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MLB roundup: Blue Jays shut down Yankees

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey (13-12) allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out eight.

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Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey (13-12) allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out eight.

The New York Yankees might not be in must-win territory just yet, but they sure are getting there in a hurry.

R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered and the Blue Jays beat New York, 2-0, Tuesday night in Toronto, the slumping Yankees’ fourth straight loss.

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‘‘We’re darn close,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said when asked whether his team faced a must-win situation in its search for a wild-card berth.

New York fell 3½ games behind Texas and Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race and lost for the eighth time in 12 games. The Yankees have 11 games remaining.

‘‘It’s not good, that’s for sure,’’ Yankees starter Andy Pettitte said.

‘‘Go into Boston and get swept, then lose the first game here. We’re playing terrible and it’s not good. It’s a bad time to be doing that.’’

With the season winding down, Girardi is aware his team has almost no margin for error.

‘‘We’re getting to where we can’t lose much more,’’ Girardi said.

Dickey (13-12) allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out eight. The knuckleballer retired the final 11 batters he faced and 15 of the last 16.

Indians 5, Royals 3 — Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as visiting Cleveland rallied against the stingy Kansas City bullpen.

The win allowed the Indians to remain a half-game back in the AL wild-card race.

Nationals sweep Braves — Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings as host Washington beat Atlanta, 4-0, to sweep a day-night doubleheader, ensuring the Braves leave Washington without the NL East title.

Washington entered the nightcap, which followed the Nationals’ 6-5 win in the makeup of a series opener postponed by a shooting rampage a day earlier at the nearby Navy Yard, within 4½ games of Cincinnati for the NL’s second wild-card berth. The Nationals, who have won 10 of 11, have 11 games remaining.

Padres 5, Pirates 2 — Jedd Gyorko blasted a three-run homer among his three hits as San Diego topped host Pittsburgh.

Ronny Cedeno added three hits for San Diego, which beat the Pirates for the second straight night to put a dent in Pittsburgh’s pursuit of its first NL Central title.

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 3 — Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez homered, Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings, and Los Angeles routed host Arizona.

Athletics 2, Angels 1 — Josh Donaldson singled to center with the bases loaded to score Jemile Weeks as host Oakland walked off with the victory.

Phillies 6, Marlins 4 — Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and drove in four, Roy Halladay tossed six effective innings, and Philadelphia beat visiting Miami.

Tigers 6, Mariners 2 — Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single, and host Detroit held on to beat Seattle.

Reds 10, Astros 0 — Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings, and Cincinnati cruised to a victory in Houston.

Giants 8, Mets 5 — Angel Pagan homered, tripled, and drove in three runs on a perfect night at the plate against his former team, leading San Francisco past host New York.

Cardinals 11, Rockies 4 — Matt Holliday had four hits, including a two-run homer, to help St. Louis take sole possession of the NL Central with its win in Colorado.

Brewers 4, Cubs 3 — Pinch hitter Logan Schafer dropped a suicide squeeze with the bases loaded in the ninth to give host Milwaukee a walkoff win over Chicago.

White Sox 4, Twins 3 — Dayan Viciedo had three hits and drove in two runs, Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings, and host Chicago beat Minnesota.

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