There will be no tiebreakers to decide the wild cards on the final night of regular Major League Baseball action following Sunday’s games.
The Baltimore Orioles made sure of an American League wild card slot with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees, Matt Wieter hitting two homers to set up a match against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
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Boston’s loss meant the Cleveland Indians, who saw off the Kansas City Royals 3-2, secured home-field advantage for their upcoming matches against the Red Sox.
Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 victory over Detroit, a result which eliminated the Tigers from the play-offs.
Elsewhere in the AL, the Minnesota Twins eased past the Chicago White Sox 6-3, the Oakland Athletics saw off the Seattle Mariners 3-2, the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Texas Rangers 6-4 in the 10th inning and the LA Angels swept aside the Houston Astros 8-1.
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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) 2 October 2016
In the National League, the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 7-1 to advance to Wednesday’s wild card game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
That result ended the post-season hopes of the St Louis Cardinals, who finished with an impressive 10-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Elsewhere, a four-run ninth gave the Chicago Cubs – who will face the Giants or the Mets – a 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Washington Nationals – who fill face the Dodgers – defeated the Miami Marlins 10-7.
In other games, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4, the Arizona Diamondbacks edged out the San Diego Padres 3-2 and the Philadelphia Phillies sunk the New York Mets 5-2.