Eight teams in the National League are vying for four post-season spots heading into the regular season’s final weekend.
The Marlins, Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Brewers and Giants are the top teams still in contention — and they are packed tightly with slots available for one team from the NL East, another from the NL Central and then two wild cards.
The Mets (26-31) and Rockies (25-31) are mathematically eligible, but need to win out just to have a shot.
Only one playoff spot remains open in the American League, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 1
Hyun Jin-ryu (5-2) pitched seven shutout innings as Toronto clinched their first post-season spot since 2016, beating the Yankees on Thursday and further damaging New York’s chances of hosting a first-round playoff series.
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New York lost for the fourth time in five games and remained two games behind the slumping White Sox for the fourth seed.
Toronto secured at least an AL wild-card spot and ensured their eighth trip overall to the post-season.
The Blue Jays trail the Yankees by two games for second place in the AL East. Both teams have three games remaining.
ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 4
Raimel Tapia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Colorado rallied to keep San Francisco from gaining ground in the National League wild-card race.
Jairo Diaz earned his fourth save by getting Austin Slater to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Giants (28-28), winners of three of their past five, dropped behind idle Cincinnati for the first NL wild card.
INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 4
Jose Ramirez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as Cleveland beat Chicago for a four-game sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.
The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the fourth seed and home-field advantage in the first round of the post-season.
Idle Minnesota lead the White Sox by one game in the AL Central with three to play.
CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 2
Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits as St Louis began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating Milwaukee.
Rookie Dylan Carlson homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Cardinals (28-26) kept their slim lead over Cincinnati (29-28) for second place in the NL Central.
In other games on Thursday, it was:
‧ Marlins 4, Braves 2
‧ Pirates 7, Cubs 0
‧ Mets 3, Nationals 2
‧ Dodgers 5, Athletics 1
‧ Astros 12, Rangers 4
‧ Orioles 13, Red Sox 1
‧ Royals 8, Tigers 7
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