Major League Roundup
TORONTO ó Mariano Rivera tied the major league saves record, earning the 601st of his career and matching Trevor Hoffman while preserving the New York Yankeesí 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 41-year-old Rivera was perfect in the ninth inning for his 42nd save of the season.
Rays 4, Red Sox 3
BOSTON ó Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off Jon Lester to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Red Sox and trim Bostonís lead in the AL wild-card race to three games.
Athletics 5, Tigers 3
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Gio Gonzalez pitched seven innings for his 14th win and Oakland turned three double plays in the first five innings and the Athletics beat the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers.
Indians 10, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS ó Carlos Santana hit his 25th home run and Jeanmar Gomez pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians sent the Minnesota Twins to their seventh straight loss.
Orioles 6, Angels 2
BALTIMORE ó The Los Angeles Angels’ shaky playoff hopes took another blow when Ervin Santana yielded five first-inning runs in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Rangers 7, Mariners 6
SEATTLE ó Josh Hamilton had four hits, including a homer, extending their division lead to 41/2 games over the Angels in the AL West.
Royals 10, White Sox 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo.ó Mike Moustakas hit his third home run in four games and Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and the Royals beat the White Sox for their seventh straight win.
ATLANTA ó Tim Hudson found the difference he needed by slightly adjusting his delivery.
“It was like night and day,” he said after pitching the Braves past the New York Mets 1-0. Hudson struck out 10 and Chipper Jones hit an RBI single in the eighth inning as the Braves held their NL wild-card edge.
Cubs 2, Astros 1
CHICAGO ó Houston lost 100 games in a season for the first time in franchise history, squandering a bases-loaded chance in the ninth inning and falling to Rodrigo Lopez and Chicago.
Phillies 9, Cardinals 2
PHILADELPHIA ó Roy Oswalt threw seven dominant innings, Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their fifth straight NL East title with a 9-2 victory.
Brewers 10, Reds 1
CINCINNATI ó Yovani Gallardo struck out a career-high 13, including four in one inning, and Ryan Braun hit his third home run in two nights to help the Milwaukee Brewers inch closer to the NL Central crown with a romp over the Cincinnati Reds.
Marlins 4, Nationals 1, 13 innings
WASHINGTON ó Stephen Strasburg allowed one run on four hits over six innings in this third start back from last year’s Tommy John surgery, but Donnie Murphy’s two-run home run in the 13th inning lifted the Florida Marlins over the Washington Nationals.
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