Toronto Blue Jays dom­i­nate New York Yan­kees 6-0 for their sev­enth straight win

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David Price pitched three-hit ball for seven in­nings and Justin Smoak lined Toronto’s first grand slam in the Bronx as the Blue Jays beat the New York Yan­kees 6-0 Satur­day for their sev­enth straight win.

New­comer Troy Tu­low­itzki also home­red as Toronto closed within 2 1/2 games of the Amer­i­can League-East di­vi­sion lead­ers.

With two wins in a row, the Blue Jays be­came the first team to take a set against the Yan­kees since early July. On Sun­day, Toronto will try to sweep them in a se­ries of at least three games for the first time since May 2003.

In other games, Philadelphia beat San Diego 4-2 to im­prove Ma­jor League Base­ball’s best record since the All-Star Game break to 15-5, Tampa Bay stopped the New York Mets’ seven-game win­ning streak with a 5-4 win, and Cleve­land recorded sea­son-highs in runs and hits (19) en route to rout­ing Min­nesota 17-4.

Adam Mor­gan held down San Diego over six in­nings and Odubel Her­rera had two hits and two RBIs to lead Philadelphia to the win.

The Phillies won for the 15th time in 20 games since the All-Star Game break, es­cap­ing the Na­tional League-East di­vi­sion cel­lar for the first time since May 27.

Mor­gan (3-3) al­lowed two runs, one earned, and six hits, with a walk and four strike­outs. Ken Giles pitched the ninth, earn­ing his fifth save.

Grady Sizemore and Kevin Kier­maier each drove in two runs to erase an early deficit as Tampa Bay topped NL Eastlead­ing New York.

Tampa Bay re­liev­ers Xavier Ce­deno, Steve Geltz, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, com­bined for four hit­less in­nings. Rays starter Nathan Karns (7-5) al­lowed four runs and eight hits in five in­nings.

Curtis Gran­der­son home­red twice for the Mets, who blew a 3-0 first-in­ning lead.

Jerry Sands had a pinch-hit grand slam and Abra­ham Al­monte was 4 for 5 with a two-run homer to lead Cleve­land.

Trevor Bauer (9-8) won for the first time since July 8, al­low­ing four runs in 6 1/3 in­nings. He gave up solo homers to Joe Mauer and Ed­die Rosario and a tworun homer to Kurt Suzuki.

The In­di­ans forced Twins man­ager Paul Moli­tor to use out­fielder Shane Robin­son to pitch in the eighth. Robin­son walked Mike Aviles with the bases loaded, but re­tired the next three hit­ters.

Else­where, the Texas Rangers scored eight runs in the 11th in­ning, in­clud­ing a two-run homer by Prince Fielder, to pull away from Seat­tle, 11-3.

Texas opened the in­ning with seven straight hits, the first six off Rob Ras­mussen (1-1). Fielder’s homer was the eighth hit of the frame for the Rangers and marked the third time this year the Mariners have given up eight runs in an in­ning.

Kendrys Mo­rales and Salvador Perez each drove in two runs and Kansas City over­came Jose Abreu’s two home runs to beat Chicago 7-6.

Ubaldo Jimenez yielded two hits over eight in­nings and Manny Machado had four hits and scored two runs in Bal­ti­more’s 5-0 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

Left-han­der Fran­cisco Liri­ano hit the first home run of his 10-year ca­reer and An­drew McCutchen went 3 for 3 as Pittsburgh held on to beat Los An­ge­les 6-5.

Matt Car­pen­ter hit a lead­off home run and Jaime Gar­cia pitched two-hit ball for seven in­nings as St. Louis made it three straight shutout vic­to­ries with a 3-0 win over Mil­wau­kee.

Stephen Stras­burg re­turned to Washington’s ro­ta­tion with a bang, strik­ing out 12 in seven in­nings and con­tribut­ing three hits as the Na­tion­als beat Colorado 6-1.

Also, the Chicago Cubs beat San Fran­cisco 8-6, Cincinnati topped Ari­zona 4-1, Oak­land beat Hous­ton 2-1, Detroit de­feated Bos­ton 7-6, and At­lanta downed Mi­ami 7-2.

AP

Philadelphia Phillies closer Ken Giles fol­lows through with a pitch while earn­ing a save in the Phillies’ 4-2 vic­tory over the San Diego Padres in a base­ball game in San Diego, Satur­day, Aug. 8.

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