Rockies beat Miami 15-9, stay in playoff picture

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 28, 2017 08:18 AM
Rockies beat Miami 15-9, stay in playoff picture
Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows through after connecting for an RBI-single off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Denver. Colorado won 15-9. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Ian Desmond homered during a six-run second inning and the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies beat Miami 15-9 Wednesday, hours after Major League Baseball approved the sale of the Marlins to an investment group featuring Derek Jeter.

Charlie Blackmon reached 100 RBIs for the Rockies, who with three games left are in prime position to contend for their first postseason berth since 2009. They entered the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee and 2½ games ahead of St. Louis for a wild-card spot.

Jon Gray (10-4) lasted six innings and hasn't allowed more than three runs in 13 straight starts. Adam Conley (7-8) gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

ASTROS 12, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 11 to win his fifth straight start since getting traded to Houston, major league batting leader Jose Altuve reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row, and the AL West champion Astros completed a dominating three-game sweep.

Carlos Correa hit two home runs and George Springer had a grand slam as Houston outscored Texas 37-7 in the series. The Rangers lost their sixth straight game.

Verlander (15-8) matched his season high for strikeouts while allowing two runs without a walk in six innings. He is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his five starts since being traded from Detroit to Houston on Aug. 31.

Altuve, who is hitting .347, got his 200th hit on a single in the first off Nick Martinez (3-8).

DIAMONDBACKS 4, GIANTS 3

PHOENIX (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit his 16th homer in September during a three-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Arizona over San Francisco.

Martinez tied Ralph Kiner's 1949 NL record for home runs in September. The major league record is 17, shared by Babe Ruth and Albert Belle.

Martinez has 45 homers this season, 29 of them since being traded from Detroit to the Diamondbacks on July 18. His 36 RBIs in a month set an Arizona record, topping Luis Gonzalez's 35 in June 2001.

David Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk to cap the comeback in the ninth. The next time Arizona plays at Chase Field will be next Wednesday in the NL wild-card game.

All of the runs were charged to Giants closer Sam Dyson (3-3). J.J. Hoover (3-1) earned the win in relief.

ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 5

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Mark Canha hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent Oakland over Seattle.

Canha's fifth homer this season came against Shae Simmons (0-1).

The A's avoided a three-game sweep and snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Mariners. Matt Joyce tied an Oakland record with three doubles.

Blake Treinen (3-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.

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