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Yankees, Orioles tied for AL East lead

EDGING CLOSER:A win for the Rays saw the race for the AL East top spot tighten as the Orioles equaled the Yankees with a resounding victory over the Blue Jays

AP, ST PETERSBURG, Florida

Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-RBI triple as umpire Mike Estabrook and catcher Jesus Flores of the Washington Nationals look on during the sixth inning of their game on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington.

Photo: AFP

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer as the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Coupled with Baltimore’s 12-0 win at Toronto, the Yankees fell into a tie for the division lead with the surging Orioles after sitting atop the standings by themselves for 84 consecutive days — New York’s longest streak since 2004.

Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton also homered for the third-place Rays, who pulled within 1.5 games of the Orioles and Yankees. Tampa Bay trailed by 10.5 games at the end of play on July 18.

Longoria hit a two-run shot off Freddy Garcia (7-6), wiping out a 2-1 deficit in the third inning. Jennings and Upton delivered back-to-back solo shots in the fifth, giving Alex Cobb (9-8) and Tampa Bay’s bullpen all the offensive support they’d need against the Yankees’ sputtering lineup.

ORIOLES 12, BLUE JAYS 0

In Toronto, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and the Orioles moved into a first-place tie in the AL East with a win over the Blue Jays.

Baltimore’s third consecutive victory coupled with the Yankees’ loss at Tampa Bay gave the Orioles a share of first place in September for the first time since 1997.

Reynolds went 3 for 4 with four RBIs as the Orioles pounded out a season-high 18 hits.

Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to face the Blue Jays, Britton (5-1) allowed four hits and improved to 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in four starts since his last loss on Aug. 1. The left-hander struck out eight and walked two, one intentional.

Carlos Villanueva (7-5) lost for the fifth time in seven starts, allowing a season-high six runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

TWINS 18, WHITE SOX 9

In Chicago, Chris Parmelee hit a three-run homer to cap a 10-run fifth inning and the Minnesota Twins routed the Chicago White Sox 18-9 on Tuesday night.

The Twins also batted around in a seven-run second against rookie Jose Quintana (5-4), but first-place Chicago remained one game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. Minnesota pecked away methodically with 17 hits.

Parmalee drove in four runs while Ryan Doumit had three hits and three RBIs. Doumit hit a solo homer in the seventh and scored three times.

Chicago outfielder Dewayne Wise pitched a scoreless ninth for the White Sox, who had a franchise-record 10 doubles — five in a four-run eighth.

Scott Diamond (11-6) made his first start for Minnesota since Aug. 28. He settled down after the rough first inning to hold the White Sox to four runs and seven hits over five innings.

INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2

In Detroit, Justin Masterson pitched six solid innings and the Indians beat Detroit for their second straight victory over the playoff-chasing Tigers.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Detroit, but the Tigers missed another opportunity against a struggling team. Masterson (11-12) allowed two runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Four relievers finished, with Chris Perez pitching a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 38 chances. Rick Porcello (9-11) allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Angels 6, Athletics 1

‧ Royals 6, Rangers 3

‧ Red Sox 4, Mariners 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, WASHINGTON

Adam LaRoche hit two of Washington’s six homers, Ian Desmond had four RBIs and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Tuesday night. LaRoche and Jayson Werth had four hits apiece for the NL East-leading Nationals, who opened a season-high 7.5-game advantage in the division. Second-place Atlanta lost to Colorado 6-0.

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