Tanaka fans 15 as Yanks gain on Sox

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

Al­ready as­sured no worse than host­ing a wild-card game against Min­nesota, New York moved to within two games of the Red Sox in the AL East.

Tanaka (13-12) re­tired his first 14 bat­ters be­fore Eze­quiel Car­erra reached on an in­field sin­gle up the mid­dle just past Tanaka’s glove.

Astros 3, Red Sox 2

At Bos­ton, the Red Sox once again failed to clinch the AL East ti­tle as Alex Breg­man home­red and drove in three runs.

If Bos­ton and New York wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker Mon­day at Yan­kee Sta­dium for the divi­sion crown, with the loser get­ting a wild-card spot.

In­di­ans 10, White Sox 1

At Cleve­land, Ed­win En­car­na­cion had a three-run dou­ble lead­ing the AL Cen­tral cham­pion In­di­ans. Cleve­land main­tained its onegame 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.

Phillies 6, Mets 2

At Philadel­phia, Maikel Franco, Jorge Al­faro and Ce­sar Her­nan­dez all home­red to sup­port six strong in­nings from starter Ben Lively as the Phillies de­feated the Mets.

Cubs 5, Reds 4

At Chicago, Ian Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth in­ning, and the Cubs won for the 14th time in 17 games.

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. They also watched as Jose Quin­tana got knocked out in a four-run fifth. But they still found a way to pull it out.

Na­tion­als 6, Pi­rates 1

At Wash­ing­ton, Stephen Stras­burg pitched 7⅔ shutout in­nings and Ryan Zim­mer­man home­red twice to help the Na­tion­als beat the Pi­rates.

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 be­fore Gre­gory Polanco’s hard smash bounced off a div­ing Zim­mer­man at first base for the Pi­rates’ first hit.

Rays 7, Ori­oles 0

At St. Peters­burg, Evan Lon­go­ria and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red Fri­day night and the Rays beat the Ori­oles.

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 10year ca­reer.

Mor­ri­son hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Till­man in the sev­enth.

Braves 6, Mar­lins 5

At Mi­ami, Gian­carlo Stan­ton went 2 for 4 with a sin­gle and a dou­ble and the Mi­ami slug­ger re­mained at 59 home runs as the Braves beat the Mar­lins.

Mar­cell Ozuna drove in three runs to lead Mi­ami, which ral­lied from a 5-0 deficit.

Adam Con­ley (8-8) pitched a score­less sev­enth for the win.

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