New York Mets remain in wild card hunt after victory

The New York Mets moved ever closer to securing a wild card place with a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jay Bruce struck a home run for the third consecutive match, as the Mets established themselves as the form side in the National League East standings.

NL Central champions the Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3, with Ben Zoberist homering twice and Anthony Rizzo adding two runs.

Elsewhere, the St Louis Cardinals thrashed Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 to keep their own wild card hopes alive, while the Milwaukee Brewers were beaten 4-1 by the Colorado Rockies.

The San Francisco Giants enjoyed a comfortable 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers but the San Diego Padres succumbed to a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Washington Nationals produced a four-run fourth innings but that was all they had to show for their efforts as the Miami Marlins emerged 7-4 victors.

Two home runs from Miguel Cabrera helped Detroit beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2, with the Tigers closing in on the Toronto Blue Jays – who were beaten 5-3 by the Boston Red Sox – for the second American League wild card spot.

The Baltimore Orioles‘ Jonathan Schoop recorded a career-high five RBIs in the 8-1 rout of the New York Yankees, while a four-run third fired the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Home-field advantage in the post-season will benefit the Texas Rangers for the first-time following a 3-1 success over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Chicago White Sox recorded a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins, while the Seattle Mariners saw off the Oakland Athletics 5-1.

The Los Angeles Angels powered to a 7-1 win against the Houston Astros, and in Friday’s last match the San Francisco Giants brushed aside the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3.