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Pirates edge Cubs to head to playoffs

RED OR DEAD:Choo Shin-soo drove in the winning run as the Reds also claimed a post-season berth, while the Cardinals eliminated the Nationals from playoff contention

AP, CHICAGO

PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1

In San Diego, California, Eric Stults allowed one run over 6-1/3 innings and Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer to lead San Diego over Arizona.

It was the second straight victory for Stults (10-13) after ending a 10-game winless streak. He dropped his first six second-half decisions, before winning his previous outing against Pittsburgh.

Huston Street worked the ninth for his 33rd save in 34 chances.

Hundley connected off Brandon McCarthy (5-10). The Padres were shut out the previous two games by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, ARLINGTON, TEXAS

Alex Rios hit for the cycle and Derek Holland struck out nine in his second shutout of the season as the Texas Rangers started their final push for a playoff spot with a 12-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

The Rangers pulled within a game of idle Cleveland for the second American League wild-card berth with six games remaining.

Rios finished off the cycle with a triple to right-center field in the sixth inning and later scored to put Texas up 11-0. He doubled in the first inning, had an infield single in the third and hit his 18th homer in the fourth.

Holland (10-9) got his 10th win in his ninth try since his last victory on Aug. 4. The left-hander won at home for the first time since May 31.

Houston starter Jordan Lyles (7-9) gave up seven hits and seven runs with three walks in three innings.

The first cycle of Rios’ career was the seventh in Rangers’ history. Adrian Beltre was the last to do it on Aug. 24 last year against Seattle.

TWINS 4, TIGERS 3, 11 INNINGS

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Josmil Pinto hit an RBI single in the 11th inning as Minnesota overcame 12 strikeouts by Justin Verlander.

The Tigers led 3-0 in the eighth, but Jose Veras gave up RBI doubles to Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Doumit. Brian Dozier led off the ninth with a tying homer against previously perfect closer Joaquin Benoit.

Dozier opened the 11th with a single off Luke Putkonen (1-2) and advanced on a wild pitch. Pinto then punched a single to right field to give manager Ron Gardenhire his 998th career victory.

Verlander gave up six hits and walked three in six shutout innings for the Tigers, whose magic number remained two for clinching the American League Central title.

WHITE SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 2

In Chicago, Jose Quintana pitched into the eighth inning and rookie Marcus Semien hit his first major league homer to lead the White Sox over the Blue Jays.

Quintana (9-6), who entered the game with the most no-decisions in the American League at 17, allowed two runs and five hits in 7-1/3 innings. Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning to record his 39th save.

Toronto starter J.A. Happ (4-7) threw 110 pitches in his five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.

In the second inning, Semien hit an 0-2 pitch from Happ down the line and well over the fence for a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Jays cut the lead in half when catcher J.P. Arencibia led off the fifth inning with his 21st homer, but the White Sox got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Avisail Garcia led off with a homer to make it 3-1.

The Blue Jays closed the gap to 3-2 on a run-scoring single by Ryan Goins in the eighth.

ATHLETICS 10, ANGELS 5

In Anaheim, California, Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and Brandon Moss added a two-run shot as Oakland won their fifth straight.

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