Astros fall to Di­a­mond­backs — AL West race tight­ens up

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - FRIDAY’S BASEBALL -

Pinch-hit­ter Jon Jay’s tiebreak­ing triple in the eighth in­ning helped the visit­ing Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs beat the Houston Astros 4-2 Fri­day night, tight­en­ing a pair of play­off races.

The AL West-lead­ing Astros had their edge cut by the A’s to 2½ games. Ari­zona moved within three games of St. Louis and Los An­ge­les for the sec­ond NL wild-card spot.

It was 2-all when Nick Ahmed dou­bled off Hec­tor Ron­don with one out in the Ari­zona eighth. Jay hit a two-out, tiebreak­ing drive into the right field cor­ner and later scored when a fly­ball by A.J. Pol­lock dropped in shal­low cen­ter field for a sin­gle.

Ari­zona starter Rob­bie Ray yielded two hits and two runs with six strike­outs in 51⁄3 in­nings.

David Per­alta had three hits and drove in two runs and Paul Gold­schmidt dou­bled twice for Ari­zona.

Astros starter Dal­las Keuchel al­lowed five hits and two runs in six in­nings.

Yankees 11, Blue Jays 0: Aaron Judge re­turned to the Yankees for the first time since his right wrist was bro­ken seven weeks ago, tak­ing over in right field for the fi­nal two in­nings of host New York’s romp over Toronto. An­drew McCutchen hit his third home run since the Yankees ac­quired him from the Gi­ants on Aug. 31.

Dodgers 3, Car­di­nals 0: Ina piv­otal se­ries for the visit­ing Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a mas­ter­ful per­for­mance. Buehler al­lowed two hits in eight in­nings, and Yasiel Puig home­red twice.

Mets 8, Red Sox 0: Noah Syn­der­gaard pitched seven in­nings of three-hit ball and visit­ing New York hit four homers to snap Bos­ton’s four-game win­ning streak. The Red Sox’s magic num­ber to clinch their third straight divi­sion ti­tle re­mained at six.

Cubs 3, Reds 2: Ian Happ hit a three-run homer in the sev­enth in­ning, Jorge De La Rosa worked a shaky ninth for his first ca­reer save and host Chicago held on against Cincin­nati. Ben Zo­brist had three hits for NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Chicago, which en­tered with a 11⁄2-game ad­van­tage over sec­ond-place Mil­wau­kee.

Brewers 7, Pi­rates 4: Chris­tian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Mous­takas home­red to lead host Mil­wau­kee past Pitts­burgh. Or­lando Ar­cia

drove in two runs with a bunt dou­ble for the Brewers.

Braves 10, Na­tion­als 5: Ron­ald Acuna Jr. went 4-for-5, had two RBIs and scored the tiebreak­ing run in the fourth in­ning to help NL East-lead­ing At­lanta win its sea­son-best sixth straight game with a vic­tory over the visit­ing Na­tion­als.

Tigers 5, In­di­ans 4: An­drew Miller gave up two RBI dou­bles in the sev­enth in­ning as Cleve­land’s march to the AL Cen­tral ti­tle was slowed by visit­ing Detroit.

Phillies 14, Mar­lins 2: Aaron Altherr home­red twice and drove in five runs in host Philadel­phia’s vic­tory over Mi­ami. Ro­man Quinn, Rhys Hoskins and Mitch Wald­ing also con­nected to help the Phillies snap a five-game los­ing streak.

Rangers 4, Padres 0: Jurick­son Pro­far had a two-run home run among his three hits, and Yo­han­der Men­dez fol­lowed “opener” Connor Sadzeck by scat­ter­ing three hits in five re­lief in­nings to lead visit­ing Texas to vic­tory against San Diego.

Roy­als 8, Twins 4: Sal­vador Perez capped host Kansas City’s five-run ninth in­ning with a game-end­ing grand slam, lift­ing the Roy­als to vic­tory over Min­nesota.

White Sox 8, Orioles 6: James Shields picked up his first road vic­tory since Open­ing Day, and visit­ing Chicago beat Bal­ti­more on a soggy night. Ryan Cordell got his first ca­reer hit with a homer in the eighth that pro­vided a key in­sur­ance run.

Mariners 5, An­gels 0: Ryon Healy and Dee Gor­don each drove in two runs for visit­ing Seat­tle in its vic­tory over Los An­ge­les.

David J. Phillip / As­so­ci­ated Press

Jon Jay’s pinch-hit tiebreak­ing triple lifts the Di­a­mond­backs over the Astros in Houston.

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