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July 1, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees stayed one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East by opening a three-game series with a lopsided win over the Astros. Brett Gardner hit a grand slam and had six RBIs as the Yanks rolled to a 13-4 rout at Houston. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) came through with a tiebreaking single in a three-run 11th to help the Red Sox outlast the Blue Jays, 7-4 in Toronto.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central is now two games over Minnesota and three games over Kansas City after the Royals crushed the Twins, 8-1. Jason Vargas became the American League’s first 12-game winner of the season by tossing two-hit, one-run ball over seven innings. Eric Hosmer slammed a three-run homer in a five-run fourth following an error by Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers won for the 19th time in 22 games to take a 3 ½-game lead over Arizona in the NL West. Austin Barnes crushed a grand slam and a three-run homer to finish with seven RBIs in a 10-4 pounding of the Padres. The Rockies had dropped eight straight until Jon Gray struck out 10 over six innings of a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

UNDATED (AP) — The Brewers lead the NL Central by two games over the Chicago Cubs following Stephen Vogt’s (vohts) two-homer performance in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Vogt belted a solo shot and a go-ahead, two-run blast after being claimed off waivers from Oakland earlier this week. Adam Duvall cracked a three-run homer and Scott Feldman combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as the Reds blanked the Cubs, 5-0 in Cincinnati.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Atlanta’s 3-1 win at Oakland. Foltynewicz was lifted after Matt Olson led off the ninth with a homer to ruin the gem. The Braves starter struck out eight and walked four to help his team get within 8 ½ games of Washington in the NL East.

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