Sept 26 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games.
Rays 4, Yankees 0
Mariano Rivera pitched one and a third innings in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, but it was in a non-save situation as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
After getting the second out in the ninth, long time team mates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter walked to the mound and shared an embrace with Rivera.
Rivera exited with tears in his eyes, tipped his cap to the crowd and accepted hugs from team.
Rivera's special moments with the sellout crowd of 48,675 came as the Rays (90-69) extended their winning streak to seven games, won for the 12th time in 15 games and lowered their magic number for clinching a wild card spot to three over the Cleveland Indians and two over the Texas Rangers.
Alex Cobb (11-3) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings, Evan Longoria drove in three runs and Delmon Young added a solo home run.
Rangers 6, Angels 5
The Texas Rangers stayed in the wild-card race as Jurickson Profar homered in the ninth inning to lift them to a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers (88-71) extended their winning streak to four and remain one game behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot with three games left. Tampa Bay is the wild-card leader.
Profar, pinch-hitting for Adam Rosales, sent a drive into the right-field seats off reliever Michael Kohn.
The Rangers dodged a bullet in the top of the ninth, as Joe Nathan left Josh Hamilton stranded at third.
Indians 6, Twins 5
With little margin for error in the American League wild-card race, the Cleveland Indians moved a step closer to their goal of the playoffs with a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland (89-70) holds a one-game lead on Texas in the race for the second wild card. Tampa Bay lead the Indians by one game. All three teams have three games remaining in the regular season.
The Indians built a 5-0 lead, but the Twins scored four times in the ninth inning to make it close.
Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes each had three hits and two RBIs for Cleveland. Gomes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Braves 7, Phillies 1
Jason Heyward jump-started the previously slumping Atlanta offense against the Philadelphia Phillies, smashing a leadoff homer on the first pitch he saw as he went five-for-five, which featured three doubles as the National League East champions prevailed 7-1.
Heyward was just two-for-15 in his four previous games since returning from a broken jaw before recording career highs in hits and extra-base hits.
The Braves (94-65) moved into a tie with Central Division leader St. Louis for the best record in the NL and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
Matt Wieters homered and drove in two runs, and starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up two hits in seven innings as the Baltimore Orioles posted a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wieters hit a solo homer in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the third.
Gonzalez (11-8) gave up one unearned run and two hits through seven innings, retiring 12 in a row and 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.
Jim Johnson came on in the ninth for his American League-best 48th save.
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2 (11)
Alexi Amarista hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning, giving the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks (80-79), who lost six of their past seven in San Diego and eight of 10 overall, did not have a hit in their last 24 at-bats.
Brewers 4, Mets 2
The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the second inning on the way to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets.
The Mets went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base in their second loss in seven games.
Royals 3, White Sox 2
The Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.
The victory was the Royals' 84th of the season, their most wins in 20 years.
(Editing by Ben Everill)