Toronto Yandy Diaz hit a three-way home run, and the Tampa Bay Rays — who started nine Latin American players like never before on Roberto Clemente — beat Toronto 11-0 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Blue Jays in the wild. card chase.
Clemente, the late Hall of Fame player from Puerto Rico, was a two-time World Series winner and NL MVP who played 18 seasons with Pittsburgh. The nine Blue Jay center players came from five countries: Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Activated from the injured list after missing 15 games due to a left shoulder collision, Shane McClanahan (12-5) made five elimination rounds. He allowed three hits, hit five and walked one.
Isaac Paredes hit a home singles tour and added an RBI single as the Rays (80-63) won the fifth and final game of the series. Toronto (81-63) will play a four-game series at Tampa Bay, starting next Thursday.
Seattle (80-62), which holds one of three wild card locations, was idle on Thursday, but led by percentage points over Toronto.
Diaz came in the second half of four runs, which is the ninth. Paredes made it 5-0 with a blast up front on the seventh, nineteenth
Kevin Gusman (12-10) was the loser.
(at) New York Mets 7, Pittsburgh 1: On a Roberto Clemente day that was especially meaningful to both of them, Francisco Lindor and Carrasco pushed the New York Mets past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Thursday night to continue their slim lead in the NL East.
Lindor launched his 24th home run to set a Mets season-record for short stoppage games, and Carrasco (15-6) netted 11 goals in six impressive runs as New York advanced in a game against idle Atlanta.
Daniel Vogelbach led the designated hitter to slack in three rounds against his former team, and discus hitter Mark Ventus earned an RBI hit for his first major league hit.
The Mets broke early from the plate in the opening game of a four-game streak, halting a five-game losing streak and rebounding from a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.
Michael Chavis earned an RBI double for the second-placed Pirates. JT Brubaker (3-12) was tagged for five runs and seven strokes over three rounds before leaving with discomfort in his right biceps. It is day by day.
Chicago White Sox 8, Cleveland 2: Elvis Andros hit one of five home runs in Chicago in front of rookie rookie Hunter Gaddis – and backed a pre-game strike at the Guardians – to help cut Cleveland’s lead at El Central to three games.
Andros arrived in the fifth inning from Jadis (0-2) — the first Cleveland bowler to allow five homers in a game since Louis Tiant in 1969.
On Wednesday, Andros raised some eyebrows when he told reporters he expects the number one guards to collapse, the closer we get.
Gavin Sheets hit Homer in the second half to start Homer’s outburst in Chicago against Jadis, and Andrew Vaughn, Yoon Moncada and Yasmani Grandal joined Andros with right-handed shots.
Lance Lane (7-5) set the Guardians to two rounds and six strokes in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 in his last seven posts. Cleveland’s winning streak stopped at six.
(at) Houston 5, Auckland 2: Aledmys Díaz scored a two-part penalty, and Lance McCullers Jr. Strong start Houston beat Oakland for its fifth straight win.
At 94-50, the magic number for Major League leaders Houston to seal a post-season place is one. The Astros have been 13-3 in their last 16 games.
Diaz broke the tie 2-2 in the seventh inning, smashing an 84-mph slide from Joel Byamps (3-6) at Crawford Boxes Field. Diaz has 11 homers this season.
McCullers had 11 strikes — his most since July 29, 2018 — and maintained Oakland in two-strokes and two runs while walking for four.
Seth Martinez (1-1) scored a seventh goal without goals, and Rafael Monteiro worked in the ninth goal in his thirteenth block.
(at) Miami 5, Philadelphia 3: Kyle Schwarber hit the 38th Premier League-leading home base for Philadelphia in a playoff-contestant Phillies loss to Miami.
Schwarber arrived from Pablo Lopez in sixth with a single shot to the right center.
Miami rookie Jordan Groshans hit his first Homer in the Major League, and Brian De La Cruz also penetrated deep and had four RBIs.
Lopez (9-10) completed 6 2/3 runs, allowing him two runs and six runs. Dylan Floro provided the ninth goal for his fifth save. Noah Syndergad (9-10) was the loser.
Cincinnati 3, (in) St. Louis 2: Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino hit singles at home as Cincinnati beat leaders St. Louis at NL Central to end a six-game losing streak in the opening game of a five-game streak.
St. Louis made it interesting in the ninth against rookie curator Alexis Diaz, loading the bases with a one-on-two and a walk before being run into a fly-by by Albert Pujols. Diaz then knocked out Cory Dickerson by hitting hard to finish the match and earn his seventh goal.
Aquino and Spencer Steer both got two hits for the Reds.
Pujols finished 0 for 3 and stayed in a 697 career run. He is fourth on the job list after Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Bay Ruth (714).
Cincinnati champion Chase Anderson (1-3) was the winner. Miles Mikulas (11-12) took the loss.
(at) Minnesota 3, Kansas City 2: Carlos Correa’s first-half single run and Nick Gordon’s shot in the second half were enough for Minnesota to beat Kansas City in a three-game sweep.
The twins (72-70) managed to win four games over first-place Cleveland at El Central.
Trevor Miguel (4-3), throwing the first of five rounds without goals by five miters, took the win by a perfect five. Johan Doran finished seventh with a tense nine,
Royals champion Daniel Lynch (4-11) was the loser.
Alderson will step down as Mets chairman in a new role
New York Sandy Alderson will step down as New York Mets president when the team finds a replacement.
Alderson, 74, a cancer survivor who served two terms as general manager of New York, will move to a new position as special advisor to owners Steve and Alex Cohen and the senior leadership team.
The first-placed Mets announced their plans Thursday night before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball.
“For me personally and for the organization, this is the right time for this transition,” Alderson said in a statement. “We are having a successful season, we have made several major additions to our senior leadership team and built a strong and future-proof culture. When the time comes, I look forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex and the organization in a new role.”
Alderson was the Mets’ general manager from 2010 to 2018. He returned to the club as president when Cohen bought the team in November 2020 and took over the responsibilities of the general manager managing baseball operations again for a while before Billy Ebler was appointed as the general manager at the most recent season.
“When I asked Sandy to return to the team, it was for a specific period of time and with a specific mandate – to revive our culture and this privilege for our fans, partners and employees,” said Steve Cohen. “Sandy did those things and more and we started looking for his successor. When we found this person, I asked Sandy to continue in a new position as special counsel to me and the senior leadership team.”