Three-run shots lift Yanks to win

In­di­ans re­peat as AL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons.

The Citizens' Voice - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

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.

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