Three-run shots lift Yanks to win
Indians repeat as AL Central champions.
NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird homered for the second straight game, each hitting a threerun shot, rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched six shutout innings and the Yankees won their fourth straight game, beating Baltimore, 9-3.
The Yankees (82-66) extended their stretch of winning seasons to 25, the second-longest such streak in major league history behind their own 39 straight from 1926-64. They also stayed three games behind AL East-leading Boston.
Indians 8, Royals 4
At Cleveland, Francisco Lindor hit an RBI double and the Indians bounced back after having their record win streak stopped at 22 by beating Kansas City while clinching the AL Central title when Minnesota lost to Toronto, 7-2.
Lindor’s double in the sixth off Jason Hammel (812) gave the All-Star shortstop an extra-base hit in a club-record 10 straight games. The major league record is 14 straight, shared by Chipper Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927).
Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
At Washington, Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the National League single-season record for rookies, and the Dodgers moved closer to the NL West title.
Chase Utley had two doubles and scored twice to help Los Angeles reduce its magic number to win the division to five. Rich Hill (10-8) and five relievers combined on a four-hitter.
Astros 8, Mariners 6
At Houston, Dallas Keuchel threw six solid innings, Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBIs and the Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West title to one.
Keuchel (13-4) allowed one run — Jean Segura’s 11th homer in the sixth — and four hits. Joe Musgrove worked two innings for his first save.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 1
At Chicago, Kyle Hendricks pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning, Addison Russell homered and the Cubs earned their fifth straight victory.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for Chicago, which increased its NL Central lead to 3½ games over Milwaukee and five better than St. Louis.
Red Sox 3, Rays 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Rick Porcello took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Red Sox won for the eighth time in 10 games.
The win reduced Boston’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New York Yankees at three games.
White Sox 10, Tigers 4
At Detroit, Matt Davidson and Nicky Delmonico homered, Tim Anderson had four hits and the White Sox captured their season series with the Tigers for the first time since 2008.
Reds 2, Pirates 1
At Cincinnati, Sal Romano pitched a career-high eight shutout innings and Jesse Winker homered, leading Cincinnati to the victory.
Romano (5-6) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked none while improving to 3-1 over his last six starts.
Mets 7, Braves 3
At Atlanta, Jacob deGrom set a career high in wins, Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini each drove in two runs and New York snapped a five-game skid with a win over the Braves.