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A's clinch AL West as Astros lose to M's

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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 final blow in ending Houston's run atop the AL West.

"To be honest, I just went out and attacked them, put them on their heels. And when you do that to anybody I think it takes the wind out of their sails," Gonzales said. "I just came in to win today. That's it."


Braves' Hamels back on IL, out for year

ATLANTA (AP) After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.

Hamels reported shortly before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that he didn't feel like he could get anything on the ball. The left-hander was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues.


Jays P Giles to have Tommy John surgery

Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, likely causing him to miss all of 2021 and impacting the deal he will receive as a free agent this offseason.

A right-hander who turned 30 on Sunday, Giles is 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA and one save in four appearances this season. He left a July 26 game at Tampa Bay because of forearm soreness and was placed on the injured list the next day. He returned with one inning against the New York Mets on Sept. 11, pitched one inning at the New York Yankees on Sept. 15, then went back on the injured list the following day.


Rays overcome deGrom's 14 Ks in 2-1 win

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.


Reds stay hot, end Brewers' 4-game run

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds aren't wilting in their first exposure to September playoff pressure in many years.

Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer, Luis Castillo won his fourth straight start, and streaking Cincinnati moved above .500 for the first time since opening day, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Monday night.


Braves edge Marlins to pad NL East lead

ATLANTA (AP) At the start, it looked like a slugfest.

By the end, it came down to defense.


Rookie Kirk keys Jays' rout of Yankees

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 round of the playoffs.

Kirk, who played at Class A last season and made his debut Sept. 12, singled in the third off Michael King, doubled in the fourth against Jonathan Loaisiga, singled in the fifth off Nick Nelson and hit an opposite-field homer to right in seventh off Chad Green for his first four-hit game.


Indians top ChiSox, close in on playoffs

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.


Bullpen helps Royals rally by Cardinals

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 fighting for a playoff spot.

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