Yankees jump Royals in wild-card race with extra-inning win

Each night in the 2016 baseball season, we’ll run down the top news, facts and highlights from action around Major League Baseball.While the Royals were one of the hottest teams in August (20-9 record), the Yankees wereone of the most resilient, as a rubber match againstthe defending World Series champions proved Wednesday in Kansas City.MORE: Best hitter last namesHome runs from Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer helped put the Royals Bo Jackson Jersey up big early but the Yankees took advantage ofa rare bullpen stumble by KC to tie the game. After Royals starter Ian Kennedy exited with a runner on first in the seventh inning, relieverScott AlexanderallowedAaron Hicks to score the tying run on asacrifice fly by Jacoby Ellsbury.The game remained tieduntil the 13th inning when the Yankees loaded the bases against Royals pitcher Chris Young andBrian McCann hit a sacrifice fly to scoreDidi Gregorius for the go-ahead run.MORE: Updated standings | SN’s MLB scoreboardWith the 5-4 win, New York jumped the Royals in the AL wild-card race. It now sits two gamesout of the second wild-card spotcurrently held by the Tigers and the Orioles; theYankees will face the latterin a three-game series beginning Friday.Thanks in part to the hot hittingof rookie Gary Sanchez, the newly dubbedBaby Bombersfinished August with a 17-11 record.Player of the DayRougned Odor led the Rangers to a 14-1 victory overFelix Hernandez and the Mariners. The Texas second baseman recorded his second straight three-hit game, which included two- andthree-run home runsen route to a five-RBI performance.HighlightRockies rookieStephen Cardullo celebrated his 29thbirthday in style with his second career home run, a grand slamto left-center against the Dodgers in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Dodgers rookieAndrew Toles later flipped the script in Game 2 with a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth as theDodgers rallied from a six-rundeficit for a 10-8win.Three things to know After being swept by the Indians, the Twins have lost 13 in https://www.royalsedges.com/kansas-city-royals/kelvin-herrera-jersey a row, tying them withthe 2015Reds for the longest losing streak over the past three seasons. BehindAddison Ru sell’s stellar defensive play, the Cubs completed a sweep ofthe Pirates with a 6-5win. The Cubs had six series sweeps in August. Angels starterRicky Nolasconeeded just 94 pitches for a complete-gameshutout of the Reds.Nolasco allowed four hits and four walks in the 3-0 win. It’s the third"Maddux" this season (complete-gameshutout with 100 pitches or fewer, named in honor https://www.royalsedges.com/kansas-city-royals/alex-gordon-jersey of Greg Maddux);the other two belong to teammate Jered Weaver and theA’s Kendall Graveman.What’s nextMarlins (67-66) at Mets (69-64), 7:10 p.m. ET: Making a start on extra rest, Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.96 ERA) will lookto help the Mets inch closer to the second wild-card spot with a win over Jose Urena (2-5, 5.83 ERA) and the Marlins. DeGrom has allowed 13 runs on 25 hits in his last two starts but is hopefulextratime spent working on his mechanics pays dividends.SPECTOR: Mets getting hot just in timeGiants (72-60)at Cubs (85-47), 8:05 p.m. ET: Entering on a recent hot streak, Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.00 ERA) hopes to tame his old club."Shark is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last four starts, including two scorele s outings. Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.60 ERA) willopposeSamardzija on the hill in his third start with the Cubs.