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September 19, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees short-circuited Boston’s celebration by beating the Red Sox’s 3-2 on Neil Walker’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. The Red Sox led 1-0 until Walker prevented them from clinching their third consecutive AL East title. Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 in his first game since breaking his right wrist on July 26.

HOUSTON (AP) — Josh James picked up his first big league win by holding the Mariners to four hits while fanning seven in the Astros’ 7-0 shutout. Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Tyler White doubled home a run as Houston improved to 13-3 this month. The Astros took a five-game lead in the AL West when Oakland suffered a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor’s walk-off, solo homer in the 10th inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Rockies and a 1 ½-game lead over Colorado atop the NL West. Taylor also singled home the tying run in the fifth, a half-inning after Charlie Blackmon’s homer put the Rockies up 2-1. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw settled for a no-decision after yielding only one earned run and three hits over seven innings.

UNDATED (AP) — Javier Baez and Daniel Murphy each furnished two-run homers in the Chicago Cubs’ fifth victory in six games, a 9-1 thumping of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mike Montgomery allowed a run and four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings for his first win since Aug. 7. The Cubs now lead in the NL Central to 3 ½ games over Milwaukee following the Brewers’ 3-1 loss to Cincinnati.

ATLANTA (AP) — Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals held onto the second NL wild card by pounding the Braves, 8-1 in Atlanta. Austin Gomber gave up a run and six hits over five innings of the Redbirds’ third straight win. Atlanta has dropped four in a row since a season-high six-game winning streak, leaving the Braves with a magic number of seven over Philadelphia for taking the NL East title.

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