Blue Jays clinch playoff spot
Toronto beats Yanks, returns to postseason for first time since 2016.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first postseason spot since 2016, beating the Yankees 4-1 Thursday night and further damaging New York’s chances of hosting a first-round playoff series.
New York lost for the fourth time in five games and remained two games behind the slumping White Sox for the fourth seed. Chicago lost, 5-4, at Cleveland, its fifth straight defeat.
Toronto secured at least an AL wild-card spot and ensured its eighth trip overall to the postseason.
Astros 12, Rangers 4 ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Bregman’s three extrabase hits included one of
Houston’s four home runs, and the Astros trimmed their magic number to one for clinching the American League’s last playoff spot with a win over Texas.
George Springer and Jose Altuve also went deep with runners on base, and like Bregman finished with three hits and three RBIS. Houston had a 10-0 lead against Lance Lynn (6-3) before its rookie starter Cristian Javier gave up his only runs in the sixth.
Indians 5, White Sox 4 CLEVELAND — José Ramírez delivered a goahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Indians beat Chicago for a fourgame sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.
The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the fourth seed and home-field advantage in the first round of the postseason. Idle Minnesota leads the White Sox by one game in the AL Central with three to play.
Mets 3, Nationals 2 WASHINGTON — Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs, and New York beat the Nationals to keep its flickering postseason hopes alive.
The Mets (26-31) moved within 2½ games of Miami (28-28) for second place in the NL East and within 2½ games of San Francisco for the NL’S second wild card spot.
Rockies 5, Giants 4, 10 inn. SAN FRANCISCO — Raimel Tapia hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 11th inning, and Colorado rallied to keep the Giants from gaining ground in the NL wild-card race.
The Giants (28-28), winners of three of their last five, dropped behind idle Cincinnati for the first NL wild card. The Reds (29-28) visit Minnesota over the final weekend as the playoff-bound Padres come to San Francisco.
Pirates 7, Cubs 0 PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds had home runs among their three hits each in Pittsburgh’s victory over slumping Chicago.
Orioles 13, Red Sox 1 BOSTON — José Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered to lead Baltimore past Boston in a struggle for last place in the AL East.
Hays, Valaika, Rio Ruiz and Ramón Urías — the Nos. 5-8 hitters — each had three of Baltimore’s 18 hits as the Orioles won for just the second time in eight games.
Royals 8, Tigers 7 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Royals beat Detroit.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 2
ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and the Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating Milwaukee.