MLB scores: Cardinals beat Max Scherzer to take series vs. Nationals; Yankees trying to clinch AL East

Wednesday brings us a full slate of 15 MLB games. There’s a few storylines to keep an eye on: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is going for win No. 2,000; the Yankees can clinch their first division title since 2012 with CC Sabathia on the mound and Giancarlo Stanton back in the starting lineup.

We’ll have you covered with everything you need to know about Wednesday’s MLB action below in our roundup. 

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Baseball scores for Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday’s clinching scenarios

There are two postseason spots up for grabs Wednesday. Here are the day’s clinching scenarios:

  • Yankees clinch AL East with a win or a Rays loss.
  • Yankees clinch just a postseason spot with a loss and an Indians loss.
  • Astros clinch a postseason spot with a win or an Indians loss.

The Astros and Braves can clinch their respective division titles as soon as Thursday.

Cards take series against Nats

Wednesday’s series finale between the Cardinals and the Nationals saw right-hander Adam Wainwright face off against three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Wainwright continued his September dominance and led the Cards to a crucial series win, taking two of three from Washington. Over Wainwright’s last five starts, the Cardinals are 5-0 and Wainwright has a 0.88 ERA. At 38-years-old, Wainwright is the oldest Cardinals pitcher since 1927 to go six-plus innings with one earned run or fewer in four straight starts. Here’s his final line from Wednesday:

While Scherzer didn’t have his best outing, he still picked up an impressive accolade:

With Tommy Edman’s solo home run off Scherzer in the third inning — his 10th on the season — the Cardinals now have 10 different players with 10+ home runs this season. It’s a franchise-first.

On the defensive side of things, Cardinals Dexter Fowler robbed Asdrubal Cabrera of a three-run home run in right field in the eighth inning. The catch was simply remarkable, as Fowler made it look easy:

The Cards are rolling at just the right time. They’ve won 27 games since Aug. 9, the most in the league. Entering Wednesday evening, St. Louis (85-67) stands atop the NL Central with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Cubs. The Nationals (83-68) have a one-game lead for the top NL wild card spot. The Cardinals will travel to Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs, beginning Thursday. It’s a must-watch series. Meanwhile, the Nationals have a three-game road series against Miami, beginning Friday.

Mets make 9th inning comeback vs. Rockies

The Mets are clinging to their postseason lives — they came into Wednesday four games behind the second wild-card spot with 11 games to play — and they mounted a huge comeback win in their series finale with the Rockies. New York scored four runs in the ninth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 win.

The go-ahead run scored on a bases loaded walk. Pete Alonso, who slugged 49th home run of the season earlier in the game, drew the go-ahead free pass. It was his fourth bases loaded walk of the season, tied with George Springer and Max Muncy for the most in baseball. 

Noah Syndergaard started Wednesday’s game and was paired with Rene Rivera, his preferred catcher — Syndergaard has made it no secret he’d rather throw to Rivera or Tomas Nido than Wilson Ramos — and was tagged for four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

At this point the Mets need to win their remaining 10 games and get some help to have a shot at making the postseason. Unlikely? Absolutely. Possible? Sure, why not.

Suarez hits 48th home run

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez continued his molten hot streak with another home run Wednesday. It was his 48th of the season — only Mets rookie Pete Alonso has more — and 28th since the All-Star break. No one in baseball has more in the second half. Here is Suarez’s latest blast:

Suarez made history with that home run. First of all, he now holds the single-season home run record for a Venezuelan-born player. His 47 homers had been tied with Andrew Galarraga. Galarraga hit 47 homers with the 1996 Rockies.

Secondly, Suarez’s 48 home runs tie the National League record for homers by a third baseman. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (1980 Phillies) and future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre (2004 Dodgers) also had 48-homer seasons. The Reds as a team have received 52 homers from their third basemen this year, tying the 2007 Yankees for the most in history.

Carl & Mike Yastrzemski throw out first pitch

Wednesday night at Fenway Park, Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his grandson, Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. Check it out:

That is pretty, pretty cool. Mike swatted a home run to dead center field Tuesday night, in his first career game at his grandfather’s old stomping grounds.

Highlight of the Day: Rockies turn absurd double play

Colorado’s disaster bullpen allowed four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday to turn a one-run lead into a three-run loss, but at least they looked slick doing it. They turned a nifty 6-4-3 double play when the ball caromed off shortstop Trevor Story and directly to second baseman Garrett Hampson. Ryan McMahon went up the ladder to make the catch and record the out. Check it out:

The Rockies have collapsed spectacularly these last few weeks — they are now 22-47 in their last 69 games — but Coors Field makes for some exciting high-scoring games and the team can play sweet defense. That’s something.

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