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Orioles secure potentially crucial AL East tiebreaker with 8-0 victory over Rays

September 16, 2023 at 10:00 p.m.
Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson (2) is greeted near home plate by Adam Frazier after Henderson's two-run score run some both of them in the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BALTIMORE -- Gunnar Henderson homered and drove in three runs, Grayson Rodriguez pitched eight outstanding innings and the Baltimore Orioles secured a potentially crucial tiebreaker in the AL East with an 8-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

After losing the first two of this four-game set, the Orioles (92-56) moved a game ahead of second-place Tampa Bay (92-58) and won the season series. That means if the teams tie for first in the division, Baltimore would win.

Rodriguez (6-4) has been sharp since returning from the minors in mid-July, looking like the highly touted prospect he was at the beginning of the season. He allowed five hits in a career-high eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.

Tyler Glasnow (9-6) yielded six runs and eight hits in four innings. It was his shortest outing of the season and the second time in three starts against the Orioles he failed to complete five innings.


MIAMI (AP) -- Jake Burger hit a go-ahead two-run homer and Jazz Chisholm Jr. added a grand slam in the eighth inning to help Miami beat Atlanta.

Luis Arraez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep for the Marlins, who became the first NL East team to win a series against the division champions. The Braves were 11-0-1 in their previous series against division opponents.

Matt Olson hit his major league-leading 52nd homer and overtook Andruw Jones as Atlanta's single-season home run leader. Jones hit 51 in 2005.

Josh Bell drew a two-out walk against Braves reliever Kirby Yates (7-2) before Burger made it 7-5 with a drive over the wall in center for his 32nd homer and seventh since he joined Miami on Aug. 1.

Gurriel singled, and Jesús Sánchez and Garrett Hampson walked before Chisholm connected off Michael Tonkin for Miami's first grand slam of the season.

Ozzie Albies hit his 30th homer and became the fifth Braves' player to reach the total this season.

Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. didn't play because of right calf tightness he experienced late in the series opener Friday.

Tanner Scott (8-4) was the winner.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run in the third inning for just his second hit in eight games, New York relievers retired 15 consecutive batters and the Yankees beat the Pittsburgh.

Stanton led off the third with his 24th home run this season, a 418-foot solo drive off Luis Ortiz (4-5) into the left-field bleachers that extended the Yankees' lead to 4-2. The five-time All-Star is 2 for 27 since Sept. 6 and has three hits, each a home run, in 31 at-bats since Sept. 5. He is hitting a career-low .195.

New York is 5-1 on a seven-game trip and has won 14 of 19, moving two games ahead of last-place Boston in the AL East.

Rookie Jhony Brito (8-7) retired nine straight batters and, Ian Hamilton and Clay Holmes three apiece, Holmes for his 21st save in 24 chances.


DENVER (AP) -- San Francisco pitchers walked seven, matching their second-most this season and Colorado overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Giants in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Thairo Estrada tied a career high with four hits for the Giants (75-73), who began the day one game behind Arizona and Cincinnati for the final NL wild berth, also a half-game back of Miami.

Karl Kauffman (2-4) allowed an unearned run and two hits in four innings and Gavin Hollowell got an eight-out save, his first save for Colorado.

Keaton Winn, Ryan Walker (4-3) and Ross Stripling combined for the seven walks, and Rockies pitchers also walked seven.

LaMonte Wade Jr. homered for San Francisco.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Steven Kwan drove in Bo Naylor following Tyler Freeman's tying single in the eighth inning, rallying Cleveland past Texas.

The Rangers, who remain in the second AL wild-card position, dropped their second straight in the series. They entered the day a half-game behind first-place Houston and one game ahead of third-place Seattle in the AL West.

Reynaldo López (3-7) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his major league-best 41st save. Will Smith (2-6) was the loser.


TORONTO (AP) -- Whit Merrifield singled in the 13th inning to lift Toronto past Boston.

Merrifield's infield single off Mauricio Llovera (1-3) drove in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from third base. Chad Green (3-0) pitched an inning for the victory.

Guerrero hit a solo home run and reached base five times as the Blue Jays ensured they would not lose ground in the AL wild-card race. Toronto began the day a half- game behind Seattle for the third wild-card spot.

Rafael Devers hit his 32nd homer for Boston. The Red Sox lost for the ninth time in 11 games.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Juan Soto hit a sacrifice fly and drew a bases-loaded walk, Matt Waldron struck out five pitching into the sixth for his first major league victory and San Diego secured a series win for manager Bob Melvin against his former Oakland club.

Soto put the Padres on the board in the first on the sacrifice fly and Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI single one batter later to stake San Diego to a quick lead in support of Waldron (1-3). Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Mason Miller (0-3) was the loser.

photo Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson follows through while hitting a two-run home run to score Adam Frazier in the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
photo Miami Marlins' Jake Burger hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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