Major League Baseball
Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.
The shutdown of the federal government could slow San Jose’s ongoing efforts to bring the Oakland A’s downtown. The city’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball may be delayed due to court closures.
Hunter Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the 9th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Coco Crisp hit a 3-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had a solo shot and the Oakland A’s wrapped up their 2nd straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 Sunday.
The Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim Sunday with a crushing 2-1 loss to the Giants.
Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the 8th inning, and the Giants beat the Dodgers 4-3 Sunday.
Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the A’s completed a 3-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win Sunday.
Hunter Pence’s grand slam and career-high seven RBIs helped the Giants romp 19-3 Saturday night against the Dodgers.
Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Giants past the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday.
Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a 7-run third inning and the Oakland A’s beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Sunday.