No Hitter on Closing Day 9/30/13
The American League wild-card picture is half set as the Indians beat the Twins 5-1 to secure the top-seed. That means they will entertain either the Rays or Rangers in the wild card game on Wednesday. Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEN'-ez) went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 13 to get the win. Nick Swisher got the Tribe on the board in the first with a two-run home run. The Indians end the season with 92 wins, 24 more than last year.
The Rays and Rangers are in a dead heat for the second AL wild-card berth, forcing a one-game playoff Monday night in Arlington, Texas. That game will decides who travels to Cleveland for Wednesday's wild-card game.
The Rays put together a six-run first and led 7-0 in the fourth before hanging on for a 7-6 win at Toronto. Jose Lobaton (LOH'-bah-tohn) hit a two-run double in the first to back Matt Moore, who ends the regular season 17-4 after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Texas will enter the one-game playoff on a seven-game winning streak following a 6-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels. Geovany Soto hit a tiebreaking, RBI double in the sixth and added a solo homer to help the Rangers extend their season at least one more day.
With all eyes in baseball on the American League wild card race, a four-game winner for the Miami Marlins took the spotlight as he tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Tigers. Henderson Alvarez did not allow a base hit through nine innings and went to the bench hoping his team would get a run across the plate. The Marlins accomplished that when Giancarlo Stanton scored on a wild pitch by Detroit's Luke Putkonen.
Alvarez ends the season 5-6. In his final outing he struck out four, walked one and hit a batter. He joins Bumpus Jones of the Reds and two other pitchers who have tossed a no-hitter on the last day of the season. Jones by the way tossed the first last-day no-no in 1892.
By the way, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera finished with the best batting average in the American League, a .348 mark just a year after winning the Triple Crown.
Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings of three-hit relief as St. Louis blanked the Cubs 4-0 to claim home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
Kansas City has completed a successful season with a 4-1 win over the White Sox. Bruce Chen pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning as the Royals finished 86-76, their best season in 24 years.
The Pirates ended the regular season the way they want to start the postseason, with a win over the Reds. Jordy Mercer had a triple and an inside-the-park homer as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Reds with a 4-2 victory. They'll open the postseason on Tuesday night at PNC Park against Cincinnati in the Pirates' first playoff game in 21 years. The Reds dropped their last five games, matching their season high.
Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies 12-5.
Sonny Gray threw five shutout innings and Oakland had a pair of four-run innings in a 9-0 shutout of Seattle.
Baltimore finished with a 7-6 win over Boston without first baseman Chris Davis, who suffered a sprained left wrist in the fourth inning. Davis led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs.
A.J. Pollock hit an infield single that broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning of Arizona's 3-2 win over Washington, ruining Davey Johnson's last game as manager of the Nationals.
San Francisco beat San Diego 7-6 on an RBI single by Hunter Pence in the bottom of the ninth. Pence had three RBIs just after the Giants announced his five-year, $90 million contract extension.
Colorado first baseman Todd Helton went 1-for-4 in his final major league game as the Rockies nipped the Dodgers 2-1. Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer won the NL batting crown with a .331 mark.
Eric Young Jr. won the National League stolen base crown by swiping two bags to help the Mets rally past Milwaukee 3-2.
And Houston set a major league record for strikeouts in a season while falling to the New York Yankees 5-1 in 14 innings.