MLB: Yankees win despite being no-hit through 10 innings

By Sports Desk September 10, 2023

The New York Yankees didn't get their first hit until the 11th inning of Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, yet still managed to pull out a dramatic 4-3 victory in 13 innings against the National League Central leaders.

New York trailed 1-0 when Oswaldo Cabrera broke up the no-hit bid with an RBI double off Joel Payamps with one out in the bottom of the 11th, and were down 3-1 in the 12th before Giancarlo Stanton connected for a game-tying two-run homer.

After Anthony Misiewicz held the Brewers scoreless in the top of the 13th, Kyle Higashioka drove in automatic runner Everson Pereira with a one-out double off Hoby Milner to allow the Yankees to prevent a three-game series sweep. 

Corbin Burnes kept New York hitless through eight innings before being pulled after 109 pitches, and Devin Williams threw a perfect ninth before giving way to Abner Uribe, who gave up a deep drive to the Yankees' Anthony Volpe that right fielder Sal Frelick snared with a leaping catch to keep the no-hit bid intact and the game scoreless.

Tyrone Taylor drove in Milwaukee's first run with a single in the 11th and the Brewers scored twice in the 12th, highlighted by Joey Wiemer's RBI double.

Gerrit Cole matched Burnes through the first seven innings, as the Yankees ace yielded just three hits and struck out nine without a walk.

The loss reduced Milwaukee's lead atop the NL Central to three games over second-place Chicago after the Cubs recorded a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Braves rally to become first team to clinch playoff berth

The Atlanta Braves are now officially in the playoffs after scoring four times in the seventh inning to rally for a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Atlanta, which owns the major leagues' best record at 93-49, secured a sixth consecutive postseason berth and moved closer towards a sixth straight NL East title. The Braves lead second-place Philadelphia by 15 games, and will visit the Phillies for a four-game series starting Monday needing to win three of those contests to wrap up the division.

Pirates rookie Luis Ortiz held Atlanta's potent lineup to one run over 5 1/3 innings, but the Braves' bats came alive against the Pittsburgh bullpen while trailing 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Orlando Arcia drew a walk off reliever Colin Selby to start the comeback and Michael Harris singled in front of Ronald Acuna Jr.'s base hit, which plated both runners for a 3-2 Atlanta lead.

The Braves then loaded the bases before Matt Olson knocked in two more runs with a single off Thomas Hatch.

Olson finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Braves starter Allan Winans struck out eight while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Pittsburgh had taken a 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Bryan Reynolds and Jack Suwinski in the top of the sixth. 


Eflin picks up 14th win, helps Rays take series from Mariners

Zach Eflin moved into a tie for the American League wins lead and the Tampa Bay Rays scored five early runs en route to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the finale of a key four-game series.

Tampa Bay built a 5-0 lead after three innings before holding on for its third straight win over Seattle after the Mariners took Thursday's series opener. The Rays also closed within three games of first-place Baltimore in the AL East after the Orioles had a seven-game winning streak snapped with Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Harold Ramirez had a two-run double as the Rays scored three times off Mariners starter Bryce Miller in the first inning, and Luke Raley's two-run double off Miller in the third increased the margin to 5-0.

Eflin (14-8) allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out six to join Toronto's Chris Bassitt and Baltimore's Kyle Gibson for the AL lead in wins.

Four Tampa relievers held the Mariners scoreless the rest of the way, with Pete Fairbanks striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his 22nd save.

The Mariners have lost six of eight following a 22-6 stretch from Aug. 2-Sept. 2 that briefly gave them the AL West lead. They now trail first-place Houston by 2 1/2 games in the division after the Astros posted a 12-2 rout of the San Diego Padres on Sunday. 

Sam Haggerty went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead Seattle offensively. 


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