Rays, Yankees punch payoff tickets
Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:25 pm
By: By The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — The New York Yankees clinched their 15th postseason berth in the last 16 years and CC Sabathia got his 21st win of the season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter scored three runs and drove in another for the Yankees, who have reached the postseason every year but one since 1995. New York missed the playoffs in 2008, finishing behind Tampa Bay and Boston.
The Tampa Bay Rays, who hold a half-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East, clinched a playoff berth Tuesday, beating Baltimore 5-0.
Sabathia (21-7) allowed one run and three hits in 81⁄3 innings to match Andy Pettitte’s 21 wins in 1996 and 2003 for the most victories by a Yankee since Ron Guidry went 22-6 in 1985.
The left-hander, who walked two and struck out eight, is 9-3 in 12 career starts against Toronto, including 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts at Rogers Centre.
Mariano Rivera got the final two outs for the Yankees.
Making his third career start, Kyle Drabek (0-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Rays 5, Orioles 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay clinched its second playoff berth in three years, beating Baltimore behind another strong pitching performance by 19-game winner David Price.
Price (19-6) scattered six hits over eight innings and allowed only one runner past second base. He struck out eight and walked none in what likely will be his final start of the regular season.
The Rays remained one-half game in front of the New York Yankees atop the AL East. The Yankees beat Toronto 6-1 on Tuesday to also clinch a playoff berth.
Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit solo homers to support the 25-year-old left-hander before a crowd of 17,891 that joined in the celebration at Tropicana Field.
Dan Johnson and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs off Orioles starter Brad Bergensen (8-11).
White Sox 5, Red Sox 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko tied the game in the eighth inning with a run-scoring double and Dayan Viciedo won it with a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth and Chicago rallied to beat Boston.
Boston’s slim playoff hopes were dashed were about an hour before the game ended. The Rays beat Baltimore 5-0 and New York defeated Toronto 6-1 to secure playoff berths and eliminate the Red Sox.
Chris Sale (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak.
Juan Pierre singled with one out in the ninth off Michael Bowden (0-1). Pierre stole second and third off reliever Michael Bowden, who then walked pinch-hitter Mark Teahen. Viciedo ended the game with a single off Matt Fox.
Mariners 3, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed only one run over eight innings and Justin Smoak hit the tiebreaking homer to lead last-place Seattle past AL West champion Texas.
Hernandez (13-12) became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2002 and only the seventh since 1980 to have a season with 30 quality starts (three earned runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings). The right-hander lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.27 in what might have been his last start of the season.
Smoak, traded to Seattle on July 9 as part of the deal that sent left-hander Cliff Lee to the Rangers, hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Scott Feldman (7-11) to snap a 1-1 tie. The rookie first baseman’s 12th homer of the season was his second in as many nights against his former team.
Royals 10, Twins 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kila Ka’aihue hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Kansas City over Minnesota.
The Twins have dropped a season-high five straight since clinching the AL Central title on Sept. 21.
Ka’aihue hit a three-run homer in the first off Nick Blackburn (10-11), then led off the second with his seventh home run of the season. It was his first career multihomer game.
He almost had a third one in the seventh, sending a drive off the right-field bullpen fence for his first big league triple.
Sean O’Sullivan (4-6) held the Twins to one run on five hits and six walks in six-plus innings.