The wildcard race is starting to heat up in Major League Baseball as there’s just three weeks left until October baseball. There were a few matchups yesterday with some playoff implications:
The Rays fell to the Red Sox 2-0: It was a pitching duel in Tampa as David Price for the Rays and Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox went at it. All the offense came in the fifth inning for Boston when they scored their two runs, and that was it. Rays manager Joe Maddon says that it was a great game for both teams on the mound.
The BoSox extended their AL East lead to 8.5 games, while the Rays are only 1.5 games up on Baltimore and Cleveland for the second wild card spot. Maddon says you can’t focus on the playoff numbers.
First pitch is tonight at 7 with Ryan Dempster on the hill for Boston and Alex Cobb for the Rays.
Yankees 7 Orioles 5 Two teams firmly in the hunt for the wildcard. The Yankees are now two games back of the wildcard, while the Orioles are ahead of them by half a game. But neither would be in as of today. They’re back at it at 7:05 tonight.
Kansas City 6 Cleveland 3 The Indians stay a game and a half behind Tampa Bay but the win moves the Royals to within three games of the Rays. They will play again this afternoon.
In the National League, Pittsburgh downs Texas in interleague play, keeping the Rangers two games behind Oakland in the AL West and keeping the Pirates a game behind St.Louis in the NL Central. Cincinnati lost to move the Reds three games behind the Cardinals.
Atlanta edges the Marlins 4-3. The story of the game was Braves pitcher Julio Teheran, who gave up three runs in the first inning but then fired shutout baseball over the next 5.2 innings. Evan Gattis led the way for the Braves with two RBIs to power Atlanta to the win.
As for tonight, it’s the Marlins’ young pitcher hitting the mound. Jose Fernandez makes his final start of the season tonight. The rookie is only five innings away from his team-imposed 170 innings limit. Fernandez says he’s excited to go one more time.
First pitch tonight is at 7:10.
Other MLB scores from last night: Reds lose to the Cubs 9-1, the Cardinals beat the Brewers 4-2, Pirates win over the Rangers 5-4, and the Royals top the Indians 6-3