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Yankees falter again

They drop their second straight on last at-bat

Associated Press / September 17, 2011

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Mariano Rivera remained on hold at 600 saves when CC Sabathia failed to hold a fifth-inning lead and Jose Molina’s single in the ninth lifted the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees, 5-4, last night in Toronto.

Ahead, 3-1, Sabathia allowed a three-run double to Aaron Lind in the fifth. Nick Swisher’s RBI single tied it in the sixth, but Lind doubled off Boone Logan (5-3) leading off the ninth. Molina, who played for the Yankees from 2007-09, singled with one out off Cory Wade.

New York lost its second straight game on the last at-bat since Rivera got his 600th save Tuesday at Seattle, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman’s career record.

Tigers 3, Athletics 1 - Newcomer Doug Fister pitched Detroit to the AL Central title, beating host Oakland to secure the club’s first division title in nearly a quarter-century. Detroit is headed to the playoffs for the first time since winning the AL wild card in 2006 and losing to St. Louis in the World Series.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 2 - Adron Chambers drove in the go-ahead run with his first major league hit and Tyler Greene added an RBI double in the 11th inning to help St. Louis beat host Philadelphia, keeping the Cardinals’ playoff push alive while putting the Phillies’ title celebration on hold.

Brewers 6, Reds 3 - Ryan Braun homered twice, leading Milwaukee to a victory that started a final push toward its first NL Central title and eliminated host Cincinnati from playoff contention.

Braun hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers off Bronson Arroyo (8-12), then added his 30th off reliever Jeremy Horst.

Marlins 3, Nationals 0 - Javier Vazquez threw his first shutout in more than six years to lead Florida over host Washington.

Vazquez (11-11) allowed five hits for his eighth career shutout. His last came as a member of the Diamondbacks in a 1-0 win at Detroit on May 22, 2005.

Indians 7, Twins 6 - Jim Thome hit home run No. 603 in his return to Minnesota, and Cleveland kept the Tigers from clinching the AL Central title.

Thome homered in the ninth inning against Joe Nathan for a 7-4 lead, just Thome’s second home run since Cleveland reacquired him on Aug. 25. Orioles 8, Angels 3 - Los Angeles’s playoff push was slowed when Tommy Hunter pitched seven shutout innings for host Baltimore.

Giants 9, Rockies 1 - Madison Bumgarner allowed one unearned run in seven strong innings and hit a two-run double, helping San Francisco keep its playoff hopes alive with its sixth straight win over host Colorado.

Mets 12, Braves 2 - David Wright drove in five runs with two homers and New York, responding to criticism from its manager, beat Derek Lowe and host Atlanta. The Mets matched their season high with 20 hits in ending a six-game losing streak.

Royals 7, White Sox 6 - Eric Hosmer had three hits and doubled in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift host Kansas City to a win over Chicago that extended the Royals’ winning streak to six games. The last time the Royals won six consecutive games was May 2-7, 2009.

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 0 - Tim Stauffer shut down visiting Arizona into the seventh inning before leaving with arm stiffness and last place San Diego beat the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

Dodgers 7, Pirates 2 - Pinch-hitter James Loney hit a three-run homer, Matt Kemp increased his career-high RBI total to 111, and host Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh.

Mariners 4, Rangers 0 - Former Texas prospect Blake Beavan shut down the Rangers for eight innings and Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler made a costly throwing error that led to three Seattle runs, earning a shutout for the host Mariners.

Cubs 4, Astros 3 - Matt Garza pitched nine strong innings and Marlon Byrd hit an infield single in the 12th inning to lift host Chicago over Houston, which has 99 losses.

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