Ichiro misses pinch hits record as majors' regular season ends

Kristopher Nichols
October 3, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton had two hits and one RBI, but failed to hit his 60th home run as his Miami Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves 8-5 in Sunday's regular season finale at Marlins Park.

Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as playoff-bound Arizona routed Kansas City. They entered Friday with a one-game lead over the Houston Astros, and hold the tiebreaker.

When the 2017 regular season came to an end Sunday, baseball did not have its first 60-home run hitter in almost two decades.

Winning the NL batting title was Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, who hit.331 on the season.

Stanton, Yelich and Ozuna shared an emotional embrace in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, knowing full well it could be their last moments in the outfield together as teammates.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin (10-9) and six relievers combined on a four-hitter. Fried, who has posted a 3.21 ERA in his three starts, gave up three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on September 9. The victor of Wednesday's wild-card game between the Rockies and Diamondbacks will travel to Los Angeles for Game 1 of an NL Division Series on Friday.

Jose Bautista left for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning in what could have been his final game with the Blue Jays.

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Lorenzen (8-4) took the loss after working two-thirds of an inning as the Reds (67-93) dropped their ninth in 10 games. The AL West champion Astros won their fifth consecutive game and posted their 100th victory of the season.

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His final chance at No. 60 came in the ninth, but he went down swinging against closer Arodys Vizcaino - and when Vizcaino closed out what became his 14th save of the year, the Marlins were still congratulating Stanton for a season that will have him squarely in the NL MVP mix. Swanson's RBI single gave Atlanta a 5-4 advantage, and Garcia's homer provided a cushion. The Brewers finished 86-76, 13 games ahead of last year's pace.

The New York Yankees, who are seeking their 28th World Series crown, host the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild-card game.

Mackanin and Mets manager Terry Collins, who also will not return to his position next year, exchanged hugs. Oakland has also defeated the Rangers seven straight times. He struck out six while scattering seven hits and a walk. It's a big number, it's kind of fun, it's kind of incredible to watch that many homers in one season from one guy. The Pirates' trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco at 245 games is a distant second, and no other active trio has started more than 200 games together. There were 117 players with 20 or more, up from 111 a year ago, and 41 with at least 30, up from 38.

Cueto pitched the game's first five innings, leaving in a 4-4 tie. Prior to this season, his previous career high was 37 home runs, done twice (2012 and 2014).

Aaron Wilkerson retired the first 17 batters he faced as Milwaukee defeated St. Louis.

He's won four of his last five decisions and holds an impressive 2.08 ERA over his last six starts.

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