Juan Uribe’s two-run homer in the eighth inning sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 victory that eliminated the Atlanta Braves from the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Jose Lobaton hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from three runs down to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 and stay alive in their American League division playoff series.
Rays Hit 5 Solo HRs Off Sabathia, Price Dominant in Rays’ 5-1 Win Over Yankees By Associated Press Aug. 12 (Washington Post) -- NEW YORK — Be certain, Joe Maddon was impressed with all the homers the Rays hit. David Price and a few big plays in the field, though, is what really got him excited. Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach all connected in the third inning for three of Tampa Bay's five solo home runs against CC Sabathia, and Price again came out on top in a matchup of these elite lefties, lifting the Rays over the New York Yankees 5-1 Friday night. "You talk about the homers, but the pitching and defense were spectacular," the Rays manager said. With a full moon looming over the famed Yankee Stadium frieze in right field, light-hitting Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria also homered — the 100th of his career — in Tampa Bay's fifth straight win. The five homers were the most Sabathia (16-7) has allowed in
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics won division titles on the final day of Major League Baseball’s regular season. While the Yankees’ was no surprise, even A’s executives and players were shocked at their crown.