YANKEES 5, ASTROS 1, 14 INNNIGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning, and New York went into an offseason of uncertainty with a victory over Houston, whose 15-game losing streak was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century.
Mariano Rivera didn't pitch in the final game of a career that started in 1995, and Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were among the players unsure whether they had played their final games for the Yankees (85-77).
Bothered by sore legs, Alex Rodriguez also didn't get into the game. The appeal of his 211-game drug suspension starts Monday.
New York finished with its fewest wins in a non-strike season since 1992 and failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. Manager Joe Girardi's contract is expiring, and he hasn't said whether he wants to come back for a seventh season.
Houston (51-111) set a team record for losses and had the most in the majors since Arizona lost the same number in 2004. The Astros finished with the lengthiest season-ending losing streak since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders dropped their last 16, according to STATS.
ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Chen pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City beat Chicago to finish off its best season in 24 years.
Kansas City won three of four in Chicago and went 17-10 in September for its most successful month of the season. The Royals' 86-76 record was their best mark since they went 92-70 in 1989.
Chen's sharp outing put a damper on what might have been the final major league game for White Sox captain Paul Konerko, who is eligible for free agency and isn't sure if he will play again next year. The veteran first baseman is second in franchise history with 427 homers and 1,361 RBIs, and third with 2,249 hits.
Chen (9-4) allowed one run, struck out four and walked three in 6 2-3 innings.
Jose Quintana (9-7) pitched seven innings to reach 200 for the season. He was charged with four runs and six hits.
ATHLETICS 9, MARINERS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Sonny Gray threw five shutout innings and Oakland had a pair of four-run innings to close out the regular season with a win over Seattle in Eric Wedge's final game as Mariners manager.
The A's now turn their attention to the AL Division Series against Detroit that will begin Friday in Oakland, while Seattle (71-91) enters the offseason with another managerial search on the docket after a 12th straight season without the making the playoffs.
Oakland gave a few of its starters the finale off, while some others made cameos before getting a rest before beginning the postseason.
Chris Young got Oakland started with a two-run single in the second, followed by RBI doubles by Seth Smith and Brandon Moss. Alberto Callaspo had an RBI single in the fifth, followed by an RBI double from Josh Reddick and a two-run single by Daric Barton.
Gray (5-3) struck out eight and gave up three hits.
Oakland finished with 96 wins, its most since reaching that total in 2003.
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