Tanaka fans 15 as Yanks gain on Sox
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.