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Reyes gets the winner as Blue Jays edge Yankees

June 25, 2014

Toronto’s Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of mistakes by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring the winning run on a bad throw to give the Blue Jays a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

The win moved Toronto 2 1/2 games clear atop the American League East because Baltimore lost, and 3 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees.

Elsewhere, Washington beat Milwaukee in 16 innings in a clash of National League divisional leaders, the New York Mets had a surprisingly one-sided win over MLB-leading Oakland, and Clayton Kershaw continued his imperious form as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked Kansas City.

The Yankees lost their fourth straight game after coming from 6-0 down to tie the game, with that good work undone in the final inning.

Reyes doubled off Adam Warren (1-4) to open the inning, and former Yankee Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt. There was confusion between the pitcher and third baseman Yangervis Solarte over who would field it before Solarte hastily picked it up and slung it toward first base, but the ball sailed wide of the target and Reyes trotted home to score the winner.

Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run in the 16th inning to lift the Nationals to an exhausting 4-2 victory at Milwaukee.

The Brewers threatened in the 13th, 14th and 15th innings, but couldn’t score.

With one out in the 16th, Adam LaRoche hit a sharp single that bounced off the wall in right field, and Zimmerman then connected off Mike Friers (0-1) to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 22 minutes.

New York Mets outfielder Chris Young ended a hitting slump with two homers and Travis d’Arnaud hit a three-run shot in his return from a minor-league demotion as the hosts routed Oakland 10-1.

Curtis Granderson homered, he and David Wright had RBI groundouts, and Daniel Murphy added a run-scoring single for the Mets, who scored at least 10 runs in consecutive games for the first time since 2011.

New York’s Bartolo Colon (8-5) shut down the team that didn’t want him back this year despite an 18-win season in 2013.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw followed his first career no-hitter by pitching another eight marvelous innings, steering the visitors to a 2-0 win over Kansas City.

Kershaw (8-2) allowed only one walk while striking out eight. He has not allowed a run in 21 1-3 innings, spanning his near-perfect game against Colorado on Wednesday — the only runner occurred on an error — and his previous start.

In other NL games, the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 7-2, sending the faltering West division leader to its 12th loss in 15 games, Colorado ended a run of seven consecutive defeats by beating St. Louis 10-5, and Atlanta’s B.J. Upton and Justin Upton homered in the same game as teammates for the fourth time — tying the record for brothers — as the Braves edged Houston 3-2.

The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings in a 7-3 win over Cincinnati, and Arizona’s Aaron Hill singled in the winning run in the 14th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 9-8 victory over Cleveland just past midnight, in a game that matched the longest in Chase Field history.

In the AL, Los Angeles’ Mike Trout hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to lift the Angels to an 8-6 win over Minnesota and their fourth straight win, Seattle extended its winning streak to five by beating Boston 8-2, the Chicago White Sox ended a five-game skid by winning 4-2 at Baltimore, and Detroit’s Ian Kinsler homered in the first at-bat of his return to Texas as an opponent, setting the Tigers on their way to an 8-2 win over the Rangers.

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