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September 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays opened a season-high 4 1/2-game lead in the AL East, sweeping a doubleheader from the sagging New York Yankees 9-5 and 10-7 on a sodden Saturday when Troy Tulowitzki cracked a shoulder blade and Marcus Stroman won in his return from a spring training knee injury.

Jose Bautista homered twice, Chasen Shreve forced in three runs with bases-loaded walks in the 11th inning, and the Blue Jays rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the opener. Bautista hit two of Toronto’s four home runs, including an eighth-inning drive off Dellin Betances that put the Blue Jays ahead 5-4 and increased his season total to 35. Edwn Encarnacion and Revere also connected for the Blue Jays.

Cliff Pennington hit a two-run homer and former-Yankee Russell Martin added a two-run double in a six-run second inning against Ivan Nova that boosted the Blue Jays in the rain-interrupted nightcap before only a few thousand fans who stayed from the original crowd of 46,278. Brett Gardner hit a pair of three-run homers for New York in the second game and homered three times in the doubleheader.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner lost his bid for a perfect game on a base hit with two outs in the eighth inning, the only blemish for the San Francisco ace in a win over San Diego.

Bumgarner (18-7) retired his first 23 batters before pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. sent a clean single up the middle. The left-hander received a warm ovation from the disappointed crowd of 41,564 and then went right back to work.

He completed the one-hitter without permitting another runner and finished with nine strikeouts while matching his career high for wins set last year.

Marlon Byrd drove in three runs. Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt both homered to support Bumgarner.

Ian Kennedy (8-14) had a one-hitter going through 3 2/3 innings before walking Buster Posey and Belt, both of whom scored on Marlon Byrd’s double.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz homered twice to become the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 homers, and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

With an overflow crowd in the right-field stands on their feet and chanting “Let’s go Papi!,” Ortiz reached the milestone when he lined a shot to right-center on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Moore (1-4) leading off the fifth. He connected for No. 499 in the first.

Big Papi has 50 multihomer games in a 19-year career.

Ortiz pumped his right arm as he ran toward first base. His teammates emptied the dugout and bullpen to celebrate the big hit with him.

Rick Porcello (8-12) got the win after allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with a franchise-record nine RBIs to lead Kansas City.

Moustakas singled home two runs in the sixth inning, hit his second career slam in the seventh and capped his record-setting performance with a three-run drive in the ninth.

The previous team record for RBIs in a game was seven, by Billy Butler against Philadelphia on April 7, 2013.

Salvador Perez had two hits and three RBIs for the AL Central leaders, who won for only the second time in eight games.

Yordano Ventura (11-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings for Kansas City. The right-hander is 7-1 in his last 10 starts, including a pair of wins over Baltimore.


MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez returned from the disabled list and became only the third pitcher since 1914 to win his first 16 career decisions at home as Miami beat fading Washington.

Pitching for the first time since he was sidelined by a right biceps strain Aug. 7, Fernandez (5-0) threw five innings, allowed two hits and struck out seven.

Johnny Allen (1932-33) and LaMarr Hoyt (1980-82) also started 16-0 at home, according to STATS.

Fernandez already held the major league record for most home starts without a loss to start a career. He lowered his ERA in 25 starts at home to 1.11.

Tanner Roark (4-5), making his eighth start this year, allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings.


ATLANTA (AP) — Kelly Johnson drove in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, Yoenis Cespedes homered for the eighth time in 11 days and NL East-leading New York won its sixth straight.

New York, which trailed 1-0 in the first, leads the majors with 14 comeback wins since Aug. 1. Since July 1, the Mets are 25-11 on the road, best in the majors over that span. They padded their division lead over Washington to 9 1/2 games with 20 games to play.

Travis d’Arnaud led off the ninth with a ground-rule double against Arodys Vizcaino (2-1), and pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. scored from second on Johnson’s single for a 5-4 lead. Cespedes added an infield RBI single.

Atlanta rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the eighth after a dominant Noah Syndergaard was lifted, when pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard (3-1).

Jeurys Familia got the last three outs for his 40th save.

REDS 4, CARDINALS 2, comp. of susp. game


CINCINNATI (AP) — Skip Schumaker hit a three-run homer, rookie Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings and Cincinnati beat St. Louis for the second time in the day.

The first-place Cardinals have lost the first three games of the four-game series. Their lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central fell to 2 1/2 games.

DeSclafani (9-10) struck out 10 and allowed one earned run. Lance Lynn (11-10) took the loss.

Earlier, Adam Duvall’s two-run homer in the eighth lifted the Reds to a win in the completion of a game suspended by rain on Friday.

Schumaker, a former Cardinal, hit his first homer since Aug. 13 of last season.

Duvall’s drive against Jonathan Broxton (2-5) was his third since joining the Reds on Aug. 31.

J.J. Hoover (8-1) pitched the eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side to earn his 30th save.

St. Louis is 3-8 in September after three straight losses to the last-place Reds, who on Sunday can finish off their first four-game sweep of the Cardinals since 2003.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Locke pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and Michael Morse hit a pinch-hit grand slam as Pittsburgh tightened up the NL Central race.

The Pirates drew within 2 1/2 games of first-place St. Louis, the closest Pittsburgh has been since it was two games back at the All-Star break after winning three in a row at home against the Cardinals.

Locke (8-10) allowed three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two after losing consecutive starts and four of his last five decisions.

Morse’s slam came off Cesar Jimenez in the seventh and extended the Pirates’ lead to 10-1. It was Morse’s first homer since the Pirates acquired him July 31 from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the fifth slam of his 11-year career.

Zach Davies (1-1) allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings.


CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Eaton had three hits, Carlos Sanchez hit a two-run double and Chicago used a seven-run fourth inning to beat Minnesota.

Trevor Plouffe had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who began the day one game behind Texas in the race for the second AL wild card.

Jose Quintana (9-10) settled in after allowing two runs in the first. He threw five scoreless innings after that and has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.

The White Sox finished with 15 hits and have won six of nine.

Tommy Milone (8-5) gave up seven runs — four earned — and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, his second-shortest start of the season. He was 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three previous starts against the White Sox.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Cody Asche hit a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lead Philadelphia.

The Cubs dropped to three games back of Pittsburgh for the top NL wild-card spot with just their second loss in their last nine.

Hector Rondon (5-4) got the first two outs of the ninth before walking Erik Kratz. Asche followed in the pitcher’s spot and drove the first pitch into the foul pole in right field to help Philadelphia win for just the fifth time in the last 19 games.

Asche was mobbed by his teammates at home plate and doused with water. He got a bucket of fruit punch dumped on him along with a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame TV interview.

Ken Giles (6-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three, to earn the win.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Canha had a three-run homer and Danny Valencia a two-run shot in the fifth inning, leading Oakland past Texas.

Despite the loss, the Rangers gained a half-game on the AL wild card-leading Yankees, who were swept in a doubleheader by Toronto but hold a three-game edge. The Rangers remained a game ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card.

Oakland had been shut out for 16 consecutive innings before Canha’s three-run shot, his 15th of the season, off Yovani Gallardo.

Sean Nolin (1-1) limited Texas to five hits in 5 2-3 innings, including a solo homer by Mike Napoli.

Gallardo (12-10) lost for the first time in nine starts, ending a five-decision winning streak.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking home run to lead off the eighth inning and Los Angeles pulled to 3 1/2 games behind Houston in the American League West.

Cron greeted Will Harris (5-3) with a drive to center field on a 1-1 pitch for his career-high 12th homer. Joe Smith (5-5) pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save in 39 attempts.

Angels starter Hector Santiago allowed two runs and five hits through seven innings. He had a 2-0 lead and a three-hitter going through five innings, but the Astros tied it with Carlos Correa’s 18th homer in the sixth and former Angel Hank Conger’s 11th of the season in the seventh.


SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, Franklin Gutierrez and Nelson Cruz all homered to lead Seattle past Colorado.

Cano’s deep homer to right in the second inning opened the scoring and set a milestone. It was the 50th extra-base hit of the season for Cano, who is one of five players to have least 50 extra base hits in each of his first 11 seasons.

Cruz’s two-run homer in the seventh was his 41st, tying Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the major league lead. He also had a run-scoring single in the third inning, finishing 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Seattle starter Roenis Elias (5-8) gave up two unearned runs and one hit while striking out eight in 5 1-3 innings.

Yohan Flande (3-3) allowed two homers and four earned runs in 3 2-3 innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — Corey Seager had four hits, including his first career homer, as Los Angeles went deep four times in a win over Arizona.

Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford also homered for the Dodgers.

Seager, playing shortstop with veteran Jimmy Rollins only available for pinch-running duty because of injured finger, had three RBIs, scored three times and stole a base. He got help from a Diamondbacks fan who reached over the padding down the left-field line in the fifth inning to take a seemingly catchable foul ball away from David Peralta and Jake Lamb, and Seager then homered to right in the same at-bat.

J.P. Howell (6-1), the first of seven Dodgers relievers, got the last out in Arizona’s three-run fourth to pick up the win.

Rubby De La Rosa (12-8) gave up six runs and nine hits in two-plus innings.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Athletics pitcher Sean Nolin gave up five hits, not four.

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