Blue Jays cap sweep of An­gels with 12-5 win to re­turn to top of AL East

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Ed­win En­car­na­cion had four hits from four at bats with a homer and four RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays com­pleted a thun­der­ous three-game sweep of the Los An­ge­les An­gels on Sun­day with a 12-5 vic­tory that vaulted them back into first place in the AL East.

The Jays’ 16th vic­tory in 19 games, cou­pled with the Yan­kees’ 4-3 loss to Cleve­land, put Toronto atop the di­vi­sion for the first time since Aug. 13.

The Blue Jays, who lead the ma­jors by far with 670 runs, set a fran­chise record for a three-game se­ries with 36. They to­taled 48 hits against a van­quished An­gels pitch­ing staff that has sur­ren­dered 44 runs, 60 hits and 15 walks over their last four games.

Cleve­land slug­ger Fran­cisco Lindor home­red off Dellin Be­tances in the eighth and Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 strong in­nings as the In­di­ans beat the New York Yan­kees 4-3 on Andy Pet­titte Day in the Bronx.

Car­los San­tana home­red off Sa­bathia for the In­di­ans, who have won five of their last six games at Yan­kee Sta­dium. CC Sa­bathia de­parted in the third in­ning with right knee pain.

In San Diego, Michael Wacha pitched six solid in­nings and Stephen Pis­cotty home­red twice and drove in five runs to help the St. Louis Car­di­nals down the Padres 10- 3 and avoid a three- game sweep.

Jason Hey­ward had three hits as St. Louis averted get­ting swept for the first time this sea­son.

The Seat­tle Mariners also avoid- ed a three-game sweep af­ter Robin­son Cano had a two-run homer and Nel­son Cruz dou­bled in two runs for an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Seat­tle built a 7-1 lead through five in­nings, but the White Sox cut it to 7-6 with five runs in the sixth be­hind a pair of two-run homers.

The Oak­land Ath­let­ics de­feated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 af­ter Eric Sog­ard hit a tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle as part of a seven-run sev­enth in­ning.

Mark Canha tripled and drove in four runs while Billy Burns added three hits for the A’s, who won for just the third time in 12 games.

New York’s Lo­gan Ver­rett stepped into Matt Har­vey’s spot and earned his first ma­jor league win in his first start, pitch­ing eight im­pres­sive in­nings to lead the Mets past the Colorado Rock­ies 5-1, while Trevor Plouffe hit a ty­ing sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning as the Min­nesota Twins edged the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 4-3 over 12 in­nings.

In other games, Kris Bryant home­red twice as the Chicago Cubs downed the At­lanta Braves 9-3, the Hous­ton Astros com­pleted a 10th-in­ning 3-2 win over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, the Kansas City Roy­als de­feated the Bos­ton Red Sox 8-6 and the Washington Na­tion­als trounced the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers 9-5.

The Texas Rangers held onto the sec­ond AL wild-card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs blanked the Cincinnati Reds 4-0, the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the Mi­ami Mar­lins 2-0 and the Pittsburgh Pi­rates were 5-2 win­ners over the San Fran­cisco Giants.

AP

Toronto Blue Jays’ Ed­win En­car­na­cion, cen­ter, gets con­grat­u­la­tions from team­mates af­ter scor­ing on an in­field sin­gle by Ben Re­vere dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Los An­ge­les An­gels in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, Sun­day, Aug. 23.

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