Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer to lead the Marlins to a 7-1 interleague win over Los Angeles on Monday, dropping the Angels back into a tie for the American League lead with Oakland, who moved level with their West division rivals after beating Houston 8-2.
The Marlins’ newly acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart (2-1) allowed one run over 7-2/3 innings in his fourth start since arriving from Houston.
Angels starter Wade LeBlanc (0-1) — replacing the injured Garrett Richards — gave up six runs in just 3-1/3 innings in his first start in the majors this season.
In the American League, veteran Derek Jeter led the New York Yankees 6-1 past AL Central leaders Kansas City, driving in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run in the seventh inning with the 1,000th hit of his career, then added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Stephen Drew and Martin Prado also homered for New York, who have won five straight to move within two games of the last wild-card berth.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda (3-2) gave up a solo homer in the third, but no other runs in 6-1/3 innings to win for the first time since April.
New York did not make up any ground on East divisional leaders Baltimore, who maintained their six-game buffer by cruising past Tampa Bay 9-1.
The Orioles’ Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning that decided the game.
Baltimore hit five homers in all, with Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce delivering back-to-back shots in the third.
The game represented a turnaround for both teams, with the Orioles coming off three games against the Chicago Cubs in which they had scored an aggregate of just four runs, while the Rays pitchers had a major league-best 2.28 ERA since the All-Star break.
In the National League, St Louis’ Matt Holliday hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to cap a rally that led the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Jon Jay’s pinch-hit single tied the game with two outs in the seventh and Holliday followed with a sharp single to left off Jared Hughes (6-4) to score Jay and Matt Carpenter.
The Cardinals stayed 1.5 games behind NL Central leaders Milwaukee and in firm possession of a wild-card berth, while the Pirates dropped 4.5 games behind them.
Also in the National League, Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings to steer the Phillies to a 3-2 win over Washington.
Burnett (7-14) won for the first time since the All-Star break, allowing one run and one walk. He entered the game with an lead across the majors for walks (76).
Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered for the Phillies, while Washington lost the second time in 14 games.
Also on Monday it was:
‧ Brewers 10, Padres 1
‧ Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
‧ Rangers 2, Mariners 0
‧ Rockies 3, Padres 2
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