MILWAUKEE — Tyrone Taylor hit two RBI doubles and put Milwaukee ahead for good with an impressive slide home Thursday in the NL Central-leading Brewers’ 4-2 victory against the Miami Marlins.

The Brewers won 3 of 4 from the Marlins this week and extended their division lead to 4 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins remain just outside of playoff position as they pursue one of the NL’s three wild-card spots.

Milwaukee trailed 2-1 in the fifth inning when Andruw Monasterio hit a leadoff single off Marlins starter Eury Pérez (5-5). Monasterio moved to second on Brice Turang’s bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Taylor’s double to left.

Taylor then attempted to score on Sal Frelick’s two-out single, which was fielded by right fielder Jesús Sánchez. Although Taylor initially was ruled out, the call was overturned after replays showed he eluded catcher Jacob Stallings’ tag while sliding home and putting his right hand on the plate.

Frelick was the last batter Pérez faced. He struck out seven and allowed five hits, three runs and no walks in 4 2/3 innings.

RAYS 4, ORIOLES 3: Luke Raley hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning at Baltimore, and Tampa Bay pulled within a game of the first-place Orioles in the AL East.


The Rays’ relievers extended their streak to 34 innings without an earned run.

TIGERS 8, REDS 2: Matt Vierling hit a grand slam, Reese Olson pitched six sharp innings and Detroit won at home.

Akil Baddoo also went deep for Detroit, which salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Kerry Carpenter and Spencer Torkelson each drove in a run.

METS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Kodai Senga struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, Jeff McNeil and Jonathan Araúz homered, and New York won at home.

Arizona dropped the final three games of a four-game series against the Mets to fall into a tie for the third NL wild-card spot with Cincinnati (76-72) and San Francisco. The Reds, who visit New York for a weekend series, have the tiebreaker over Arizona by virtue of winning the season series, 4-3.

PIRATES 2, NATIONALS 0: Mitch Keller pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, and Pittsburgh won at home.


Keller (12-9) struck out seven and walked one. He improved to 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in his last seven starts.

RANGERS 9, BLUE JAYS 2: Corey Seager homered and drove in three runs, Jonah Heim hit a solo home run and Texas won at Toronto to complete a four-game sweep.

Robbie Grossman reached base four times and drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk as the Rangers (82-64) won their sixth straight, moving 2 1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL wild-card race.

TWINS 10, WHITE SOX 2: Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer to cap Minnesota’s four-run seventh inning, Kenta Maeda threw seven strong innings and the Twins rolled at Chicago.

Rookies Edouard Julien and Royce Lewis hit solo shots in the fourth to help first-place Minnesota (77-70) extend its lead in the AL Central to eight games over idle Cleveland.


ORIOLES: Baltimore called up outfielder Heston Kjerstad from Triple-A Norfolk. Kjerstad was the No. 2 pick in the 2020 amateur draft and is the No. 24 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He hit .298 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 76 games at Norfolk.

The Orioles called him up after slugger Ryan Mountcastle left Wednesday night’s loss to St. Louis with a shoulder issue. Baltimore also recalled right-handed reliever Bryan Baker from Norfolk, and optioned outfielder Ryan McKenna and left-hander Nick Vespi to Norfolk.

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