Astros win on last at-bat to sweep An­gels

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Hous­ton’s Jason Cas­tro c ame up with a dra­matic three-run homer with two outs in the ninth in­ning to give the Astros a 3-0 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels on Thurs­day, com­plet­ing a three­game sweep and open­ing a twogame lead over the An­gels atop the Amer­i­can League West di­vi­sion.

AL Cen­tral leader Kansas City was beaten by Toronto, on a big day for the Blue Jays, who sig­naled their in­tent to chal­lenge for the play­offs by mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant player ac­qui­si­tion.

The AL East-lead­ing New York Yan­kees were also beaten in dra­matic style by Texas, while it was also close in the key Na­tional League en­counter as St. Louis ral­lied late to edge Colorado.

The Astros-An­gels game was 0-0 to start the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning when Jed Lowrie drew a walk off Jose Alvarez (2-2) with one out be­fore a two-out sin­gle by Mar­win Gon­za­lez. Cas­tro then launched his homer to give Hous­ton an im­por­tant win.

Toronto started Thurs­day by ac­quir­ing ace pitcher David Price from Detroit, and then hit three homers to power past Kansas City 5-2.

Dioner Navarro hit a two-run home run and Rus­sell Martin and Josh Don­ald­son added solo shots for the Blue Jays, who have home­red in 12 con­sec­u­tive games; their long­est streak of the sea­son.

Price will join the team on Fri­day and may start on Sun­day.

Texas’ Josh Hamil­ton de­liv­ered a game-end­ing sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning to give the Rangers a 7-6 win against the Yan­kees.

Hamil­ton, who also had a three­run homer, scored the win­ning run in a wild ninth in­ning to leave the four-game se­ries split 2-2.

Delino DeShields drew a lead­off walk in the ninth off Nick Goody (0-1), who was mak­ing his ma­jor league de­but. Yan­kees closer An­drew Miller got one out and DeShields be­came the sec­ond when he was struck on the foot by a Leonys Martin hit while run­ning the bases.

Martin went to sec­ond on a walk and scored when Hamil­ton sin­gled to right field.

St. Louis’ Matt Car­pen­ter hit a pair of home runs and Greg Gar­cia’s bases-loaded walk capped a three-run rally in the ninth in­ning which lifted the Car­di­nals past Colorado 9-8.

Car­pen­ter went 4 for 5 with four RBIs af­ter mov­ing back to the lead­off spot in the bat­ting or­der. It was his first ca­reer mul­ti­homer game and he has a ca­reer-high 12 home runs this sea­son.

Jhonny Peralta’s two-run sin­gle tied the game 8-8 and Gar­cia’s walk scored Kolten Wong as the Car­di­nals recorded their sev­enth walk-off win of the sea­son.

De­spite the de­feat, St. Louis main­tained a 5-1/2 game lead in the NL Cen­tral as near­est ri­val Pittsburgh was routed 15-5 at Cincinnati.

Bran­don Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a ca­reer-high seven runs as the Reds handed the Pi­rates their heav­i­est de­feat of the sea­son.

Mar­lon Byrd also hit a three­run homer, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cincinnati got the bet­ter of strug­gling Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Bur­nett (8-5).

San Diego pulled off a stun­ning win at the New York Mets, com­ing from six runs down and win­ning when Justin Up­ton hit a three-run homer through a driv­ing rain with two outs in the ninth in­ning.

Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia en­tered with a 7-5 lead and got two quick outs in the ninth be­fore a tor­ren­tial down­pour stopped play.

When play re­sumed 44 min­utes later, Derrick Nor­ris sin­gled with his fifth hit of the game; a ca­reer high. Matt Kemp sin­gled as the rain be­gan again and Up­ton, in what could be his fi­nal at-bat with the Padres be­fore be­ing traded, home­red on the first pitch he faced. The rain ar­rived again in the bot­tom of the ninth, halt­ing play for 2:52, be­fore Padres closer Craig Kim­brel pitched a per­fect ninth in front of just a few hun­dred fans.

Detroit’s Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes home­red and drove in three runs to give the Tigers a 9-8 win at Bal­ti­more.

The win came on the same day that Detroit — mired in fourth place in the AL Cen­tral — dealt David Price to Toronto and closer Joakim So­ria to Pittsburgh.

Af­ter an ac­tive day of deal­ing, the Tigers notched 16 hits, in­clud­ing three apiece by Ce­s­pedes, Ian Kinsler and Jose Igle­sias.

The Tigers led 9-2 in the sixth and hung on against the fastfin­ish­ing Ori­oles.

Min­nesota’s Ed­die Rosario had a homer, triple and dou­ble and drove in three runs to help the Twins snap a four-game skid and beat Seat­tle 9-5.

Chicago’s An­thony Rizzo hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning as the Cubs beat Mil­wau­kee 5-2.

Washington’s Max Scherzer pitched seven score­less in­nings to steer the Na­tion­als past Mi­ami 1-0.

Bos­ton’s Xan­der Bo­gaerts and David Or­tiz each had three hits as the Red Sox won 8-2 and ended a run of seven suc­ces­sive wins for the Chicago White Sox.

Cleve­land’s Car­los Car­rasco pitched a com­plete game to guide the In­di­ans to a 3-1 win against Oak­land.

Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown home­red in a 4-1 win for the Phillies against At­lanta.

(Right) St. Louis Car­di­nals’ Matt Car­pen­ter is con­grat­u­lated by first base coach Chris Maloney af­ter hit­ting his sec­ond home run of a base­ball game dur­ing the fifth in­ning against the Colorado Rock­ies in St. Louis, Mis­souri, Thurs­day.


(Above) Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamil­ton, fore­ground, is doused by Brayan Pena, cen­ter right, af­ter a base­ball game against the Pittsburgh Pi­rates in Cincinnati, Ohio, Thurs­day, July 30.

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