The Mets defeated the Phillies, 17-0. The 17 runs in a shutout represented the most in franchise history (eclipsing the 14 runs New York used to defeat Chicago in 1965 and Cincinnati in ’98), and the most for any team since the Cubs blanked the Indians by the same score on June 17, 2015.
David Ross and Jon Lester combined to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to set a franchise record in home wins at Wrigley Field at 57. It also was Chicago’s 99th win overall, tops in the Major Leagues. St. Louis remained a half-game out of the NL Wild Card picture.
With most of the division races decided, or on the cusp of being so, all that is left is the matter of a couple of Wild Card races, and determining who will grab home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason.
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In the hours following Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the Mets focused their energies not on remembering the pitcher they battled and respected so many times over the past four seasons. They instead recalled the young man who treated their clubhouse staff so sweetly during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.
Just when the Cardinals needed a win to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race, it was Alex Reyes’ turn to pitch. Stephen Piscotty smacked a solo home run and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to back Reyes and power the Cardinals to a 10-4 victory on Saturday at Wrigley Field over the Cubs and slow their drive for 100 wins.
The Blue Jays widened their lead for the top spot in the American League Wild Card race as Jose Bautista’s three-run home run in the eighth inning broke a scoreles tie in Toronto’s 3-0 win over the Yankees on Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Coming off his first win in more than a month, Tigers rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer is scheduled to make his next start on regular rest, manager Brad Ausmus announced Saturday.