Gard­ner’s walk-off lifts Yan­kees, 5-4

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NEW YORK — Brett Gard­ner hit a bases-loaded sin­gle in the ninth in­ning to give the New York Yan­kees their sixth straight vic­tory, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Satur­day.

With the game tied at 4, Chase Headley started the ninth with a lead­off walk off Brad Boxberger (2-3). Pinch-run­ner Ja­coby Ells­bury stole sec­ond and Todd Fra­zier was hit by a pitch. Adeiny Hechavar­ria and Tim Beck­ham mis­com­mu­ni­cated on a grounder for the sec­ond time in the se­ries to load the bases, prompt­ing a pitch­ing change.

Gard­ner, who home­red in the 11th in­ning to give the Yan­kees a 6-5 vic­tory on Thurs­day, calmly stroked Dan Jennings’ 0-1 fast­ball up the mid­dle for his sec­ond game-win­ning hit of the se­ries.

Headley and Gary Sanchez home­red for New York, which moved a game up on the Bos­ton Red Sox in the Amer­i­can League East. Tampa Bay fell four games be­hind New York in the divi­sion and three be­hind Kansas City for the sec­ond AL Wild Card.

Lu­cas Duda, ac­quired from the New York Mets on Thurs­day, home­red for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game for Tampa Bay, this one a solo shot that tied it at 4 in the eighth in­ning. Duda also had a sac­ri­fice fly. Peter Bour­jos and Steven Souza Jr. also home­red for the Rays, who dropped their sixth con­sec­u­tive game at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Aroldis Chap­man (4-1) worked around a pair of baserun­ners in the ninth to earn the vic­tory. Chap­man threw 11 of his

13 pitches over 100 mph.

Headley’s pinch-hit, two-run homer gave the Yan­kees a 4-3 lead in the sixth and spoiled Blake Snell’s bid for his first win of the sea­son. The left-han­der, who al­lowed three runs over 5 1/3 in­nings, hasn’t won since Sept. 22, 2016.

In his sec­ond ca­reer start, Caleb Smith al­lowed a pair of runs in 3 1/3 in­nings.

Dodgers 2, Gi­ants 1

LOS ANGELES — Corey Sea­ger had three hits, Cody Bellinger drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants for their sev­enth straight vic­tory.

Rich Hill (8-4) pitched two-hit ball into the sixth in­ning as the ma­jor league-lead­ing Dodgers won for the 38th time in 44 games. At 73-31, they are 42 games over .500 for the first time since fin­ish­ing 102-60 in 1974.

Ken­ley Jansen worked the ninth for his 26th save in 27 op­por­tu­ni­ties, strik­ing out Jae-Gyun Hwang with run­ners on first and sec­ond for the fi­nal out. The closer also al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle to Miguel Gomez, but he was promptly erased when Hunter Pence bounced into a dou­ble play.

Sea­ger dou­bled in the first and third in­nings, scor­ing each time on a Bellinger sin­gle. Sea­ger also sin­gled in the fifth for his 29th mul­ti­hit game this sea­son.

Angels 6, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO — Cliff Pennington drove in the tiebreak­ing run with a sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth in­ning and the Los Angeles Angels downed the Toronto Blue Jays.

Trail­ing 5-3 against Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna (3-1), the Angels took the lead with a three-run ninth. Kole Cal­houn hit a one-out sin­gle, Martin Mal­don­ado was hit by a pitch, Ben Re­vere hit an RBI dou­ble, and pinch-run­ner Kaleb Cowart scored on a wild pitch, send­ing Re­vere to third. Re­vere scored the go-ahead run on Pennington’s sac­ri­fice fly to shal­low cen­ter.

Los Angeles won for the 13th time in its past 17 games at Rogers Cen­tre.

The blown save was Osuna’s fifth of the sea­son. Three of those blown saves came be­fore April 28.

Troy Scrib­ner (1-0) worked two in­nings to earn the win in his ma­jor league de­but and Bud Nor­ris fin­ished for his 16th save in 18 chances, putting run­ners at first and sec­ond be­fore get­ting Jose Bautista to ground into a dou­ble play.

Mariners 3, Mets 2

SEAT­TLE — Yo­vani Gal­lardo took a shutout into the sixth in­ning and the Seat­tle Mariners beat the New York Mets, end­ing Ja­cob deGrom’s eight-start win­ning streak.

Gal­lardo (5-7), ban­ished to the bullpen in mid-June, al­lowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 in­nings in his sec­ond out­ing since re­turn­ing to the ro­ta­tion. He struck out two and walked two, flash­ing back to the form when he won 72 games over five sea­sons with Mil­wau­kee.

Ed­win Diaz pitched the ninth for his 19th save, de­spite al­low­ing an RBI sin­gle by Michael Con­forto.

De Grom (12-4), bid­ding to be­come the first Mets pitcher to win nine con­sec­u­tive starts in a sin­gle sea­son, al­lowed three runs and five hits in six in­nings, need­ing 109 pitches. He gave up a two-run sin­gle to Jar­rod Dyson in the sec­ond and an un­earned run in the third.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

SOLO SHOT: San Fran­cisco Gi­ants out­fielder Hunter Pence, left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal watches dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game Satur­day in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 2-1.

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