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    MLB roundup: Blue Jays keep rolling with sweep

    The umpires received a special escort to the diamond on Star Wars Day in Phoenix.
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    The umpires received a special escort to the diamond on Star Wars Day in Phoenix.

    Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs, Josh Johnson earned his first win of the season, and the Blue Jays matched a team record by winning their 11th straight game Sunday, finishing a three-game sweep of Baltimore with a 13-5 victory in Toronto.

    The Blue Jays, who also won 11 straight in 1987 and 1998, have not lost since a 10-6 defeat at the Chicago White Sox on June 10.

    ‘‘I've been waiting for this since the season started,’’ Encarnacion said. ‘‘I believe in this team so I knew things had to change, things had to become good for us. That’s the way right now and we enjoy it, enjoy the moment. I'm not surprised by this. I know this team is good and I know we can do it.’’


    Ryan Flaherty hit two homers but Baltimore lost for the fifth time in eight games and allowed a season high in runs.

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    Johnson (1-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings, walked one, and struck out five. He’s 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts since missing 31 games with a right triceps injury, and has struck out 25 batters in his last 25 innings.

    Aaron Loup, Juan Perez, and Dustin McGowan each worked one inning.

    Flaherty hit a two-run shot off Johnson in the seventh and a solo homer off McGowan in the ninth for his first career multihomer game. He has five home runs this season.

    Rays 3, Yankees 1 — James Loney hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning, Chris Archer pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first win in three starts, and Tampa Bay earned a split of its four-game series in the Bronx.


    Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save in 20 chances.

    Archer (2-3) struck out four, allowed six hits with a walk and a hit batter, and outdueled Ivan Nova (2-2).

    Mets 8, Phillies 0 — David Wright homered, tripled, and matched a Mets record with four extra-base hits to back the latest splendid start by Matt Harvey (7-1) as New York took two of three in Philadelphia after winning a five-game series at first-place Atlanta.

    Wright went 4 for 5 with two of New York’s season-high seven doubles. The third baseman is batting .405 with 14 extra-base hits in his last 17 games.

    Mariners 6, Athletics 3 — Pinch hitter Kendrys Morales had a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and Raul Ibanez connected twice to power Seattle past Oakland.


    Reds 4, Diamondbacks 2 — Mat Latos matched his career high with 13 strikeouts, Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run, and Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning to help Cincinnati salvage the finale of a three-game series in Arizona.

    Dodgers 3, Padres 1 — Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning as visiting Los Angeles roughed up San Diego closer Huston Street (0-4), who has given up 10 home runs in 26 innings this season. Last year, he allowed two in 39 innings.

    Royals 7, White Sox 6 — Alcides Escobar slapped a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop that Alexei Ramirez let through to left field, bringing in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning as host Kansas City roughed up ace Chicago reliever Jesse Cain (2-2) in the come-from-behind victory.

    Marlins 7, Giants 2 — Justin Ruggiano led off the game with a homer to get Miami started then provided a two-run shot in the ninth inning to lead the Marlins to their 10th victory in their last 11 games in San Francisco.

    Pirates 10, Angels 9 — Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game, Starling Marte capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single, and Pittsburgh added four runs in the 10th to beat Los Angeles and complete its first interleague sweep on the road.

    Twins 5, Indians 3 — Emergency starter Pedro Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings, Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham each drove in a pair of runs, and Trevor Plouffe’s RBI single in the fifth inning put Minnesota ahead for good in Cleveland.

    Braves 7, Brewers 4 — Brian McCann hit a grand slam in the first inning to snap the Braves’ 24-inning scoreless streak and Atlanta got solo home runs from Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer to win in Milwaukee.

    Rockies 7, Nationals 6 — Michael Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the major league’s longest hitting streak this season to 21 games, and Colorado hung on to beat host Washington. Cuddyer went 3 for 4 with four RBIs to break a tie with Cardinals third baseman David Freese for the year’s top streak.

    Cubs 14, Astros 6 — Ryan Sweeney had a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run homer, in host Chicago’s rout of Houston.