Gary Sánchez failed to catch a foul popup that led to a seven-run fifth inning capped by Andrés Giménez’s three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Yankees, 11-3, to slow New York’s playoff run. Franmil Reyes hit an RBI double off Albert Abreu in the big fifth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth against Andrew Heaney. Yu Cheng put the Indians ahead with a second-inning homer off Luis Gil (1-1) and added a two-run double in the fifth against Abreu. José Ramírez hit his 34th homer in the eighth against Heaney. New York has 13 games left and dropped 1½ games behind wild card-leading Boston … Yankees left fielder Joey Gallo left Saturday’s game against the Indians because of neck tightness. Gallo was pulled after the Yankees batted in the third inning and was replaced by Tyler Wade. In his only at-bat, he fouled out to third base in the second … Marcus Semien became the fifth second baseman to hit 40 home runs in a season, and the Blue Jays moved back into a playoff position by beating the Twins, 6-2. Teoscar Hernández hit a three-run homer, and Bo Bichette had three hits and two RBIs as the Blue Jays rebounded from a 7-3 loss and improved to a big league-best 14-3 in September. Toronto (83-65) moved a half-game ahead of the Yankees (83-66) for the second AL wild-card berth, one game behind the Red Sox (85-65). The Blue Jays haven’t lost back-to-back games since defeats to the White Sox on Aug. 26 and Detroit the following day .…The AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the COVID-19 related injured list due to general illness symptoms and selected the contract of righthander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Durham. Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau homered to lead the Tigers over the Rays, 4-3.
Mike Wright, Tony La Russa suspended for hitting Shohei Ohtani
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Wright was suspended for three games and manager Tony La Russa for one on Saturday by Major League Baseball, which concluded Wright intentionally threw at the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani. Wright appealed the suspension issued by Michael Hill, the former Marlins general manager who is MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations. The discipline will be held in abeyance until the appeal is decided by MLB special adviser John McHale Jr. Manager suspensions are served immediately, and La Russa sat out Chicago’s game at Texas Saturday. Bench coach Miguel Cairo ran the dugout in La Russa’s absence. Wright was ejected after hitting Ohtani with a fastball with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday at Anaheim during the Angels’ 9-3 win. La Russa then was ejected for the third time this season … Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna has had his administrative leave extended through Friday, a league source confirmed to ESPN. Ozuna is currently participating in a diversion program that he entered in a pretrial resolution on Sept. 9, more than three months after being arrested on assault charges after allegedly assaulting his wife.
Max Scherzer dominant in Dodgers’ victory over Reds
Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers began the day two games behind division-leading San Francisco. It was another tough loss for the Reds, who came in one game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Scherzer (15-4) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from Washington to the Dodgers on July 30. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven. The three-time Cy Young Award winner leads the majors with a combined 2.08 ERA. He’s been brilliant for the Dodgers with an 0.78 ERA in his starts for them.…Manny Machado screamed at All-Star teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. in the dugout during the fifth inning of the Padres’ crucial game against the Cardinals. Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis, telling him “it’s not about you” and “you go play baseball” after Tatis struck out looking in the fifth. Tatis reacted angrily to the call by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, and manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he came out of the dugout to argue. The 29-year-old Machado and 22-year-old Tatis were separated by teammates during the incident, which came at the end of the top of the fifth. They eventually made their way to their positions — Machado at third, Tatis at short. San Diego blew a two-run lead in the eighth inning and lost, 3-2, to drop 2½ games behind the Cardinals for the second and final NL wild card … Manny Piña homered twice, Eduardo Escobar and Jace Peterson also connected, and the Brewers clinched their fourth straight postseason berth with a 6-4 victory over the Cubs. The Brewers won for the seventh time in nine games to ensure themselves at least a wild card after San Diego and Cincinnati lost earlier in the day … Curt Casali hit a two-run single in the fourth that held up, Alex Wood made an impressive three-inning return from COVID-19, and the NL West-leading Giants beat the Braves, 2-0, to maintained their two-game lead on the rival Dodgers in the division race. Wood struck out four and didn’t walk a batter or allow a hit over three scoreless innings, throwing 37 pitches in his first start for San Francisco since Aug. 26 as he makes his return from a bout with COVID-19. Zack Littell (4-0) relieved and struck out the side in the fourth.