Rays still hold out hope of a play­off berth

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Blake Snell is locked in on the Tampa Bay Rays’ long-shot post-sea­son hopes, not think­ing about win­ning the AL Cy Young Award.

Snell took a no-hit bid into the sev­enth in­ning and got his ma­jor­league-lead­ing 19th win, lead­ing the Rays over Cleve­land 3-1 on Wed­nes­day.

Snell (19-5) won his team-record sev­enth straight start, strik­ing out nine and walk­ing two in seven in­nings. He has al­lowed two earned runs or fewer in 16 con­sec­u­tive home starts.

Tampa Bay tem­po­rar­ily closed within eight games of Oak­land for the sec­ond AL wild card with 17 games left. But that was be­fore the Ath­let­ics blasted the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 10-0 for their sixth straight win.

Cleve­land’s magic num­ber to clinch a third con­sec­u­tive AL Cen­tral ti­tle re­mained at three.

Oak­land, mean­while, trails first­place Hous­ton by three games in the AL West and owns a com­fort­able lead for the sec­ond AL wild card.

At Detroit, the Astros swept a se­ries at Comer­ica Park for the first time, wrap­ping up a three-game set with a 5-4 vic­tory over the Tigers. The Astros have won 10 of their last 11 games.

At San Fran­cisco, pinch-hit­ter Tyler Flow­ers drove in the goa­head run in the ninth in­ning and the At­lanta Braves moved closer to clinch­ing the NL East with a 2-1 vic­tory over the Gi­ants. The Braves re­duced their magic num­ber for win­ning the di­vi­sion to 11 with their fifth straight win.

At St. Louis, the Car­di­nals lost 4-3 to the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates.

The Car­di­nals be­gin a key fourgame se­ries against the Dodgers on Thurs­day. St. Louis leads Los An­ge­les by two games for the sec­ond NL wild card. The Dodgers beat the Reds 8-1 as Yas­mani Gran­dal and Justin Turner drove in three runs each.

At Chicago, the Brew­ers closed to within a game of the NL Cen­tral­lead­ing Cubs with a 5-1 win.

PAUL SANCYA/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Car­los Cor­rea of the Astros slides into home dur­ing Hous­ton’s 5-4 win on Wed­nes­day over the Tigers in Detroit.

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