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Sanó's slam leads Twins to DH sweep

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CLEVELAND (AP) With one swing Miguel Sano sent the Minnesota Twins to a doubleheader sweep and maybe a division title.

Sano's grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning and the Twins grabbed firm control of the AL Central by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5, completing the sweep of Saturday's day-night doubleheader.

The sweep pushed the Twins 5 1/2 games ahead of the Indians in the AL Central going into the final game of the showdown series Sunday.


Braves clinch playoff spot behind Acuña

WASHINGTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.

Ronald Acuna Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, as the NL East leading Braves wrapped up a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The victory also eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.


Cubs set team HR record, clobber Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again.

Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1 on Saturday.


Paxton wins 9th straight start for Yanks

TORONTO (AP) With his glove and his bat, Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner helped teammate James Paxton power his way to a ninth straight win.

Paxton pitched five innings to extend his career-best winning streak, Gardner homered twice and drove in five runs and New York hit five homers in a 13-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.


Moustakas, Grandal homer in Brewers win

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yasmani Grandal is making the most out of his consistent playing time.

Mike Moustakas and Grandal homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Saturday night.


Benintendi's sac fly gets Sox past Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pitching their ace every fifth day to boost their postseason hopes hasn't worked out for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pinch-hitter Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.


A's hit 4 HRs in win over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Oakland Athletics maintained their half-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for the American League's first wild card on Saturday night despite losing their No. 1 starter in the second inning thanks to what manager Bob Melvin called their "relentless offense."

Mark Canha's two-run home run off the left-field foul pole broke a fifth-inning tie as the A's beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Saturday night.


Tigers' Hicks hits walk-off slam in 12th

DETROIT (AP) John Hicks had a walk-off bunt last season. He said this one felt way better.

His game-ending grand slam in the 12th inning gave the the Detroit Tigers an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, a blast that was set up by Victor Reyes, who hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth.


Greinke finally gets win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It took five starts for five different teams over an eight-year span before Zack Greinke finally beat his old club, the Kansas City Royals.

Greinke (16-5), now with the Houston Astros, went six strong innings and rookie Yordan Alvarez belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a 6-1 victory on Saturday night. Alex Bregman hit his 36th homer and rookie Kyle Tucker was 4 for 4 for the AL West-leading Astros.