Padres beat Mariners to clinch playoff spot
The San Diego Padres are going to the National League playoffs for the first time in 14 years, thanks to a 7-4 extra-inning win over Seattle on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
The Padres (34-20) trail the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L West Division, but second-place teams and two wild-card teams in both leagues go to the playoffs in an expanded format.
The Mariners return to Seattle to play Houston in a three-game series at T-Mobile Park. They were supposed to play the previous two games with San Francisco and the three with San Diego at home, but the games had to be moved to the other cities because of poor air quality in Seattle.
Wil Myers' three-run homer gave San Diego a lead Sunday, but Dylan Moore tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run shot.
Both teams scored in the 10th inning.
The Padres scored three 11th-inning runs. Mitch Moreland and Jurickson Profar had RBI hits, and a third run came on an error.
The Mariners are 23-30 and still mathematically alive for an American League wild-card spot or even the A.L. West Division No. 2 spot with seven games to play — three with Houston, four with Oakland.
Houston, second to Oakland in the A.L. West, is 27-26.
Marco Gonzales pitches for Seattle in Monday's 6:10 p.m. game opposite Lance McCullers Jr.
The two A.L. wild-card teams currently are Cleveland (29-24) and Toronto (27-26).
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