The Blue Jays surged to the top of the AL East with their 10th straight win, beating the Oakland Athletics, 10-3, on Wednesday night in Toronto behind a pair of three-run homers from Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak.
The Blue Jays trailed the Yankees by six games on July 31. But after making several bold trades, they have gone on a streak that included a sweep of New York, losing only once since Troy Tulowitzki joined the team to move a half-game up in the division.
Toronto, which won 11 straight in June, is the first team with two winning streaks of 10 games or more in single season since Atlanta in 2013. The last AL team to do it was Kansas City in 1977.
Indians 2, Yankees 1 — Danny Salazar pitched neatly into the eighth inning, and host Cleveland dropped New York out of first place in the AL East.
The Yankees, who have lost five straight, fell out of the top spot for the first time since July 2. New York has scored six runs in its losing streak.
Mets 3, Rockies 0 — Jacob deGrom conceded only two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings, pitching New York past Colorado at home for its second consecutive shutout against the Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run for the surging Mets, who have won 10 of 12. Juan Uribe stroked an RBI double in the fourth and Michael Cuddyer followed with a run-scoring single on a night when both players reached 1,500 career hits.
Tigers 7, Royals 4 — Ian Kinsler doubled home two runs and Detroit batted around in a four-run eighth inning in the win.
The loss snapped Kansas City’s eight-game home winning streak, its longest since winning its first 11 games in 2003 at Kauffman Stadium.
Cubs 3, Brewers 2 — Miguel Montero homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Chicago its sixth straight win and 12th in 13 games.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 2 — Michael Wacha got his 14th win to tie for the major league high as St. Louis won at home.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 0 — Clayton Kershaw allowed three hits and struck out eight over eight innings to shut down visiting Washington.
Twins 11, Rangers 1 — Aaron Hicks had four of Minnesota’s 17 hits, Miguel Sano homered twice, and Mike Pelfrey picked up his first win since June as the Twins routed Texas in Minneapolis.
Rays 9, Braves 6 — Curt Casali capped a six-run seventh inning with a two-run homer and host Tampa Bay rallied for a victory over Atlanta.
Astros 2, Giants 0 — Colby Rasmus homered to lead off the seventh inning to help Scott Feldman earn his first win in more than two months, and Houston held on to win in San Francisco.
Reds 7, Padres 3 — Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run on a balk by James Shields and later homered to lead visiting Cincinnati.
Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 6 — Cameron Rupp homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Philadelphia avoided a series sweep in Phoenix.