MLB.com Stars of the Game: Thursday, Sept. 27

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Thursday, Sept. 27

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Thursday, Sept. 27
Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:

Rafael Betancourt | Rockies 7, Cubs 5
With runners at second and third and nobody out, and the Rockies clinging to a two-run lead in the ninth, Betancourt recorded back-to-back strikeouts, then got Anthony Recker to ground out to shortstop for his 31st save of the season.
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Luis Cruz | Dodgers 8, Padres 4
Cruz had three hits, raising his average to .308, and two RBIs to help the Dodgers cut their NL Wild Card deficit to three games.
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Doug Fister | Tigers 5, Royals 4
Fister struck out 10 -- including nine straight Royals to set an American League record -- as the Tigers stayed on top in the AL Central standings.
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Todd Frazier | Reds 2, Brewers 1
Frazier crushed a game-tying homer off John Axford with two outs in the ninth to set the stage for the Reds' walk-off victory.
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Hisashi Iwakuma | Mariners 9, Angels 4
Iwakuma severely dented the Angels' Wild Card chances, stopping their five-game win streak with six solid innings and beating them for the third time this season.
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Evan Longoria | Rays 3, White Sox 2
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of his Wild Card-clinching home run, Longoria hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth to help the Rays win their eighth straight game and keep their hopes alive for an AL Wild Card spot.
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Brandon Morrow | Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0
Morrow tossed seven sparkling innings, allowing four hits and striking out three for his ninth victory.
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Michael Morse | Nationals 7, Phillies 3
Morse hit two homers and drove in four runs to help Gio Gonzalez win his MLB-best 21st game of the season as the Nats' magic number fell to 3.
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Mike Napoli | Rangers 9, Athletics 7
Napoli hit a two-run shot during Texas' five-run first inning and finished with three RBIs.
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Hector Sanchez | Giants 7, D-backs 3
Sanchez contributed an RBI double to a six-run second inning, then later belted a solo homer.
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Dan Uggla | Braves 6, Marlins 2
Uggla hit an RBI double and scored in a four-run fourth, and he capped off his night with a two-run single to lead Atlanta's offense.
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David Wright | Mets 6, Pirates 5
Wright's three-run homer proved to be the difference in Thurday's win over Pittsburgh.
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