MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

Boston 6 Philadelphia 3

Toronto 6 NY Yankees 4

Cleveland 7 Minnesota 5

Baltimore 8 Detroit 2

Houston 12 Kansas City 3

Oakland 6 Texas 1

LA Angels 6 Tampa Bay 4

Seattle 11 Chicago White Sox 10

Washington 7 Atlanta 0

Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 6

Chicago Cubs 15 San Diego 5

San Francisco 2 Miami 1

Cincinnati 3 Arizona 1

LA Dodgers 3 NY Mets 2

 

Monday, September 16

Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers4:10 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers7:40 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins7:40 pm

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals7:45 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs8:05 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies8:40 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs9:40 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics10:07 pm

 

Tuesday, September 17

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees 6:35 pm

Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 pm

Seattle Mariners @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05 pm

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians 7:10 pm

San Francisco Giants @ Boston Red Sox 7:10 pm

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves 7:20 pm

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm

San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:40 pm

Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 7:45 pm

Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs 8:05 pm

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm

New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm

Miami Marlins @ Arizona D’Backs 9:40 pm

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics 10:07 pm

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10 pm

 

Suárez homers twice, Bauer fans 9 as Reds edge D-backs

Trevor Bauer paused to share what he’d heard from a fan before he took the mound at Chase Field.

“He said, `You’re going to give it up early and often, Bauer. You still suck,’” Bauer recounted, then grinned a little. “So I just want to dedicate this to him. You stay strong, buddy.”

Whatever motivation there was from the moment, it worked. Eugenio Suarez homered twice in support of Bauer, who held his former team to one run on four hits in the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Suarez pulled into a tie for the major league home run lead at 47 with Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, and he matched Andres Galarraga, who hit 47 in 1996, for the most homers in a season by Venezuelan.

The Reds, with two wins in their three-game series with Arizona, did more damage to the Diamondbacks’ fading playoff hopes.

The Diamondbacks’ seventh loss in eight games dropped them 5 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. They have scored 12 runs total in those eight games.

“Offensively, we aren’t getting it done right now. I wish I had a magic wand and I could just swing it over these guys and make it all go away,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t know what is going on offensively. I really don’t.”

Bauer (11-12) lasted eight innings with nine strikeouts and a walk in his longest start with the Reds. The right-hander arrived in a trade with Cleveland at the deadline.

“Trevor, he was in complete control the whole game,” Reds manager David Bell said. “All the way to the very end, he had a great fastball.”

Bauer struck out the side in his final inning of work. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

“Adrenaline rush kicked in,” Bauer said.

The Reds went ahead 2-1 on back-to-back home runs from Josh VanMeter, his eighth, and Suarez, who hit his off the batter’s eye in center field.

Suarez drilled his second of the day a few feet to the left of where his first one landed.

Zac Gallen (3-6) was charged with three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Gallen has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his first 15 career starts, one of only two NL starters in history to do so.

“The biggest thing with him was I was behind the count every at-bat,” Gallen said of Suarez. “I made some pitches but he was ahead in the count, he didn’t have to offer at them but he got a pitch to hit and where he could do some damage.”

Wilmer Flores lined a 1-2 pitch from Bauer into right-center field to drive in Alex Avila from second base with two outs in the bottom of the third, giving Arizona the early lead. Flores has 9 RBIs in his last 13 home games.

The Reds got out of that inning with Aristides Aquino’s throw from right field to third base to tag Flores trying to take an extra base on Ketel Marte’s single.

 

Cubs’ Rizzo sprains right ankle, set for MRI on Monday

Anthony Rizzo was helped off the field Sunday by a trainer and a teammate with a sprained right ankle, and Wrigley Field fell silent. With Chicago’s postseason pursuit already hindered by a season-ending injury to shortstop Javier Baez, the team may now be without another star player.

For one day at least, the Cubs rallied without those lineup staples, thumping the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 to finish an impressive three-game sweep.

Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning. X-rays showed no fractures, and an MRI has been scheduled for Monday.

“We’re gonna miss Riz, we already miss Javy, but I really believe the rest of the group is up to the task,” manager Joe Maddon said.

The Cubs maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. The Nationals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the first wild card.

Kris Bryant homered twice, and Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connected as Chicago battered Pittsburgh for a third straight day. The Cubs scored a total of 47 runs on 49 hits in completing the sweep.

Maddon is hoping the performance is a preview of the final two weeks of the regular season.

“There’s galvanizing moments, too,” he said. “When your better guys go down like that, the other guys realize, `Hey, let’s go.’ That’s part of the mindset, too. You can’t permit that to drag you down. We didn’t.”

Chicago starter Jose Quintana was pulled after allowing five runs in the third inning, when he fell apart following Rizzo’s injury.

After Erik Gonzalez’s leadoff double, Pirates starter Trevor Williams bunted toward third base. Rizzo charged aggressively from first and rolled his ankle a few steps before fielding the ball. He threw wide to first base and dropped to the ground in pain.

Brad Wieck (1-1) later replaced Quintana with two on and struck out both batters he faced to end the inning.

“It really did kind of get away from us in a sense,” Bryant said. “The fans were upset, we were upset. It was kind of like a light switch. He’s a great dude, a great teammate and any time you see that happen, it’s tough.

“But I think we responded well. Guys stepped up and we scored a ton of runs in a really important game.”

The Cubs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 8-5, starting with Bryant’s second homer of the game and ending when reliever Michael Feliz threw wildly on an appeal play at third base.

Williams (7-7) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Pablo Reyes drove in three runs for the Pirates.

Bryant gave the Cubs an early lead with a three-run blast in the first.

Happ, who replaced Rizzo, hit a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 12-6. Jason Heyward drove in a run in the sixth and Schwarber hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Lucroy capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth.

 

Braun’s grand slam lifts Brewers past Cardinals 7-6

Ryan Braun still stands out at opportune times for the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I’m not as good as I was,” the 35-year-old said. “But in big moments, I’m the guy still.”

Braun hit a go-ahead grand slam off Junior Fernandez with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to keep up their playoff push by winning for the ninth time in 10 games.

Milwaukee remained one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card and closed within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

With the Cardinals ahead 4-3, Jon Gant (10-1) walked Ben Gamel and Travis Shaw starting the ninth, struck out Trent Grisham and walked Yasmani Grandal.

Tyler Webb retired Mike Moustakas on a flyout not deep enough to score a run, Fernandez relieved and Braun drove a hanging slider to left-center for his seventh career slam and a 7-4 lead.

“We had one bullet left,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Absolutely incredible.”

A six-time All-Star, Braun entered with a .133 batting average in September. He hit a tiebreaking home run against Miami on Thursday.

“I believe in myself. I’ve had a lot of success in those moments,” Braun said. “I think I’m able to lock it in a little bit more.”

Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill for his 33rd save in 39 chances.

Bader hit solo homers in the third and seventh innings totaling 909 feet, giving him 10 homers this season.

Matt Albers (7-5) got two outs for the win, and Gant lost for the first time in exactly one year.

Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run homer off Ryan Helsley in the seventh, but Paul DeJong had a two-run homer against Ray Black in the bottom half for a 3-2 lead, a drive that curled just inside the left-field foul pole.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed one run and one hit over in four innings.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha gave up five hits in five scoreless innings and is 0-3 in eight starts and two relief appearances since beating Cincinnati on July 19.

 

Gyorko, Dodgers damage Mets’ chances with 3-2 comeback win

Pete Alonso is slumping at the wrong time for the New York Mets.

And with little margin for error, their two most reliable relievers let a game get away Sunday night that might prove too much to overcome.

Jedd Gyorko came off the bench late and played a big role in rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory that damaged the Mets’ dwindling playoff chances. They dropped four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card with 13 to go. Milwaukee is three games ahead of New York.

Finally finished with a very difficult stretch in their schedule that lasted more than five weeks, the resurgent Mets now visit also-rans Colorado and Cincinnati on their final road trip this week before hosting last-place Miami and NL East-leading Atlanta.

“We’ve got a lot of fight on this team. So I wouldn’t count us out yet,” pitcher Zack Wheeler said.

Gyorko scored the tying run in the eighth inning on Chris Taylor’s double and hit an RBI single off Seth Lugo (6-4) with two outs in the ninth to put the NL West champions in front.

Los Angeles moved four games ahead of the Braves for the best record in the National League with 11 to play and closed within one game of the New York Yankees for the top mark in the majors.

“Our depth is really good. But even our starters are really, really good. So it’s just a good team from top to bottom,” Gyorko said. “A lot of guys that we can rely on in situations, and our depth was proven tonight.”

Brandon Nimmo laced an early two-run triple for the Mets, who managed only three hits and wasted an excellent performance from Wheeler.

Alonso, the rookie slugger tied for the major league lead with 47 homers, went 0 for 4 and is hitless in a career-worst 20 consecutive at-bats. He and teammates Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 in the three-game series.

“It’s been a tough go, but I feel fine,” Alonso said. “Just haven’t been necessarily capitalizing on some pitches and I need to do a better job at that.”

Scuffling closer Kenley Jansen (5-3) worked a perfect eighth. Kenta Maeda got two outs for his fifth career save and second this season.

Jansen said he’d been “dragging” his arm too much but has figured out the mechanical flaw that was troubling him.

“Everything worked so much easier,” he explained. “For some reason it just clicked.”

Dodgers All-Star Walker Buehler was pulled after 71 sharp pitches in an abbreviated October tuneup. He permitted two hits over five innings and retired his final 11 batters after Nimmo’s triple.

Wheeler pitched seven outstanding innings for the Mets, and Justin Wilson was summoned to protect a 2-1 lead in the eighth. But the left-hander, who saved Saturday’s win with a perfect ninth and had a 1.40 ERA since coming off the injured list July 2, was out of sorts.

He issued a leadoff walk to Gyorko, who was pinch-hitting, and balked him to second when he caught a cleat on the mound. An up-and-in wild pitch that sent Max Muncy sprawling to the ground moved Gyorko to third, and he scored on Taylor’s one-out double off the right-center wall.

“Zack pitched amazing tonight,” Wilson said. “Sadly, I couldn’t hold the lead for him.”

Mets nemesis Corey Seager shaved it to 2-1 with a two-out RBI single off Wheeler in the fourth. Muncy scored with a good slide on a close play at the plate.

 

Angels’ Mike Trout to have season-ending foot surgery

Mike Trout’s season is over.

The Los Angeles Angels say the eight-time All-Star will have surgery on his right foot this week because of Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to toes that causes pain.

“I kind of knew when I first got my MRI a few weeks ago that I would probably need surgery at the end of the year to get it removed,” Trout said Sunday. “Just got worse. We tried everything. The training staff has been awesome. Some days it would feel good. Some days, once the thing cleared up, it was tough to walk.”

Trout was scheduled to fly with the team to New York on Sunday evening for a series with the Yankees that starts Tuesday. He is to return to Los Angeles on Thursday and have surgery later in the week.

“It just didn’t get better,” Trout said. “It’s been that way for a couple weeks. We tried injections, tried the cryoablation (cold fluid) – thought that would help. As soon as I went out there and started running, it flares up. After it clears up, in about 30-40 minutes it’s tough to walk on.”

Trout finished with a career-high 45 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average, putting him in contention to win his third AL MVP award along with four second-place finishes. The 28-year-old outfielder had 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS in his first season after agreeing to a $426.5 million, 12-year contract, baseball’s largest deal by total and average salary.

“It’s my mindset coming in ever year, I want to be best player in the league,” Trout said. “Ever since I was a kid, that’s always been my mindset, just be the best. Thinking about being done when you have two weeks left, it sucks. I was having my best season.”

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 98 53 .649 53 – 22 45 – 31 52 – 19 18 – 15 16 – 11 6 – 4 L 1
Tampa Bay 89 62 .589 9 43 – 32 46 – 30 38 – 29 20 – 13 18 – 15 7 – 3 L 1
Boston 79 70 .530 18 36 – 39 43 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 W 3
Toronto 59 91 .393 38.5 31 – 44 28 – 47 25 – 39 17 – 18 14 – 17 4 – 6 W 1
Baltimore 49 100 .329 48 23 – 52 26 – 48 21 – 46 12 – 19 9 – 22 3 – 7 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 91 58 .611 41 – 33 50 – 25 20 – 12 40 – 23 23 – 11 5 – 5 L 1
Cleveland 87 63 .580 4.5 44 – 31 43 – 32 18 – 16 44 – 26 19 – 13 6 – 4 W 1
Chi White Sox 65 84 .436 26 35 – 39 30 – 45 15 – 18 31 – 32 13 – 20 4 – 6 L 2
Kansas City 55 95 .367 36.5 29 – 47 26 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 8 – 22 4 – 6 L 3
Detroit 44 104 .297 46.5 20 – 54 24 – 50 13 – 19 20 – 43 6 – 27 4 – 6 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 98 53 .649 56 – 20 42 – 33 19 – 13 21 – 13 47 – 18 7 – 3 W 3
Oakland 90 60 .600 7.5 48 – 27 42 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 39 – 28 8 – 2 W 6
Texas 74 77 .490 24 42 – 33 32 – 44 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 39 6 – 4 L 3
LA Angels 68 82 .453 29.5 36 – 39 32 – 43 16 – 16 13 – 18 27 – 40 3 – 7 W 1
Seattle 62 88 .413 35.5 33 – 42 29 – 46 13 – 17 18 – 15 25 – 45 4 – 6 W 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Atlanta 93 58 .616 47 – 28 46 – 30 45 – 25 20 – 13 16 – 14 6 – 4 L 1
Washington 82 66 .554 9.5 42 – 31 40 – 35 37 – 31 16 – 13 18 – 16 4 – 6 W 1
NY Mets 77 72 .517 15 43 – 31 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 15 – 15 6 – 4 L 1
Philadelphia 76 72 .514 15.5 43 – 35 33 – 37 32 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 4 – 6 L 2
Miami 52 97 .349 40 29 – 49 23 – 48 20 – 46 10 – 24 13 – 16 2 – 8 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 83 66 .557 47 – 28 36 – 38 16 – 14 41 – 28 17 – 13 5 – 5 L 2
Chi Cubs 81 68 .544 2 50 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 34 – 29 18 – 14 5 – 5 W 4
Milwaukee 80 69 .537 3 43 – 31 37 – 38 21 – 11 39 – 31 12 – 15 9 – 1 W 2
Cincinnati 70 80 .467 13.5 40 – 35 30 – 45 16 – 15 29 – 38 16 – 16 5 – 5 W 1
Pittsburgh 65 85 .433 18.5 31 – 41 34 – 44 11 – 21 25 – 42 17 – 17 4 – 6 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 97 54 .642 56 – 20 41 – 34 23 – 10 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 W 1
Arizona 76 74 .507 20.5 37 – 35 39 – 39 15 – 16 14 – 15 33 – 37 3 – 7 L 1
San Francisco 72 78 .480 24.5 33 – 42 39 – 36 13 – 17 14 – 19 36 – 34 5 – 5 W 1
San Diego 68 81 .456 28 35 – 40 33 – 41 14 – 18 13 – 17 30 – 37 4 – 6 L 4
Colorado 65 85 .433 31.5 39 – 36 26 – 49 15 – 15 12 – 18 30 – 40 6 – 4 W 3