- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon got into a dugout fight a day after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention, tangling in the eighth inning Sunday of a 12-5 loss to last-place Philadelphia.

In the ninth, Papelbon (4-3) gave up Andres Blanco’s go-ahead homer as the Phillies scored eight times.

Harper flied out in the eighth with the score 4-all. As he returned to the dugout, he exchanged words with Papelbon, who was acquired from Philadelphia in July to help with a possible postseason push.

Papelbon then reached for Harper’s throat with his left hand and shoved the outfielder back toward the bench with both arms. Teammates pulled the pair apart.

Harper was replaced in right field for the ninth.

Dalier Hinojosa (2-0) earned the win.

CUBS 4, PIRATES 0

CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Arrieta pitched seven dominant innings and also homered in his major league-best 21st win, and Chicago stopped Pittsburgh’s winning streak at eight games.

Arrieta (21-6) retired his first 18 batters before Gregory Polanco grounded a leadoff single into left field in the seventh. The right-hander homered in the second and struck out nine while improving to 15-1 with a dazzling 0.89 ERA in his last 19 starts.

Pittsburgh (95-61) and Chicago (90-65) each have clinched playoff spots and lead the NL wild-card standings, so the Pirates could see Arrieta again in the first game of the postseason on Oct. 7.

The Pirates could still catch St. Louis for the NL Central title. They trail the Cardinals by three games and open a three-game series at home against St. Louis on Monday.

A.J. Burnett (9-6) pitched six effective innings.

ASTROS 4, RANGERS 2

HOUSTON (AP) - Dallas Keuchel (19-8) improved to 15-0 at home this season, striking out 10 while giving up one run and two hits in seven innings. Houston maintained a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card and closed within 2 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas.

Luke Gregerson threw a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

Martin Perez (3-6) allowed two runs - both unearned - and five hits in six innings.

ANGELS 3, MARINERS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kole Calhoun singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth after Carson Smith relieved Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5), and Los Angeles won its fifth straight

David Freese homered in the fifth for the Angels (81-74), who remained a half-game behind Houston. Los ngeles also moved just three games behind the Rangers, with four games in Texas to end the season.

Pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo hit a tying homer off Fernando Salas (5-2) in the eighth for the Mariners (74-82), who were mathematically eliminated Sunday. Seattle lost its final five road games and ensured its fifth losing season in six years.

TWINS 7, TIGERS 1

DETROIT (AP) - Byron Buxton doubled and homered for Minnesota, which won for the fifth time in seven games and remained 1 1/2 games behind Houston.

Ervin Santana (7-4) allowing one run and six hits in seven innings.

Detroit, which is last in the AL Central, finished 38-43 at Comerica Park, its worst home record since 2004. Randy Wolf (0-5) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings.

ROYALS 3, INDIANS 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A day after his father died, Chris Young (11-6) pitched five no-hit innings in his first start after nearly two months in the bullpen, then caught a flight to Dallas before the game ended.

After Danny Duffy struck out two in a perfect sixth for the AL Central champion Royals, Francisco Lindor bunted for a single on Ryan Madson’s first pitch.

A day after climbing above .500 for the first time since April 9, the Indians (77-77) fell four games behind Houston.

Kelvin Herrera worked a flawless eighth, and Wade Davis gave up a double to Jason Kipnis in the ninth as he finished the two-hitter for his 14th save.

Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the fourth against Danny Salazar (13-10) when Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double and scored on Mike Moustakas’ groundout.

RED SOX 2, ORIOLES 0

BOSTON (AP) - Henry Owens (4-3) gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings, Blake Swihart hit a solo homer and Boston completed a three-game sweep that included three shutouts. Robbie Ross Jr. worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Baltimore (76-79) fell 5 1/2 games back of Houston.

YANKEES 6, WHITE SOX 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Luis Severino (5-3) pitched five-hit ball for six innings, Dustin Ackley homered off Erik Johnson (3-1) to lift New York’s late-waking offense and New York cut its magic number for clinching at least a wild card to three.

Severino (5-3) induced three double plays in shutting down the White Sox in his 10th big league start, helping the Yankees move within one of the franchise’s 10,000th regular-season victory.

BLUE JAYS 5, RAYS 4

TORONTO (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer off Steve Geltz (2-6) with two outs in the ninth, his 41st this year.

Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer. The Blue Jays, headed to the postseason for the first time since 1993, finished an AL-best 53-28 at home.

Brett Cecil (4-5) pitched the ninth before Toronto’s 27th home sellout of the season and 12th straight. The Blue Jays sold out 20 of their final 21 home games and drew 2,794,891 at home, their most since 1995.

METS 8, REDS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jacob deGrom (14-8) gave up one run and five hits and struck out nine over six innings in his first outing since Sept. 15 - he had been skipped over in the rotation to rest.

A day after clinching the NL East title for their first postseason berth since 2006, the Mets rested their regulars but still completed the first season sweep by either team since New York started play in 1962, going 7-0 against Cincinnati. The Mets outscored the Reds 36-12 in these four games at Great American Ball Park and extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 11.

Keyvius Sampson (2-6) lost his fifth straight start, allowing five runs - three earned - and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings. Last-place Cincinnati has lost eight in a row, one shy of its season high.

MARLINS 9, BRAVES 5

MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bour homered twice and drove in three runs as Miami completed a three-game sweep. Bour was 7 for 12 in the series with four homers and eight RBIs.

Martin Prado drove in three runs and Marcell Ozuna also homered for Miami, which has won a franchise-best seven consecutive games against the Braves.

Tom Koehler (11-14) allowed four runs, nine hits, and five walks in 6 2-3 innings. Shelby Miller (5-17) gave up seven runs - four earned - and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He is 0-16 in 24 starts since May 17.

BREWERS 8, CARDINALS 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Jason Rogers had a ninth-inning grand slam off Trevor Rosenthal (2-4), who had converted 47 of 49 previous save chances.

The Cardinals’ NL Central lead was cut to 2 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

Khris Davis homered twice and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who scored seven runs in the ninth.

David Goforth (1-0) pitched one inning, and Francisco Rodriguez got his 37th save when he retired Brandon Moss with two on.

ROCKIES 12, DODGERS 5

DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado had a career-high five RBIs, including a three-run homer, and Colorado completed a three-game serrp that kept Los Angeles’ magic number at two for its third straight NL West title.

Los Angeles (87-68) openes a four-game series at defending World Series champion San Francisco (81-74) on Monday.

Arenado hit his 41st homer in the fourth. He also had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single, giving him a major league-leading 126 RBIs.

Chris Rusin (6-9) surrendered four runs - three earned - in 5 1/3 innings as Colorado swept Los Angeles for the first time since 2007. Alex Wood (11-12) couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead, allowing eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.

GIANTS 5, ATHLETICS 4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Chris Heston (12-10) gave up four runs and six hits over five-plus innings to win for the first time in two months. He had been 0-5 with a 4.90 ERA in nine starts since beating Milwaukee on July 27.

Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 37th save.

Sean Nolin (1-2) gave up five runs - three earned - and seven hits in a season-low 2 1-3 innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, PADRES 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ender Inciarte had two homers among his four hits. He drove in three runs and also stole his 21st base.

Jhoulys Chacin (2-1) pitched three innings. and Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his 29th save.

James Shields (13-7) was charged with four runs, nine hits and four walks over 6 1-3 innings.


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