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MLB roundup: Braves win fifth straight NL East title

MLB roundup: Braves win fifth straight NL East title

Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and the Atlanta bullpen finished with four scoreless frames to help the visiting Braves beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday to clinch their fifth straight National League East championship.

Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth inning, striking out two, to post his league-leading 41st save. Jordan Groshans flied out to end the game.

It was the 22nd division title for the Braves, the most in major league history. The defending world champions were 10 1/2 games behind the New York Mets on May 1 before winning 77 of their next 110 games.

Atlanta pushed across the go-ahead run in the fifth when Travis d'Arnaud doubled, went to third on a grounder to first and scored on a swinging bunt from William Contreras. Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single in the second. Miami tied it in the fourth when Jesus Sanchez hit a fence-clearing solo homer to left field.

Rangers 3, Yankees 2 (Game 2)

Aaron Judge hit his American League-record 62nd homer of the season, but Leody Taveras' two-run homer was the difference as Texas topped New York in the second game of a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas.

Three pitches into the game, Judge ended the suspense by blasting home run No. 62 off right-hander Jesus Tinoco, surpassing Roger Maris as the AL's single-season home run record holder. Maris' 61 had stood since 1961.

Kolby Allard (1-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing one run in four innings, and Matt Moore earned his fourth save. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole (13-8) gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. He fanned nine to set the franchise single-season record with 257 strikeouts, breaking the mark of 248 set by Ron Guidry in 1978.

Yankees 5, Rangers 4 (Game 1)

Kyle Higashioka hit a game-tying home run and Aaron Judge scored the go-ahead run that lifted New York to a comeback win over Texas in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas.

Sitting on 61 home runs, Judge went 1-for-5 as the designated hitter.

Rangers right-hander Jon Gray logged six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, including two home runs. Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon yielded four runs on seven hits in six innings in his final start before the playoffs.

Padres 6, Giants 2

Sean Manaea, battling for a berth on the Padres' playoff roster, retired the last 17 batters he faced in six scoreless innings as San Diego beat visiting San Francisco.

The Padres (89-72) clinched the No. 2 National League wild-card berth and will open the playoffs at the New York Mets on Friday.

Wil Myers and Ha-Seong Kim were among six Padres with two hits; each drove in two runs, and Myers homered.

A's 2, Angels 1 (10 innings)

Shea Langeliers drew a full-count, walk-off walk with one out in the 10th inning, giving Oakland a second extra-inning win in two days over visiting Los Angeles.

After A.J. Puk (4-3) stranded the potential go-ahead run at third base in the top of the 10th, the A's overcame Nick Allen's baserunning miscue in the bottom of the inning.

After Allen overstepped third base and was tagged out, Sean Murphy's single sent Tony Kemp to third. Seth Brown was intentionally walked in front of Langeliers, who was credited with the game-winning RBI.

Mariners 7, Tigers 6 (Game 1)

Backup catcher Luis Torrens pitched the 10th inning and earned the win for Seattle against Detroit in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The Mariners (88-72) secured the No. 5 seed in the playoffs later Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-0 in a rain-shortened game. The Mariners will open a best-of-three wild-card series at Toronto on Friday.

Torrens gave up a sacrifice fly to Riley Greene that lifted the Tigers to a 6-5 lead, but Seattle came back with two runs in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI single by Carlos Santana and a game-winning sacrifice fly by Abraham Toro. Mitch Haniger and Curt Casali homered and Santana had three hits for the Mariners. Spencer Torkelson and Victor Reyes each hit a two-run homer for the Tigers (66-94), who had won nine of 10 coming into the game.

Mariners 9, Tigers 6 (Game 2)

Abraham Toro homered and drove in four runs to help Seattle sweep a doubleheader against visiting Detroit.

Cal Raleigh had three hits, including a home run, and Dylan Moore contributed three RBIs for the Mariners. Left-hander Justus Sheffield (1-0) lasted five innings in his first start of the season. He allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked four.

Kody Clemens hit a grand slam and Spencer Torkelson had three hits, including a home run, for the Tigers.

Guardians 5, Royals 3

Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double and Owen Miller added a two-run home run in a five-run fifth inning as Cleveland defeated visiting Kansas City.

Guardians starter Cal Quantrill (15-5) allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He improved to 14-0 in his career at Progressive Field, matching Vic Raschi's major league record for success in one ballpark. Raschi posted a 14-0 record for the Yankees at Chicago's Comiskey Park from 1947 to 1955.

Emmanuel Clase allowed an unearned run in the ninth but picked up his 42nd save in 46 chances. Royals starter Daniel Lynch (4-13) allowed five runs -- all in the fifth -- on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Mets 4, Nationals 2 (Game 1)

Brandon Nimmo homered and finished with three RBIs for New York by defeating visiting Washington in the first game of a doubleheader.

Nimmo finished 3-for-5 and a triple shy of the cycle. Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil improved his chances of winning the NL batting crown by going 2-for-3 to lift his average to .328.

Mets starter Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in four-plus innings. Nationals starter Cory Abbott (0-5) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over four innings.

Mets 8, Nationals 0 (Game 2)

New York was eliminated from the National League East race hours before completing a doubleheader sweep and earning its 100th win of the season.

Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil opened the game with homers off Paolo Espino. It was the first time in franchise history -- dating back to 1962 -- the Mets have hit three straight homers to start a game.

The Mets, who spent 175 days in first place, are the fourth seed in the NL and will host a best-of-three wild-card series beginning Friday against either the San Diego Padres or Philadelphia Phillies.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 2

Randal Grichuk hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning as Colorado earned its third consecutive win at Los Angeles.

Brendan Rodgers and Sean Bouchard also hit home runs for the Rockies. Ryan Feltner (4-9) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

Joey Gallo homered for the Dodgers, who have scored just four runs over the past three games. Despite a no-decision, Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias clinched the National League ERA title with a 2.16 mark. He gave up two runs over four hits in five innings.

Reds 3, Cubs 2

Spencer Steer crushed a game-winning double to deep center to score Stuart Fairchild with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Cincinnati beat visiting Chicago.

Cincinnati reliever Alexis Diaz (7-3) recorded the final four outs and pitched out of a ninth-inning jam. The only hit Reds starter Luis Cessa allowed through five innings was a leadoff homer on a first-pitch slider to Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the fourth.

Nico Hoerner opened the seventh with his 10th homer, to the seats in left off Fernando Cruz, to put Chicago ahead 2-0. The Reds managed to tie the game in the seventh when Jose Barrero worked a two-out, full-count walk. Chuckie Robinson followed with his second homer, a two-run shot to right off reliever Keegan Thompson.

Red Sox 6, Rays 0 (5 innings)

Behind Xander Bogaerts' grand slam and Nathan Eovaldi's five shutout innings, Boston earned a rain-shortened win over visiting Tampa Bay.

Christian Arroyo went 2-for-2 with an RBI before the Bogaerts slam highlighted what turned out to be the final frame for the Red Sox, who have started the season-ending series with back-to-back wins. Eovaldi (6-3) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four in the truncated complete game.

Tampa Bay has lost four straight games and six straight series. Reliever Colin Poche was removed due to a right oblique strain.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 7 (10 innings)

Juan Yepez's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning helped St. Louis send Pittsburgh to its 100th loss.

Each starter lasted 2 2/3 innings in an offensive barrage. St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson allowed seven runs and nine hits. Pittsburgh starter JT Brubaker allowed three runs and four hits.

Along with Yepez's game winning hit, St. Louis received RBI hits from Corey Dickerson, Albert Pujols and Chase De Jong.

Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 0

Eric Lauer tossed six hitless innings, two relievers finished the one-hitter and Luis Urias homered and drove in two runs to pace Milwaukee to a victory over visiting Arizona.

Jake Cousins replaced Lauer (11-7) in the seventh inning and gave up a leadoff single to Josh Rojas. Cousins completed two scoreless innings and Peter Strzelecki finished with a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (12-4) allowed three runs on five hits in five innings.

White Sox 8, Twins 3

Elvis Andrus had two hits, including a three-run home run, and Gavin Sheets hit a two-run single to back seven strong innings from Lucas Giolito and lift host Chicago to a victory against Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Chicago scored four runs apiece in the third and fourth innings to seize control and assure the club of at least a .500 record this season. Chicago has won three straight and five of six. Giolito was the beneficiary of an eight-hit Chicago attack, limiting the Twins to two runs and two hits in seven innings. Giolito (11-9) walked two and struck out four while lowering his season ERA to 4.90.

Minnesota first baseman Luis Arraez went 1-for-4 as he vies to become the first Twin to win an AL batting title since Joe Mauer in 2009. Arraez enters Wednesday with a .315 batting average, giving him a slight edge over his nearest challenger, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who is hitting .311.

Astros 10, Phillies 0

Justin Verlander twirled five no-hit innings as Houston pummeled Philadelphia and nearly completed a combined no-hitter against the National League foe.

Houston relievers Hunter Brown and Hector Neris followed Verlander and continued the clean sheet until Garrett Stubbs led off the ninth inning with a hit for Philadelphia. Houston had a perfect game through four innings until Brandon Marsh led off the fifth inning with a walk.

Houston was led by home runs from Jeremy Pena, Kyle Tucker and Martin Maldonado.

Rockies knock off Dodgers a third straight time

Rockies knock off Dodgers a third straight time

Randal Grichuk hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning as the visiting Colorado Rockies earned their third consecutive win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2, on Tuesday.

Despite a no-decision, Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias clinched the National League ERA title with a 2.16 mark. He gave up two runs over four hits in five innings in his last regular-season start.

Brendan Rodgers and Sean Bouchard also hit home runs for the Rockies, who defeated the Dodgers for the eighth time this season. The last-place Rockies have more victories over the 110-win Dodgers than any team this season.

Colorado rookie right-hander Ryan Feltner (4-9) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings to win for just the second time in 10 starts, going back to Aug. 14.

Joey Gallo hit a home run for the Dodgers (110-51), who have scored just four runs over the last three games and remain one victory away from becoming the second NL team to win at least 111 games after the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

After defeating the Dodgers on Sunday and Monday, the Rockies (68-93) continued to give their division rival a hard time by taking an early 1-0 lead. Rodgers hit his 13th home run of the season as the third batter of the game.

Colorado built the lead to 2-0 in the third inning on a home run by Bouchard, who attended Cathedral High School just outside the gates at Dodger Stadium. Bouchard had five hits, including four doubles, in the previous two games.

The Dodgers got the run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Cody Bellinger before getting even at 2-2 in the fifth inning on Gallo's 19th home run.

Grichuk's go-ahead home run came with two outs in the seventh against Los Angeles left-hander Andrew Heaney (4-4).

Garrett Hampson added an RBI single in the ninth and Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his 34th save.

Abraham Toro knocks in 4 as Mariners finish sweep of Tigers

Abraham Toro knocks in 4 as Mariners finish sweep of Tigers

Abraham Toro homered and drove in four runs to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 9-6 win against the visiting Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, completing a doubleheader sweep.

Toro drove in the game-winning run in the first game, a 7-6 victory in 10 innings that helped Seattle clinch the American League's second wild card.

Cal Raleigh had three hits, including a home run, and Dylan Moore contributed three RBIs for the Mariners (89-72), who will make their first playoff appearance in 21 years on Friday when they open a best-of-three set against the host Toronto Blue Jays.

Mariners left-hander Justus Sheffield (1-0) lasted five innings in his first start of the season. He allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked four.

Kody Clemens hit a grand slam and Spencer Torkelson had three hits, including a home run, for the Tigers (66-95).

Toro belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to extend Seattle's lead to 4-1. He was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day after left fielder Sam Haggerty went on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left groin.

The Tigers loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles in the fifth before Clemens belted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right for his first career grand slam and a 5-4 lead.

Raleigh tied the score 5-5 with a one-out homer off reliever Elvin Rodriguez (0-4) in Seattle's half of the fifth. Toro came up later in the inning with the bases full and delivered a two-run single to put Seattle ahead 7-5.

Torkelson went deep in the sixth to trim the deficit to 7-6, but the Mariners tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning, the first when Moore was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the second time in the contest.

Will Vest started for Detroit and gave up a single, two walks and a hit batter before departing after allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning.

The Tigers tied it 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Jeimer Candelario in the third inning, but quickly answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI single to give Seattle a 2-1 lead.

A's draw walk-off walk in 10th to top Angels

A's draw walk-off walk in 10th to top Angels

Shea Langeliers drew a full-count, walk-off walk with one out in the 10th inning Tuesday night, giving the Oakland Athletics their second extra-inning win in two days, a 2-1 decision over the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

One night after erasing a late deficit to force extra innings, the A's watched the Angels rally in the ninth this time, only to see the home team prevail again one inning later.

After A.J. Puk (4-3) stranded the potential go-ahead run at third base in the top of the 10th, the A's overcame Nick Allen's baserunning miscue in the bottom of the inning.

Oakland attempted to sacrifice their automatic runner to third, and it appeared to have worked when pitcher Ryan Tepera (5-4) threw late to third base after fielding Tony Kemp's bunt. However, Allen came off the base after reaching it safely and got tagged out for the first out.

The A's went on to win anyway. Sean Murphy's single sent Kemp to third. Seth Brown was intentionally walked in front of Langeliers, who was credited with the game-winning RBI.

Oakland was on the doorstep of a 1-0, regulation win before the Angels took advantage of throwing errors by left fielder Brown and pitcher Domingo Acevedo on a leadoff single in the ninth by Livan Soto, putting the potential tying run at third with no outs.

Matt Duffy followed with a single, leveling the game.

One inning earlier, Brown singled home Kemp with the only run of the game to that point.

Oakland's Cole Irvin and the Angels' Michael Lorenzen had matched zeros for six innings, leaving the outcome in the hands of the bullpens.

The A's got to the Angels' second pitcher, Andrew Wantz, after Kemp led off the eighth with a double. Murphy flied out before Brown, who had three RBIs in the series opener, singled to right field, sending Kemp home with the game's first run.

Irvin limited the Angels to four hits without a walk in his six innings. He struck out five.

Lorenzen gave up three hits and three walks in his six innings while recording seven strikeouts.

Murphy had three singles and Kemp scored twice for the A's (59-102), who won their third straight.

Mike Trout and Duffy had two hits apiece for the Angels (73-88), who out-hit the A's 7-6.

Sean Manaea, Padres shut down Giants

Sean Manaea, Padres shut down Giants

Sean Manaea, battling for a berth on the Padres' playoff roster, retired the last 17 batters he faced in six scoreless innings Tuesday night as San Diego beat visiting the San Francisco Giants 6-2.

The Padres (89-72) clinched the No. 2 National League wild-card berth, meaning San Diego will open the playoffs on the road against the New York Mets on Friday.

Manaea walked Austin Slater to open the game then gave up a single to Thairo Estrada. He then struck out Wilmer Flores before getting J.D. Davis to ground into an inning-ending double play. Manaea subsequently retired the Giants in order from the second through sixth innings.

Manaea (8-9) was scheduled to work only four innings, but he needed on 66 pitches to get through six, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out six.

Carlos Rodon was scheduled to Tuesday night for the Giants (80-81), but he was scratched due to an unspecified illness and placed on the injured list. Alex Cobb (7-8) started in place of the 14-game winner and allowed a run on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

The Padres broke up the scoreless tie in the third. Jurickson Profar doubled to left with one out and scored on Manny Machado's two-out single to center.

San Diego scored four runs against reliever Jharel Cotton in the sixth.

Machado opened the inning with his second single of the night. Pinch runner Jose Azocar moved to second when Josh Bell walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Ha-Seong Kim scored both with a two-run double into the left field corner. Austin Nola singled home Kim with two outs, and he later scored on Wil Myers' single off Luis Ortiz.

After getting just one hit through seven scoreless innings, the Giants scored twice in the eighth. Pinch hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. drew a walk from Luis Garcia to open the inning, moved to second on Mike Yastrzemski's single and scored on shortstop Kim's errant relay throw on a potential double-play grounder by Ford Proctor.

San Francisco added another run in the inning on a two-out single by Bryce Johnson.

Myers homered in the bottom of the eighth off Cole Waites for the game's final run. It was Myers' seven homer of the season and 134th of his Padres career, moving him into sixth on the franchise's all-time list.

Waites was recalled from the minors earlier in the day to replace Rodon on the roster.

Report: Rays' Colin Poche (oblique strain) to miss playoffs

Report: Rays' Colin Poche (oblique strain) to miss playoffs

Rays lefty reliever Colin Poche suffered a right oblique strain Tuesday and will miss the postseason, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In one-third of an inning in a 6-0 loss to the host Red Sox, Poche gave up a grand slam to Xander Bogaerts. Poche appeared to injure himself while facing Bogaerts and was relieved by Brooks Raley.

For the season, Poche is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 65 relief appearances spanning 58 2/3 innings. He entered the game with a 26.3 percent strikeout rate, 8.8 percent walk rate and 32.5 percent ground ball rate.

The Rays face the AL Central champion Guardians in a wild card series starting Friday in Cleveland.

White Sox secure at least .500 with win over Twins

White Sox secure at least .500 with win over Twins

Elvis Andrus had two hits, including a three-run home run, and Gavin Sheets hit a two-run single to back seven strong innings from Lucas Giolito and lift the host Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Chicago (81-80) scored four runs apiece in the third and fourth innings to seize control and assure the club of at least a .500 record this season. Chicago has won three straight and five of six.

The White Sox, who won the American League Central in 2021, extended their hold on second place in the division as they sent Minnesota (77-84) to their fourth straight defeat.

Giolito was the beneficiary of an eight-hit Chicago attack, limiting the Twins to two runs and two hits in seven innings. Giolito (11-9) walked two and struck out four while lowering his season ERA to 4.90. It had stood above 5.00 since Aug. 18.

Minnesota first baseman Luis Arraez went 1-for-4 as he vies to become the first Twin to win an AL batting title since Joe Mauer in 2009. Arraez enters Wednesday with a .315 batting average, giving him a slight edge over his nearest challenger, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who is hitting .311.

The Twins opened the scoring on Jake Cave's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Minnesota trimmed the deficit to 8-2 in the sixth, as Nick Gordon hit an RBI single on the heels of Giolito's only walks of the night. Jermaine Palacios smacked a solo home run with two outs in the ninth for the team's third run -- and hit -- of the night.

Twins starter Josh Winder fell to 4-6 after surrendering four runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

Chicago's bats were equally effective against Aaron Sanchez, reaching the reliever for four runs, three earned, and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Justin Verlander, Astros flirt with no-hitter vs. Phillies

Justin Verlander, Astros flirt with no-hitter vs. Phillies

Justin Verlander cemented his status as the American League Cy Young Award favorite by twirling five no-hit innings in his final regular-season start to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

Verlander, Hunter Brown and Hector Neris combined to no-hit the Phillies for eight innings before Garrett Stubbs led off the ninth with a sharp single to center off Will Smith.

Verlander (18-4), the AL Cy Young winner in 2011 and 2019 and a three-time runner-up, dominated the Phillies (87-74) while carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning and recording double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season. He closed the campaign with a 1.75 ERA, the lowest by a qualified AL starter since Pedro Martinez (1.74 ERA) with the Boston Red Sox in 2000.

Verlander was in control from the outset, posting eight strikeouts after one trip through the order. During one overpowering stretch, he recorded eight consecutive strikeouts to set a career high and match the franchise record accomplished by Don Wilson and Jim Deshaies.

Verlander struck out Brandon Marsh, Bryson Scott and Nick Maton swinging in the second. He returned for the third and recorded called third strikes against Matt Vierling, Daulton Guthrie and Stubbs. He fanned designated hitter Bryce Harper for the second time in as many at-bats to open the fourth before Alec Bohm ended the run with a groundout to short.

Marsh worked a four-pitch walk leading off the fifth to end the bid for a perfect game. Verlander followed with strikeouts of Scott and Maton to cap his night. He threw 77 pitches, 51 for strikes.

The Astros (105-56) provided Verlander ample run support with a five-spot in the first against Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (10-7), who surrendered a two-run home run to Jeremy Pena and a three-run blast to Kyle Tucker before recording an out.

Pena plated Jose Altuve (leadoff double) with his 22nd home run. Tucker drove in Yordan Alvarez (double) and Alex Bregman (walk) with his 30th homer, a majestic shot to right.

Martin Maldonado added a leadoff homer in the second, his career-high 15th, off Suarez that extended the lead to 6-0. Suarez allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings.

Altuve finished 3-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Alvarez had three doubles.

Division-title hopes dashed, Mets still sweep DH vs. Nats

Division-title hopes dashed, Mets still sweep DH vs. Nats

The New York Mets were eliminated from the National League East race hours before completing a doubleheader sweep and earning their 100th win of the season Tuesday night.

New York opened the nightcap against the visiting Washington Nationals with three consecutive homers on their way to an 8-0 victory.

The Mets (100-61), who reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1988, maintained their division-title hopes by winning the opener 4-2. However, they were officially relegated to a wild-card series when the Atlanta Braves edged the Miami Marlins 2-1 during the fifth inning of New York's nightcap.

The Mets, who spent 175 days in first place, are the fourth seed in the NL and will host a best-of-three wild-card series beginning Friday against either the San Diego Padres or Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves (101-60) swept the Mets in Atlanta last weekend to surge into first place and win the season-series tiebreaker 10-9.

The Nationals (55-106) were assured of finishing with the worst record in baseball following their loss in the opener.

The Mets scored seven first-inning runs Tuesday night -- matching their highest run total in the three games against the Braves.

Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil opened the game with homers off Paolo Espino. It was the first time in franchise history -- dating back to 1962 -- the Mets have hit three straight homers to start a game.

Mark Canha lofted a sacrifice fly and Luis Guillorme (RBI double) and Nimmo (two-RBI single) added run-scoring hits later in the first.

Francisco Alvarez, the consensus top prospect in baseball, capped the scoring by hitting his first career homer in the sixth.

Jeff McNeil, the NL batting leader, went 1-for-5 after going 2-for-3 in the opener. He is batting .326 and sits just ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman, who began play Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies with a .325 average.

Stephen Nogosek (1-1) was credited with his first major league win after tossing 2 2/3 innings of three-hit ball in relief of Taijuan Walker. The New York starter was pulled with one out in the fifth moments after the Braves' win became official. Walker allowed four hits, walked none and struck out 10.

Espino (0-9) got just one out and was charged with seven runs on five hits and two walks with no strikeouts. The right-hander threw 113 1/3 innings this season, finishing just short of the major league single-season mark for innings pitched without a victory.

Terry Felton set the record of 117 1/3 innings in 1982 while going 0-13 for the Minnesota Twins.

Eric Lauer, Brewers shut out Diamondbacks

Eric Lauer, Brewers shut out Diamondbacks

Eric Lauer tossed six hitless innings, two relievers finished the one-hitter and Luis Urias drove in two runs to pace the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Lauer (11-7) struck out seven and walked four in a 97-pitch outing. Arizona also had a runner reach on an error in the fourth.

Jake Cousins relieved in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Josh Rojas. Cousins completed two scoreless innings and Peter Strzelecki finished with a perfect ninth for his first save.

Urias hit a solo homer in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. He also had an infield single in the eighth for the Brewers (86-75), who were eliminated from the wild-card chase Monday night when Philadelphia won at Houston.

Zac Gallen (12-4) allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out six and walking three in a 102-pitch effort. Gallen entered 8-1 with a 1.27 ERA in his previous 13 starts.

Rookie Garrett Mitchell staked the Brewers to a 1-0 lead, opening the second inning with his second home run.

In the third, Urias made it 2-0 with his 16th homer, a two-out shot to left-center that extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.

Pinch-hitter Jace Peterson drew a two-out walk in the fifth and Urias followed with an RBI double to right-center to make it 3-0.

Arizona (73-88) has lost eight of its last 11.

Rangers overcome Aaron Judge's 62nd HR, beat Yankees

Rangers overcome Aaron Judge's 62nd HR, beat Yankees

Aaron Judge hit a home run for the ages on Tuesday night. But it was Leody Taveras' two-run homer that was the difference in the Texas Rangers' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 2 in Arlington, Texas.

Three pitches into the game, Judge ended the suspense by blasting home run No. 62, surpassing Roger Maris as the American League's single-season home run record holder. Maris' 61 had stood since 1961.

As the Yankees and the baseball world celebrated Judge's historic homer, it was Taveras' home run in the fifth inning off Gerrit Cole (13-8) that gave the Rangers the lead for good.

The Rangers (67-94) earned a split after the Yankees (99-62) won the opener, 5-4.

Kolby Allard (1-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing one run in four innings, and Matt Moore earned his fourth save.

Along with Judge, Cole put his name in the record books.

With nine strikeouts in six innings, Cole finished with 257 on the season, breaking the Yankees' team mark of 248 by Ron Guidry in 1978.

In the second inning, Judge struck out against Allard, and his night was soon over. Before the bottom of the second inning started, Judge took his position in right field, and was replaced by Oswaldo Cabrera. Trotting off the field, the AL MVP frontrunner received a standing ovation.

In an eventful first inning, Cole set the Yankees' season record for strikeouts when he fanned Nathaniel Lowe.

Also in the first, the Rangers' Marcus Semien achieved a personal milestone, becoming a 25/25 player. Semien singled and stole second, giving him 26 home runs and 25 stolen bases.

Semien scored the tying run in the first on Adolis Garcia's RBI single.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Giancarlo Stanton's 31st home run.

But Texas responded in the bottom of the fifth on Taveras' fifth homer of the season. Sam Huff reached on third baseman Josh Donaldson's error, and Taveras delivered the go-ahead home run, with one run unearned.

Xander Bogaerts hits grand slam, Red Sox top Rays in truncated game

Xander Bogaerts hits grand slam, Red Sox top Rays in truncated game

Behind Xander Bogaerts' grand slam and Nathan Eovaldi's five shutout innings, the Boston Red Sox earned a rain-shortened, 6-0 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

The game was called with two runners on and two outs in Boston's (77-84) five-run bottom of the fifth.

Christian Arroyo went 2-for-2 with an RBI before the Bogaerts slam highlighted what turned out to be the final frame for the Red Sox, who have started the season-ending series with back-to-back wins.

Eovaldi (6-3) allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out four in the truncated complete game.

Taylor Walls and Jose Siri each had a hit from the bottom of the lineup for the Rays (86-75).

Starter Jeffrey Springs (9-5) struck out three over three innings of two-hit, one-run ball.

Tampa Bay has now lost four straight games and six of its last eight series.

The Red Sox got on the board in the second inning as Alex Verdugo drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on Eric Hosmer's single. Arroyo dropped a two-out single into right to score Verdugo.

Eovaldi made the lead stand up. He opened the game by setting down the first eight batters he faced before Siri's line single to left in the third.

The Rays didn't record a second hit until Walls lined a two-out double to left in the fifth.

Bogaerts turned an unassisted double play ball to erase two walks an inning earlier.

In the last of the fifth, Bogaerts padded the Boston lead with a no-doubt grand slam over the Green Monster.

Arroyo hit a leadoff single and Connor Wong doubled to center before a walk to Rafael Devers loaded the bases with one out, setting up the Red Sox shortstop's seventh career grand slam and second this season. It ended his 0-for-11 drought.

Boston added another run after Brooks Raley relieved Colin Poche due to injury. J.D. Martinez and Enrique Hernandez drew two-out walks before Hosmer reached on a fielding error by the pitcher covering first base on a hard grounder.

Hosmer played in his first game since Aug. 20 after being reinstated from the 10-day injured list (low back inflammation) on Monday.

Braves clinch NL East crown with narrow win at Marlins

Braves clinch NL East crown with narrow win at Marlins

Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and the Atlanta bullpen finished with four scoreless frames to help the visiting Braves beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday and clinch their fifth straight N.L. East Division championship.

Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth inning, striking out two, to post his league-leading 41st save. Jordan Groshans flew out to end the game.

It was the 22nd division title for the Braves (101-60), the most in major league history. The defending world champions were 10 1/2 games behind the New York Mets on May 1 before winning 77 of their final 110 games. The Marlins dropped to 68-93.

Atlanta pitching coach Rick Kranitz lit a cigar near the pitchers' mound in celebration. The one-time longshots to win the division had done it, and won the National League East title for the fifth-consecutive season.

Atlanta pushed across the go-ahead run in the fifth inning when Travis d'Arnaud doubled, went to third on a grounder to first and scored on a swinging bunt from William Contreras.

Odorizzi (6-6) worked five innings and allowed one run on two hits, one walk and matched his Atlanta season high with seven strikeouts. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

Collin McHugh worked a scoreless sixth inning, Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the seven and A.J. Minter got out bases-loaded trouble in the eighth when pinch-hitter Nick Fortes popped out.

Miami starter Braxton Garrett (3-7) pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits, five walks and seven strikeouts.

The Marlins bullpen was unscored upon for the second straight night. Huascar Brazoban worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Tommy Nance, Tanner Scott and Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless inning.

The Braves scored a run in the second inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. singled home Orlando Arcia, who began the rally with a one-out walk.

Miami tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Jesus Sanchez hit a fence-clearing solo homer to left field, his 13th.

The Braves had at least one base runner in each inning but went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.

Spencer Steer's walk-off RBI double carries Reds past Cubs

Spencer Steer's walk-off RBI double carries Reds past Cubs

Spencer Steer crushed a game-winning double to deep center to score Stuart Fairchild with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Cincinnati Reds beat the visiting Chicago Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night.

Steer was mobbed by his teammates and had his jersey and undershirt ripped off during the celebration that kept the Reds from losing 100 games for a second straight night.

Alexis Diaz (7-3) recorded the final four outs and pitched out of a ninth-inning jam. Diaz struck out Patrick Wisdom with a runner at second and got Alfonso Rivas to pop out to shortstop with the go-ahead run at third.

Brandon Hughes (2-3) walked Fairchild to open the bottom of the ninth before Steer connected for the game-winner.

Cincinnati starter Luis Cessa retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Rivas with one out in the third. But Cessa struck out Christopher Morel and retired Esteban Quiroz on a soft lineout to second to end the inning.

The only hit Cessa allowed through five innings was a leadoff homer on a first-pitch slider to Willson Contreras to open the fourth. Contreras' 22nd homer landed on the grass berm above the center field wall.

Cessa appeared to limp slightly down the dugout steps when he finished the fifth inning but came out to start the sixth inning. Morel hit a routine grounder to third base, but Steer threw the ball high to first, allowing Morel to reach on an error.

Following a failed challenge by Chicago that the throw went out of play, Cessa was pulled from the game and Ian Gibaut came on in relief.

For the Cubs, starter Javier Assad followed five scoreless innings in his last start against Philadelphia with 5 1/3 scoreless frames against Cincinnati. Assad struck out four and walked one while allowing four hits.

Nico Hoerner opened the seventh with his 10th homer to the seats in left off Fernando Cruz to put Chicago ahead 2-0.

The Reds managed to tie the game in the seventh when Jose Barrero worked a two-out, full-count walk. Chuckie Robinson followed with his second homer, a two-run shot to right off reliever Keegan Thompson.

Jonathan India, plagued by various injuries throughout the season, had to leave the penultimate game of the season after fouling a ball off his left foot in the third inning. After he played the fourth, Matt Reynolds took his place at second base to start the fifth.

Cards pull out 10-inning win as Pirates take loss No. 100

Cards pull out 10-inning win as Pirates take loss No. 100

Juan Yepez's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning gave the visiting St. Louis Cardinals an 8-7 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, sending the Pirates to their 100th loss.

With one out in the 10th inning, Yepez lined a single to right-center off Chase De Jong (6-3) to drive in automatic runner Ben DeLuzio.

Corey Dickerson hit a two-run double, Albert Pujols had a two-run single, and Brendan Donovan had an RBI single for the Cardinals (93-68).

St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson allowed seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, with one strikeout and two walks.

Chris Stratton (10-4) pitched scoreless ball in the ninth and 10th.

Miguel Andujar hit an RBI double and Rodolfo Castro, Jack Suwinski, Ben Gamel and Ji Hwan Bae each added an RBI single for the Pirates (61-100).

Pittsburgh starter JT Brubaker, fresh off the injured list, pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley left in the eighth inning because of a jammed right middle finger.

In the Pittsburgh first, Oneil Cruz singled. Reynolds walked, and Cruz went to third on Castro's forceout. Andujar's groundout scored the game's first run.

St. Louis moved ahead in the third. Paul DeJong, Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar singled, and DeJong scored on Paul Goldschmidt's groundout. Pujols followed with a two-run double for a 3-1 lead.

The Pirates sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six times in the bottom of the third. Bae singled before Cruz struck out. Reynolds hit a double, and Bae scored on a wild pitch. Castro sent Reynolds home with a single to tie it 3-3.

Andujar doubled to bring Castro home, Suwinski singled to knock in Andujar, and Ke'Bryan Hayes walked. Gamel singled in Suwinski. After Tyler Heineman's forceout, Bae's single scored Hayes to make it 7-3.

St. Louis tied it in the seventh. Andrew Knizner doubled and DeJong walked. Donovan singled in Knizner, with the runners advancing on Bae's throwing error from center. An out later, Dickerson drove in two with a pinch-hit double. With two outs, Cruz's throwing error at short allowed Dickerson to score to make it 7-7.

Aaron Judge hits home run No. 62, breaks AL record

Aaron Judge hits home run No. 62, breaks AL record

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge broke the American League record for home runs in a season when he crushed his 62nd homer Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Leading off the nightcap of a doubleheader between New York and Texas, Judge belted a 1-1 pitch deep to left field off Rangers starting pitcher Jesus Tinoco.

Judge broke Yankees legend Roger Maris' record six days after tying Maris at 61 in a Sept. 28 game against the host Toronto Blue Jays.

Mariners C Luis Torrens earns win on mound in DH opener

Mariners C Luis Torrens earns win on mound in DH opener

Backup catcher Luis Torrens pitched the 10th inning and earned the win for the Seattle Mariners in a 7-6 victory against the visiting Detroit Tigers in the opening game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.

Mariners manager Scott Servais decided to save his bullpen and summoned Torrens (1-0) in a tie game. Torrens gave up a sacrifice fly to Riley Greene that lifted the Tigers to a 6-5 lead, but Seattle came back with two runs in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI single by Carlos Santana and a game-winning sacrifice fly by Abraham Toro.

Torrens became the first position player (excluding Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani) to earn a win on the mound since Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker beat the Colorado Rockies in a 16-inning game on July 29, 2014. He is the first position player in Mariners history to post a win.

Mitch Haniger and Curt Casali homered and Santana had three hits for the playoff-bound Mariners (88-72), who can clinch the No. 5 seed for the wild-card round with a win in the second game of the doubleheader.

Mariners starter Chris Flexen allowed three runs and five hits in four innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Spencer Torkelson and Victor Reyes each hit a two-run homer for the Tigers (66-94), who had won nine of 10 coming into the game.

Detroit starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He fanned seven and walked one.

Tigers reliever Gregory Soto (2-10) started the bottom of the 10th with a one-run lead but took the loss.

Mariners reliever Matthew Festa gave up a leadoff single to Torkelson in the seventh inning before Reyes lifted his third homer of the season over the fence in right for a 5-3 lead.

Ty France hit a hard grounder off the glove of Torkelson at first with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score Adam Frazier from second and cut the deficit to 5-4.

Two batters later, Eugenio Suarez lined a 2-2 pitch into left to drive in France from second and tie the score 5-5.

Flexen surrendered a leadoff double to Reyes in the third. With one out, Greene doubled to right to drive in Reyes and give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Casali hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score 1-1. After J.P. Crawford walked, Rodriguez got the second out of the inning, but Haniger blasted a two-run homer to center to give Seattle a 3-1 lead.

Torkelson answered with a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the score 3-3.

Five-run fifth inning spurs Guardians past Royals

Five-run fifth inning spurs Guardians past Royals

Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double and Owen Miller hit a two-run home run in the Cleveland Guardians' five-run fifth inning to defeat the visiting Kansas City Royals 5-3 Tuesday night.

Ramirez has 19 RBIs against the Royals this season and nine of them have been go-ahead RBIs.

The Guardians (91-70) and Royals (65-96) will conclude a season-long six-game series, and the 2022 regular season, with a matinee Wednesday.

Cal Quantrill (15-5) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits in five innings. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone. The Guardians are 16-1 in Quantrill's last 17 starts. He's never lost to the Royals (6-0).

Quantrill is 14-0 in his career at Progressive Field, matching Vic Raschi's perfect record in one ballpark. Raschi went 14-0 at Comiskey Park from 1947-55.

Emmanuel Clase allowed an unearned run in the ninth and picked up his 42nd save in 46 chances.

Daniel Lynch (4-13) took the loss. He allowed five runs -- all in the fifth -- on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Both pitchers cruised early though Lynch had to work around trouble. He walked two batters in the second -- both after getting ahead 0-2 -- but was able to escape.

The Royals got a soft run off Quantrill in the fifth. Nate Eaton stroked a two-out single to center. He was off on a 2-2 pitch and Nicky Lopez hit a bloop just behind third base, just beyond the reach of third baseman Gabriel Arias. Eaton never slowed down and beat the throw home for a 1-0 lead.

The Guardians returned fire quickly in the bottom of the frame. Myles Straw led off with a single and Amed Rosario hit a one-out single. After a double steal, both runners scored on Ramirez's double off the top of the wall in left-center field. Ramirez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Andres Gimenez rolled a two-out single between first and second. Miller then hit a 399-foot home run, ending Lynch's night.

Eaton scored the Royals' second run in the eighth. He led off the inning with a single, went to second on a groundout and advanced the next two bases on wild pitches by James Karinchak.

Brandon Nimmo, Mets take twin bill opener from Nationals

Brandon Nimmo, Mets take twin bill opener from Nationals

Brandon Nimmo homered and finished with three RBIs for the New York Mets, who at least momentarily maintained their hopes of winning the National League East by defeating the visiting Washington Nationals 4-2 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

In order to win the division, the Mets (99-61) need to win the final two games of the series against the Nationals while the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (100-60) must lose their final two games to the Miami Marlins.

The Braves, who have the tiebreaker by virtue of edging the Mets 10-9 in the season series, visited Miami in a game that began about half an hour before New York closed out its win.

Riley Adams hit a two-run homer for the Nationals (55-105).

Nimmo finished 3-for-5 and a triple shy of the cycle. He hit a two-RBI double off Nationals starter Cory Abbott (0-5) to open the scoring in the second inning, laced a one-out homer in the fourth for the Mets' final run and singled in the sixth before grounding out to first in the eighth.

Mark Canha lofted a sacrifice fly in the third.

Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil improved his chances of winning the NL batting crown by going 2-for-3 to lift his average to .328. McNeil entered Tuesday just ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .325 heading into the Dodgers' game later Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

Mets starter Carlos Carrasco danced in and out of trouble through the first four innings before being chased in the fifth, when he gave up a leadoff double to Victor Robles before Adams hit a two-run homer to left.

Drew Smith relieved Carrasco and allowed a pair of one-out singles before getting Luke Voit to hit into a double play. David Peterson threw a perfect sixth and Adam Ottavino (6-3) was credited with the win after tossing 1 2/3 hitless innings. Edwin Diaz notched his 32nd save by retiring all four batters he faced.

Carrasco allowed the two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in four-plus innings.

Abbott allowed the four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six over four innings.

Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; doubleheader set for Wed.

Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; doubleheader set for Wed.

Tuesday's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays was postponed due to inclement weather, setting up a season-ending doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.

The Orioles announced that Game 1 of the single-admission doubleheader would begin at 12:35 p.m., followed by Game 2 about 30 minutes after the first game's completion.

Neither team is playing for more than bragging rights in the final two games of the regular season. The Blue Jays have clinched the first wild-card spot in the American League (the No. 4 seed) and cannot improve their position.

The Orioles, though eliminated from the playoff race, reached 82 wins on Sunday to ensure their first winning season since 2016.

Toronto planned to start right-hander Mitch White (1-6, 5.21 ERA) on Tuesday opposite Baltimore right-hander Mike Baumann (1-3, 4.34). Updated pitching plans were not yet known.