Yan­kees win sea­son-high sixth straight game in MLB, in 6-2 win over An­gels

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CC Sa­bathia pitched six sharp innings be­fore be­ing ejected for ar­gu­ing balls and strikes and Brett Gard­ner hit a tiebreak­ing, three-run homer Sun­day as the New York Yan­kees won their sea­son-high sixth straight game, 6-2 over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

Jose Pirela hit his first MLB homer and Chris Young also con­nected off C.J. Wil­son (3-5) for New York, which came back to win af­ter build­ing big leads in the first two games of the se­ries. The Yan­kees swept the An­gels, losers of five in a row, in a se­ries of at least three games for the first time since 2003.

Sa­bathia (3-7) gave up back-to­back homers to Mike Trout and Al­bert Pu­jols in the first in­ning but then breezed through a strug­gling An­gles lineup the rest of the way, notch­ing his 2,500th ca­reer strike­out in the fifth.

In other games, Chris Archer had a his­toric game on the mound to lead Tampa Bay past Seat­tle 3-1, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings to win his fourth straight start to help Pitts­burgh top At­lanta 3-0, league-lead­ing St. Louis de­feated the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 4-2, and surg­ing Toronto beat Hous­ton 7-2 for its fifth straight win.

Archer (7-4) be­came the first pitcher in more than 100 years to reach dou­ble-dig­its in strike­outs with­out a walk in three straight starts.

He fanned 11 with zero walks in seven innings against Seat­tle on Sun­day af­ter strik­ing out 12 against the Mariners on May 27 and 15 against the An­gels last Tues­day. No other pitcher had man­aged such a streak since 1914.

Kevin Jepsen pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the sea­son and third in the four-game se­ries.

Cole (9-2) be­came the first Pirate since Emil Yde in 1924-25 with 30 vic­to­ries in 53 or fewer ca­reer starts.

He al­lowed six hits, three walks and struck out seven against the Braves, throw­ing 74 of his 116 pitches for strikes. He leads the Na­tional League in vic­to­ries and with a 1.73 ERA, and his 13 vic­to­ries over his last 17 starts lead MLB over that span.

Star­ling Marte had a two-run sin­gle in the three-run fifth in­ning for Pitts­burgh.

Jhonny Per­alta home­red and sin­gled home the go-ahead run dur­ing a three-run eighth in­ning to lead St. Louis to victory.

Matt Car­pen­ter drew a lead­off walk from re­liever Adam Lib­er­a­tore, and scored the ty­ing run on a triple down the right-field line by Matt Hol­l­i­day that skipped past Yasiel Puig — who was play­ing his sec­ond game af­ter miss­ing 39 be­cause of a strained left ham­string.

Per­alta, who leads St. Louis with 34 RBIs, fol­lowed with his clutch hit and scored on Mark Reynolds’ one-out dou­ble to left­cen­ter.

The Car­di­nals im­proved MLB-best record to 38-19.

In Toronto, Chris Co­la­bello

their ex­tended his hit­ting streak with a two-run sin­gle to cap a ninthin­ning rally for the Blue Jays.

Jose Bautista hit a pair of solo homers and Rus­sell Martin added a two-run shot for Toronto, which scored three times in the ninth to com­plete a three-game sweep.

Co­la­bello’s game-end­ing sin­gle in­creased his hit­ting streak to 17 games, the long­est ac­tive run in the league.

Else­where, Kris Bryant tripled, dou­bled, sin­gled and scored twice as Chicago beat Wash­ing­ton 6-3 to send the Na­tion­als to their eighth loss in 10 games. Ja­son Motte pitched a per­fect ninth for his first save since 2012, when he led the Na­tional League with 42 for St. Louis be­fore get­ting hurt.

Pinch- hit­ter Jeff Fran­coeur drove in two runs with a two-out dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning to help Philadel­phia beat San Fran­cisco 6-4 and stave off a se­ries sweep.

Curtis Gran­der­son hit two of New York’s three lead­off homers and Ja­cob deGrom struck out 10 in seven ef­fec­tive innings as the Mets bashed their way past Ari­zona 6-3.

Jay Bruce home­red twice to drive in all four runs and Johnny Cueto earned his first win in al­most a month, lead­ing Cincin­nati over San Diego 4-0.

Also, Kansas City topped Texas 4- 3, Bos­ton de­feated Oak­land 7- 4, Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4, Bal­ti­more de­feated Cleve­land 7-3, Min­nesota blanked Mil­wau­kee 2-0, and Miami edged Colorado 3-2 in 10 innings.

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