Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames races home to score what...

Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames races home to score what proved to be the game winning run on a two-run single by Ji-Man Choi off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Jimenez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Credit: AP/Chris O'Meara

Ji-Man Choi’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit and gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
The Rays trailed 4-1 after seven before coming back with two in the eighth and then the winning hit in the ninth.
Pretty exciting moment,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “His teammates might have been halfway out there before the second run even came across.”

Travis d’Arnaud reached to open the ninth against Joe Jimenez (3-7) on shortstop Gordon Beckham’s throwing error and went to second when Willy Adames walked.
The Rays loaded the bases on Mike Brosseau’s one-out infield single before Choi singled to center.

Tampa Bay pitchers set a three-game series team record by recording 49 strikeouts, including 12 on Sunday.
Houston holds the major league record of 52, coming against Baltimore May 24-26, 2016.

Red Sox 13, Orioles 7: Rafael Devers went 4 for 5 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs, and host Boston Red Sox rallied from an early six-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep.
J.D. Martinez added three hits and two RBIs, and Sam Travis hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who won their fifth straight as they try to climb out of a deep hole for the second AL wild card. Boston trails Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 games.
In his last eight games, Devers is 20 for 37 with 12 extra-base hits and 14 RBIs. He raised his season RBI total to 101.

Twins 6, Rangers 3: Jorge Polanco cleared the bases with a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning, helping Minnesota to its first-ever four-game sweep of Texas.
Polanco’s two-out liner to the gap in right-center field off Emmanuel Clase (0-2) followed the hard-throwing rookie getting a strikeout and groundout after putting runners at second and third with no outs. Miguel Sano walked to load the bases before Polanco’s team-leading sixth triple.
By finishing its first four-game sweep since the end of last season, Minnesota maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. The Twins went 5-1 on a trip that started with them not leading the division for the first time in almost four months.

Mariners 7, Blue Jays 0: Yusei Kikuchi pitched his first shutout in the major leagues, throwing a two-hitter for visiting Seattle.
Kikuchi (5-8) struck out eight, walked one and retired the final 14 batters in his first win since beating Baltimore on June 23. The rookie left-hander went 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA in eight starts covering 40 innings between victories.

Astros 4, Athletics 1:  Zack Greinke (13-4) threw seven smooth innings for his 200th win, pitching visiting Houston past Oakland and avoiding a four-game sweep.

Angels 9, White Sox 2: Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun, Matt Thaiss and Anthony Bemboom all homered to lead host Los Angeles. Ohtani hit his first home run since July 27 and just his second since the All-Star break. He has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest of his young career.

Braves 5, Dodgers 3: With All-Star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. banished for his lack of hustle, Rafael Ortega stepped up with a sixth-inning grand slam to lift host Atlanta.

Acuna was pulled before the fifth inning after failing to run out a drive off the rightfield wall in the third. The ball bounced off the wall for a long single. The 21-year-old Acuna likely would have had an easy double if he had hustled from home plate.
Manager Brian Snitker followed Acuna into the tunnel for an apparent conversation during the fourth inning before Adam Duvall entered the game in left field in the fifth, with Ortega moving from left to center field.

Nationals 16, Brewers 8: The host Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — including two by Juan Soto — as Washington took two of three from a fellow contender in the NL playoff race.
Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the first to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead, and Anthony Rendon and Soto did the same in the third as the advantage ballooned to 13-0. Washington has gone for back-to-back homers 10 times this season.
Soto homered again in the fifth and now has 28 on the year.
Brian Dozier had his first multi-homer game of the season and now has 19 homers this year. Adam Eaton — who had a two-run triple in the second — hit his 10th homer in the fifth.


Cardinals 5, Reds 4: Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, Tommy Edman added a solo shot among his three hits and visiting St. Louis earned a split of the four-game series.

D-backs 6, Giants 1: Wilmer Flores and David Peralta homered and host Arizona avoided a four-game series sweep.

Rockies 7, Marlins 6: Garrett Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Colorado completed a three-game sweep.

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