WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins in a regular-season finale Sunday.
Zimmermann (14-5) allowed only two baserunners, finishing with 10 strikeouts and one walk in the fifth no-hitter in the majors this year.
Christian Yelich sent a long drive to left-center with two outs in the ninth. Souza, who made his big league debut this year and took over for Ryan Zimmerman to begin the ninth, ran hard into the gap, extended his glove and leaped for the sensational catch.
Ian Desmond hit a second-inning home run by Henderson Alvarez (12-7), who threw a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of last season.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oakland finally clinched its third consecutive playoff berth as Sonny Gray (14-10) pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time in five September starts and Josh Reddick had an RBI triple.
The A's lost 30 of their previous 45 games before winning game No. 162. They play the win-or-go-home wild-card game Tuesday night at Kansas City.
After winning the AL West title the past two seasons, Oakland went into its game Aug. 10 a big league-best 72-44, good for a four-game division lead and an 11-game edge in the wild-card standings.
Rookie Nick Martinez (5-12) allowed two runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings.
MARINERS 4, ANGELS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners were eliminated in the fifth inning when Oakland's game ended, and Felix Hernandez (15-6) pitched five shutout innings to secure the AL ERA title at 2.14, just beating Chris Sale of the White Sox (2.17).
Seattle's 87 wins in the first season of All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano were its most since 2007. The Mariners had a 1 1/2-game lead for the second wild card on the morning of Sept. 7 but lost 12 of their next 17 games.
Cory Rasmus (3-2) was the loser for Los Angeles, which finished with the major leagues' best regular-season record at 98-64 and plays Kansas City or Oakland in the division series.
TIGERS 3, TWINS 0
DETROIT (AP) — David Price (15-12) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings, clinching Detroit's fourth straight AL Central title.
Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer in the third, and the Tigers added two more runs in the eighth off Kyle Gibson (13-12).
Detroit entered with a postseason berth already wrapped up, but the Tigers led the division by only one game over Kansas City. The Tigers face Baltimore in the AL division series.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Right after Detroit secured its fourth straight division title, Kansas City manager Ned Yost started pulling some of his regulars from the lineu
Kansas City hosts Oakland on Tuesday night in their first playoff appearance since 1985.
Chicago's Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts on the final day of his 18-year big league career. A six-time All-Star, Konerko finishes with a .279 average, 439 homers and 1,412 RBIs.
Casey Coleman (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for his first win since Sept. 9, 2011 to beat Daniel Webb (6-5). Chicago finished 73-89, 10 more wins than year.
CARDINALS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0
PHOENIX (AP) — St. Louis clinched its second straight NL Central title before the first pitch when Pittsburgh lost to Cincinnati, then beat Arizona 1-0 on Kolten Wong's RBI groundout in the sixth inning off Josh Collmenter (11-9).
St. Louis finished 90-72 and opens their NL division series Friday at the Dodgers.
The defending NL champions scratched scheduled starter Adam Wainwright, using five relievers instead. Justin Masterson (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings and Carlos Martinez got two outs for his first save.
Arizona had two hits and finished 64-98, the second-worst record in team history.
REDS 4, PIRATES 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto (20-9) hit an RBI single off Tony Watson (10-2) in the eighth and gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker's homer. Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer off Justin Wilson.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.
Pittsburgh hosts San Francisco in the NL wild-card game Wednesday, with the winner advacing to a division series against Washington.
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