Blue Jays win 8th straight, sweep Yan­kees 2-0

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Josh Don­ald­son and J ose Bautista slammed long home run as the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth straight vic­tory by beat­ing the New York Yan­kees 2-0 Sun­day to com­plete a three-game sweep that tight­ened the AL East race.

Marco Estrada (10-6) al­lowed just three hits into the sev­enth in­ning against the sud­denly slump­ing Yan­kees, out­pitch­ing Masahiro Tanaka ( 8- 5) dur­ing Toronto’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout.

In a se­ries that fea­tured the top two of­fenses in the ma­jors, New York mus­tered only one run and went score­less over the fi­nal 26 in­nings. Not since 1999 had the Yan­kees been blanked in two straight games.

With their 11th win in 12 games, the streak­ing Blue Jays pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first- place Yan­kees. It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a se­ries of at least three games.

Pittsburgh slug­ger Kang Jungho’s three-run homer capped a nine-run sev­enth in­ning, while An­drew McCutchen home­red and drove in four runs as the Pi­rates downed the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 13-6 to sweep the three-game se­ries.

Kang greeted re­liever Joel Peralta with his ninth homer of the sea­son. Jim John­son (3-4) was charged with eight runs in twothirds of an in­ning.

The Pi­rates won for the fifth time in six games and the 15th time in their last 18 at PNC Park.

The Chicago Cubs blanked the San Fran­cisco Giants 2-0 for a four-game sweep af­ter Jake Ar­ri­eta al­lowed only four hits into the eighth in­ning.

Ar­ri­eta also tripled and scored in the sec­ond as the Cubs won for the 10th time in 11 games. Chicago’s first four-game sweep of San Fran­cisco since June 1977 in­creased its lead for the sec­ond NL wild card to 3 1/2 games over the reel­ing Giants.

David Mur­phy’s bases-loaded sin­gle in the 11th in­ning lifted the Los An­ge­les An­gels to a 5-4 vic­tory over the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

Mur­phy also had a three-run homer in the third in­ning. Rookie Trevor Gott (3-0) pitched two in­nings for the win.

In Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, Danny Va­len­cia home­red in the fourth in­ning for the Ath­let­ics and sin­gled in the win­ning run in the ninth for a 5-4 win over the Hous­ton Astros.

Oak­land’s Josh Red­dick had two hits and drove in two runs, in­clud­ing the ty­ing run in the ninth. The A’s have won three in a row and six of nine.

The Cleve­land In­di­ans trounced the Min­nesota Twins 8-1 af­ter Corey Klu­ber pitched a three­hit­ter for his third com­plete game of the sea­son, while Tampa Bay rookie Richie Shaf­fer hit a tiebreak­ing homer in the sev­enth in­ning as the Rays again ral­lied from an early three-run deficit to beat the New York Mets 4-3.

In other games, DJ LeMahieu hit a tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle off Drew Storen with two out in the eighth in­ning as the Colorado Rock­ies de­feated the Washington Na­tion­als 6- 4, the Bos­ton Red Sox downed the Detroit Tigers 7- 2, the Kansas City Roy­als edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and Khris Davis led the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers past the St. Louis Car­di­nals 5-4.

Nel­son Cruz hit his 33rd home run for Seat­tle as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-2, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs out­lasted the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 over 10 in­nings, the Philadelphia Phillies swept the San Diego Padres 5-3 and the Mi­ami Mar­lins were 4-1 win­ners over the At­lanta Braves.

(Left) Kansas City Roy­als catcher Salvador Perez, left, douses re­lief pitcher Ryan Mad­son af­ter their base­ball game against the Chicago White Sox in Kansas City, Mis­souri, Sun­day, Aug. 9. (Right) Pittsburgh Pi­rates’ Star­ling Marte loses his bat as he is hit by a pitch by Los An­ge­les Dodgers re­lief pitcher Juan Ni­ca­sio in the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in Pittsburgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, Sun­day.

AP

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