Angels finish off Rangers
Abreu helps LA end playoff bid by Texas
Bobby Abreu homered, fill-in starter Sean O’Sullivan earned his first win in two months, and the Angels eliminated the Texas Rangers from playoff contention with a 5-2 victory last night in Los Angeles.
Texas’s third straight loss clinched the AL wild card for the Red Sox, who will meet the Angels in the first round for the third consecutive postseason.
One day after the Angels clinched their third straight AL West title with an 11-0 victory over the second-place Rangers, Los Angeles took it easy, resting two-thirds of its usual starting lineup.
Yet pinch hitter Mike Napoli had a two-run single as the Angels battered Texas ace Scott Feldman (17-7), who lost for the third time in four starts.
Rockies 7, Brewers 5 - Pinch hitter Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer off David Weathers in the 11th inning to help host Colorado past Milwaukee, stretching the Rockies’ NL wild-card lead to three games over Atlanta with five to play.
Iannetta sent a 3-2 fastball into the Rockies’ bullpen in right-center with one out for his 16th homer and first career game-ending drive.
The crowd of 39,087 let loose a loud cheer when the Braves’ 5-4 loss to the Marlins was announced in the middle of the sixth. But there was a collective groan when light-hitting Jason Kendall hit a three-run homer off closer Huston Street with one out in the ninth to tie it at 5.
Matt Belisle (3-1), the seventh Rockies pitcher, picked up the win with a 1-2-3 11th. Marlins 5, Braves 4 - Jorge Cantu hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh and visiting Florida snapped Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak, handing the Braves just their third loss in 18 games.
Chris Coghlan had three hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who were eliminated from playoff contention by the Rockies’ win.
Phillies 7, Astros 4 - Pedro Feliz hit a grand slam, J.A. Happ pitched effectively into the sixth inning, and host Philadelphia moved closer toward clinching its third straight NL East title.
The defending World Series champions reduced their magic number for winning the division to one over the Braves.
Padres 3, Dodgers 1 - Tony Gwynn Jr. homered and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled in the go-ahead run as host San Diego keep Los Angeles from clinching its second straight NL West title.
The Dodgers have lost three straight since securing a playoff spot Saturday night.
Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4 - Bengie Molina homered twice, Pablo Sandoval had four hits, and host San Francisco kept its slim wild-card hopes alive with a win over Arizona.
Mariners 6, Athletics 4 - Ken Griffey Jr. started what might be his final homestand with career homer No. 628, highlighting Seattle’s win over Oakland.
Rays 3, Orioles 1 - Rookie Wade Davis allowed one run over seven innings, Carl Crawford stole his career-high 60th base, and host Tampa Bay handed Baltimore its 12th straight loss.
The Orioles’ slide is the longest in the majors this season and is Baltimore’s longest slump since dropping 12 in a row Aug. 16-28, 2004.
Yankees 4, Royals 3 - A.J. Burnett pitched well in an encouraging playoff tune-up and host New York rallied for two runs in the ninth inning for its seventh straight victory.
Juan Miranda got the winning hit off ex-Yankee Kyle Farnsworth (1-5), an infield single that caromed off the reliever’s leg and into foul territory between home plate and first base, giving the Yankees a major-league best 15th walkoff win.
Cubs 6, Pirates 0 - Ryan Dempster pitched a five-hitter for his third career shutout as host Chicago clinched a winning record for the third straight season, just the second time in 70 years the Cubs have had three or more consecutive winning seasons.
Reds 7, Cardinals 2 - Jay Bruce homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs to help host Cincinnati beat St. Louis.
Nationals 4, Mets 3 - Pinch runner Justin Maxwell scored on a throwing error in the eighth for host Washington.
The game between the White Sox and Indians in Cleveland was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a doubleheader today, starting at 4:05 p.m.