, Texas (AP) — Justin Ver­lan­der struck out 11 to win his fifth straight start since get­ting traded to Hous­ton, ma­jor league bat­ting leader Jose Al­tuve reached 200 hits for the fourth sea­son in a row, and the AL West cham­pion Astros com­pleted a dom­i­nat­ing three-game sweep. Car­los Cor­rea hit two home runs and Ge­orge Springer had a grand slam as Hous­ton outscored Texas 37-7 in the se­ries. The Rangers lost their sixth straight game. Ver­lan­der (15-8) matched his sea­son high for strike­outs while al­low­ing two runs with­out a walk in six in­nings. He is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his five starts since be­ing traded from Detroit to Hous­ton on Aug. 31. ►PHILLIES 7, NA­TION­ALS 5: PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr had two hits and drove in two runs to lead Philadel­phia over Wash­ing­ton. Na­tion­als starter Tan­ner Roark (13-11) strug­gled with com­mand, walk­ing five hit­ters and al­low­ing six earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 in­nings. Bryce Harper was 1 for 4 with a sin­gle and a run scored in his sec­ond game since re­turn­ing from a hy­per­ex­tended left knee. ►METS 7, BRAVES 1: NEW YORK (AP) — Terry Collins was a win­ner in per­haps his fi­nal home game as man­ager of the New York Mets. Travis d’Ar­naud drove in three runs and pinch-hit­ter Do­minic Smith launched a three-run homer for the Mets, who won their third straight and fin­ished 37-44 at Citi Field this year. They wrap up the sea­son with three games in Philadel­phia this week­end. The 68-year-old Collins, old­est man­ager in the ma­jors, has said he has no plans to re­tire and would like to keep work­ing un­til age 70 — even if that means some­where else in base­ball. ►ROY­ALS 7, TIGERS 4: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Paulo Or­lando hit a two-run homer and Kansas City sent Detroit to its ninth straight loss. The Tigers are 4-22 in September and have been outscored 68-30 in the skid. The last time Detroit lost nine in a row was 2005. Or­lando’s home run was his first since Sept. 19, 2016, go­ing 117 at­bats be­tween long balls. Scott Alexan­der (5-4) went 1 1/3 score­less in­nings and Mike Mi­nor got his fourth save. Drew VerHa­gen (0-3) gave up the home run to Or­lando, ►PI­RATES 5, ORI­OLES 3: PITTS­BURGH (AP) — Josh Bell hit a tworun homer and Pitts­burgh beat Bal­ti­more. Bell’s 25th home run came off Gabriel Ynoa (2-3). Chad Kuhl (8-11) went five-plus in­nings and Felipe Rivero pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

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