The Milwaukee Brewers turned the tide against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, handing the National League (NL) Central leaders a heart-wrenching 4-3 loss in the 10th inning.
After losing two consecutive MLB games in the 10th, Milwaukee returned the favour on the weekend thanks to a Travis Shaw two-run walk-off home run in the bottom half.
It was Shaw's 31st home run of the season.
While both starting pitchers fared well — Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs and Brent Suter for the Brewers — neither lasted past the sixth inning. Most of the game's runs came against the two bullpens, including three in the 10th inning alone.
The Cubs took the lead in the top of the inning with a Jon Jay single to centre, scoring Ian Happ. But Shaw and the Brewers handed Cubs closer Wade Davis just his second loss of the season in dramatic fashion.
Both teams are fighting for their postseason lives, with neither yet clinching a spot. Reigning World Series champions the Cubs have the upper-hand, and are closing in on the division crown, but the pesky Brewers just will not go away.
The Brewers also moved just one game behind the reeling Rockies for the final wildcard spot after Colorado fell 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Padres.
Houston Astros 6-2 Los Angeles Angels
Toronto Blue Jays 1-5 New York Yankees
Seattle Mariners 4-11 Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles 6-9 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves 4-2 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 3-4 Washington Nationals
San Diego Padres 5-0 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-2 San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds 0-5 Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers 4-10 Minnesota Twins
Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox 2-8 Kansas City Royals
Arizona Diamondbacks 8-12 Miami Marlins
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Texas Rangers
ASTROS PAIR STAR, MERCES FALLS SHORT OF CYCLE
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and second baseman Marwin Gonzalez collected three hits apiece in a win over the Angels. Correa went three for three with a run scored, three RBIs and a walk, while Gonzalez had two runs scored and two doubles. Angels outfielder Justin Upton bashed two solo home runs in their losing effort.
Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and catcher Yan Gomes also collected three hits each against the Mariners. Ramirez claimed his 28th home run while driving in four runs. Gomes hit two home runs (13) with four RBIs.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer finished a home run shy of a cycle Saturday, while toppling the Cardinals. Mercer, who finished the game with two runs scored and four RBIs, tripled in the first inning, singled in the third and doubled in the fifth.
MORE STRIKEOUTS FOR JUDGE
The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, clinching a spot in the postseason as at least a wildcard team. But Aaron Judge recorded two more strikeouts in the process, which raised his season total to 201. He now has the record for most by a rookie in a single season.
NUMBER 57 FOR STANTON
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 57th homer of the season. He also posted his 30th double of the campaign, making him the first player with 50 home runs and 30 doubles in a season since Prince Fielder in 2007.
CUBS AT BREWERS
The finale of this crucial four-game series will feature Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.95 ERA) versus Milwaukee's breakout starter Chase Anderson (11-3, 2.74 ERA) on Sunday. The Brewers are still chasing either a wildcard berth or possibly still the NL Central. They trail the Cubs by four-and-a-half games for the latter.
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