The Rundown for September 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 7,186,527 and the nation’s death toll stands at 205,895, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Trump administration applied immense pressure to force the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce more evidence that supported President Trump’s efforts to send kids and teachers back to school in person before the election. Olivia Troye, a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff who left her job last month, claims that she was repeatedly asked to instruct the CDC to write more reports that showed a decline in virus cases among young people… Thousands of K-5 and K-8 students in New York City returned to classrooms yesterday for the first time since schools were closed earlier this year. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed he won’t hesitate to close them again if cases surge… Disney announced yesterday that it was laying off 28,000 of its theme-park employees in California and Florida due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… President Trump engaged with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a chaotic first debate in Cleveland last night. Trump spoke at will in responses to moderator Chris Wallace’s questions and while interrupting Biden’s answers. The most fierce exchanges occurred during discussion about Trump’s leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and taxes. The insults made it tough for either candidate to push through their agenda. Biden called Trump a “clown” and a “racist” and told him: “You’re the worst president America has ever had.” Trump responded: “There’s nothing smart about you, Joe.” Earlier yesterday, Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, released their 2019 tax returns. Biden’s returns, posted on his campaign website, show that he and his wife, Jill, made $944,737 in taxable income last year and paid $299,346 in federal income taxes—a 31 percent tax rate. In contrast, Trump paid no federal income taxes for 10 of the past 15 years, and paid just $750 in 2016 and 2017, according to returns obtained by the New York Times. The second of three scheduled debates is scheduled for October 15 in Miami. It will be moderated by C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully.

FLYNN LAWYER BRIEFED TRUMP ON FLYNN CASE… The federal judge overseeing the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn indicated yesterday that he isn’t ready to allow the Justice Department to drop the case. U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan questioned Flynn’s lead attorney, Sidney Powell, about her contacts with President Trump and whether she had urged him or Attorney General William Barr to take any actions to influence the decision to abandon the case. Powell initially cited potential executive privilege concerns in refusing to answer, but then revealed that she briefed Trump on the case within the last two weeks and requested that he not issue a pardon. Flynn twice pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to FBI agents in January 2017 about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration. The Justice Department informed Sullivan in May that it wanted to end the prosecution after Attorney General William Barr decided that Flynn’s false statements to the FBI were not material to any open investigation and were therefore not a violation of the law.

KENTUCKY AG TO RELEASE BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY RECORDING… Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced yesterday that he will comply with a judge’s order and release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case today. Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered the release on Monday following a legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror. Cameron said the recording will show that prosecutors presented a “thorough and complete case to the grand jury.” According to the complaint, the grand jury was not given an option of charging Louisville Metro Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove in the March 26 fatal shooting of Taylor. Prosecutors presented only possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June and charged on Monday with three counts of wanton endangerment.

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THREE CALIFORNIA COUNTIES… California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared states of emergency in three Northern California counties amid uncontrolled wildfires. The orders were issued in Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties, where the Glass and Zogg fires have consumed tens of thousands of acres. The Glass Fire has prompted the evacuations of nearly 40,000 residents in Napa and Sonoma counties.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘BORAT’ RETURNS
… Amazon Studios has purchased international rights to the sequel of the 2006 film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” Sacha Baron Cohen returns to star as Kazakstan journalist film, which will premiere late October on Amazon Prime. The film is set for a late October release.

DOLLY PARTON CHRISTMAS… The Dolly Parton Christmas musical “Christmas on the Square” is set for a November 22 release on Netflix. Christine Baranski and Jennifer Lewis also star in the story about a rich woman who returns to her small hometown with the intention of selling land to a mall developer just before Christmas. Parton also released the song, “Christmas on the Square” from her holiday album “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” which will be released on Friday.

SPORTS
MLB PLAYOFFS

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD-CARD GAME 1 SCORES

Houston 4 – MINNESOTA 1
… Michael Brantley’s two-run single capped a three-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Astros past the Twins. Reliever Framber Valezz pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings. Houston hasn’t announced its starter in today’s Game 2. Minnesota sends righthander Jose Berrios (5-4) to the mound.

Chi. White Sox 4 – OAKLAND 1… Jose Abreu homered with a runner aboard, Adam Engel and Yasmani Grandal added solo homers and the White Sox cruised past the Athletics. Chicago starter Lucas Giolito surrendered a run on two hits over seven innings. Lefthander Dallas Keuchel (6-2) gets the start for Chicago today. Righthander Chris Bassitt (5-2) to the mound.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Toronto 1… Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Rays held off the Blue Jays. Manuel Margo belted a two-run homer. Righthander Tyler Glasnow (5-1) takes the mound for Tampa Bay today. He’ll be opposed by Toronto lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2).

N.Y. Yankees 12 – CLEVELAND 3… Aaron Judge, Greyber Torres and Brett Gardner hit two-run homers as the Yankees walloped the Indians. Torres also singled home a run and was 3-for-3 on the day. New York will send Carlos Carrasco (3-4) to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka (3-3).

TODAY’S NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD-CARD OPENERS
Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 5-4) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 4-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-3) host Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 1-0)…
St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 1-0) is at San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 3-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) host Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 2-4)

NBA FINALS OPEN TONIGHT… The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers take the court in Orlando tonight in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Both teams have gone 12-3 in the postseason. After entering the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s fifth seed, the Heat eliminated Indiana, Milwaukee and Boston. The Lakers, who were the Western Conference’s top seed, dispatched of Portland, Houston and Denver. Miami is led by the trio of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic. L.A. relies on the tandem of Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

TENNESSEE TITANS SUSPEND ACTIVITIES… The Tennessee Titans have suspended all in-person club activities after three Tennessee Titans players and five personnel members tested positive for COVID-19. The team’s facilities will be closed until Saturday. ESPN reported that the Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, also have positive tests. It’s not known whether the Titans will play Sunday’s scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Rundown for September 25, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,975,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 202,738, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Results of a new study published in the Washington Post yesterday found that the Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate throughout the course of the pandemic. Experts believe it is probably becoming more contagious, as coronavirus cases in the U.S. are again rising. The study did not find that mutations of the virus have made it more lethal or changed its effects.

SENATE COMMITS TO PEACEFUL TRANSITION… The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to a peaceful transition of power following President Trump’s refusal to do so if he loses the election. The measure was authored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and warns ”that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” Yesterday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”

PROTESTS CONTINUE… Protests continued for a second night last night in major cities throughout the U.S. following Wednesday’s grand jury decision that no officers would be charged directly in the death of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old EMT was fatally shot by three Louisville Metro Police Department officers who executed a no-knock search warrant and entered her apartment. Unlawful assembly was declared in Louisville. New York City and Philadelphia were among other cities hosting major events.

BIDEN RACKS UP ENDORSEMENTS… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday picked up the endorsement of a group of 489 retired generals and admirals, as well as former national security officials and diplomats. Those signing a letter of endorsement included former CIA and FBI Director William Webster as well as former defense secretaries William Perry, William Cohen, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and Ash Carter. The signees described themselves as Democrats, Republicans and Independents who believe Biden’s positions “are rooted in sound judgement, through understanding and fundamental values.” Former Secretary of the Coast Guard Secretary Admiral Paul Zukunft said he signed the letter due to an “insurgency” on Americans’ constitutional rights that has occurred under the Trump administration.

TRUMP BOOED WHILE VISITING GINSBURG CASKET… President Trump was loudly booed yesterday while visiting the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside the Supreme Court. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood behind a column as the public jeered his appearance and began chanting, “Vote him out!” The casket will be moved today to the Capitol building where Ginsburg will lie in state.

FEDERAL INMATE EXECUTED… The U.S. government executed a 40-year-old man convicted in the 1999 murders of a married couple in Texas. Christopher Vialva became the seventh federal inmate to be executed this year after he was administered a lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Vialva’s attorneys were unsuccessful in their appeal to the Supreme Court earlier this week.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS ROCK TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ PREMIERE
… NBC announced yesterday that comedian and actor Chris Rock will host “Saturday Night Live” on its October 3 46th annual season premiere. Rock stars in the fourth season of the FX series “Fargo,” which centers on Midwest mob bosses in the 1950s. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has agreed to serve as musical guest of the “SNL” premiere.

LIV TYLER LEAVES ‘LONE STAR’… Actress Liv Tyler has left the Fox first-responder drama “911: Lone Star” after one season. She reportedly asked to be released from her multi-year contract due to pandemic-related concerns about traveling back and forth from her home in Britain to the U.S. where the show is filmed. Tyler’s character, Emergency Medical Services Captain Michelle Blake, is not expected to be recast or killed off.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
L.A. Lakers 114 – Denver 108
… The Lakers fought off the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points. LeBron James added 26 points. Game 5 is tomorrow.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Boston vs. Miami in Game 5 with the Heat leading 3-1

MLB SCORES
PITTSBURGH 7 – Chi. Cubs 0
… Chad Kuhl (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, Josh Bell and Bryan Reynolds all hit home runs for Pittsburgh.

Colorado 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 4 (11 innings)… Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Garrett Hampson with the tie-breaking run and the Rockies held on to outlast the Giants. Tapia also singled home a run.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Mets held off the Nationals to keep their playoff hopes alive. Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs with a two-run homer and infield single.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Cesar Hernandez singled home two runs and Jose Ramirez added a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning as the Indians came from behind to top the White Sox. The victory gave Cleveland a sweep of the four-game series.

TORONTO 4 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Blue Jays cruised past the Yankees to clinch a playoff spot. Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) scattered five hits over seven shutout innings. Vladimir Guerrero homered. Alejandro Kirk stroked a two-run double.

Miami 4 – ATLANTA 2… Jon Berti went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Jose Aguilar homered for the Marlins in their win over the Braves.

Baltimore 13 – BOSTON 1… The Orioles pounded out 18 hits in their dismantling of the Red Sox. Jose Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered. Hanser Alberto lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home two runs.

Houston 12 – TEXAS 4… George Springer and Jose Altuve blasted three-run homers in the Astros’ romp over the Rangers. Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick added two-run shots.

KANSAS CITY 8 – Detroit 7… Salvador Perez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Maikel Franco added a solo blast and the Royals downed the Tigers. Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-4 with a two-run single.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Dylan Carlson homered with a runner aboard and lined a run-scoring double in leading the Cardinals past the Brewers. Kwang-Hyun Kim (3-0) allowed a run on five hits over five innings.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Oakland 1… Corey Seager homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 4-2; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-3) is at Milwaukee (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 2-2; Taylor Clarke, 2-0) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 5-2; Antonio Santos, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 3-1; Chris Paddack, 4-4) is at San Francisco (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 2-4) hosts Boston (Chris Mazza, 1-2)…
Baltimore (TBD) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 4-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-6)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 1-1) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sandy Alcantara, 3-2) host Miami (J.A. Happ, 2-2)…
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-1) is at Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 3-4)….
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 4-3) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 4-3)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 1-1) is at Texas (Kyle Cody, 1-1)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 5-3) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-3) are at the Chi. White Sox (TBD)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 6-2) host the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-3)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-4) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 5-2)

NFL SCORE
Miami 31 – JACKSONVILLE 13
… Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Dolphins (1-2) handled the Jaguars (1-2). In beating Jacksonville, Fitzpatrick became the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Chicago (2-0) is at Atlanta (0-2)…
Buffalo (2-0) hosts the L.A. Rams (2-0)…
Washington (1-1) is at Cleveland (1-1)…
Minnesota (0-2) hosts Tennessee (2-0)…
Oakland (2-0) is at New England (1-1)…
the N.Y. Giants (0-2) host San Francisco (1-1)…
Cincinnati (0-2) is at Philadelphia (0-2)…
Pittsburgh (2-0) hosts Houston (0-2)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-2) are at Indianapolis (1-1)…
Carolina (0-2) is at the L.A. Chargers (1-1)…
Denver (0-2) hosts Tampa Bay (1-1)…
Detroit (0-2) is at Arizona (2-0)…
Seattle (2-0) hosts Dallas (1-1)…
Green Bay (2-0) is at New Orleans (1-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (2-0) is at Baltimore (2-0)

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 4 with the Lightning leading 2-1

PAC-12 TO PLAY FOOTBALL… The Pac-12 Conference announced yesterday that it will play a seven-game conference football season beginning November 6. The conference said men’s and women’s basketball can begin November 25 while other winter sports can begin in line with their respective NCAA seasons. No fans will be allowed to attend Pac-12 games taking place on campuses.

The Rundown for September 24, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,943,071 and the nation’s death toll stands at 201,930, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, told a Senate panel yesterday that he believes the U.S. will have enough doses of a coronavirus vaccine to distribute to every American by April. Fauci’s testimony before the Senate appropriations subcommittee is more optimistic than the late summer/early fall 2021 prediction offered last week by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield… Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to state health officials. Parson, an outspoken critic of mask mandates, decided to get tested after experiencing symptoms.

BREONNA TAYLOR PROTESTS… There was outrage in the streets of several cities last night following the announcement that no Louisville police officers were charged for the death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor, an EMT, was fatally shot in her own home on March 13 when three plainclothes Louisville police officers executed a “no-knock” warrant at the wrong address. No officers were charged directly with her death. One of the officers involved was indicted on first-degree wanton endangerment charges. Two officers were shot last night at a protest and a suspect has reportedly been taken into custody.

TRUMP WON’T COMMIT TO PEACEFUL POWER TRANSFER… President Trump yesterday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he looses the November 3 election. When asked for the commitment by reporter Brian Karem, Trump responded, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens, you know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” Pressed by Karem, Trump continued, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.” Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney was among many who criticized the remarks. “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Romney posted on Twitter. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”

TRUMP APPOINTS INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WATCHDOG… President Trump has appointed Allen Souza as the next inspector general of the intelligence community. Souza, a former aid to Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, will be tasked with investigating Trump’s national security staff. Legal experts likened the move to foxes guarding hen houses, since Nunes was the House Intelligence Committee Chairman who accepted “dirt” from a Ukraine official who then was sanctioned by the U.S. for being an active Russian asset. Souza replaces Michael Atkinson, who was fired in April for turning over to Congress a 2019 Ukraine whistleblower complaint.

ERIC TRUMP TO BE DEPOSED… A New York state judge has given President Trump’s son Eric until October 7 to sit for a deposition in the attorney general’s fraud investigation. The investigation centers on whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated certain assets to obtain tax benefits it otherwise would not have been entitled to receive. Eric Trump, who is executive vice president of the company, previously abruptly canceled an interview with New York Attorney General Letitia James in July and the Trump Organization refused to comply with subpoenas last month.

REPUBLICAN REPORT FINDS NO BIDEN WRONGDOING… The Senate Homeland Security and Finance committees found no wrongdoing by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in their investigation into his son’s relationship with a Ukrainian energy company. Their report released yesterday found that Hunter Biden had “cashed in” on his father’s name to close lucrative business deals around the world and also concluded that his work for Burisma Holdings had given the appearance of a conflict of interest since his father was U.S. vice-president at the time. Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who boasted for weeks that the report would prove Joe Biden’s “unfitness for office.” Instead, it merely spread disinformation U.S. intelligence officials have traced to Russia.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS GAS-CAR BAN… California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday signed an executive order that will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars in California by 2035. “We don’t need to drill things or extract things in order to advance our economic goals and advance our mobility needs,” the governor said at a press conference. The order aims to reduce the state’s carbon emissions and combat climate change, Newsom emphasized. The order does no prohibit Californians from owning cars that run on gasoline or from reselling them.

ENTERTAINMENT
ELTON JOHN TO RESUME TOUR
… Elton John announced yesterday that he plans to resume his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” in North America on January 19, 2022. The tour kicks off in New Orleans and also includes stops in Houston, Detroit, New York City, Miami, Toronto and Montreal. John’s global tour will officially return on September 1, 2021 in Berlin.

DISNEY POSTPONES FILM RELEASES… Disney has postponed three major fall film releases. Marvel’s “Black Widow,” along with Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” will be shelved for several months, the studio announced. Disney has kept the late November release date of Pixar’s “Soul.”

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS SCORE

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Miami 112 – Boston 109
… The Heat turned away a fourth-quarter rally to down the Celtics and take a 3-1 lead in the series. 20-year-old rookie Tyler Herro came off the bench to score a game-high 37 points. Jimmy Butler added 24 points and Goran Dragic tossed in 22. Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

the L.A. Lakers vs. Denver in Game 4 with the Lakers leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL SCORE
Tampa Bay 5 – Dallas 2
… The Lightning skated past the Stars to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Victor Hedman scored a goal and assisted on two others. Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist. Game 4 is tomorrow.

MLB SCORES
L.A. Angels 5 – SAN DIEGO 2
… The Angels scored four runs in the top of the second inning to erase an early 2-0 deficit and cruised past the Padres. They got homers from Justin Upton, Anthony Bemboom and Shohei Ohtani. David Fletcher went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Philadelphia 13 – WASHINGTON 3… Bryce Harper homered twice and the Phillies also got round-trippers from Andrew McCutchen, Didi Gregorius and Andrew Knapp in their pounding of the Nationals.

CLEVELAND 3 – Chi. White Sox 2… Jordan Luplow’s homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Indians over the White Sox. Carlos Santana also went deep for Cleveland.

ARIZONA 7 – Texas 3… The Diamondbacks rolled past the Rangers after spotting them a three-run lead. Wyatt Mathisen connected for his first two career homers. Tim Locastro also circled the bases.

TORONTO 14 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Blue Jays pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of four errors in their rout of the Yankees. Danny Jensen went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.

CINCINNATI 6 – Milwaukee 1… Eugenio Suarez belted a three-run homer, Joey Votto added a two-run blast and Winker connected for a solo shot in the Reds’ win over the Brewers. Trevor Bauer (5-4) held Milwaukee to a run on four hits and struck out 12 in eight innings.

SEATTLE 3 – Houston 2… The Mariners held off the Astros to keep their playoff hopes alive. Nick Margevicius (2-3) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings. Ty France doubled home a run and added an RBI single.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Adam Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes hit back-to-back homers leading off the bottom of the first inning and the Pirates held on to clip the Cubs. Trevor Williams (2-8) allowed a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ATLANTA 9 – Miami 4… Dansby Swanson cracked a three-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the Braves past the Marlins. Adeiny Hechavarria knocked in two runs with a pair of singles.

Tampa Bay 8 – N.Y. METS 5… The Rays downed the Mets to clinch their first NL East title in 10 years. Randy Arozarena hit a pair of solo homers. Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep.

BOSTON 9 – Baltimore 1… The Red Sox put away the Orioles with a six-run bottom of the third inning. Rafael Devers capped the uprising with a bases-clearing double. Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) scattered seven hits over six shutout innings.

MINNESOTA 7 – Detroit 6… The Twins hung on to edge the Tigers and take over first place in the AL Central. Jake Cave homered twice and knocked in three runs. Eddie Rosario homered with a runner aboard.

KANSAS CITY 12 – St. Louis 3… Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero both homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Royals in their romp over the Cardinals. Danny Duffy (4-4) gave Up a run on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Oakland 6 – L.A. DODGERS 4… Ramon Laureano blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to send the Athletics past the Dodgers. Laureano also knocked in a run with an infield single.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Colorado 2… Evan Longoria smacked a solo homer and Mauricio Dubon added a three-run shot as the Giants breezed past the Rockies. Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 5-4) are at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-3)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 3-3) hosts Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 5-2) are at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-6)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 4-2) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jeff Montgomery, 2-2) are at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 4-2)…
Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 3-1) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 5-4)…
Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-5) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 3-4)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 1-6) hosts Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-2)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 4-2) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 6-2)…
St. Louis (Kwang-Hyun Kim, 2-0) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 4-0)…
Oakland (Mike Fiers, 6-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0)