Machado la boot and his Padres beat the Mets in the National playoffs


Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish gave a pitching recital and the San Diego Padres sluggers backed him up with four home runs to beat the New York Mets 7-1 on Friday in the first game of the National League wild-card playoffs.

Manny Machado, Josh Bell, Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham homered off fellow star Max Scherzer to give San Diego a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three wild-card round on the Old Circuit.

Darvish (1-0), 36, scattered six hits and allowed just one run in seven innings, striking out four without giving up a walk.

Scherzer (0-1), a three-time Cy Young Award winner, was penalized seven runs, including all four of the California team’s homers.

The Mets discounted a run on a home run by Eduardo Escobar in the fifth inning.

– Sailors fleece Blue Jays –

In Toronto, also with a pitching gem from Dominican Luis Castillo and timely hitting from Cal Raleigh and Venezuelan Eugenio Suárez, the Seattle Mariners started their wild card series in the American League with a 4-0 win against the Blue Jays.

The Mariners, in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, took a three-run lead in the first inning.

The Mariners began their attack in the very first inning when Suarez drove in one with an RBI double and then scored on Raleigh’s homer to give Seattle a 3-0 lead ever since.

The Mariners’ fourth and final run came in the fifth on Suarez’s fielder on a fielder’s choice.

For his part, right-hander Castillo (1-0) was immense with 7 1/3 scoreless innings for Seattle, allowing six hits with five strikeouts. The loss went to fellow starter Alek Manoha (0-1).

It was only the second playoff shutout in Mariners history.

The winner of this series, to the best of three games, will face the Houston Astros in the Division Series, while the one who goes out the wide door will be the top between the Guardians and Tampa Bay, which favors the first 1- 0, will clash against the New York Yankees.

– Guardians scratch triumph –

In Cleveland, early in the morning, Dominican slugger José Ramírez overflowed in his first playoff game that his Guardians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1.

Ramírez hit a two-run homer to support the excellent pitching work of Shane Bieber (1-0), who allowed only three hits and struck out eight batters.

The Dominican striker, a four-time All-Star, grounded starter Shane McClanahan (0-1) in the sixth inning to help Cleveland end an eight-game postseason losing streak.

Now the team (formerly the Indians) moved within a win of advancing to the second round in their first season as Guardians.

Quisqueyano closer Emmanuel Clase closed out the game for his first postseason save. The Cleveland closer led the Majors with 42 saves in the regular season.

Fellow Dominican slugger José Siri homered for the ninth tampeña, who lost his sixth straight game overall.

– Cardinals blow home run –

In St. Louis, the Cardinals wasted a home run by Venezuelan Juan Yépez and fell 6-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In this wild-card game on the Old Circuit, the Phillies scored six times in the ninth.

Yepez hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead and they held it until the ninth, where they fell within two outs of victory.

St. Louis’ relief pitching allowed the bases to be loaded in the ninth with a single, two walks, a disbol, another RBI single by Jean Segura, a fielder’s choice by Panamanian Edmundo Sosa, another hit by Brandon Marsh and a fly ball Kyle Schwarber’s sacrifice to let the win slip away.

The Cardinals were 93-0 all-time when leading playoff games by two or more runs after eight innings.

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