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Braves Beat Reds 1-0 In Historic 13-inning Postseason Opener

Atlanta Braves' Cristian Pache, rear left, heads home to score the winning run as Braves' Freddie Freeman celebrates heading to first after hitting an RBI single to beat the Reds 1-0 in 13 innings in Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta Braves' Cristian Pache, rear left, heads home to score the winning run as Braves' Freddie Freeman celebrates heading to first after hitting an RBI single to beat the Reds 1-0 in 13 innings in Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Freddie Freeman singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, finally ending the longest scoreless duel in postseason history as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 10 in the opener of their NL wildcard series on Wednesday.

ATLANTA: Freddie Freeman singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, finally ending the longest scoreless duel in postseason history as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday.

The East champion Braves won the first game of a postseason series for the first time since the 2001 NL Division Series and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. If they do, it will snap a record-tying streak of 10 straight playoff round losses.

What began as a pitching showdown between between Cy Young contenders Trevor Bauer of the Reds and Atlantas Max Fried devolved into a strikeout contest.

The teams combined for a postseason record 37 Ks 21 by the Braves. After a couple of hits in the 13th against Archie Bradley, Freeman drove one into center field off Amir Garrett against a five-man infield with one out to end a game that dragged on for more than 4 1/2 hours.

A four-time All-Star, Freeman produced another big year in a pandemic-shortened season after a battle with COVID-19 in July so severe that he said he prayed: Please dont take me.

A.J. Minter escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 13th for the win the third straight inning the Reds pushed a runner to third but couldnt get him another 90 feet.

ASTROS 3, TWINS 1

MINNEAPOLIS: Carlos Correa hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run off Cody Stashak in the seventh inning for a two-game sweep that sent the AL Central champion Twins to a record 18th straight postseason loss.

Nine months after Houstons rules-breaking, sign-stealing system was revealed, the defending AL champion Astros advanced to the Division Series. As the sixth seed, theyll face Oakland or the Chicago White Sox in a best-of-five matchup starting Monday at Dodger Stadium.

Rookie Cristian Javier worked three hitless innings for the victory in his postseason debut and Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect ninth against his former team, giving the Houston bullpen a total of 9 2/3 scoreless innings in this wild card series with three hits allowed.

Kyle Tucker hit two RBI singles for the Astros and made a key throw from left field for the inning-ending out in the fifth.

Minnesota is 0-18 in the playoffs since winning Game 1 of their 2004 Division Series at the New York Yankees.

RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and top-seeded Tampa Bay completed a two-game sweep to win a postseason series for the first time in 12 years. The East champion Rays advanced to an AL Division Series against the New York Yankees or Cleveland Indians beginning Monday in San Diego.

Renfroe launched the first playoff grand slam in franchise history during a six-run second inning off Hyun Jin Ryu that also included a two-run homer by No. 9 hitter Mike Zunino. Ryu was rocked for a season-high seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, the leftys shortest outing of the season for the wild-card Blue Jays.

Tyler Glasnow allowed two runs in six innings, on a pair of homers by Danny Jansen, and struck out eight

ATHLETICS 5, WHITE SOX 3

OAKLAND, Calif.: Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered early off Dallas Keuchel, and Mark Canha made a game-saving catch against the wall as West champion Oakland tied the series 1-1 and forced a deciding Game 3 on Thursday,

Chris Bassitt allowed one run and six hits in seven-plus innings to help the Athletics stop a six-game postseason losing streak dating to 2013.

Jake Diekman walked home a run in the ninth, then retired Jos Abreu on a sharp grounder for the final out.

Keuchel gave up five runs three earned and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Rookie second baseman Nick Madrigals fielding error allowed two runs to score.

MARLINS 5, CUBS 1

CHICAGO: Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off a fading Kyle Hendricks in the seventh inning, and Miami beat Chicago in Game 1 of their NL wild-card series.

Jess Aguilar also homered and Sandy Alcantara pitched three-hit ball into the seventh as Miami conjured up memories of past playoff magic in the franchises first postseason game since it won the World Series in 2003. The Marlins, who rallied past the Cubs in a memorable NLCS that year, have never lost a playoff series.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Thursday. Yu Darvish starts for the Central champion Cubs, while rookie right-hander Sixto Snchez pitches for upstart Miami, looking to make an unexpected division series trip in the same season that roughly half the roster was sidelined by COVID-19.

The Marlins could be without center fielder Starling Marte after he was hit on the left hand by a fastball in the ninth inning. The team said he had a left hand contusion and was going for X-rays.

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