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Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Kinley (40) is congratulated by catcher Elias Diaz after the final out of the ninth inning in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in San Francisco. Colorado won 7-2. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Pillar, Márquez help Rockies hand Giants costly loss, 7-2

Sep. 22, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Pillar homered against his former team and German Márquez pitched six strong innings to snap a five-game losing streak as the Colorado Rockies stalled San Francisco’s playoff pursuit, beating the Giants 7-2 on Monday night. In the opener of an eight-game road trip to...

Tampa Bay Rays' Peter Fairbanks delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LEADING OFF: Rays, Indians try to clinch; Cole, Gray on hill

Sep. 22, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ ONE AND DONE Tampa Bay can clinch its first AL East crown since 2010 with a win at the New York Mets or a Yankees loss to Toronto. Blake Snell (4-1, 3.05 ERA), the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, gets the ball as the Rays look to become the second team...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper hitless, Girardi ejected, Phils lose to Nats 5-1

Sep. 22, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was hitless in his return from back stiffness and Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the third inning of a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night that dropped the Phillies back to .500 and hurt their playoff hopes. “We played poorly, really...

Oakland Athletics catcher Jonah Heim, left, celebrates with Lou Trivino after the Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013

Sep. 22, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion and making the A's the first team in the majors to lock up a...

Seattle Mariners' Evan White (12) is congratulated by Kyle Seager after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gonzales shuts down Astros as Mariners roll to 6-1 victory

Sep. 22, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales pumped his fist and let out a scream after striking out Michael Brantley on a full-count pitch to finish off eight shutout innings. The emotion poured out. Seattle’s ace was determined to finally get the best of the Astros, and in the process he helped provide the...

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) moves in to tag out Miami Marlins' Monte Harrison, back right, at third base for a double play on a throw from first baseman Freddie Freeman as Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon ducks in the foreground during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Bullpen, defense preserves Braves 5-4 win over Marlins

Sep. 22, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At the start, it looked like a slugfest. By the end, it came down to defense. The Braves ad-libbed a brilliant double play to snuff out a potential Miami comeback in the ninth, moving Atlanta a step closer to a third straight NL East title with a 5-4 victory over the second-place Marlins on...

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe celebrates as he reaches home plate after hitting a home run as New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, left, watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lowe homers, Rays inch past deGrom, Mets 2-1 despite 16 Ks

Sep. 22, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are ready for a party — and mum on the details. “I’m not saying nothing," closer Nick Anderson said with a laugh. Shouldn't have to wait much longer to see what they have in store. Nate Lowe homered and scored both runs against NL Cy Young Award...

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher Jace Fry during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Santana's homer lifts Indians to win, brink of playoff berth

Sep. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians left Progressive Field on the brink of a playoff berth and went home. The party's on hold. In 2020, little goes as planned. “Everything is awkward this year," acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. “So you can add that to it.” Carlos Santana's two-run homer...

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez (71) fist-bumps third baseman Maikel Franco (7) before leaving in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals rally behind stout bullpen to beat Cardinals, 4-1

Sep. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were into the Kansas City bullpen by the fourth inning, and Adam Wainwright was looking like a spry youngster rather than a 39-year-old workhorse as the right-hander sliced through the Royals batting order. Just about everything was looking up for a team...

Toronto Blue Jays' Alejandro Kirk (85) is mobbed by teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, Teoscar Hernández (37) and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., right, after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Rookie Alejandro Kirk has HR, 4 hits, Jays beat Yankees 11-5

Sep. 21, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Alejandro Kirk became the first catcher 21 or younger since Johnny Bench with at least four hits that included two for extra bases, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 11-5 Monday night to drop New York 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for home-field advantage in the first...