Blue Jays clinch play­off spot

Toronto beats Yanks, re­turns to post­sea­son for first time since 2016.

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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.

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