NL and AL Central Races Still Up for Grabs
UNDATED (AP) - The American League and National League Central titles remain undecided after the two contenders in each division lost on Saturday.
St. Louis still leads the NL Central by a game over Pittsburgh following the Cardinals' 5-2 loss at Arizona. Mark Trumbo led the Diamondbacks attack with a pair of homers and four RBIs. The game was tied 2-2 until Trumbo's three-run blast in the seventh sent the Redbirds to their fourth loss in seven games.
The Bucs blew a 6-4 lead in the seventh inning before Ramon Santiago launched a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to give Cincinnati a 10-6 win over Pittsburgh. Todd Frazier tied it with a two-run blast and scored seven runs as the Reds handed the Pirates just their fifth loss in 22 games.
The Tigers continue to top the AL Central by a game over Kansas City after Eduardo Escobar went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and six RBIs in Minnesota's 12-3 drubbing of Detroit. Brian Dozier added a solo shot and two RBIs for the Twins, who've outscored the Tigers 23-7 the last two nights.
The Royals were 5-4 losers in Chicago as Josh Phegley hit a pair of solo homers after Jose Abreu launched a two-run shot for the White Sox. John Danks held the Royals to two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics failed to clinch the final AL wild-card berth by losing 5-4 to Texas. Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE'-nohs) hit a two-run homer and Jake Smolinski added a solo shot as Texas beat the Athletics for the fifth time in six tries. The A's have the second-worst record in the majors since they were 11 games up in the wild-card race and four games ahead of the AL West-winning Angels on Aug. 10.
Seattle is still alive in the wild-card picture after Austin Jackson beat a double-play relay in the 11th inning, allowing Brad Miller to score the winning run in the Mariners' 2-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners' bullpen tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings after James Paxton allowed a run and four hits in 5 2/3 frames.
Hear the Cards and D-Backs final game of the regular season Sunday on KHMO. Pregame gets underway at 2:15.