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MLB roundup: Andy Pettitte lifts Yankees past Blue Jays

Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and the Yankees beat Toronto, 5-3, Thursday in New York after a 3½-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays.

Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run single, and the surging Yankees took advantage of a missed call to win their fifth consecutive game and 10th in 12 overall. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season with its second four-game sweep of the Blue Jays, and moved within 3½ games of the second AL wild-card spot.

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The Yankees have won 13 home games in a row against Toronto, their longest streak against one team since a 14-game run against Kansas City from August 2002 to April 2006.

The Blue Jays have lost five straight and 11 of 15. The only other opponent to sweep a pair of four-game series from them in one season was the 1978 Milwaukee Brewers.

Toronto had a lead in every game of this series, just as it did during New York’s four-game whitewash at Yankee Stadium in late April. The Blue Jays have dropped 22 of 24 in the Bronx, dating to 2011.

Pettitte gave up four hits and three walks to win his second consecutive start after going 0-3 in his previous five.

Twins 7, Tigers 6 — Chris Herrmann’s second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie and helped Minnesota edge host Detroit.

With two out, Herrmann lined a ball into the right-center-field gap. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bad break on the ball, and just missed while attempting a shoestring catch. Doug Bernier scored from second to give the Twins the lead.

Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Glen Perkins got through the middle of the Tigers order in the ninth for his 30th save in 33 chances.

Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1 — Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona’s fourth wild pitch, and host Cincinnati raced to an unlikely win.

Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati improved to a 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for NL’s second wild-card spot.

Choo singled to lead off the eighth against reliever Eury De La Rosa and moved to second when De La Rosa’s pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third, and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4 — Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch hitter Chad Tracy’s grounder in the 13th inning, and Washington topped host Chicago after Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

After a two-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie it.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4 — Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to lift Philadelphia over Colorado to improve to 4-3 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Cardinals 6, Braves 2 — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings and Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles as host St. Louis put away Atlanta.

White Sox 4, Royals 3 — Conor Gillaspie homered leading off the 12th inning, lifting Chicago to its first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2005.

Pirates 10, Giants 5 — Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and visiting Pittsburgh routed San Francisco.

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