Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and singled home the winning run in the eighth as the host Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City, beating the Royals, 3-2, yesterday. Toronto won its fifth straight, while its 2015 ALCS opponent dropped its fourth in a row. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out double off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth and scored when Saunders lined a single to center. Russell Martin followed with an RBI double.
Marcus Stroman (7-4) pitched eight innings to win for the first time in four starts. Stroman, a Patchogue-Medford High product, was perfect through five innings, throwing 44 pitches.
Kansas City didn’t hit a ball out of the infield until Paulo Orlando flied to center to end the fifth. Brett Eibner broke Stroman’s streak when he walked on a 3-2 pitch to begin the sixth. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, broke up the no-hitter and ended Stroman’s shutout bid with an RBI triple.
Nationals 7, Brewers 4: Bryce Harper hit the first of host Washington’s three home runs, and the Nationals returned to form. Tanner Roark (8-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Nationals.
Orioles 6, Dodgers 4: Jonathan Schoop doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the 14th inning, lifting visiting Baltimore in a game that included a stadium-record 36 strikeouts.
Reds 5, Cubs 3: Tucker Barnhart hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the seventh inning for host Chicago’s 12th loss in 17 games. A day after having seven players selected for next week’s All-Star Game, the Cubs lost to the last-place Reds for the second time in three days and dropped below Texas for the best record in the major leagues.
Tigers 12, Indians 2: Nick Castellanos had three hits, including a three-run homer, and tied his career high with five RBIs to lead Detroit and stop Cleveland’s home winning streak at 13.
Phillies 4, Braves 3: Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift host Philadelphia.
Twins 4, A’s 0: Ervin Santana struck out eight and walked none in a two-hitter for host Minnesota. Santana (3-7) pitched his eighth shutout and 15th complete game, helping the Twins take two of three from the A’s. — AP