NEW YORK – Leader Aaron Judge scored two runs in a six-run first inning against Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees started with seven straight hits for the first time since 1990 and beat the Rays of Tampa Bay 10-3 on Saturday.
Josh Donaldson homered early and Giancarlo Stanton connected late on a lob pitch as both players returned to the lineup and helped the AL East-leading Yankees move to 4 games and half in front of Tampa Bay. New York also won the season’s head-to-head tiebreaker against the Rays if the teams even finished top of the division.
White Sox 10, Athletics 2
OAKLAND — Elvis Andrus connected for a three-run homer against Oakland, which cut him last month, and Chicago had 20 hits in its fourth straight win.
AJ Pollack and Andrew Vaughn each had four hits, helping Lance Lynn (6-5) and the White Sox win for the ninth time in 11 games. Lynn allowed two unearned runs and three hits in six innings.
Tigers 8, Royals 4 (8 innings)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Victor Reyes made three points and Detroit defeated Kansas City in a rain-shortened game.
Javier Báez and Harold Castro each had two hits and two RBIs as Detroit earned its third straight win. Matt Manning (2-2) threw 6 1/3 innings on three hits.
BALTIMORE – Rafael Devers hit a grand slam in the first inning, Kiké Hernández had four hits and Boston battled their way to a big win over Baltimore.
Jordan Lyles (10-10) couldn’t come out of fourth in his first start this month, and the Orioles lost for the fifth time in seven games. Lyles allowed eight runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
CHICAGO — Joey Bart and David Villar each homered, doubled and drove in two runs, helping San Francisco beat Chicago and end a five-game losing streak.
Logan Webb (13-8) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, while striking out six and walking none. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out 17 of his last 19 and extended his career highs for wins and innings pitched.
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper ended the longest homer drought of his career and Kyle Schwarber hit his 37th homer of the year to help Philadelphia against Washington.
Harper homered for the first time since June 5, a streak of 102 plate appearances that also included a two-month stint on the IL with a broken thumb. Schwarber homered for the first time since Aug. 29 to retain the National League lead.
MIAMI — Francisco Lindor had three hits, including his 22nd homer, Mark Canha threw a grand slam to cap an eight-run fourth inning and New York beat Miami.
Eduardo Escobar also went deep on his three hits for the Mets, who started the night trailing in Eastern Newfoundland for the first time since April 11.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Danny Jansen hit a home run and tied a career-high with four hits, Santiago Espinal tied his career-highs with three hits and three RBIs, and Raimel Tapia hit a three-run homer as the bottom order of Toronto led an early attack in a win over Texas.
The Blue Jays’ 11 runs came through the first four innings, helping Kevin Gausman earn his fourth straight win. The Blue Jays are best 18 games of the season with over .500 and shot within a half game of AL wild card leader Tampa Bay.
MILWAUKEE – Willy Adames and Andrew McCutchen each hit a two-run homer, Adrian Houser allowed one hit in six innings and Milwaukee beat Cincinnati.
Houser (6-9) allowed a brace from José Barrero in the third and a sacrifice ball from TJ Friedl – but nothing more.
MINNEAPOLIS — Triston McKenzie pitched seven shutout innings, Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer, and AL Central-leading Cleveland held on to beat Minnesota.
José Ramírez went 3 for 4 with two runs, a walk and an RBI for Cleveland, which improved to 13-5 in its last 18 road games and remained 1½ games ahead of Chicago in the three-way race teams. Minnesota lost 3½ games and fell to .500 for the first time since April 24.
PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols hit his 696th home run, tying Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the career roster, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied against the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Saturday night.
Pujols trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the all-time home run chart. Pujols, 42, still has 22 games to play in his 22nd and final season in the big leagues.
With St. Louis down 3-1 in the sixth, Pujols connected on a first-pitch slider from JT Brubaker. He sent a two-point shot 418 feet into the left-field bleachers at PNC Park, thrown with an exit speed of 111.2 mph.
Rockies 4, Diamonds 1
DENVER – CJ Cron hit a three-run home run, José Ureña gave up a run in 5 1/3 innings and Colorado beat Arizona for its fourth straight win.
Cron’s 457-foot shot into center field off Madison Bumgarner (6-14) was his 28th homer of the season and fourth in the last seven games. It came a day after throwing a 504-foot blast into left field that was the second-longest homer since tracking began in 2015.
SEATTLE — Sam Haggerty and Eugenio Suárez each hit a solo homer, George Kirby pitched the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday night to end the Braves’ eight-game winning streak.
A day after the Braves took sole possession of the top spot in the NL East for the first time this season, they once again fell half a game behind the Mets after New York beat Miami earlier in the night .