Giants’ surge maintains Wild Card standing

Forced into must-win mode by victories for the Mets and Cardinals, the teams surrounding San Francisco in the National League Wild Card race, the Giants stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers with seven runs in the sixth inning Friday, including three on Brandon Belt’s home run, and proceeded to a 9-3 triumph.

Cano, Mariners mash way to 1 back in Wild Card

A Mariners team that has lived off the long ball all season stayed alive for another day by blasting four home runs in a 5-1 victory over the A’s on Friday at Safeco Field, putting themselves just a game back of Toronto in the American League Wild Card chase with two games to go.

Merritt’s 1st win helps Indians’ bid for 2 seed

In a game with postseason implications, and ace Corey Kluber temporarily out of the rotation, the Indians handed the ball to a rookie. Lefty Ryan Merritt was up for the challenge, turning in a strong effort that fueled a 7-2 win over the Royals on Friday night.

Marlins postpone Nats’ bid for NLDS home field

The Nationals are no closer to home-field advantage than they were earlier on Friday. Dee Gordon’s speed helped break a sixth-inning tie as the Marlins defeated the Nationals, 7-4, at Nationals Park.

Arenado hits No. 41 as Rockies beat Brewers

Battling for the National League home run title, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado helped fend off Chris Carter and the Brewers in Colorado’s 4-1 win on Friday at Coors Field.

Rangers snag top seed on Yu’s 12-K night

For the first time in club history, the Rangers secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over the Rays at Globe Life Park behind a stellar pitching performance from Yu Darvish.

O’s hit 3 blasts vs. Bombers, cut magic number to 2

The Orioles are doing everything in their power to secure a postseason spot. Led by Jonathan Schoop, who homered and matched a career high with five RBIs, the Orioles bashed their way to an 8-1 win over the Yankees on Friday night, whittling their magic number to two in the process.

Holy Holliday! Slugger homers in final salute

A visibly emotional Matt Holliday stepped to the plate amid a rousing ovation, and on Pirates reliever Zach Phillips’ third pitch, he blasted his 20th homer, a solo shot to right-center, to give the Cards a 6-0 lead and send the Busch Stadium crowd and the Cards’ dugout into a frenzy.

Rodon K’s 7 to start game, ties AL record

Carlos Rodon tied the franchise and American League record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a game by fanning the first seven Twins hitters faced Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The old record was held by Joe Cowley, set on May 28, 1986 in Texas, which is also a White Sox record most consecutive ...

Nationals hold pregame tribute for Fernandez

Rain may have delayed the start of the Marlins’ game against the Nationals on Friday night, but it didn’t dampen a moving pregame tribute for Jose Fernandez.