Blue Jays' poor form continues, Mets win


The Toronto Blue Jays' slide continued in MLB on Tuesday, while the New York Mets got past the Washington Nationals.

The Blue Jays suffered their eighth loss in 11 games in September, beaten 6-2 by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alexei Ramirez and Steven Souza Jr. went deep for the Rays, who improved to 10-8 against the Blue Jays this season.

Toronto are now tied with the Baltimore Orioles, who beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3, for the wildcards in the American League (AL).

T.J. Rivera hit his first MLB home run at the perfect time as his solo shot in the 10th gave the Mets a 4-3 win over the Nationals.

The St Louis Cardinals enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers rallied past the Houston Astros 3-2 and the Chicago White Sox thrashed the Cleveland Indians 8-1.

The Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals 5-4, the Detroit Tigers went down to the Minnesota Twins 8-1 and the Cincinnati Reds overcame the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4.

The Miami Marlins had a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 and the New York Yankees shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0.

The Seattle Mariners eased past the Los Angeles Angels 8-0, the Arizona Diamondbacks crushed the Colorado Rockies 11-4 and the San Diego Padres scored five times in the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-4.



Leading an offensive onslaught against the Tigers, Jorge Polanco went three-for-four with a homer and four RBIs for the Twins. The shortstop was a triple shy of the cycle, scored two runs and earned one walk.



Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre took a big swing and landed on his right knee, but he managed to connect on his 30th homer of the season, a solo shot against the Astros. 


The Pirates were trailing 3-2 entering the ninth, got a pinch-hit, three-run homer from Sean Rodriguez and beat the Phillies. It was their first win when trailing after eight innings since July 12, 2014. They had been 0-140.



Boston's first 20-game winner since 2007, Rick Porcello (20-3, 3.21 ERA), looks to improve his perfect 14-0 record at home against Kevin Gausman (7-10, 3.61 ERA) and the Orioles. Although Gausman owns a 1.08 ERA since August 23, he has struggled against Boston in his career with a 4.74 ERA.