Rene Rivera 's game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday gave the Padres a 3-2 victory over the Brewers before a crowd of 21,156 at Petco Park.
MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom makes the case that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw deserves to be the eighth pitcher to win both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards.
Clayton Kershaw allowed the leadoff batter to reach in four of the first five innings against the D-backs on Wednesday, but then he flipped the switch, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced while turning in a 10-K, eight-inning gem for a 3-1 Dodgers win and his 16th victory of the season.
On a night of milestones for Bruce Bochy and Tim Hudson, Buster Posey delivered the timely hit once more. Posey had a game-ending two-run shot for his third homer in two nights, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday for Bochy's 1,600th managerial victory. Posey sent an 0-1 pitch from Juan Nicasio (5-6) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 18th homer of the year and second career walkoff homer.
Mike Trout blasted his 30th home run of the season on Wednesday night, tying his career high from 2012 and placing him in select company. The 23-year-old center fielder became just the fifth American League hitter to have two 30-home run seasons through their age-22 seasons, joining Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.
Mike Trout's bat is a major reason the Los Angeles Angels have the best record in baseball and appear destined to end a four-year postseason drought. Trout tied a career high with his 30th home run, Gordon Beckham homered for the first time with his new club, and the Angels improved to 79-53 with a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. ''We're still got a month left, so the only thing that's important is winning games.'' Trout, who leads the majors with 71 extra-base hits and 283 total bases, chased Miami starter Henderson Alvarez in the seventh inning with a one-out drive into the trees beyond the center field fence to make it 5-1. I've just been barreling some balls and they've gone over the fence.'' Hector Santiago (4-7) ended a string of six consecutive no-decisions in a starting role, helping the Angels maintain their one-game lead in the AL West over Oakland.
Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne summed it up best. ''It was the Rene Rivera Show,'' he said. Rivera tied the game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it with an RBI single in the 10th as San Diego beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Wednesday night. ''It was a fastball down the middle,'' Rivera said about game-tying homer off Francisco Rodriguez.
It's almost September and Clayton Kershaw loaded the bases for the first time all season. Kershaw allowed only an unearned run in eight innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Wednesday night. ''A pretty shocking stat,'' Scott Van Slyke said, ''but not really.'' Manager Don Mattingly called it a surprising fact, then added ''but nothing surprises me about him anymore.'' Kershaw leads the majors in wins despite spending five weeks on the disabled list. Van Slyke hit a solo home run off Wade Miley (7-10) before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the fourth inning.
The A's 5-4 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park wasn't their prettiest, but it kept them close to the Angels in the American League West.
Jeff Locke was sharp in a one-run outing, getting support from a huge Ike Davis two-run homer in the Pirates' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Derek Jeter's season of farewells received a shot of poignancy Wednesday night as he was honored in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park in his home state of Michigan.
The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late. So it was no surprise that they did it again on Wednesday night thanks to Sam Fuld's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning that gave Oakland a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros. It was their major league-leading 12th win this season when behind after seven innings and they've scored 28 runs against the Astros in the ninth this year. The A's trailed by one entering the ninth before Eric Sogard's RBI single, and Fuld's two-out shot off Chad Qualls (1-4) landed in the seats in right field to put Oakland up 5-3.
Liam Hendriks was solid for seven innings in a spot start and Nori Aoki delivered the go-ahead RBI single in a six-run eighth that lifted the Royals to a 6-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.
Through his first three seasons at the Major League level, Andrelton Simmons has routinely trumped some of his gems that originally seemed impossible to top, but it'll be tough for the shortstop to best what he did to end the eighth of the Braves' 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Jose Abreu drove in a pair of runs, including the go-ahead tally in the seventh inning, as the White Sox slipped by the Indians, 3-2, on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jorge Soler homered in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds, hitting a 423-foot blast to center off starter Mat Latos. He's the first Cubs player to hit a home run in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so May 7, 2010, also at Great American Ball Park.
While an offensive eruption might have helped release some frustration, the Braves gained all of the satisfaction they needed courtesy of Julio Teheran's strong start and the two runs that they manufactured during Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
A four-run fourth inning supported Mat Latos nicely before the Reds had to hang on for a 7-5 victory over the Cubs. Cincinnati has won three of its last four games and stopped Chicago's four-game win streak.
Beginning with leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, nine straight batters collected hits as the Yankees took a swing at the record books in the third inning Wednesday night at Comerica Park. The resulting eight-run inning sent David Price to the showers early as New York defeated the Tigers, 8-4, to move to within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The At Bat app is now just $4.99 through 6 a.m. ET Tuesday, clearing the way for even more fans to follow the pennant races.