Yankees down Blue Jays
The American League East-leading New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 at Rogers Centre on Friday.
Ichiro Suzuki tied a career high by driving in five runs for the Yankees and Mark Teixeira belted his 22nd homer of the season, with Freddy Garcia restricting the Blue Jays to two runs over six innings.
The Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing run with a 3-2 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Clay Buchholz threw his fifth career complete game while Cody Ross clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer to end the Indians' two-game winning streak.
Jordan Danks' first major league homer in the bottom of the ninth inning helped the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox rally from a three-run deficit to sink the Oakland Athletics 4-3.
Elsewhere in the AL, the Baltimore Orioles trounced the Kansas City Royals 7-1, the Detroit Tigers saw off the Texas Rangers 6-2, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 12-6 and the Los Angeles Angels prevailed 6-5 against the Seattle Mariners.
In National League action, the Central-leading Cincinnati snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-8 triumph over the Chicago Cubs.
Ryan Ludwick had three hits, including a two-run homer, while Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI for the Reds.
Stephen Strasburg gave up one hit over six innings as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals toppled the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 for their seventh straight win, while Chase Utley hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth as the Philadelphia Phillies downed the St Louis Cardinals 3-1.
Chase Headley crushed two homers, including the tie-breaking two-run shot in the seventh, as the San Diego Padres edged past the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8.
Finally, the Colorado Rockies won 3-0 against the San Francisco Giants, Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the ninth inning saw the Houston Astros squeeze past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 and Atlanta's Paul Maholm shut out the New York Mets in a 4-0 win for the Braves.
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