Indians hold off Twins in ninth, keep wild-card lead
Reliever Joe Smith struck out pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia to end a ninth-inning rally and the Cleveland Indians won their seventh straight game, holding off the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, last night to keep their edge in the AL wild-card race.
The Twins scored four runs in the ninth and had runners on first and second before Smith got the final out.
Cleveland leads Texas by one game for the second wild-card spot. Each team has three games left in the regular season. Tampa Bay is on top in the chase, one game ahead of the Indians.
Rangers 6, Angels 5
Pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar homered leading off the ninth inning, and Texas overcame a four-error inning to beat Los Angeles to keep pace in the playoff chase.
It was the fourth straight time the Rangers have beaten the Angels on a walk-off homer at home. They did it each time in a three-game sweep in late July.
Joe Nathan (6-2) got the win after striking out two with a runner at third and one out in the top of the ninth.
Profar’s sixth homer came off Michael Kohn (1-4).
Rays 4, Yankees 0
Mariano Rivera said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with hugs, tears and cheers.
Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance in the Yankees’ home pinstripes, when captain Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of the loss to Tampa Bay.
During four minutes of thunderous chanting from the sellout crowd 48,675 began, an overcome Rivera sobbed as he buried his head on the shoulder of Pettitte, who also is retiring when the season ends Sunday, and then hugged Jeter.
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over Chicago.
One day after being eliminated from the postseason, the Royals earned their 84th win, their most since 1993.
Guthrie (15-12) became the Royals’ third 15-game winner since 1997. He gave up two runs and four hits, striking out four and allowing one walk. Guthrie already surpassed his career best win total when he won his 12th on Aug. 5 against the Twins.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Matt Wieters homered and drove in two runs, and Baltimore beat Toronto.
Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles.
Gonzalez (11-8) allowed one unearned run, struck out five and walked one. The only hits were a single by Kevin Pillar in the third inning and a double by J.P. Arencibia in the seventh.
Gonzalez retired 13 straight batters at one point. It was the first game this season in which the right-hander didn’t give up a run.
Jim Johnson got three outs for his AL-leading 48th save.