Yan­kees win 9-6 in see-saw­ing Astros vic­tory

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New York catcher Brian McCann hit a grand slam as the Yan­kees won 9-6 at Hous­ton on Satur­day in a see-saw­ing con­test that needed two surges by the visi­tors to win.

The vic­tory kept the Yan­kees within half a game of the lead in the closely fought Amer­i­can League East di­vi­sion, where Toronto — which suf­fered a home shutout de­feat at the hands of Texas — is in fourth place but only two games off the top.

The over­all AL leader Kansas City won nar­rowly at Oak­land while the Na­tional League’s top team, St. Louis, com­fort­ably beat the Chicago Cubs to be­come the first team in the ma­jors to reach 50 wins.

New York jumped ahead early at Hous­ton, with McCann’s four-run shot com­ing in the first in­ning. A two-run homer by Chris Young off Brett Ober­holtzer — later ejected for hit­ting Alex Ro­driguez with a pitch — put the Yan­kees up 6-0.

The AL West- lead­ing Astros fought back and tied the game in the fifth in­ning when rookie Car­los Cor­rea hit a two-run homer, and Jose Al­tuve fol­lowed in the next at-bat with a long shot of his own.

The Yan­kees went ahead for good when Mark Teix­eira hit a two-run dou­ble in the eighth.

Texas’ Yo­vani Gallardo ex­tended his score­less streak to a ca­reer-high 23 in­nings by pitch­ing into the ninth in­ning and guid­ing the Rangers to a 4-0 win at Toronto.

Gallardo (7-6) fell two-outs shy of his first shutout and first com- plete game since 2011 but won his fourth straight de­ci­sion and ended Texas’ six-game los­ing skid.

Toronto starter Matt Boyd made his ma­jor league de­but and gave up three homers.

Kansas City’s Chris Young bounced back from his worst start of the sea­son to pitch six in­nings and guide the Roy­als to a 3-2 vic­tory at Oak­land.

Young (7-3) al­lowed and one walk.

Kendrys Mo­rales hit a two-run sin­gle in the sixth that erased a 2-1 deficit and lifted the Roy­als to their

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hits fourth win from five games on this road trip.

St. Louis’ Michael Wacha pitched six solid in­nings to steer the Car­di­nals past the Cubs 8-1.

Wacha (10-3) al­lowed just one run in a good re­sponse to his pre­vi­ous start when he gave up five runs against Philadelphia.

Jason Hey­ward reached base four times in St. Louis’ fifth straight vic­tory.

Pittsburgh won 8-4 against outof-touch At­lanta but lost star cen­ter fielder An­drew McCutchen to in­jury af­ter he was hit on the left el­bow by a pitch.

McCutchen took a fast­ball from Julio Te­heran (5-4). X-rays were neg­a­tive and the 2013 NL MVP will be reeval­u­ated on Sun­day.

Star­ling Marte got three hits and scored three times for the Pi­rates, who scored five runs in the first in­ning and sent the Braves to their fifth suc­ces­sive loss.

Tampa Bay kept just ahead of the Yan­kees in the AL East by de­feat­ing Bos­ton 4-1.

Rays starter Matt An­driese (3-2) re­tired his first 11 bat­ters and struck out five in a ca­reer-high six in­nings, com­bin­ing with three re­liev­ers to limit the Red Sox to only three hits.

Jake El­more hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.

San Fran­cisco’s Buster Posey drove in two runs for the Giants, who ral­lied to beat Colorado 7-5.

An­drew Susac had a three-run dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning off Rafael Be­tan­court (2-3).

Colorado’s Nolan Arenado ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 14 games with an RBI dou­ble for the Rock­ies, who had won five of six.

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