Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games


Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games:

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Marlins 1, Tigers 0

Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit.

Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately scored when Luke Putkonen (1-3) then threw a wild pitch.

Alvarez nevertheless produced the third no-hitter in baseball this season and the sixth in Marlins' history. He allowed just one walk -- in the ninth -- and threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.

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Rangers 6, Angels 2

Texas grabbed a season-saving win over the Los Angeles Angels that meant the Rangers will host the Rays on Monday in a tiebreaker to decide the final wild-card berth in the American League.

Geovany Soto's sixth-inning, go-ahead double to score Adrian Beltre helped the Rangers to their 91st win of the season to tie the Rays who won earlier.

Texas completed the club's first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since 1978.

Yu Darvish pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs in the no-decision.

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Indians 5, Twins 1

Cleveland clinched home field for the AL Wild Card game, riding a 13-strikeout performance by Ubaldo Jimenez for a win over Minnesota.

Cleveland closed out the regular season with a 10-game winning streak behind Jimenez who finished 6 2/3 innings. The Indians will take on the winner of the one-game playoff with Tampa Bay and Texas in the wild card game.

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Rays 7, Blue Jays 6

Jose Lobaton drove in two runs and left-hander Matt Moore pitched into the sixth inning as Tampa Bay kept their wild-card hopes alive by holding on for a victory over Toronto.

The Rays entered the game tied with Texas and will now play a one-game tiebreaker against the Rangers on Monday. The winner advances to the wild card game against Cleveland.

The Rays (91-71) scored six runs in the first inning as they recovered from two opening losses in the series with the Blue Jays.

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Cardinals 4, Cubs 0

St. Louis shut out Chicago to ensure that it will have the home-field advantage in both the division series and, if they advance, the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals finished the year with the best record in the National League at 97-65, one game better than the Braves, as they tied their season high with a sixth consecutive win.

They will host the winner of the wild-card game between the Reds and Pirates when the Division Series begins on Thursday.

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Braves 12, Phillies 5

Atlanta closed the regular season with a victory over Philadelphia but it was not enough to catch the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in the National League.

The Braves will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in their National League Division Series starting on Thursday.

Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Gerald Laird went 4-for-4 with a walk and Elliot Johnson drove in five runs as the NL East-champion Braves finished the season 96-66.

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Pirates 4, Reds 2

Jordy Mercer went 3-for-4 including an inside-the-park home run and a triple, lifting the Pirates to a three-game sweep against the Reds as the two teams prepare to face off in the post-season.

Pittsburgh (94-68) hosts Cincinnati (90-72) in the National League wild card game on Tuesday at PNC Park in the first postseason game played in the Steel City since 1992.

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Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

Ryan Flaherty came off the bench to replace an injured Chris Davis and had two hits and two RBIs, leading Baltimore to victory over Boston in the final regular-season game.

Boston still finished with the best record in the American League, guaranteeing it home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Boston will host Game One of the American League Division Series on Friday.

Davis left in the fourth inning with a sprained left wrist.

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Yankees 5, Astros 1 (14 innings)

Yankees first baseman Mark Reynolds slammed a solo home run to left field in the 14th inning, propelling New York past Houston 5-1.

The hit ended five innings of scoreless baseball for both teams. Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double and J.R. Murphy singled to left to score Nunez, extending the Yankees lead to four runs.

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Royals 4, White Sox 1

Led by starter Bruce Chen, the Royals finished on a high note by polishing off the White Sox and winning the season series 10-9 against the AL Central's last-place team.

Chen went 6 2/3 innings and allowed just one run while Salvador Perez (3-for-4, two RBI) and Brett Hayes each hit two-run homers.

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Mets 3. Brewers 2

Eric Young Jr. won the National League stolen base crown and drove in the game-winning run as the Mets edged Milwaukee.

Young had two steals in the first inning, and he finished the season with 46. He led the NL in steals 17 years after his father swiped an NL-high 53 bases for the Rockies. It is the first time in history a father and son have each won a stolen base title.

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Yankees 5, Astros 1 (14 innings)

Mark Reynolds slammed a solo home run to left field in the 14th inning to end five straight innings of scoreless baseball and propel New York past Houston.

Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double and J.R. Murphy singled to left to score Nunez, extending the Yankees lead to four runs and allowing the Astros and Yankees to finally wrap up the season.

Following his dramatic exit from the mound at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, retiring Yankee closer Mariano Rivera explained to the Houston crowd before the game that he would not play in the game as he wanted his New York exit to be his final memory.

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Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2

A.J. Pollock singled off pitcher Ryan Mattheus' right leg to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Paul Goldschmidt got his National League-leading 125th RBI in the Arizona Diamondbacks' victory over Washington in Nationals manager Davey Johnson's final game.

Johnson, who took over the Nationals in mid-June 2011 and led them to the NL East title in 2012, ended his 17-year managerial career with a record of 1,372-1,071.

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Athletics 9, Mariners 0

The A's cruised to a win over Seattle in their final postseason tuneup.

Oakland will host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday.

The Mariners (71-91) closed out their fourth consecutive sub-.500 season in familiar fashion, with just five hits while getting shut out for the 10th time this season. It was their final game with Eric Wedge at the helm, as the 45-year-old manager said last week that he would not be back next season.

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Rockies 2, Dodgers 1

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Ryu Hyun-jin allowed eight hits and two runs over four innings against the Colorado Rockies, and the Dodgers in the last regular-season game of the year.

Los Angeles open the National League Division Series against the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday.

The Rockies got to Ryu (14-8) in the first, on Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single, and in the fourth, when Charlie Blackmon singled home Charlie Culberson.

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Giants 7, Padres 6

Francisco Peguero hit his first major league home run, a game-tying shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, and Hunter Pence drilled a game-winning RBI single four batters later as the San Francisco Giants overcame a Jedd Gyorko grand slam to beat the San Diego Padres in the season finale Sunday afternoon.

The come-from-behind win allowed the Giants (76-86) to tie the Padres (76-86) for third place in the final National League West. San Francisco, who won the World Series last year, earned 18 fewer regular-season wins than in 2012.

(Editing by Gene Cherry/Peter Rutherford)

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