Jays, Yanks win...Astros pad lead...Nats creep closer to Mets...Bucs thump Cards

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UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays continue to own a 1 ½-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East after both teams won on Sunday. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee), Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR') homered in the Blue Jays' 10-4 rout of Baltimore. Brian McCann launched a three-run blast, one pitch before Alex Rodriguez belted a tiebreaking, solo shot in the Yanks' 6-4 triumph against Tampa Bay.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston trailed 3-0 until Jed Lowrie belted a grand slam in the seventh inning of the Astros' 8-5 triumph over Minnesota. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) is 17-6 after allowing three runs and five hits while striking out 12 in eight innings. The Astros increased their lead in the AL West to three games over Texas and kept the Twins 1 ½ games behind the Rangers for the final AL wild-card slot.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of Atlanta to climb within four games of the NL East-leading New York Mets. Jayson Werth launched a three-run homer while the Nats built an 8-2 lead in an 8-4 romp over Atlanta. Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) beat the Mets for the second time in three days, lifting a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give Miami a 4-3 comeback win over New York.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pittsburgh is back within 5 ½ games of the NL Central lead after Gerrit Cole held the first-place Cardinals to two hits in seven shutout innings to lead the Pirates' 7-1 win at St. Louis. Cole also delivered an RBI single for the Bucs, who led just 2-0 until Aramis Ramirez, Sean Rodriguez and Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') homered in the last two innings. Cole is 16-8 after helping the Pirates take the rubber match of the three-game set.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A.J. Ellis singled home the tiebreaking run and Brett Anderson pitched into the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 5-1 win at San Diego. The Dodgers padded their lead by scoring three times on pitcher Nick Vincent's throwing error in the seventh inning. Anderson gave up a run and four hits over 5 2/3s as Los Angeles maintained its 7 ½-game edge over the Giants in the NL West.

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