Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's Major League games

Reuters

Sept 25 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League games

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Tigers 1, Twins 0

Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers shut out the Minnesota Twins to capture the AL Central Division title for the third straight year.

The first Detroit batter of the game scored and then the Tigers rode Scherzer and the bullpen the rest of the way to a champagne-filled clubhouse.

Scherzer pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two hits among the 123 pitches he threw for his 21st win of the season. Along with the 10 strikeouts, he also allowed six walks.

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Rays 8, Yankees 3

Evan Longoria and David DeJesus homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to six games with a victory over the New York Yankees, who were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Rays (89-69) remain one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians (88-70) for the first American League wild-card spot.

David Price (9-8) ended a three-game losing streak, winning for the first time since Aug. 25. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

The Yankees will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

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Rangers 7, Astros 3

The Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep to keep pace in the American League wild-card race.

Leonys Martin delivered a three-run double in the fourth inning, where Texas scored five runs, and the Rangers remained one game behind Cleveland for the second wild card spot.

The Rangers close the season with a four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Indians 7, White Sox 2

Nick Swisher homered, Michael Brantley had three hits, and six Cleveland pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox to remain in the second American League wild-card spot.

The Indians earned their sixth win in a row and their 11th in the last 13 games to maintain a one-game edge over the Texas Rangers in the playoff race.

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Cardinals 4, Nationals 1

Rookie right-hander Shelby Miller pitched into the seventh inning for his 15th win as the Cardinals capped a three-game sweep of Washington to close in on a division title.

St Louis (94-65) took a three-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central with just three games remaining.

Miller (15-9) yielded one run in six innings while Washington's Jordan Zimmerman (19-9) was denied his 20th victory despite allowing six hits in seven walk-free innings.

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Cubs 4, Pirates 2

Darnell McDonald went 3-for-4 including a three-run home run as the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh, who saw their division chances further fade.

The Cubs left fielder snapped a 1-1 tie with his sixth inning homer off Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (16-8) and Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Pirates fell three games behind first-place St Louis in the NL Central but kept their one-game edge on Cincinnati for the top wild-card spot.

The Pirates and Reds will play a season-ending three-game series beginning on Friday.

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Mets 1, Reds 0

Daisuke Matsuzaka dominated Cincinnati for 7 2/3 shutout innings, lifting the New York Mets and eliminating the Reds from the National League Central race.

Cincinnati (90-69) has already clinched a postseason berth, but now the best they can hope for is winning the top wild card spot so they can host Tuesday's NL wild card game.

They trail Pittsburgh by one game with a three-game series between the teams starting on Friday.

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Brewers 4, Braves 0

Carlos Gomez sparked a bench-clearing dustup and Kyle Lohse tossed a two-hit shutout to top the Atlanta Braves, dropping the East Division champs from the best record in the National League.

Gomez, the second batter off the game, drew the Braves' anger after he homered off Paul Maholm, and stood a while to watch it, appearing to say something to the pitcher.

He never actually got a chance to touch home plate as a bench-clearing melee ensued. Gomez was ejected along with Freddie Freeman and Gerald Laird of the Braves.

With the loss, the Braves (93-65) fell a half-game behind the NL Central-leading St Louis Cardinals (94-65) for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs

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Angels 3, A's 1

Jered Weaver gave up one run in seven innings and Erick Aybar had three hits to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a win over the Oakland A's.

The American League West champion Athletics fell one and a half games behind Boston, who is playing late on Wednesday, for the top record in the AL.

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Orioles 9, Blue Jays 5

Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop homered in his major league debut and the Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Orioles assured themselves of consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1996-1997 while Toronto is guaranteed a last-place finish in the American League East.

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Marlins 3, Phillies 2

Adeiny Hechavarria drove in three runs, including the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, to lead the Miami Marlins to a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Marlins closer Steve Cishek came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, earning his 33rd save of the season. It was also his 28th consecutive save, breaking the club record he had shared with Todd Jones (2005).

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Red Sox 15, Rockies 5

The Red Sox scored 10 runs in the first five innings on their way to a rout and a two-game lead over the Oakland A's in the race for the best record in the American League and home-field advantage in the postseason.

Will Middlebrooks drove in a career-high seven runs with a three-run homer in the fifth and a grand slam in the eighth.

In his final home game at Coors Field, Todd Helton received a loud, standing ovation each time he came to the plate and he responded with a homer, a sacrifice-fly and a double.

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Mariners 6, Royals 0

The Seattle Mariners extinguished Kansas City's hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time since 1985, beating the Royals to eliminate them from playoff contention.

Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (14-6) was dominant in eight innings of four-hit ball, striking out nine and walking one.

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Padres 12, Diamondbacks 2

Rookies Jedd Gyorko, Tommy Medica and Chris Robinson homered, and San Diego pitcher Ian Kennedy beat his former team for the first time as the Padres rolled to a rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kennedy was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Padres on July 31, and allowed two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

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Giants 6, Dodgers 4

Barry Zito allowed one earned run over five innings in what is expected to be his final start for the San Francisco Giants, pitching the dethroned National League West champions to a victory over the 2013 division champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tony Abreu drove in a career-high four runs, three with a second-inning triple, and Pablo Sandoval socked a two-run home run.

The loss dropped the Dodgers 2 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and two back of the Atlanta Braves in the race for home-field advantage in the upcoming NL playoffs. (Editing by John O'Brien/Peter Rutherford)

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