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Yankees beat Blue Jays to maintain AL East lead

AP, TORONTO

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot and the New York Yankees maintained their one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Friday night.

The victory let New York keep its slim lead over second-place Baltimore, which used six first-inning runs to beat Boston 9-1.

Nick Swisher had two hits and two RBIs for the Yankees, who have not lost consecutive games since a three-game skid from Sept. 2-4.

Hiroki Kuroda (15-11) won for the third time in five starts despite matching a season-high by allowing 10 hits in 5-1/3 innings. He gave up two runs, walked two and struck out four.

David Phelps worked 1-2/3 innings and David Robertson pitched the eighth. Cody Eppley got two outs in the ninth and Rafael Soriano finished for the Yankees.

ORIOLES 9, RED SOX 1

In Baltimore, Maryland, Chris Tillman pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Ryan Flaherty hit his first career grand slam and the Orioles beat the Red Sox to secure their grip on the top AL wild-card spot.

Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who remained one game behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Tillman (9-2) gave up a bunt single to leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik, then allowed only two walks the rest of the way in his longest outing since July 4. The right-hander retired the final 14 batters he faced, and the only run he allowed was unearned.

Boston has lost 14 of 20. Starter Aaron Cook (4-11) was knocked out in the second inning after allowing six runs, five hits and three walks.

INDIANS 8, ROYALS 5

In Cleveland, Ohio, Sandy Alomar Jr won his first game as Indians manager as Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Cleveland beat Kansas City, handing the Royals their sixth straight loss.

Alomar, one of the most popular players in franchise history, went from bench coach to interim manager when Manny Acta was fired Thursday.

David Huff (3-0) gave up three runs over six innings as Cleveland got its first three-game winning streak since July 3 to 5. Chris Perez closed Cleveland’s fourth win in five games for his 39th save in 43 chances.

Cleveland had 16 hits, including a string of five straight with one out to score three runs off Will Smith (6-9) in the second inning.

TWINS 4, TIGERS 2

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ryan Doumit had four RBIs for Minnesota, including the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to help the Twins beat Detroit and keep the Tigers from moving any closer to the AL Central title.

The Tigers’ lead dropped to one game over Chicago, which beat Tampa Bay 3-1. Rookie Drew Smyly struck out five over 5 1-3 scoreless innings, but Brayan Villarreal (3-5) walked three to load the bases in the eighth before Doumit’s one-out hit put the Twins in front.

Omar Infante’s two-run homer after an error spoiled Scott Diamond’s shutout in the eighth, tying the game at 2, and Glen Perkins picked up his 16th save with a perfect ninth inning.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ White Sox 3, Rays 1

‧ Angels 7, Rangers 4

‧ Athletics 8, Mariners 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw the season’s seventh no-hitter, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night.

The seven no-hitters matches the modern record for most in a season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.

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