CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox clinched their first AL Central title since 2008 with a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in a doubleheader opener Thursday behind two home runs by Tim Anderson.
Chicago, in its first season under 76-year-old Hall of Famer manager Tony La Russa, is going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time.
CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE — Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, and St. Louis overcame a 5-0 deficit to extend its longest winning streak since 1982 to 12 games.
The Cardinals moved five games ahead of Cincinnati and Philadelphia, who played later Thursday, for the second NL wild card.
PHILLIES 12, PIRATES 6
PHILADELPHIA — J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in four, Ronald Torreyes hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning and Philadelphia erased a six-run deficit to pull within two games of NL East-leading Atlanta.
DODGERS 7, ROCKIES 5
DENVER — Max Muncy homered off Lucas Gilbreath (2-2) to start the 10th, and Los Angeles closed within one game of NL West leader San Francisco.
TWINS 7, BLUE JAYS 2
MINNEAPOLIS— Nick Gordon drove in four runs and Michael Pineda (8-8) won his third straight start as Minnesota bumped Toronto back in the AL wild-card race.
The loss was especially costly for Toronto, which fell a full game behind New York for the second spot and three games behind wild-card leader Boston.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 6
SAN DIEGO — Jurickson Profar raced home on Victor Caratini’s infield single off Dominic Leone (3-5) with one out in the 10th, denying San Francisco its 100th win. San Diego stopped a five-game losing streak. and remained six games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. — Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair three facial fractures, but Seattle rallied against Oakland’s bullpen for a four-game sweep.
NATIONALS 3, REDS 2
CINCINNATI — National League batting leader Juan Soto homered in consecutive innings, and Washington pushed Cincinnati further from playoff contention.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, BRAVES 4
PHOENIX — Carson Kelly hit a tying three-run homer off Jacob Webb (5-4) in a five-run seventh,and Daulton Varsho followed with a go-ahead double for last-place Arizona against the NL East-leading Braves. Seeking its fourth straight division title, Atlanta saw its lead cut to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia.
ORIOLES 3, RANGERS 0
BALTIMORE — Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays homered, rookie Zac Lowther (1-2) pitched five sparkling innings to earn his first major league victory and Baltimore beat Texas.