Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Montero's HR Sends Cubs Past Brewers in 10 Innings

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Montero's HR Sends Cubs Past Brewers in 10 Innings

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CHICAGO - Miguel Montero homered in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs celebrated the NL Central title with a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Cubs became the first major league team to clinch their division when St. Louis lost at San Francisco late Thursday night. They had a chance to wrap it up in front of their delirious fans at Wrigley Field, but Scooter Gennett's tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh lifted Milwaukee to a 5-4 win.

A day later, they put together quite a party.

Chicago (94-53) pushed across two runs in the ninth and Montero connected for a leadoff drive in the 10th against Blaine Boyer (2- 4). The Cubs poured out of the dugout to mob Montero at home plate, and then pulled on postseason hats and shirts as the crowd of 40,823 cheered wildly.

Orioles 5, Rays 4

BALTIMORE - J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn came through with RBIs in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a four- run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

The final out came when Mike Mahtook was cut down at the plate trying to score from first base on a single into the left-field corner by Alexi Ramirez.

Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who began the day two games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and tied with Toronto for the two AL wild cards.

Mets 3, Twins 0

NEW YORK - Bartolo Colon limited the Twins to three singles in seven innings, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive home runs off rookie Jose Berrios in the third, and the New York Mets beat Minnesota in the opener of their final homestand this season.

Matched against a pitcher nearly half his age, the 43-year-old Colon (14-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions. He allowed soft singles in the third to Berrios and Brian Dozier, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a slow bouncer to third, then retired Jorge Polanco on a flyout to escape a bases-loaded jam. Polanco singled in the sixth.

Addison Reed pitched the eighth and Jeurys Familia worked around a pair of walks to complete the three-hitter, retiring pinch-hitter Kennys Vargas on a flyout to deep left for his 49th save in 53 chances.

Red Sox 7, Yankees 4

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez homered for the second straight game, and David Ortiz had a pair of hits to send the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox to a victory over the New York Yankees. …

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