Tu­low­itzki win­ner as Blue Jays edge Roy­als in 11 in­nings

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Toronto’s big­name sign­ing Troy Tu­low­itzki crossed for the win­ning run in the 11th in­ning, giv­ing the Blue Jays a 7-6 win against Kansas City on Fri­day, be­gin­ning what the team hopes will be a late­sea­son surge with the ad­di­tion of sev­eral key play­ers.

The vic­tory capped a big day for Toronto, which added pitcher Mark Lowe and out­fielder Ben Re­vere in trade deals be­fore Fri­day’s dead­line, adding to the ad­di­tions ear­lier in the week of Tu­low­itzki, ace pitcher David Price and re­liever LaTroy Hawkins.

The Blue Jays edged within four games of the Amer­i­can League wild-card berths, while the Roy­als re­mained eight games clear atop the AL Cen­tral de­spite the loss.

Else­where, the Dodgers beat the An­gels to open the all-Los An­ge­les se­ries, St. Louis shut out Colorado, and Ari­zona ex­tended its win­ning streak to six games with a 10-in­ning vic­tory over Hous­ton.

Toronto’s Tu­low­itzki played a key role in the win. With the score 6-6 in the 11th, he sin­gled and ad­vanced to sec­ond on a pitcher’s balk. Josh Don­ald­son’s hit to left­cen­ter gave Tu­low­itzki enough time to dash to home plate.

Don­ald­son went 3 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs.

The Dodgers beat the An­gels 5-3, with ace Zack Greinke win­ning his fifth straight de­ci­sion.

Greinke (10-2), who leads the ma­jors with a 1.41 ERA, al­lowed two runs in eight in­nings.

Howie Ken­drick home­red for the Dodgers in his first game against his for­mer team, and helped open a 1-1/2 game lead atop the NL West.

St. Louis’ Matt Car­pen­ter home­red for the third time in two games as the Car­di­nals strolled past Colorado 7-0.

Car­pen­ter, who hit two homers and drove in four runs in a win over Colorado on Thurs­day, also had a dou­ble and reached base three times. He slammed a first-in­ning lead­off home run off Kyle Ken­drick (4-12), who left af­ter one in­ning with shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion.

Car­di­nals starter Michael Wacha (12-4) pitched seven crisp in­nings as St. Louis im­proved to a ma­jors­best 39-15 at home.

Ari­zona’s Welling­ton Castillo and Jake Lamb home­red to open the 10th in­ning and lift the Di­a­mond­backs over Ari­zona 6-4.

Castillo ear­lier had a sin­gle and a dou­ble, and hit the first pitch of the 10th from Pat Neshek (3-2) just in­side the left-field foul pole, and Lamb fol­lowed with his shot.

The New York Mets took the open­ing game of a cru­cial se­ries against Washington 2-1, with new fan fa­vorite Wilmer Flores win­ning the game with a lead­off homer in the 12th in­ning.

The re­sult nar­rowed the gap be­tween the NL East’s top two teams to two games.

Two nights af­ter en­dear­ing him- self to Mets fans when they saw him wip­ing tears away af­ter he mo­men­tar­ily thought he’d been traded, Flores drove in both his team’s runs and made a spec­tac­u­lar de­fen­sive play at sec­ond base to se­cure the win.

The win came on a day the Mets boosted their tepid of­fense by ac­quir­ing slug­ger Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes from Detroit.

The Mets’ crosstown ri­vals, the Yan­kees, had a more com­fort­able vic­tory, win­ning 13-6 at the Chicago White Sox.

Mark Teix­eira home­red bat­ting left-handed and right-handed for the record 14th time in his ca­reer and hit his 10th ca­reer grand slam and a two-run homer to power the Yan­kees to vic­tory.

Bat­ting right-handed, Teix­eira’s slam put New York ahead 6-0 in a five-run sec­ond. Bat­ting left-handed, he con­nected for a 9-2 lead in a five-run fourth.

Teix­eira, who went 3 for 4 with two walks, had been tied with Cleve­land’s Nick Swisher at 13 games home­r­ing from both sides.

The Texas Rangers beat San Fran­cisco 6-3 in the Giants’ first visit to Ar­ling­ton since win­ning the 2010 World Se­ries.

Elvis An­drus hit a two-run homer in the sec­ond to put the Rangers up 6-2. He dou­bled in the first, scor­ing then on Adrian Bel­tre’s homer.

Benches cleared when Giants pitcher Madi­son Bum­gar­ner aimed some com­ments to­ward the Rangers play­ers at the end of the fourth in­ning, but the teams were kept apart by the um­pires.

Pittsburgh’s An­drew McCutchen hit a homer to help the Pi­rates win 5-4 at Cincinnati.

McCutchen con­nected off Michael Loren­zen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three dou­bles and drove in a run as the Pi­rates got their first win of the sea­son in Cincinnati af­ter four losses. They fin­ished July with an NL-best 17-9 record.

The Reds loaded the bases in the sev­enth against Pittsburgh’s newly ac­quired re­liever Joakim So­ria, but he caught a liner over his head to end the threat.

Bal­ti­more came from

six runs down to over­run trade-rav­aged Detroit 8-7, with Adam Jones and Manny Machado both hit­ting homers.

Seat­tle’s Tai­juan Walker pitched a one-hitter for his first ca­reer com­plete game, guid­ing the Mariners to a 6-1 vic­tory over Min­nesota.

Chicago’s Jason Ham­mel im­proved to 7-0 in his past nine starts against Mil­wau­kee as he steered the Cubs past the Brew­ers 4-1.

Bos­ton’s Mike Napoli, who sur­pris­ingly was not traded be­fore the dead­line, re­sponded with a tworun homer to lift the Red Sox past Tampa Bay 7-5.

Cleve­land’s Danny Salazar pitched eight in­nings of one-hit ball, lead­ing the In­di­ans past Oak­land 2-1 and to a third suc­ces­sive win.

Mi­ami pitcher A.J. Ramos is­sued three straight walks in the 11th in­ning, in­clud­ing Yon­der Alonso with the bases loaded, to put San Diego ahead and the Padres went on to beat the Mar­lins 8-3.

Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard drove in four runs to power the Phillies past At­lanta 9-3.

AP

Toronto Blue Jays third base­man Josh Don­ald­son, sec­ond right, re­acts with team­mates, af­ter hit­ting a RBI sin­gle to de­feat the Kansas City Roy­als dur­ing the 11th in­ning of a base­ball game in Toronto, Fri­day, July 31.

AP

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Rus­sell Martin points to the crowd af­ter hit­ting a solo home run against the Kansas City Roy­als dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game, Thurs­day, July 30.

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