Surg­ing Reds top Brew­ers, take se­ries

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASEBALL -

Joey Votto home­red for his first hit all sea­son against Mil­wau­kee, Trevor Bauer dom­i­nated on short rest and the Cincin­nati Reds won a piv­otal se­ries for play­off con­tention, beat­ing vis­it­ing Mil­wau­kee 6­1on Wed­nes­day.

The Reds are in po­si­tion for a wild­card play­off berth af­ter tak­ing two of three from their NL Cen­tral ri­val. Cincin­nati has won nine of 11, its best stretch of the sea­son, to get a shot at its first play­off ap­pear­ance since 2013.

The Reds are in a vir­tual tie with the Gi­ants as both hold the two NL wild­card spots. The Brew­ers fell a game be­hind, tied with the Phillies.

Re­flect­ing the ur­gency of win­ning the fi­nal game of the se­ries, Cincin­nati had Bauer (5­4) pitch on three days’ rest. He al­lowed four hits, struck out 12 in eight in­nings and ex­ited with an NL­best 1.73 ERA.

Phillies 12, Na­tion­als 3: Given a chance to DH so he could ease the bur­den on his both­er­some back, Bryce Harper home­red twice against his former team, help­ing vis­it­ing Philadel­phia push the de­fend­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons to the brink of elim­i­na­tion from the play­off race. The Phillies are 28-29 and third in the NL East, right in the thick of the chase for an NL play­off berth.

Rays 8, Mets 5: Randy Arozarena home­red twice and vis­it­ing Tampa Bay clinched its first AL East ti­tle in 10 years. Joey Wen­dle and Bran­don Lowe also went deep to help Tyler Glas­now (5-1) win his fifth straight de­ci­sion.

In­di­ans 3, White Sox 2: Shane Bieber low­ered his ERA to 1.63 in his fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son start, the low­est in the AL since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleve­land in 1968, and Jor­dan Lu­plow hit a game-end­ing home run for Cleve­land .

Twins 7, Tigers 6: Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta

Maeda fin­ished off his reg­u­lar sea­son with an­other strong start and host Min­nesota took over sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the AL Cen­tral.

Roy­als 12, Car­di­nals 3: Sal­vador Perez and Franchy Cordero each had two homers and five RBIs, and out-of-con­tention host Kansas City pum­meled play­off-chas­ing St. Louis.

Braves 9, Mar­lins 4: Dansby Swan­son hit a three-run homer and host At­lanta cruised to a third straight win over Mi­ami.

Red Sox 9, Ori­oles 1: Nathan Eo­valdi struck out eight over six score­less in­nings and Rafael Dev­ers hit a three-run dou­ble for host Bos­ton.

Di­a­mond­backs 7, Rangers 3: Rookie Wy­att Mathisen hit his first two ca­reer homers, fel­low rookie Daulton Varsho knocked in the go-ahead run with a triple, and host Ari­zona ral­lied.

An­gels 5, Padres 2: Sho­hei Oh­tani, Justin Up­ton and An­thony Bem­boom home­red for vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les.

Blue Jays 14, Yan­kees 1: Catcher Gary Sanchez made two of vis­it­ing New York’s sea­son-high four er­rors and Toronto’s Danny Jansen home­red twice.

Pi­rates 2, Cubs 1: Adam Fra­zier and Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the bot­tom of the first with back-to-back homers off Kyle Hen­dricks for host Pitts­burgh.

Mariners 3, Astros 2: Nick Margevi­cius tossed six shutout in­nings, Ty France drove in a pair of runs and host Seat­tle kept its slim post­sea­son hopes alive.

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