Friday was all about surviving for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the Chicago Cubs dropping the St Louis Cardinals 8-4 during a day game and the Colorado Rockies defeating the Washington Nationals 5-2 a little later, the Brewers and the Dodgers had to win to have any hope of winning solo divisional titles.
Ryan Braun started the drama for the teams looking to survive with a dramatic eighth-inning homer that came with an assist from Detroit Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos.
Braun hit a long drive to right and Castellanos looked to have a chance to rob the homer, or at least make a dramatic catch at the wall. The ball instead bounced out of his glove, rolled along the top of the fence and out of the ballpark, giving Milwaukee a 6-5 lead they would never relinquish.
In San Francisco, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pushed back his start so he could do all he could to impact the Dodgers' postseason lives. He did a great job holding them down, but Justin Turner connected for a two-run home run late in the game to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead and a victory to keep pace with Colorado.
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees locked up home-field advantage for the American League wildcard game with an 11-6 win over Boston.
GARVER SHINES FOR TWINS
Twins first baseman Mitch Garver went four for five with two doubles and six RBIs in Minnesota's 12-4 win over the White Sox.
Josh Donaldson went two for four with a grand slam, a double and four RBIs in the Indians' 14-6 win over the Royals. Cleveland scored 10 runs in the seventh inning when Donaldson homered.
Reds catcher Tucker Barnhardt went five for five with a home run, a triple and two RBIs in Cincinnati's 8-4 loss to the Pirates.
QUINN GOES HITLESS
Phillies center fielder Roman Quinn went 0 for four with four strikeouts in Philadelphia's 10-2 loss to the Braves. The Phillies have lost 31 of their last 44 games.
David Wright had not swung a bat in a game in New York since 2016. He finally stepped into the batter's box in the fifth inning on Friday.
Minnesota Twins 2-1 Chicago White Sox
Chicago Cubs 8-4 St Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros 2-1 Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves 10-2 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees 11-6 Boston Red Sox
Miami Marlins 8-1 New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Tampa Bay Rays
Colorado Rockies 5-2 Washington Nationals
Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins 12-4 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 14-6 Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 12-6 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 3-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
KEY SATURDAY CLASHES
Cardinals at Cubs – Game two of three. A win guarantees the Cubs a share of the National League (NL) Central title. A loss opens the door for the Brewers.
Dodgers at Giants – The Dodgers got past Madison Bumgarner. Now they need to win twice more to have a shot at winning the division.
Tigers at Brewers – The Brewers need to win to keep their hopes of a divisional title alive.
Nationals at Rockies – The first big challenge this weekend for the Rockies. They will have to defeat former number one pick Stephen Strasburg. A win seals a share of the NL West title.
|Betts named American League MVP|
|Yelich named National League MVP|
|MLB commissioner Manfred gets five-year extension|
|Betances wants Yankees to sign Machado|
|Rays´ Snell, Mets´ deGrom win Cy Young Awards|
|Red Sox give manager Cora contract extension through at least 2021|
|Melvin, Snitker win manager of the year awards|
|Acuna, Ohtani win rookie of the year awards|
|Long-time Twins star Mauer announces retirement|
|Martinez becomes first player to win Silver Slugger at two different positions|
|Yankees re-sign CC Sabathia to one-year deal|
|Giants hire Zaidi as president of baseball operations|
|Mets GM hasn´t ´ruled out´ trading deGrom, Syndergaard|
|Nationals want to re-sign star Bryce Harper|
|Astros starter McCullers will miss 2019 after Tommy John surgery|
|Reds minor-league pitcher Capellan dies in car accident|
|Dodgers re-sign Freese to one-year deal|
|Dodgers extend Kershaw´s deadline to opt out to Friday|
|Price on Red Sox future: I´m not going anywhere!|
|Kershaw unsure over Dodgers future|
|´A dream come true´ - Red Sox´s Pearce reflects on MVP award|
|Red Sox veteran Pearce wins 2018 World Series MVP|
|Price, Pearce lead Red Sox to World Series title|
|BREAKING NEWS: Red Sox win World Series|
|Donald Trump criticises Dodgers manager Roberts|
|Red Sox one win away from claiming World Series|
|Muncy revels in ´pure joy´ of dream 18th-inning walk-off|
|Records tumble as Dodgers win longest game in World Series history|
|Muncy´s walk-off homer sees Dodgers win longest game in World Series history|
|Red Sox´s Martinez battling ankle injury|
|Baldelli appointed as Twins manager|
|Red Sox take 2-0 lead over Dodgers in World Series|
|No problems with the belly button - Cora hails Sale´s best postseason showing|
|Red Sox top Dodgers in World Series opener|
|World Series 2018: Three reasons why the Dodgers will win|
|World Series 2018: Three reasons why the Red Sox will win|
|World Series 2018: Three storylines to watch in Red Sox-Dodgers|
|Dodgers to face Red Sox in World Series after beating Brewers|
|Sale: Hospital visit was because of belly button ring|
|Brewers force game seven against Dodgers in NLCS|
|Price leads Red Sox past Astros and into World Series|
|Hinch says Altuve would be out with injury in regular season|
|Bradley homers again, Red Sox take 3-1 lead over Astros|
|Dodgers on cusp of World Series after beating Brewers|
|Brewers remove Miley after one batter against Dodgers|
|MLB investigated alleged Astros sign stealing, found no wrongdoing|
|Red Sox´s Sale won´t start game five of ALCS|
|Bellinger seals dramatic win as Dodgers level up NLCS|
|Red Sox move ahead of Astros in ALCS|
|Brewers blank Dodgers to take 2-1 NLCS lead|
|Red Sox ace Sale released from hospital, still set for game five|
|Red Sox level series against Astros|
|Red Sox ace Sale admitted to hospital with stomach illness|
|Astros win ALCS opener against Red Sox|
|Turner helps Dodgers level series with Brewers|
|Brewers trump Dodgers in NLCS opener|
|Yankees suffer blow as Gregorius to undergo surgery|
|Astros SS Carlos Correa still dealing with back pain: ‘I know every time I swing and miss it’s going|
|Sabathia unhappy with umpire Hernandez|
|Red Sox edge Yankees to win ALDS|
|Red Sox crush Yankees to take 2-1 series lead|
|Holt becomes first player ever to hit for cycle in the playoffs|
|Dodgers overcome Braves to reach NLCS|
|Yankees starter Sabathia ´definitely´ wants to play next year|
|Springer homers twice as Astros sweep Indians|
|Braves stay alive against Dodgers|
|Brewers complete sweep of Rockies|
|Yankees level series against Red Sox|
|Cole helps Astros take 2-0 ALDS lead|
|Dodgers take 2-0 series lead over Braves|