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Cards hold off Brewers to push run to 10

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos fanned pinch-hitter Pablo Reyes for the final out and St. Louis won its 10th straight game, increasing its playoff lead by holding off the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Tuesday night.

The Cardinals increased their edge for the second NL wild-card spot to four games over Cincinnati. San Diego began the day four games behind St. Louis and Philadelphia remained 4 1/2 back.

Milwaukee, which has secured a playoff spot, lost its third straight. The Brewers, whose magic number to clinch the NL Central stayed at three, lead the Cardinals by 9 1/2 games.


Bogaerts leads Red Sox to 6th win in row

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and a two-run double in the sixth, lifting the AL wild-card leading Boston Red Sox over the stumbling New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night.

With the Red Sox wearing jarring yellow and blue uniforms, Boston won its sixth straight game and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for the top AL wild card with 10 games remaining. The Red Sox trail first-place Tampa Bay by six games in the AL East.


Ohtani hits 45th, Astros' magic number 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani's latest majestic homer wasn't nearly enough to turn back the Houston Astros as they steamroll toward another AL West title.

Ohtani hit his 45th homer in the eighth inning, but Aledmys Diaz and Kyle Tucker hit back-to-back homers and drove in three runs apiece while leading the Astros to a 10-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.


Bellinger placed on IL with broken rib

DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Cody Bellinger on the injured list with a left rib fracture.

The team made the move Tuesday just before its game in Colorado against the Rockies and backdated the decision to Saturday. The Dodgers recalled outfielder Luke Raley from Triple-A Oklahoma City.


Tigers win; ChiSox don't clinch Central

DETROIT (AP) Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes drove in two runs apiece and the Detroit Tigers stalled the Chicago White Sox's drive for the AL Central title with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday.

The magic number for the White Sox to clinch the division remained at two games.


Pujols lifts Dodgers to 9th win in 10

DENVER (AP) Pinch-hitter Albert Pujols drew on his vast baseball wisdom to get that clutch hit. Once he reached first base, he celebrated like a kid.

Pennant chases will do that.


Braves beat D-backs, stay 3 up in East

PHOENIX (AP) Austin Riley wasn't sure he belonged in the big leagues back in 2019. These days, he's one of the best in the business.

Riley launched his 30th homer of the season, Ozzie Albies added another two-run shot and the Atlanta Braves held their NL East lead by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Tuesday night.


Stanton, Judge homer as Yanks keep pace

NEW YORK (AP) After their biggest bats did plenty of damage, the New York Yankees auditioned a new bullpen weapon for the stretch drive: Luis Severino.

Giancarlo Stanton lined a laser beam of a home run, Aaron Judge added a three-run shot and the Yankees powered past the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Tuesday night to keep pace in the crowded AL wild-card chase.


Gonzales extends run as Mariners top A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Marco Gonzales pitched six uneven innings and won his eighth straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-2 on Tuesday night, moving into a tie with the Athletics in a matchup of wild-card contenders.

J.P. Crawford hit a home run in the ninth inning and finished with three hits. Kyle Seager hit two doubles, and Dylan Moore added a two-run triple as Seattle won its second straight against the A's.

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