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Dodgers claim 5th straight NL West title

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(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- Some had already anointed this the greatest team in franchise history, then watched as it went through one of the worst stretches the club had ever seen.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers put both the good and bad behind them, clinching their fifth consecutive National League West title.

In upending the rival San Francisco Giants 4-2 in a game that better resembled their dynamic days of summer, the Dodgers looked like a group that had the weight of the world lifted from their collective shoulders.


Tigers manager Ausmus out after season

(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus will not be brought back as manager of the Detroit Tigers, the club announced Friday, but he and his staff will finish out the season.

"This is not a happy day for me or for the organization," general manager Al Avila said. "We will not be extending the contract of Brad Ausmus for 2018.


Verlander beats Angels, 4-0 with Astros

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was so overwhelmingly dominant on Friday night that the best course of action for the Houston Astros was to patiently wait for Richards to hit his predetermined pitch count and then take their hacks against the Angels' vulnerable bullpen.

After Richards departed, first baseman Yuli Gurriel slugged a three-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting Justin Verlander into the win column for the fourth time in four starts and pushing the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the reeling Angels at Minute Maid Park.


Red Sox rally, extend AL East lead to 4

(TSX / STATS) -- CINCINNATI -- The Boston Red Sox have won 12 of their last 15 games but have struggled to distance themselves from the equally hot New York Yankees in the American League East standings.

On Friday night, the Red Sox overcame a first-inning grand slam by Scooter Gennett, rallied for an important win over the Cincinnati Reds and gained some ground on the Yankees.


Cubs get by Brewers on bases-loaded walk

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- Another late night, another nail-biter and ultimately, another victory for the Chicago Cubs who inched closer to a NL Central title with a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night at Miller Park.

This time, Tommy La Stella was the offensive hero, drawing a bases-loaded walk off Corey Knebel in the top of the 10th inning while Carl Edwards Jr. put up a zero in the bottom of the frame to give the Cubs their second consecutive victory over the Brewers and extend their division lead to 5 1/2 games.


Twins beat Tigers, stay on playoff track

(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- Things are looking up again for the Minnesota Twins in the up-and-down world that is a chase for a postseason playoff berth.

Max Kepler drove in two runs with a home run and a single, and Byron Buxton had a two-run double to help the Twins protect their wild-card lead with a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.


Cardinals rally in 9th, push streak to 4

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- One shortstop made an error, then the other did. Pinch-hitters and pinch-runners got involved. Leads changed.

"It's amazing, just all the way around. A lot of guys contributing in a lot of ways," St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Friday night's 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.


Cruz's HR denies Indians 28th win in 29

(TSX / STATS) -- SEATTLE -- It took the best start of Erasmo Ramirez's career to get the Seattle Mariners to the late innings against the historically hot Cleveland Indians.

Then to beat the Indians, the Mariners just needed something Nelson Cruz does all the time.


Rockies top Padres to increase WC lead

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN DIEGO -- As former teammate Jordan Lyles was retiring the first 12 Rockies he faced, the desperate number kept growing for playoff-contending Colorado.

Twenty straight innings without a run. Twenty-one straight scoreless innings . . . 22 . . . 23.