Phillies, Diamondbacks join Twins, Rangers in victory in wild-card openers

Zach Wheeler pitched six shoutout innings before allowing a single run in the seventh as the Phillies secured a 4-1 win in Game 1 of their wild-card series with the Miami Marlins. Wheeler got help from a well-rounded offense that saw all nine starters secure hits and four different players register RBI. With the win, the Phillies are a win away from the NLDS.

The Arizona Diamondbacks tagged Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes for three home runs, then saw some spectacular defense from Evan Longoria to secure a 6-3 win in Game 1 in their wild-card series Tuesday. Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3, then Gabriel Moreno hit a solo shot in the fourth to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

A spectacular double play turned by Evan Longoria shut down a bases-loaded Brewers threat in the fifth to protect the lead and help move the Diamondbacks within a win of the NLDS.

The Texas Rangers are riding high again after going to Tropicana Field and beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 in Tuesday’s wild-card series. Texas is one win away from advancing to the AL Division Series against the top-seeded Baltimore Orioles. Tampa Bay helped Texas’ cause by committing four errors — a franchise postseason record — en route to its sixth-consecutive playoff loss since 2021.

Later, the Twins’ exorcised their playoff demons with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, their first postseason win since 2004. It marked the end of an 18-game postseason losing streak, fueled by a two-homer day from rookie Royce Lewis.

Follow along as Yahoo Sports brings you the latest news, scores and injuries during the first day of the MLB postseason.

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