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Jays pass Yankees...Astros sweep Dodgers...Mets stay 5 up on Nats...Cards avoid sweep

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 12:10 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are the new leaders in the AL East, moving a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees following a three-game sweep of the Angels. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') led the Jays' attack in a 12-5 rout of the Halos, going 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. The Yankees erased a 3-1 deficit before Francisco Lindor (LIHN'-dohr) homered in the eighth inning to send Cleveland to a 4-3 victory in the Bronx.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers by pulling out a 3-2 victory on Jason Castro's home run in the bottom of the 10th. The Dodgers were one out from a 2-1 win before Marwin Gonzalez laced an RBI single. The Astros continue to lead the AL West by four games over Texas, and the Dodgers top the NL West by 1 ½ games over San Francisco.

UNDATED (AP) — The NL East-leading New York Mets completed a seven-game season sweep of Colorado to stay five games ahead of the Washington Nationals. Logan Verrett was fantastic while starting in place of Matt Harvey, holding the Rockies to a run and four hits in eight innings of the Mets' 5-1 verdict over Colorado. Danny Espinosa hit a three-run double and the Nationals also got homers from Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) in a 9-5 triumph over Milwaukee.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego 10-3 to avoid a three-game sweep and maintain a 3 ½-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central. Stephen Piscotty homered twice and had five RBIs to back Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah), who is 15-4 after yielding one run and four hits in six innings. Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates in a 5-2 triumph against San Francisco.

BOSTON (AP) — Kansas City still enjoys a 12 1/2-game lead in the AL Central after the Royals scored four times in the ninth to beat Boston 8-6. Eric Hosmer tied it with a two-out, two-run single before Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) laced a two-run double. The Royals mounted the rally and earned a four-game split after Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park homer to open the ninth.

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