NEW YORK: DJ LeMahieu moved into position to become the first player to earn undisputed batting titles in both leagues, Luke Voit hit his major league-leading 22nd homer and the New York Yankees rediscovered their power in a 11-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
LeMahieu posted his fourth four-hit game and three RBIs while raising his average to .359, passing Washingtons Juan Soto (.351) for the major league lead and opening a large margin over defending AL batting champion Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, who began the day in second in the AL at .337.
LeMahieu won the 2016 NL batting title with a .348 average for Colorado. The only player to win batting titles in both leagues was Ed Delahanty.
Voit hit a three-run drive against Nick Vincent in a seven-run sixth inning that staked New York to a 10-3 lead. He moved three ahead of Jos Abreu of the White Sox for the big league lead in homers.
Yankees rookie Deivi Garca (3-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.
New York trailed 3-0 before Tyler Wades two-run homer in the fifth against Ryan Stanek, and Aaron Hicks had a two-run homer in the sixth against former Yankee Stephen Tarpley (2-2) for a 5-3 lead.
NATIONALS 4, METS 3, 1st game
WASHINGTON: The New York Mets were eliminated from the playoffs in a mistake-filled 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Mets (26-32) needed to win their three remaining games and receive help from multiple teams to sneak into the final wild-card spot in the expanded playoffs. But New York couldnt hold a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning of a seven-inning game and missed the postseason for the fourth straight year.
Andrew Stevenson hit two homers including one inside the park for the last-place Nationals, and Max Scherzer (5-4) worked six solid innings to finish with a winning record for the 11th consecutive season, tying Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw for the longest active streak in the majors.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 1, 1st game
OAKLAND, Calif.: J.P. Crawford hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning after his tying single in the sixth, and Seattle beat Oakland in the first game of a doubleheader.
Tommy La Stella tripled to begin the sixth, but the As couldnt capitalize against former Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman (1-3).
Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, but that was it for the AL West champion As, who will host a best-of-three wild-card series starting Tuesday.
Liam Hendriks (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh before finding trouble.
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