MLB: recap of playoff race in American with Yankees defeating Orioles

The New York Yankees weren’t going to waste an opportunity to join the Toronto Blue Jays in the standings by playing against the worst team in Major Baseball.

The New Yorkers pulled out all the stops as they beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Tuesday.

The win brings the Yankees’ record to 81-64, the same as the Jays for the two spots among the teams drafted in the American.

“Every win is very important,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. It’s the ‘fun’ part of the season, trying to make it to the playoffs. « 

All the points in that Yankees game came from a home run. Aaron Judge got the ball rolling in the first inning with his 34th long ball of the season.

Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit followed suit in the third inning to bring the score to 5-0 New York. Joey Gallo and DJ LeMahieu also sent the ball over the fence later in the game.

After a complicated first inning that required almost 30 shots, Gerrit Cole recovered from the mound for the Yankees. He recorded seven strikeouts and limited the Orioles to one run in five innings.

Aroldis Chapman came to end the meeting in the ninth inning by securing the last two strikeouts.

Red Sox create congestion

Kyle Schwarber broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning to allow the Red Sox to meet their rivals in the East American Division in the playoff race with an 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Schwarber showed up at bat as the cushions were filled. He threw his ball against the fence of center field which emptied the trails while he stopped his run at third base.

Alex Verdugo followed up with his 13th homerun of the season to give the Sox a comfortable five-point lead.

The Red Sox are 82-65 which places them in the same position as the Jays and the Yankees despite their games in hand.

Elsewhere in the American

Indians 3 – Twins 1
CLE: Triston McKenzie allowed one run and three hits in six innings
MIN: Joe Ryan limited the Indians to one point in five innings

Indians 3 – Twins 6 match no 2
CLE: Logan Allen allowed four runs in three and two-thirds innings
MIN: Ryan Jeffers produced four points

Brewers 0 – Tigers 1 (11th inning)
MIL: Wily Peralta limited Brewers to two hits in six innings
DET: Derek Hill produced the winning point with a double

Astros 1 – Rangers 8
HOU: Zack Greinke was roughed up with eight runs allowed in five innings
TEX: DJ Peters produced three runs with a homer in the sixth inning

Angels 3 – White Sox 9
LAA: Shohei Ohtani was shut out in four plate appearances
CWS: Gavin Sheets ended his night with four RBIs

Athletics 7 – Royals 10

OAK: Elvis Andrus finished the game with two RBIs
KC: Salvador Perez hit his 43rd homer of the season

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