Carrasco gets save in Tribe victory
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and the Cleveland Indians beat Philadelphia 5-2 Friday night to maintain position for the second AL wild card and damage the Phillies’ playoff chances.
Cleveland’s fifth straight win eliminated the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox from postseason contention. No team has repeated since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.
Cleveland (91-63) began the night tied with Tampa Bay for the second wild card, two games behind Oakland. The Indians were four games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.
Philadelphia began the night three games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card and lost for the fourth time in six games.
All-Star MVP Shane Bieber (15-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Carrasco retired Jay Bruce with two on to end the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth for his second big league save, his first since June 16, 2014 against the Los Angeles Angels. Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in June and made his eighth appearance with the Indians since returning Sept. 1.
Rookie Oscar Mercado had RBI singles in the first and seventh. Yasiel Puig, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana also drove in runs, helping Cleveland to its fifth straight win
Drew Smyly (4-7) allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in two-plus innings. The left-hander gave up five hits, walked three and was pulled following a leadoff walk to Puig in the third.
Puig fouled a ball off his lower left leg in the sixth. He went to the ground but remained in the game after talking with manager Terry Francona and a team athletic trainer.
BREWERS 10, PIRATES 1: MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and Milwaukee routed Pittsburgh to strengthen its grip on an NL wild card.
Milwaukee pulled two games ahead of the Cubs for the second wild card after Chicago fell to St. Louis 2-1 earlier in the day. The Brewers trail Washington by a game for the top wild card and are three back of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
The Pirates fell to 65-89 with their seventh straight loss. Steven Brault (4-6) surrendered six hits and six runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 0: OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Fiers struck out five and didn’t walk a batter over eight dominant innings to win for the first time in four starts, and Oakland beat Texas to maintain a two-game lead for the top AL wild card.
RAYS 5, RED SOX 4, 11 innings: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were mathematically eliminated in the late innings, then lost to Tampa Bay when Willy Adames had an RBI single in the 11th. Tampa Bay (91-63) remained tied with Cleveland for the second AL wild card, trailing Oakland.
BRAVES 6, GIANTS 0: ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 41st homer in a win that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy’s last year as San Francisco manager. Acuna scored three runs to back Mike Foltynewicz (8-5), who allowed three hits in eight innings.
CARDINALS 2, CUBS 1: CHICAGO — Yadier Molina had three of St. Louis’ four hits, including a two-run single, and the Cardinals held off fading Chicago. Carlos Martinez got the final two outs. The Cardinals’ NL Central lead is three games over Milwaukee and five over Chicago. The Cubs are two games behind the Brewers for the second NL wild card.
METS 8, REDS 1: CINCINNATI — Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and New York beat Cincinnati. Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer and Jeff McNeil added a solo shot.