Blue Jays beat Cardinals to lengthen winning run
TORONTO (AP) — A new opponent from a different league did nothing to interrupt Toronto’s winning run as the Blue Jays beat St. Louis 3-1 on Friday to move six games clear atop the American League East division.
Toronto remained half a game behind Oakland for the overall AL lead, as the Athletics won an 11-inning game at Baltimore.
Other key contests saw majors-leading San Francisco pull out a tight win over the New York Mets and Pittsburgh rout Milwaukee thanks to an eight-run sixth inning.
Toronto notched a sixth straight win thanks to home runs from Jose Bautista, in the third, and Brett Lawrie in the fifth.
Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman (3-0) won his second straight start, allowing only one run and one walk in six innings while striking out seven.
The Cardinals turned their first triple play in nine years but still lost to Toronto for the fifth-straight time.
Oakland pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning to give the Athletics a 4-3 win over Baltimore.
John Jaso led off the 11th with a double. With one out, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy botched his fielding of a ground ball; his fourth error in two games. Jaso went to third on the play and scored when Vogt hit a liner to left field.
The Athletics got home runs from Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris.
San Francisco became the first team to reach 40 wins when they beat the New York Mets 4-2, with Buster Posey hittng a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning.
The big shot capped a three-hit day for Posey, who entered with only four hits in his previous 42 at-bats at home.
The Mets lost their fourth straight, all blown by the bullpen. The New York relievers have a major league-worst 15 losses this season.
Pittsburgh’s Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning that lifted the Pirates to a 15-5 rout of Milwaukee.
Martin’s double keyed an inning that increased Pittsburgh’s lead to 13-3 and included Jose Tabata hitting two RBI singles and reliever Tyler Thornburg issuing two bases-loaded walks. The Pirates sent 13 batters to the plate.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (7-2) had won seven consecutive decisions, the longest active streak in the majors, but was tagged for eight runs in five-plus innings. He had won his previous six decisions against the Pirates.
Los Angeles’ Kole Calhoun homered and drove in three runs while Albert Pujols also went deep as the Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4.
Pujols hit his 15th homer of the season and the 507th of his career.
L.A. pitcher Jered Weaver (7-4) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out nine and improved to 8-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 11 career starts against the White Sox.
Texas’ Michael Choice hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as the Rangers beat Cleveland 6-4, ending the Indians’ six-game winning streak.
Choice, who also had an RBI single in a four-run second, went the opposite way just over the right-field wall against Marc Rzepczynski (0-2) with two outs for a solo homer.
That shot made a somewhat undeserving winner of Yu Darvish (6-2) after the Japanese ace gave up a season-worst nine hits in seven innings, blowing a four-run lead.
New York’s Chase Whitley pitched seven innings for his first career win as the Yankees won 4-2 at Kansas City.
Whitley (1-0) had allowed only five earned runs in his first four starts, and left two of them with the lead, only for his team to saddle him with a series of no-decisions, but finally made his winning breakthrough.
Brian McCann drove in three runs with a timely double for the Yankees.
Los Angeles’ Dee Gordon tripled twice among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Dodgers beat Colorado 7-2, handing the Rockies their eighth-straight defeat.
Hanley Ramirez had two hits and stole two bases, and Justin Turner also had two of Los Angeles’ 12 hits.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-2) cruised through the first five innings, and allowed only two runs over six.
Detroit’s Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Victor Martinez cleared the fences in the eighth, helping the Tigers beat Bosotn 6-2 and end a season-worst five-game skid.
Washington’s Tanner Roark pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 to guide the Nationals to a 6-0 win over San Diego.
Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel secured his 156th save, breaking the franchise record held by John Smoltz, as the Braves beat Arizona 5-2.
Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Cubs a 5-3 win over Miami.
Tampa Bay’s Erik Bedard struck out eight as the Rays ended a 10-game losing sequence by beating Seattle 4-0.
Houston’s Dallas Keuchel shut out Minnesota for six innings as the Astros hung on for a 5-4 win over the Twins.
Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels pitched scoreless ball into the eighth inning and stayed unbeaten against Cincinnati as the Phillies beat the Reds 8-0.