MILWAUKEE (AP) Jose Quintana was acquired by the Chicago Cubs for big games, and he came through big against the Brewers.
Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Cubs beat Milwaukee 5-0 on Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers' playoff hopes.
Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5 1/2-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining.
CINCINNATI (AP) Mookie Betts wasn't about to stop. Neither are the Red Sox, who are heading home with a chance to win another division title.
Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday that moved them closer to an AL East championship.
DETROIT (AP) Eduardo Escobar may be having the most unpredicted success on the surprising Minnesota Twins.
Escobar hit his 20th home run, Jorge Polanco also went deep and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
PITTSBURGH (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals are running out of time to make their September surge extend their season beyond the first day of October.
Seung Hwan Oh's difficult season hit another low point when he surrendered a go-ahead two-run homer to Pittsburgh's Starling Marte in the fifth inning on Sunday as the Pirates pulled away for a 4-1 victory to blunt the Cardinals' momentum heading into the regular season's final week.
SEATTLE (AP) At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland's ace.
"He's the Cy Young. I think he's clearly the Cy Young," Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. "That doesn't take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he's clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What he's done has just been efficient as you can be."