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Marlins' Fernandez dies in boat accident

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MIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

Fernandez's heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.


Dodgers clinch NL West on walk-off homer

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sprayed champagne and beer flooded the blue carpet in the Dodgers clubhouse. The stench of alcohol hung in the damp air. Wives, kids and a puppy were in on the party with music blaring.

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated clinching their fourth straight NL West title with the kind of storybook ending this city was built on: winning the crown in Vin Scully's final home game when Charlie Culberson homered with two outs in the 10th inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Sunday.


Red Sox win in 10, extend streak to 11

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Dustin Pedroia turned what looked like a sure out into the go-ahead run.

Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.


Ross, Lester help Cubs edge Cardinals

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross got fired up when Cubs manager Joe Maddon walked to the mound with two out in the seventh inning, ready to argue for Jon Lester to stay in the game.

Maddon and Lester had a different plan.


Mets win 17-0, maintain wild-card lead

NEW YORK (AP) The Mets circled the bases in record fashion like the cartoon Gas-House Gorillas in front of Bugs Bunny, then handed fans the shirts off their backs.

They hoped a 17-0 rout of the Phillies on a melancholy Sunday was not this season's Citi Field finale.


Indians' title hopes denied by White Sox

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians silently packed their bags for the road.

The party was postponed again.


Jays rally in 9th to hold wild-card lead

TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees finally scored again. They still couldn't come up with a win in Canada.

Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and the Toronto Blue Jays held their AL wild-card lead, rallying past the Yankees 4-3 Sunday.


Benches clear in Nats-Bucs, Harper hurt

PITTSBURGH (AP) The tag was clearly fake. What happened next was all too real for the NL East champion Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper got hurt and needs X-rays.

Harper injured his left thumb making an awkward slide to avoid a pretend tag by Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches Sunday in Washington's 10-7 win.


Orioles sweep Arizona, Blue Jays up next

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles are heading into the final week of the season with much-needed momentum and an opportunity to take over the top wild-card spot in the American League.

Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and the Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 2-1 victory Sunday.


Giants lose, fall 1 game back of Mets

SAN DIEGO (AP) With the NL West won by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants have six more games to try to clinch a wild-card berth.

The good news is, they don't have to play the San Diego Padres anymore.