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Blue Jays win 8th straight, sweep Yankees 2-0 to close in

August 10, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista slammed long home run as the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep that tightened the AL East race.

Marco Estrada (10-6) allowed just three hits into the seventh inning against the suddenly slumping Yankees, outpitching Masahiro Tanaka (8-5) during Toronto’s second consecutive shutout.

In a series that featured the top two offenses in the majors, New York mustered only one run and went scoreless over the final 26 innings. Not since 1999 had the Yankees been blanked in two straight games.

With their 11th win in 12 games, the streaking Blue Jays pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees. It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games.

Pittsburgh slugger Kang Jung-ho’s three-run homer capped a nine-run seventh inning, while Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs as the Pirates downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-6 to sweep the three-game series.

Kang greeted reliever Joel Peralta with his ninth homer of the season. Jim Johnson (3-4) was charged with eight runs in two-thirds of an inning.

The Pirates won for the fifth time in six games and the 15th time in their last 18 at PNC Park.

The Chicago Cubs blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0 for a four-game sweep after Jake Arrieta allowed only four hits into the eighth inning.

Arrieta also tripled and scored in the second as the Cubs won for the 10th time in 11 games. Chicago’s first four-game sweep of San Francisco since June 1977 increased its lead for the second NL wild card to 3 1/2 games over the reeling Giants.

David Murphy’s bases-loaded single in the 11th inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Murphy also had a three-run homer in the third inning. Rookie Trevor Gott (3-0) pitched two innings for the win.

In Oakland, California, Danny Valencia homered in the fourth inning for the Athletics and singled in the winning run in the ninth for a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros.

Oakland’s Josh Reddick had two hits and drove in two runs, including the tying run in the ninth. The A’s have won three in a row and six of nine.

The Cleveland Indians trounced the Minnesota Twins 8-1 after Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his third complete game of the season, while Tampa Bay rookie Richie Shaffer hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning as the Rays again rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the New York Mets 4-3.

In other games, DJ LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Drew Storen with two out in the eighth inning as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Washington Nationals 6-4, the Boston Red Sox downed the Detroit Tigers 7-2, the Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and Khris Davis led the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4.

Nelson Cruz hit his 33rd home run for Seattle as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-2, the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 over 10 innings, the Philadelphia Phillies swept the San Diego Padres 5-3 and the Miami Marlins were 4-1 winners over the Atlanta Braves.

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