MLB.com Stars of the Game: Thursday, Sept. 20

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Thursday, Sept. 20

Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:

Anthony Bass | Padres 6, D-backs 5
After the D-backs loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth in a one-run game, the Padres got two outs without allowing a run, then Bass came on and struck out Aaron Hill to preserve the victory.
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Carlos Beltran | Cardinals 5, Astros 4
Pinch-hitting in the sixth inning, Beltran broke a tie with a two-run double, giving the Cardinals a lead they would keep against his former team.
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Johnny Cueto | Reds 5, Cubs 3
Cueto tossed six scoreless innings to earn his 18th win and lead the Reds to a spot in the postseason.
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Yu Darvish | Rangers 3, Angels 1
Darvish fanned nine over eight dominant innings, setting the stage for Adrian Beltre's tiebreaking homer in the ninth.
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Ross Detwiler | Nationals 4, Dodgers 1
Detwiler pitched six strong innings for his 10th victory as the Nationals clinched their first trip to the postseason.
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Johnny Giavotella | Royals 4, White Sox 3
Trailing by three to the first-place White Sox, Giavotella started the Royals on the comeback trail with a two-out, two-run triple in the fifth inning.
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Desmond Jennings | Rays 7, Red Sox 4
The 25-year-old hit a game-tying two-run single in the ninth, setting the stage for B.J. Upton's three-run walk-off homer to keep Tampa Bay's postseason dreams alive.
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Casey Kotchman | Indians 4, Twins 3 (10)
Kotchman laced a walk-off single to cap a three-hit day as the Indians took the season finale from the Twins.
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Aramis Ramirez | Brewers 9, Pirates 7
Ramirez homered to drive in two, then singled in the go-ahead run.
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Pablo Sandoval | Giants 9, Rockies 2
Sandoval homered from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career and finished with four RBIs to power the Giants to a four-game sweep of the Rockies.
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Seth Smith | A's 12, Tigers 4
Smith went 3-for-4 with a homer, scored three runs and drove in four, including three on a double in a big ninth inning.
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Nick Swisher | Yankees 10, Blue Jays 7
Capping a seven-run fourth inning that broke the game wide open, Swisher swatted his seventh career grand slam as the Yanks swept the Jays.
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Chase Utley | Phillies 16, Mets 1
Tallying four RBIs in a rout of the Mets, Utley went 4-for-5 on a night the Phillies kept the hits coming from start to finish.
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