O’Neill’s HR helps Cards split with LA
ST. LOUIS — Tyler O’Neill hit a tiebreaking homer, Cardinals relievers combined for five scoreless innings, and St. Louis salvaged a split of its fourgame series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-1 win on Thursday.
The Cardinals climbed within three games of the San Diego Padres for the final NL wild-card spot, while the Dodgers fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
O’Neill’s fifth-inning drive off Phil Bickford (3-2), his 25th homer this season, barely cleared the left field wall, inching past the outstretched glove of Steven Souza Jr.
ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 1:
Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, and host Oakland beat Chicago.
Manaea allowed one run and five hits in his first win since July 28. The lefthander went 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in his previous six starts.
Tony Kemp and Matt Chapman each drove in
a run for Oakland, which took two of three games in the series.
INDIANS 4, TWINS 1: Franmil Reyes, Oscar Mercado and José Ramirez homered, and host Cleveland scored for the first time in three games to beat Minnesota.
Reyes’ two-run shot in the third inning against Andrew Albers snapped the Indians’ 25-inning scoreless streak. The 418-foot blast to center also gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead.
ROYALS 6, ORIOLES 0: Carlos
Hernández pitched six impressive innings. Visiting Kansas City blanked Baltimore with a pair of home runs from Nicky Lopez and Hunter Dozier.
Hernández (6-1) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out one. Then Kansas City’s bullpen threw three scoreless frames — a night after the Royals allowed nine runs in the eighth inning and lost 9-8.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and host Miami Marlins
MARLINS 3, METS 2:
Javier Báez homered and doubled for the Mets, who began the day four games behind NL East leader Atlanta and 4 ½ from the second wild card.
ROCKIES 4, PHILLIES 3: Pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying Colorado past host Philadelphia.
Bryce Harper hit his 30th home run of the season, and the Phillies looked as if they were going to start a pivotal home stretch with a victory before the bullpen blew its 30th save of the season.
BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 4: Bo Bichette thumped a leadoff homer in the first inning and singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 42nd homer, and visiting Toronto held off skidding New York for its eighth straight win.
BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 6 (10 inn.): Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking single with two out in the 10th inning, lifting host Atlanta over Washington.