Astros rout Yan­kees 15-1 in AL lead­ers’ match

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Hous­ton’s Car­los Gomez and Evan Gat­tis both home­red and drove in four runs to power the Astros to a 15-1 rout of the New York Yan­kees in Tues­day’s clash of Amer­i­can League di­vi­sional lead­ers.

The lop­sided re­sult dropped the Yan­kees out of top spot in the AL East di­vi­sion, while Kansas City main­tained its gi­ant lead in the AL Cen­tral by edg­ing Bal­ti­more.

In the key Na­tional League meet­ings, St. Louis cruised past Ari­zona to bol­ster its lead in the Cen­tral di­vi­sion, while the in-form Chicago Cubs con­tin­ued their surge with vic­tory at San Fran­cisco.

Hous­ton’s Gomez busted out of a hit­ting slump along with sev­eral team­mates and ran­kled the Yan­kees with his flashy style.

The cen­ter fielder ex­changed words with play­ers in New York’s dugout af­ter flip­ping his bat aside when he flied out in the sixth in­ning, then stood nose to nose with young catcher John Ryan Mur­phy be­fore they were sep­a­rated. Both benches and bullpens emp­tied, but the teams quickly went their re­spec­tive ways with­out any con­tact.

His next time up, Gomez launched a three-run homer into the Yan­kees’ bullpen to cap a sixrun sev­enth in­ning.

Astros starter Dal­las Keuchel (15-6) held New York score­less for the sec­ond time this sea­son and be­came the first 15-game win­ner in the Amer­i­can League.

Kansas City re­lied on its bullpen to se­cure a 3-2 home win against Bal­ti­more.

Roy­als starter Danny Duffy (7-6) dodged trou­ble for the most part but left with the Ori­oles threat­en­ing to pull ahead in the sixth in­ning.

Luke Hochevar calmed things down with an in­ning of re­lief. Kelvin Her­rera had no trou­ble with the rest of the sev­enth and eighth, and Wade Davis pitched a per­fect ninth in place of reg­u­lar closer Greg Hol­land.

Kendrys Mo­rales hit a solo homer while Mike Mous­takas and Eric Hos­mer also drove in runs for Kansas City.

St. Louis’ Tommy Pham had his sec­ond ca­reer three-hit game to help the Car­di­nals cruised past Ari­zona 9-1.

Just three days af­ter his first three-hit game, Pham sin­gled twice and got his sec­ond ca­reer triple. He scored three times.

St. Louis starter Jaime Gar­cia (6-4) al­lowed one run and one walk in six in­nings, strik­ing out six, as the Car­di­nals boosted their lead in the NL Cen­tral back out to 4-1/2 games.

The Chicago Cubs notched a sixth straight vic­tory with an 8-5 win at San Fran­cisco, with Kyle Sch­war­ber, Miguel Mon­tero and Star­lin Cas­tro all hit­ting home runs.

Stras­burg Re­tires Fi­nal 15

Sch­war­ber’s tow­er­ing, three-run homer in the third in­ning set the tone for the Cubs, who have won 21 of 25 games to pull 7-1/2 games ahead of the Giants for the sec­ond NL wild-card spot.

Chicago starter Jake Ar­ri­eta (16-6) had his 13th con­sec­u­tive qual­ity start; the long­est streak by a Cubs pitcher in 23 years. He al­lowed one un­earned run and one walk while strik­ing out eight over six-plus in­nings. He low­ered his sea­son ERA to 2.22, sec­ond in the NL.

Toronto’s Troy Tu­low­itzki had a game-ty­ing RBI sin­gle in the ninth in­ning and a throw­ing er­ror gave up the win­ning run as the Blue Jays edged Texas 6-5.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolle­son walked two of the first three bat­ters he faced in the ninth. Af­ter a fly out, Tu­low­itzki looped a sin­gle to left to tie the game 5-5. Josh Don­ald­son then hit a high chop­per to Adrian Bel­tre, the four­time Gold Glove third base­man who fielded the ball be­fore a wide throw to first base.

The Blue Jays re­claimed sole lead­er­ship of the AL East while in­flict­ing only the sec­ond blown save of the sea­son on Tolle­son (5-3), who had con­verted his pre­vi­ous 12 chances.

Min­nesota ex­tended its win­ning streak to five with an 11-7 re­sult at Tampa Bay, with Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano and Ed­die Rosario all hit­ting home runs.

Dozier gave Min­nesota a 7-5 ad­van­tage on a two-run drive in the fourth. It was his third homer in just 11 at-bats against Tampa Bay this sea­son.

Mi­ami’s ma­jor-league bat­ting leader Dee Gor­don tied a ca­reer high with four stolen bases, had two in­field hits and scored twice, lead­ing the Mar­lins past Pittsburgh 5-2.

Gor­don scored the Mar­lins’ first run and reached on a bunt sin­gle to be­gin their three-run sixth. Gor­don turned two dou­ble plays at sec­ond base and hiked his bat­ting av­er­age to .333, and he leads the ma­jors with 156 hits.

Mi­ami’s Brad Hand (4-3) pitched into the ninth in­ning. He has a poor 7-20 record as a starter, but has won three of his past four starts.

Washington’s Stephen Stras­burg al­lowed two hits over six in­nings to guide the Na­tion­als past San Diego 8-3. Stras­burg (8-6) struck out seven and walked one and re­tired the fi­nal 15 bat­ters he faced. Stras­burg is 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA in his past seven starts and 5-1 in his ca­reer against the Padres.

Ryan Zim­mer­man hit a grand slam in the sixth for an 8-2 lead. It was his fifth ca­reer grand slam, and first in two years.

Los An­ge­les’ Al­bert Pu­jols home­red and the An­gels scored three times on wild pitches in an 8-7 vic­tory at Detroit. The Los An­ge­les Dodgers ended a five-game skid by win­ning 5-1 at Cincinnati, with Alex Wood hold­ing the Reds score­less into the ninth in­ning.

New York’s Michael Cud­dyer hit a go-ahead two-run sin­gle in the sixth in­ning to help the Mets win 6-5 at Philadelphia, main­tain­ing their lead atop the NL East.

Chicago rookie Trayce Thompson drove in three runs, in­clud­ing a go-ahead, two-run dou­ble that helped the White Sox de­feat Bos­ton 5-4.

Seat­tle came from five runs down to edge Oak­land 6-5, with Austin Jack­son’s bases- loaded, two-run sin­gle in the fifth in­ning cap­ping the come­back.

Cleve­land’s Josh Tom­lin con­ceded three home runs but lasted six in­nings to win his sea­son de­but at home as the In­di­ans beat Mil­wau­kee 11-6.

Colorado cap­i­tal­ized on three er­rors by At­lanta third base­man Ado­nis Gar­cia to win 5-1 at the Braves.


Hous­ton Astros’ Car­los Gomez hits a first-in­ning RBI dou­ble off New York Yan­kees start­ing pitcher Ivan Nova in a base­ball game at Yan­kee Sta­dium in New York, Tues­day, Aug. 25.

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