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Astros lead race for AL wild-card spot

TIGHT AT THE TOP:With the Los Angeles Angels being defeated 8-7 by the Oakland Athletics, Houston were able to recapture their advantage after beating Seattle

AP, SEATTLE

The Houston Astros’ Chris Carter, right, is congratulated by teammate Luis Valbuena, center, after hitting a three-run homer against the Seattle Mariners in their MLB game at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday.

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Colby Rasmus’ broken-bat RBI single capped Houston’s rally from a three-run deficit as the Astros retook the lead in a race for the second American League wild-card spot by beating Seattle 7-6.

A day after being passed by the Angels, the Astros moved back in front of Los Angeles. The Astros are a half-game ahead going into their final series of the season, beginning today in Arizona.

Luke Gregerson got his 31st save, capped when center fielder Carlos Gomez caught a line drive by Franklin Gutierrez and doubled pinch-runner James Jones off first base to end the game.

Tony Sipp (3-4) was the winner. Danny Farquahar (1-7) took the loss.

TWINS, INDIAN

Cody Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians a split doubleheader, keeping them alive in the AL wild-card race.

Minnesota won the first game 7-1 and pulled to one game behind the Angels for the second wild-card spot.

In the second game, the Indians hammered the Twins 10-2.

Anderson (7-3) held the Twins to two hits and won his fifth straight start.

Cleveland scored four runs in the second off Mike Pelfrey (6-11), who lasted 1-2/3 innings, and Francisco Lindor, continuing his case for rookie of the year, belted a two-run homer in the fourth.

ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 7

Stephen Vogt hit a tiebreaking, two-run single during Oakland’s four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Athletics hung on to stop Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak.

Sean Doolittle got pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill to ground out with Mike Trout on third base to end it, completing a five-out save in a wild regular-season home finale for the Angels (83-75).

Eric Sogard had an early three-run double for the last-place A’s, whose second win in 11 games further complicated the AL playoff race.

One day after the Angels completed a two-month chase by passing Houston for the second wild-card spot, Los Angeles committed four errors and gave up seven unearned runs.

RANGERS 6, TIGERS 2

Adrian Beltre hit the first of three Texas home runs as the AL West leaders moved closer to a postseason berth by beating Detroit.

Robinson Chirinos and Mike Napoli also homered for the Rangers.

Yovani Gallardo (13-11) won, despite giving up nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. Matt Boyd (1-6) allowed all three homers in 2 2-3 innings.

RED SOX 9, YANKEES 5

New York’s normally steady bullpen wasted a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in three years when Dellin Betances gave up a tying homer and Andrew Bailey allowed the go-ahead hit.

After losses in the first two games of the four-game series and with the chance to wrap up a wild-card berth, the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit. Alex Rodriguez’s first homer in two weeks gave them a 5-4 lead in the sixth.

However, on a night when Masahiro Tanaka struggled early in his return from a hamstring injury, the Yankees stumbled again. Still, they need just one win in their final four games to earn the playoff spot.

Bailey (0-1) gave up an RBI single to Deven Marrero with one out in the 11th. Chasen Shreve yielded a run-scoring sacrifice to Jackie Bradley Jr and a two-run homer to Betts.

PHILLIES 7, METS 5<

New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes bruised two fingers of his left hand after he was hit by a pitch in a testy loss to Philadelphia.

X-rays showed no bone damage to Cespedes’ ring and middle fingers. He exited in the third inning, then returned to the dugout in the sixth when the benches started to empty following a high-and-tight pitch.

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