Phillies falling behind, swept by Nationals
Philadelphia tumbled out of a playoff position, getting swept in a doubleheader in Washington on Tuesday when Yadiel Hernandez hit a gameending, tworun homer in the eighth inning off Brandon Workman for an 87 win in the second game.
Hernandez, 32, became the oldest player to hit a walkoff homer for his first bigleague home run, according to Stats LLC.
Austin Voth (15) pitched a threehitter to win the opener 51, his first complete game in 20 bigleague starts and his first victory in 10 starts this season.
Philadelphia (2729) lost its fourth game in a row and dropped behind Cincinnati (2828), Milwaukee (2727) and the Giants (2727) for the National League’s eighth and final playoff berth.
“We’ve dug ourselves a hole and we’ve done that before and we’ve been able to fight out of it,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “Now we have to win games and rely on” other teams.
Defending champion Washington (2332) kept alive its slim postseason hopes by extending its winning streak to four. Daniel Hudson (32) claimed the win.
Brewers 3, Reds 2:
Tyrone Taylor homered, Eric Sogard doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and visiting Milwaukee rallied. Taylor had a solo shot off Sonny Gray, who went five innings in a solid return from a hip injury.
Cardinals 5, Royals 0:
Dylan Carlson had two RBIS while finishing a homer shy of the cycle and Austin Gomber tossed six innings of four-hit ball in a crucial spot start and visiting St. Louis moved 31⁄2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
Braves 11, Marlins 1:
Bryse Wilson pitched five scoreless innings, Marcell Ozuna drove in five runs with four hits that included two homers and host Atlanta clinched its third straight NL East title. The Braves clinched a record 20th division title, one more than the New York Yankees. Miami remained in position to earn its first playoff berth since winning the 2003 World Series.
Indians 5, White Sox 3:
Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to clinch a postseason berth for host Cleveland.
Astros 6, Mariners 1:
Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer, Framber Valdez struck out eight to set career highs for wins and strikeouts, and visiting Houston closed in on its fourth straight playoff berth. Houston (28-27) is second in the AL West, comfortably ahead of the fourth-place Mariners (24-31) and the third-place Angels (25-31).
Angels 4, Padres 2:
Max Stassi had two impressive home runs among his four hits, Griffin Canning struck out 10 in six innings and visiting Los Angeles beat San Diego. The loss, plus St. Louis’ 5-0 win at Kansas City, kept the Padres from clinching the NL’S No. 4 seed in the playoffs and homefield advantage in the wild-card round next week.
Yankees 12, Blue Jays 1:
Gerrit Cole limited Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs, and Aaron Hicks drove in three runs in a rout over Toronto in Buffalo, N.Y.
Pirates 3, Cubs 2:
Jacob Stallings hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth and Pittsburgh stalled Chicago’s bid to win the NL Central.
Mets 5, Rays 2:
Robinson Cano, Pete Alonso and Guillermo Heredia went deep and host New York prevented Tampa Bay from clinching the AL East crown.
Red Sox 8, Orioles 3:
Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of one-run ball in his Boston debut and Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer to beat visiting Baltimore.
Twins 5, Tigers 4:
Max Kepler hit the tying home run in the eighth inning and the gamewinning single with two outs in the 10th, giving host Minnesota a victory that tightened the AL Central race.
Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 0:
Carson Kelly had a three-run homer, and Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined to throw a six-hitter for host Arizona.