Joey Traverso homered in the fifth inning to bring the Rangers within a run — then singled home Riley Yamagishi Kobayashi with the winning tally in a 13-12 playoff classic with the Tigers.
In the Davis Little League AAA battle, the lead changed hands six times.
Traverso, Nikhil Chander and Zach DeWit turned in solid fielding plays and Ryan Sylvia contributed to the offense.
For the Tigers, Joe McIntyre’s two-run double helped jump-start his team. Max Scheiber later tripled and Brian Chin doubled twice and drove home three teammates.
Here’s a look at more AAA American League playoff action …
Astros 4, Yankees 2 — Joe Ariola hurled four strong innings and Keaton Carpenter closed out the last two for the save.
Nicholas Golberg swiped home twice and Ariola’s single brought in an insurance run.
Collin Carpenter had an unassisted doubled play.
Adam Ferguson’s second hit of the game — a double to left — plated the Yankee runs in the fourth.
Ben Riely, Colin Walsh and Keoni Chaidez each had hits.
Matthew Njoku’s relief pitching was sterling.
Angels 11, Rangers 5 — Jason Inouye, Bryce Barker and Ethan Trinidad combined to limit the Rangers to two hits, while Carson Szeder paced the winners with two doubles, a run and three runs batted in.
Inouye scored three times and Kurt Fischer and Ben Kunimoto both had RBIs.
Fischer, Barker, Szeder and Inouye were slick afield.
(The Rangers did not submit a recap)
Blue Jays 14, Yankees 5 — Jonah Reddick’s three-run single helped make the difference.
Tristen Wollrich had two hits and Matt Henkel, Jack Jessen, Luc Marie and Justin Miller all contributed at the plate as the Blue Jays scored nine times in the final frame.
Yankee Colin Walsh hurler four shutout innings and Costa Christopulos led his team at the plate.
Adam Ferguson and Walsh together turned in a nifty defensive play.
Rangers 13, Astros 5 — Cole Robben pitched a perfect second inning and banged out two hits.
Nikhil Chander and Riley Yamagishi Kobayashi combined on a double play for the winners. Yamagishi Kobayashi and Liam Kinney added two hits.
Astro Joe Ariola was 2-for-2, driving in four runs.
Collin Carpenter and Nicholas Goldberg had good games with the glove.
Blue Jays 11, Tigers 10 — Jack Jessen and Matt Henkl slapped two hits apiece while Antonio Soto singled and scored twice. Tristin Woolrich and Luck Marie added more offensive spark.
Jacob Leach forced in the walk-off run when he was hit by a pitch.
Brandon Damian, in addition to his web gem, scored a run.
For the Tigers, Joe McIntyre doubled and singled and Max Scheiber, Tony Segal and Aidan Cohan each had two singles.
Brian Chin (triple) and Colin Grows (game-tying RBI hit) also chipped in.
Scheiber’s three-up, three-down fifth kept things close.
National League playoff activity included …
Marlins 10, Cubs 0 — Tanner Snow pitched five innings, allowed just one hit with 10 strikeouts and the Marlins’ Asher Reising went 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. Reising also scored twice.
Snow added two doubles and two RBIs to the winning cause.
Ansel Tucker scored two runs and Zach Forbes went 2-for-2 and scored after stealing two bases. Carlos Campos, William Dunner and Trajan Clark each scored in the five-run second.
Sean Layman made a great catch in right.
(The Cubs did not submit a recap)
Nationals 11, Brewers 4 — Grant Wallace singled, doubled and homered, but it wasn’t enough for the Brew Crew.
Wallace joined Clark Chen and Cameron Nelson on the mound. Evan O’Neill doubled, singled and drove in a run.
(The Nationals did not submit a recap)
Diamondbacks 16, Padres 1 — With the winners scoring in every inning, Walsh Klineberg’s three-run homer brought home Cole Knutson and Liam Gatewood in the power display.
Knutson, Gatewood and winning pitcher Matthew Lloyd spanked doubles with Dillon Rockwell, Ethan Quinn, Ian Villa and Keaghan Morrissey contributing on offense.
Alexander van deer Zeeuw, Villa, Simon Downes-Toney, Jet Aquino and Morrisey ran wild on the bases. Klineberg added a nice fielding play.
(The Padres did not submit a recap)
Nationals 8, Cubs 7 — In an eight-inning thriller, the Nationals slipped past the Cubs.
Rhys Navarro singled, walked, swiped two bases and scored for the Cubbies. Navarro also pitched 3 2/3 innings — allowing no earned runs.
Jackson Anglin-Hill singled in two runners, Aoi Kito had two safeties and a run scored and Mitchell Biscardi singled, stole a base and scored. Josh Micke had a solid two innings on the mound, allowing no runs.
(The Nationals did not submit a recap)
Brewers 9, Marlins 3 — Cameron Nelson (3-for-3) singled two times, doubled and drove in three for the winners.
He also stole three bases.
Grant Wallace doubled twice, once getting an RBI, while Cyras Larson, Eli Yasui, Lennon Weintraub, Tate Cutler, Eli Currier, Clark Chen, Kyle Chen and Carson Thompson all contributed at the plate.
Thompson, Yasui and Weintraub were strong afield while pitchers Clark Chen, Nelson and Cutler were terrific on the mound.
Trajan Clark, Zach Forbes, Vance Tangren and Tanner Snow were offensive contributors for the Marlins.
Starting pitcher Snow fanned six and allowed one run. Asher Reising and Ray Oldham made nice fielding plays.