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Cards rally after Machado-Tatis dustup

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ST. LOUIS (AP) With the San Diego Padres squabbling amongst themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to solidify their postseason position.

Tyler O'Neill hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Cardinals came back to beat the Padres 3-2 Saturday night after San Diego stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. had a dugout dustup.

The Cardinals pulled two games ahead of Cincinnati for the second and final NL wild card, with San Diego and Philadelphia 2 1/2 games behind.


Brewers clinch 4th playoff berth in row

MILWAUKEE (AP) Manny Pina homered twice, Eduardo Escobar and Jace Peterson also connected, and the Milwaukee Brewers clinched their fourth straight postseason berth with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

The Brewers won for the seventh time in nine games to ensure themselves at least a wild card after San Diego and Cincinnati lost earlier in the day. Milwaukee's magic number to lock up the NL Central title is three over St. Louis.


Scherzer tops Reds, now 7-0 with Dodgers

CINCINNATI (AP) Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Scherzer (15-4) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from Washington to the Dodgers on July 30. He allowed just two hits, struck out seven and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 2.08.


Segura hits 2 HRs, Phils 1 back in East

NEW YORK (AP) Jean Segura had his first multi-homer game in almost five years and Aaron Nola snapped a nine-start winless streak, leading the surging Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday.

Bryce Harper drove in two runs to help Philadelphia win its fourth in a row and hurt the Mets' flickering playoff hopes.


Semien's 40th puts Jays in playoff spot

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Semien became the fifth second baseman to hit 40 home runs in a season, and the Toronto Blue Jays moved back into a playoff position by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Saturday.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer, and Bo Bichette had three hits and two RBIs as the Blue Jays rebounded from a 7-3 loss and improved to a big league-best 14-3 in September.


Red Sox beat O's, keep wild card lead

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in four runs, carrying the AL wild card-leading Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

The Red Sox are one game ahead of Toronto and 1 1/2 games in front of the rival Yankees in the playoff chase.


A's beat Angels, keep pace for wild card

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his 36th home run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Saturday night.

The A's have won four consecutive games and seven of 10 in their race for the second AL wild card. They're two games back of Toronto for the final postseason spot, with the Yankees also in the way.


Sanchez error hurts Yankees in loss

NEW YORK (AP) Gary Sanchez failed to catch a foul popup that led to a seven-run fifth inning capped by Andres Gimenez's three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Yankees 11-3 on Saturday to drop New York out of a playoff position.

"Definitely a play there that I'm used to making, especially this year. I thought I've been very good catching those flies," Sanchez said through a translator. "I think this is the first one I missed this year but just a bad read there with the fly ball


Rangers top Lynn with La Russa suspended

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) DJ Peters' pinch-hit single drove home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat former teammate Lance Lynn and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Saturday night.

"It was typical of what I thought of Lance," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I knew he wouldn't give up a ton of runs, but we got just enough."

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