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May 27, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run in May and Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson added back-to-back shots as the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game Monday, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5.

Melky Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs as the AL East-leading Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 14 games.

Toronto has hit at least one home run in nine straight games and leads the majors with 73 this season, including an ML-best 41 in May.

David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and James Loney all hit solo homers for the Rays, whose season-high four-game winning streak was snapped.

Drew Hutchison wasn’t at his best, but benefited from strong run support to win his career-best third straight start.

Hutchison (4-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, matched a season-worst with four walks and struck out none.


OAKLAND, California (AP) — Kyle Blanks homered in his home debut at the Coliseum and Derek Norris capped Oakland’s five-homer day with a grand slam as the Athletics ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Detroit.

Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson also homered.

Tommy Milone (3-3) allowed four hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings. He is 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA in his past four starts.

The A’s got four solo homers against Drew Smyly (2-3) to win the first meeting of the season against the team that eliminated them in Game 5 of the division series the past two postseasons.


KANSAS CITY (AP) — George Springer homered in his fourth straight game and went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and scored five runs in Houston’s victory over Kansas City.

The Astros have won three straight, matching their longest winning streak this season, and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Royals.

Springer led off the eighth with a home run off Louis Coleman, his fifth homer in four games. He is the first Houston rookie to homer in four straight games. Lance Berkman was the last Astro to homer in four straight games, July 4-8, 2010.

Springer also had two doubles and became the first Astro to score five runs in a game since Cody Ransom on Sept. 24, 2007, against St. Louis. Springer extended his hitting streak to eight games, and is 8 for 16 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs in the past five games.

Scott Feldman (3-2) held the Royals to two runs and eight hits over six innings.

Royals rookie starter Yordano Ventura was led off the field by a trainer in the third inning after experiencing discomfort in his elbow. The hard-throwing right-hander is scheduled for a MRI on Tuesday.

Ventura (2-5) went 2 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits and three walks.


SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels.

Young (4-2) kept the Angels hitless until Kole Calhoun singled with one out in the sixth. An inning later, Pujols hit his 506th career home run, pulling within three of Gary Sheffield for 24th on baseball’s all-time homer list.

The Mariners scored five times in the first two innings off Tyler Skaggs (4-2). Three of the runs were unearned runs.


CHICAGO (AP) — Conor Gillaspie hit three doubles while going 4 for 4 and Dayan Viciedo had a three-run homer as the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland.

Gillaspie scored twice and drove in a run. He became the first White Sox player with three doubles in a game since Paul Konerko on May 26, 2012, against the Indians.

Viciedo connected in the third inning against Josh Tomlin (3-2).

Jose Quintana (3-4) pitched six effective innings. Scott Downs got four outs for his first save.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Tepesch won his second consecutive start, Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez each had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota.

Tepesch (2-0) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four to win consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

Alex Rios added two more hits and now has six straight multihit games.

Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost four in a row. Kevin Correia (2-6) took the loss.

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