Tanaka fans 15 as Yan­kees shut out Jays

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Baseball - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven in­nings, his high­est to­tal since com­ing to the ma­jor leagues, and the play­off­bound New York Yan­kees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Fri­day to re­main on the edge of con­tention in the AL East.

New York, al­ready as­sured no worse than host­ing a wild card game against Min­nesota, be­gan the day three games be­hind AL Eastlead­ing Bos­ton with three games left.

The Yan­kees could take the di­vi­sion only by beat­ing the Blue Jays both Satur­day and Sun­day, hav­ing Bos­ton lose three in a row to Hous­ton and then de­feat­ing the Red Sox in a tiebreaker game Mon­day at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

Astros 3, Red Sox 2: Bos­ton once again failed to clinch the AL East ti­tle as Alex Breg­man home­red and drove in three runs, giv­ing vis­it­ing Hous­ton a vic­tory.

The Red Sox’s magic num­ber re­mained at 1 to close out the New York Yan­kees. Bos­ton leads the Yan­kees by two games — both teams have two games left and al­ready are as­sured play­off spots.

The AL West cham­pion Astros won their fifth straight game and posted their 100th vic­tory of the sea­son.

In­di­ans 10, White Sox 1: Ed­win En­car­na­cion had a three-run dou­ble, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, lead­ing AL Cen­tral cham­pion Cleve­land over vis­it­ing Chicago.

Cleve­land main­tained its one-game lead — and owns the tiebreaker — over Hous­ton for the best record in the AL with two games re­main­ing. The top seed will play the win­ner of the wild card game be­tween the Yan­kees and Twins in the di­vi­sion series.

The In­di­ans’ 101 vic­to­ries are the sec­ond most in fran­chise his­tory.

Cubs 5, Reds 4: Ian Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning, and Chicago won for the 14th time in 17 games, beat­ing vis­it­ing Cincin­nati.

With a sec­ond straight NL Cen­tral ti­tle in hand and their sights set on an­other World Series cham­pi­onship, the Cubs held slug­gers An­thony Rizzo and Kris Bryant out of the lineup.

Na­tion­als 6, Pi­rates 1: Stephen Stras­burg pitched 7ª shutout in­nings and Ryan Zim­mer­man (U.Va.) home­red twice to help Wash­ing­ton beat vis­it­ing Pitts­burgh.

Stras­burg gave up two hits and two walks while strik­ing out eight. He’s 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list on Aug. 19. Stras­burg (15-4) re­tired the first 14 bat­ters.

Rays 7, Ori­oles 0: Evan Lon­go­ria and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red and Tampa Bay clinched third place in the AL East with a vic­tory over vis­it­ing Baltimore.

Lon­go­ria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Mi­ley, mark­ing Lon­go­ria’s fifth straight 20-homer sea­son and the ninth of his 10-year ca­reer.

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