Mets 3, Reds 0: Jose Reyes bunted for a base hit in the first inning to enhance his NL batting title chances, then was lifted for a pinch runner as fans booed after what could have been his final at-bat for New York during a season-ending win over visiting Cincinnati on Wednesday.
The hit elevated Reyes' average to .337057 and gave him a 21/2-point lead over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who was at .334525 heading into a regular-season finale against Pittsburgh. The Mets have never had a batting champion.
Reyes said he told Mets Manager Terry Collins "if I go 1-for-1, take me out of the game.'"
Preparing for his game in Milwaukee, Braun didn't fault Reyes for leaving after just one at-bat.
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"I'm not going to judge him," Braun said. "I respect whatever decision he decided to make and ultimately, he left the door open for me. It's not impossible. I've gotten three hits in a game plenty of times."
Braun went 0-for-4 against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Reds didn't get many hits in their season finale. Two, to be exact, against Miguel Batista (5-2), who pitched his first complete game since July 19, 2006, for Arizona.
Nationals 3, Marlins 1: Stephen Strasburg (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out 10 in six scoreless innings to earn his first win since July 2010, and Florida bid its much-maligned stadium goodbye with a loss. The top pick in the 2009 draft gave up his first two walks this season but was dominant otherwise. He finished the season with 24 strikeouts in 24 innings and an ERA of 1.50.
Tigers 5, Indians 4: Miguel Cabrera singled and doubled, all but wrapping up the American League batting title, and Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to help host Detroit beat Cleveland.
Cabrera entered the day hitting .343, five points ahead of Michael Young of Texas and Adrian Gonzalez of Boston. He raised his average another point against the Indians, making it almost impossible for the other two to catch him.
Peralta hit his 21st homer of the season off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to give the Tigers the lead after Ryan Perry (2-0) allowed Cleveland to tie it at 4 in the top of the eighth. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 49th save in 49 chances.
Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2: Reliever Chris Sale (2-2) issued a pair of bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning, and host Chicago's disappointing season ended with a loss to Toronto.