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Miami tribute to Fernandez after MLB win

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016

A four-run second inning helped the Miami Marlins defeat the New York Mets 7-3 on an emotional night of Major League Baseball at Marlins Park.

All Marlins players wore the number 16 of Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday.

A four-run second inning proved decisive for the home side, whose players paid tribute to their former teammate around the mound after the success.

Elsewhere in the National League, Central champions the Chicago Cubs brushed aside the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 at PNC Park for their 100th win of the campaign.

The Cincinnati Reds crushed the St Louis Cardinals 15-2, while West strugglers the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked East pacesetters the Washington Nationals 14-4.

Carlos Gomez drove in a pair of runs against his former team, but the Texas Rangers slipped a half-game behind the Boston Red Sox in the race for home-field advantage in the post-season with an 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cleveland Indians became American League Central champions, defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4 to make sure of their first title in nine years.

A 5-2 ninth inning proved decisive in helping the New York Yankees to come from behind and sink the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5, while the Chicago White Sox brushed aside the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1.

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