MLB RECAPS

MLB Recaps: Cubs inch closer to NL Central title

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September 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm.

Sep 24, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Photo Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 24, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Photo Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE — Jose Quintana struck out 10 in a three-hitter game as the Chicago Cubs moved closer to clinching the National League Central Division by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 on Sunday.

Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer for the defending World Series champions, who have a magic number of two to clinch.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Twins 10, Tigers 4

DETROIT — Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as Minnesota rolled over Detroit.

Jorge Polanco also homered and Joe Mauer drove in two runs as Minnesota moved to within four games behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card spot.

Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which dropped its seventh straight.

Red Sox 5, Reds 4

CINCINNATI — Mookie Betts hit a three-run double in the eighth inning and scored on a single by Rafael Devers as Boston beat Cincinnati.

Betts helped the Red Sox lower their magic number for clinching the American League East to four. The Red Sox moved five games ahead of the New York Yankees.

Billy Hamilton stole his 59th base as the Reds blew a four-run lead.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5

TORONTO — Russell Martin doubled twice and drove in three runs as Toronto beat New York.

Teoscar Hernandez homered and Jose Bautista singled twice for Toronto.

Aaron Judge hit his league-leading 47th and 48th homers of the season for New York.

Nationals 3, Mets 2

NEW YORK — Max Scherzer outdueled Jacob deGrom in a matchup of aces as Washington edged New York.

Scherzer allowed one run on three hits in six innings to go along with 10 strikeouts. DeGrom allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out 11 in six innings.

Trea Turner hit a two-run homer for Washington while Brandon Nimmo homered for the Mets.

White Sox 8, Royals 1

CHICAGO — Avisail Garcia homered and drove in three runs as Chicago blasted Kansas City.

Kevan Smith also homered while Lucas Giolito allowed one run in seven innings.

Lorenzo Cain homered for Kansas City while starter Ian Kennedy allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 1

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte hit a two-run homer as Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis.

Jordan Luplow homered and tripled for the Pirates, and Jameson Taillon allowed one run in five innings.

Matt Carpenter homered for the Cardinals.

Orioles 9, Rays 4

BALTIMORE — J.J. Hardy and Chance Sisco hit two-run homers as Baltimore knocked off Tampa Bay.

Hardy hit the tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning while Sisco homered in the sixth.

Chris Archer dropped his fifth straight decision, allowing six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings as Tampa Bay moved to the verge of officially being eliminated from the wild-card race.

Phillies 2, Braves 0

ATLANTA — Nick Pivetta allowed five hits in six innings as Philadelphia blanked Atlanta.

Maikel Franco hit his 21st homer for Philadelphia.

Atlanta’s Luz Gohara allowed one run on five hits in seven innings.

 

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