Aaron Judge fell just yards off the 61st homer record, hitting a 404-foot drive caught right in front of the midfield wall, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night over Josh Donaldson’s 10th single inning.
New York took Berth its sixth consecutive playoff.
The judge had walked three times and hit once before hitting the pot with the 4-all score in the ninth. The 43,123 crowd stood on each court and the judge led a 2-2 quick ball from Matt Barnes just to the right of center in a straight line.
The ball left the bat at 113 mph, and fans waited in anticipation as the judge ran to first base. But they groaned in unison when Kiké Hernández stepped in front of the fence.
Giancarlo Stanton scored a two-point homer for the Yankees. Clay Holmes (7-4) got the victory.
Triston Casas and Reese McGuire went home to Boston. Kaleb Ort (0-2) lost.
CARDINALS 5, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO – Brendan Donovan scored a grand slam in the seventh inning and the Cardinals, leader of NL Central, had three consecutive defeats.
St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols remained at 698 career homers, although he led two balls into the deep left field, one for a single and one for an off-track. The next stop in his quest for the 700-homer club is Dodger Stadium, where the Cardinals open a three-game streak on Friday.
Manny Machado scored his 30th homer for the Padres, who had won five in a row. Nick Martinez (4-4) lost.
Donovan’s slam won Jack Flaherty (1-1), who eliminated nine in six innings. Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
RAY’S 10, BLUE JAY’S 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Wander Franco had three RBIs and Jonathan Aranda scored, leading Tampa Bay to victory in the opening of a great four-game run between playoff contenders.
Randy Arozarena had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rays, who were coming out of a three-game streak in which they were run over by Houston and only scored twice. Ryan Yarbrough (3-8) took the win.
Tampa Bay (83-67) shot within one game of Toronto (84-66) for first place in the AL wild card rankings. Seattle (82-67) is in third place, four games ahead of Baltimore.
Whit Merrifield scored two goals for Toronto and Teoscar Hernandez also went deep. José Berríos (11-6) was tagged for six points and seven hits in two innings.
PHILLIES 1, BRAVES 0
PHILADELPHIA – Ranger Suárez has pitched six brilliant innings and the Phillies have continued their drive for first place in the club’s playoffs in a decade.
Matt Vierling batted in the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Suárez conceded five hits, knocked out four and walked two. Zach Eflin had five eliminations before José Alvarado finished the six-point shot for his second save.
Philadelphia (82-67) moved mid-game from San Diego for second place as a National League wild card and remained two and a half games ahead of Milwaukee for last place in the playoffs.
The Braves (93-57) fell 1 1/2 game behind the inactive New York Mets for the NL East lead.
Atlanta played without winger Ronald Acuña Jr., who was scratched due to strain in his back.
Braves starter Max Fried (13-7) hit eight in five innings.
GUARDIANS 4, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO – Shane Bieber threw a two-point ball in the eighth inning, and the Guardians beat the White Sox for a three-game streak.
Cleveland opened a seven-game lead over Chicago in AL Central with his 15th win in 18 games. The Guardians (83-67) have been aiming for the franchise’s first division title since 2018.
Bieber (12-8) took his fourth consecutive victory. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner conceded seven hits, knocked out five, and walked none in 7 innings 2/3.
Emmanuel Clase managed ninth place for his 37th best AL save on 41 occasions.
Gavin Sheets scored for Chicago in the eighth. Johnny Cueto (7-9) conceded four points, three earned and eight wins in six innings in his third consecutive defeat.
MARINER’S 9, ATHLETICS 5
OAKLAND, California – Julio Rodríguez doubled up and scored before starting with low-back difficulties, and the Mariners avoided a three-game sweep.
Rodríguez walked slowly off the pitch with a coach in the lower half of the first inning. He recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back problem.
Jarred Kelenic scored and doubled for Seattle in his first game since being called up by Triple-A Tacoma. Adam Frazier had three RBI and Matthew Boyd (2-0) pitched two innings for the win.
Seattle entered the day with a four-game lead over Baltimore for AL’s third and final wild card.
Stephen Vogt tripled in three runs for Oakland. Vogt also announced that he will retire at the end of the season, ending a 10-year career in the major league.
Kirby Snead (1-1) was blamed for the defeat.
ORIOLES 2, ASTROS 0
BALTIMORA – Kyle Bradish came close to his first career stoppage, beating Justin Verlander in a stellar performance and leading Baltimore to victory.
Bradish (4-7) eliminated 10 and no one walked. He left after Jeremy Pena’s double in ninth, and Felix Bautista knocked out Aledmys Díaz for his 15th save.
Trey Mancini went 0 for 3 in his first game at Camden Yards since the Orioles swapped him for Houston on August 1, and the Astros have failed in their first attempt to earn their 100th win this season.
The Orioles remained four games behind Seattle in the race for a post-season spot, but were set to gain ground on the underdog of the Tampa Bay-Toronto match.
Verlander (17-4) conceded two points and six wins in six innings in his second game due to a calf injury.
PRODUCERS 5, RED 1
CINCINNATI – Kolten Wong scored three career record homers and led in five runs, leading Brandon Woodruff and Milwaukee to victory.
Wong hit a two-run drive in the second inning against Hunter Greene (4-13). He scored another two-run shot in the sixth against Dauri Moreta and a solo drive in the eighth against Joel Kuhnel. Wong has 15 homers and 46 RBI in the season.
The second-placed Brewers (80-70) opened a four-game set against humble Cincinnati with their second consecutive win.
Woodruff (12-4) eliminated 11 in six innings.
Kyle Farmer scored his 13th homer in the sixth for Cincinnati.
ROYALS 4, GEMINI 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo – Jonathan Heasley pitched six innings of two-hit balls and the Royals beat the Twins to complete a three-game streak.
Edward Oliveras and Drew Waters made a stop in Kansas City. Salvador Perez also drove on a run, extending his winning streak to seven straight games with an RBI.
Heasley (4-8) conceded one run, knocked out three and walked two. Brad Keller got three outs on his first career save.
The Royals ‘first home sweep of at least three games since July 2021 likely put an end to the Twins’ faded playoff hopes, who were in the middle of an AL Central game two weeks ago but lost eight of nine on their journey.
Minnesota rookie Josh Winder (4-5) conceded three points and six hits in six innings.
GIANTS 3, ROCKS 0
DENVER – Mike Yastrzemski scored a goal and John Brebbia pitched an inning on his second start in the series, helping the Giants complete a four-game sweep.
Brebbia was followed by five rescues in the 10-shot shutout. Jharel Cotton (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win in his first big league appearance since retiring from Minnesota on Sunday. Camilo Doval got three outs for his 24th save.
Brebbia also worked for a goalless inning when he kicked off for the 6-3 win on Tuesday night. He became the first Giants pitcher to start twice in the same series since Dominic Leone against San Diego last September.
From July 15-17, 2019, San Francisco scored its first win in at least four games against the Rockies.
The Rockies have lost their fifth straight home and have been sidelined for the twelfth time this season.
Colorado right-footed José Ureña (3-7) was charged with two points and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
RANGER 5, ANGELS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Corey Seager scored a two-point homer in the eighth inning, sending Texas to victory.
Seager led a 1-1 fastball from José Quijada (0-5) deep left center for his 32nd homer, extending his career best in his first season with Texas. Quijada came in to pitch eighth and walked ahead hitter Marcus Semien before Seager connected for his shot from the opposite court.
Matt Moore (5-2) got three outs for the win and Jose Leclerc managed the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Angels star Shohei Ohtani was held back by the starting lineup, but pinched one out in ninth and doubled up in the corner of the right field. Luis Rengifo and Mike Trout then hit by swinging.
PUPPIES 3, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH – Cubs rookie Hayden Wesneski had an immaculate inning on his second major league start.
Vesnesky (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 innings and 1/3 in his fourth major appearance.
Wesneski had an immaculate inning in the fifth when he hit the team on nine shots. He fanned the three bottom-row batters: Jack Suwinski, Zack Collins, and Jason Delay.
It was the 111th immaculate inning in major league history and the fourth in Cubs history. The last Cubs pitcher to accomplish the feat was LaTroy Hawkins in 2004.
Christopher Morel scored a two-point brace in Chicago’s third straight win. Mark Leiter Jr. got seven outs for his third save.
Pittsburgh, in last place, lost its seventh straight game. Kevin Newman scored a goal and Mitch Keller (5-12) pitched six innings from two runs.
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