Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Ortiz homers, Red Sox hurt Jays in wild card

BOSTON — Opening his final weekend, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the rightfield stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

Ortiz hit his 38th homer of the year and No. 541 of his career. It was extra-base hit No. 1,192, tying Ken Griffey Jr. and Rafael Palmeiro for eighth all time.

The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race. In Atlanta, Detroit pulled within a half-game of Toronto for the AL's final postseason berth with a 6-2 victory over the Braves.

In New York, Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run and the Orioles beat the Yankees 8-1 in steady rain.

RODON TIES AL MARK: White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon tied an AL record by striking out the first seven Twins in a 7-3 victory. Joe Cowley of the White Sox also did on May 28, 1986, at Texas. The major-league record is eight by Houston's Jim Deshaies in 1986 and Jacob deGrom of the Mets in 2014.

Mets 5, Phillies 1: Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game and drove in three runs, Robert Gsellman threw six sharp innings and visiting New York clinched at least a tie for a wild-card berth.

Cubs 7, Reds 3: Ben Zobrist homered twice and had three RBIs, helping visiting Chicago improve to 14-3 against Cincinnati (outscoring the Reds by 74 runs).

Around the league

CARDINALS: Outfielder Matt Holliday (broken thumb) was activated from the disabled list and hit a pinch-hit home run against the Pirates, giving St. Louis six players with at least 20 home runs to tie the 1965 and 2003 Braves for the NL record.

CUBS: General manager Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod agreed to extensions through the 2021 season.

REDS: Manager Bryan Price agreed to a one-year contract through next season. The entire coaching staff also has been offered contracts.

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