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MLB roundup — Aug. 26

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Monday’s American League results

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2 — R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning, Jose Reyes sparked Toronto’s offense and the Blue Jays snapped a 10-game losing streak against the visiting New York Yankees with a victory on Monday night. Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth inning, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman. Derek Jeter went hitless in his return to New York’s lineup. Jeter, who started at shortstop and batted second, finished 0-for-3 with a walk, grounding into a double play in the third.

Royals 11, Rays 1 — The Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie held down Wil Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays over five innings and host Kansas City rolled to a victory in the makeup of a snowed-out game from early May. Guthrie (13-10) allowed six hits and three walks but twice delivered timely strikeouts. He struck out Kelly Johnson with two aboard to end the third inning, and then struck out David DeJesus on a called third strike to leave the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that call and was thrown out of the game by home-plate umpire Greg Gibson. Jeremy Hellickson (10-8) allowed five runs in just 2⅔ innings for Tampa Bay.

Athletics 8, Tigers 6 — Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, and the visiting Oakland Athletics beat Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland’s two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance. A.J. Griffin (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, but managed to win for the first time since July 29.

Astros 10, White Sox 8 — Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of the game to lift the visiting Houston Astros to a victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Astros squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 before tying the score on Carter’s RBI single in the seventh inning. White Sox reliever Addison Reed (5-2) struck out Jose Altuve and Jason Castro to open the ninth before Dominguez put Houston back ahead with his 19th homer, a shot to left field on a 1-0 pitch. Carter then added his 25th of the season.

Monday’s National League results

Cardinals 8, Reds 6 — Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two out in the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally for a win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29. The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3½ games in the top-heavy division. Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) pitched two innings for his first major league win and Edward Mujica worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Phillies 2, Mets 1 — Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee outpitched Zack Wheeler after the Mets learned All-Star starter Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, Cody Asche had a two-run triple, and the visiting Phillies beat New York. Lee (11-3) gave a bullpen taxed by an 18-inning loss Saturday a much-needed rest. He allowed a run and five hits in eight innings to win for the first time in seven starts since July 5.

Rockies 6, Giants 1 — Todd Helton homered to move within three hits of 2,500, and the host Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants. Juan Nicasio tossed six shutout innings and added an RBI single, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies. Buster Posey singled and reached base for the 49th straight game against Colorado. The Rockies began a nine-game, 10-day homestand with a strong performance against lefty Barry Zito (4-10), who has struggled away from home this season. His numbers didn’t improve in his short outing at Coors Field. Zito allowed five runs and nine hits and struck out one in four innings in his second start since being put back into the rotation.

— Associated Press


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