MLB scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Dodgers hold off late Cardinals rally in win


We have got the beginning of a Dodgers-Cardinals collection that might form up the Nationwide League wild card race tonight. Here is every thing you might want to know from all of immediately’s MLB motion.

Thursday’s scores

Dodgers win key conflict in St. Louis

It bought fascinating in the ninth — the Cardinals plated a pair of runs in opposition to nearer Kenley Jansen — however the Dodgers held to win the opener of this key collection. That is their 80th win of the season, and so they’re now only one sport behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot in the NL (whereas remaining 1 1/2 video games behind the Rockies’ tempo in the NL West). 

On this one, Clayton Kershaw notched a top quality begin, and Manny Machado tallied three hits, together with a double and his 34th homer of the season … 

Machado hasn’t been as productive in L.A. as he was in Baltimore previous to the commerce, however that is definitely a step ahead. He is in fact arrange for an enormous free agent payday this coming offseason. 

As for the Dodgers, the SportsLine Projection Mannequin (@SportsLine on Twitter) stays bullish on them. Coming into Thursday, the system gave L.A. a wholesome 75.Three p.c likelihood of constructing the postseason, and this huge win will certainly nudge that determine up only a bit. 

These similar two groups go at it once more on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we may have extra playoff readability by the point this high-stakes collection is completed. 

Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story set information in win

The Rockies picked up an enormous win on the Diamondbacks on Thursday to drop Arizona to Four 1/2 video games again in the division, and Colorado did it behind record-setting performances by two of their infielders.

With a house run in the primary inning, Nolan Arenado turned the fourth participant in Colorado Rockies historical past with four-straight seasons of 30 residence runs and 100 RBI. Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton and Larry Walker are the opposite three Colorado gamers. Arenado’s additionally the youngest third baseman to take action.

Two innings later and shortstop Trevor Story hit his 33rd residence run of the season, establishing a brand new single-season residence run report for Rockies shortstops (Troy Tulowitzki, 32 in 2009). Story has a powerful case as anybody in the Nationwide League for the Most Priceless Participant award.

The 25-year-old has hit six residence runs in the final two weeks and is batting .291 on the season. He even has caught the eye of former shortstop Alex Rodriguez.

The Rockies presently hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers in a good Nationwide League West. Nonetheless, the SportsLine Projection Mannequin (@Sportsline on Twitter) has the Dodgers at a 70.Three p.c likelihood of successful the NL West whereas the Rockies solely have a 24.7 p.c likelihood. The Rockies will face the Dodgers for a three-game collection beginning Sept. 17. Colorado has by no means gained a division title, however with the way in which they have been enjoying as of late (8-3 in their final 11 video games), issues may simply go their method this 12 months.

Martinez powers Purple Sox

The Purple Sox edged the Blue Jays at residence and in doing so moved to 101-46 on the season. Talking of that … 

Jays second baseman Yangervis Solarte allowed the go-ahead run to attain on a dropped pop-up. The underrated Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six sturdy innings, Xander Bogaerts picked up two hits (he is now batting .291/.362/.524 on the 12 months), and J.D. Martinez did this … 

That opposite-field shot is Martinez’s 41st homer of the season, and that ties him with Khris Davis for the MLB lead. Martinez, in fact, is an MVP candidate in 2018. 

Cubs choose up huge win in D.C. 

The Cubs in fact needed to fly to Washington for Thursday’s make-up sport in the center of a homestand, a lot to the consternation of their followers (they have not had a real off day in greater than a month). Luckily for Chicago, they made the very best of a the unhealthy state of affairs by edging the Nats in extras. In consequence, they nudged their lead over the Brewers in the NL Central to 1 1/2 video games. Additionally they nonetheless have the very best report in the NL. 

On this one, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant mixed for 5 hits, and NL MVP candidate Javier Baez homered, doubled, and plated the eventual successful run on a security squeeze. He is now batting .295/.330/.568 on the season. Eight Cubs relievers mixed to permit just one run in six innings of labor. 

The win, nonetheless, might have been a pricey one, because the Cubs misplaced nearer Pedro Strop to a hamstring harm. The circumstances main as much as that harm will possible result in some criticism of supervisor Joe Maddon

Mets make a little bit of historical past in win

Within the first sport of Thursday’s doubleheader in opposition to the Marlins, the Mets prevailed by a skinny margin, as you see above. Why, pray inform, are we devoting valuable bandwidth to a Mets-Marlins contest in September of 2018? Here is why … 

Yep, Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier went back-to-back in the underside of the ninth with two outs to offer the Mets the walk-off win. Talking of which … 

Historical past hath been made. The Mets have additionally gained seven of their final 10.

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