It’s looking more and more likely that the AL Wild Card game will feature two teams from the AL East. That’s because the three of them, all eight games off the pace of the Tampa Bay Rays who will surely meet them once the postseason begins, are all tied for the Wild Card spots. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays all won on Wednesday night to remain there, and they also remain 3.5 clear of the Oakland A’s and four above the Seattle Mariners in that race. The Yankees won for the third consecutive game, downing the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 thanks to Brett Gardner’s ninth-inning two-run single that propelled them to a much-needed win.
The Red Sox won over the aforementioned Mariners, defeating them 9-4 in ten innings. It was a passed ball that started the scoring onslaught for them in the top of the tenth, and they didn’t let up until they had plated six runs and claimed the series ‘W’ over the Mariners despite losing the first of the three-game set. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, defeated East-leading Tampa 6-3 at home in Toronto. Bo Bichette hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, had a sac fly in the third, and also drove in a run via an infield single in the fifth to help them build a lead the Rays never managed to come back from. If the season were over today, there would have to be two playoff games. And eventually, the team that came out on top would be facing the Rays, it would appear. Meanwhile, over in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers just kept on rolling on Wednesday to reduce their arrears in the NL West to 1.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants. A 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks means they have won six straight and eight of their last ten. They capitalized on Julio Urias’ 18th win of the campaign as well as a rare loss for the Giants, who had fallen to the Padres 9-6.