NEW YORK – Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs in 6⅔ innings on Friday for the New York Yankees, who won their third straight, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.
Kuroda (11-9) gave up seven hits without a walk, while striking out seven. One of the runs was unearned. He left a lifeless 2-0 slider up in the zone with a man on in the first inning, and Edwin Encarnacion drilled it down the line for his 33rd homer of the year and a 2-0 Blue Jays lead.
“I fell behind in the count and came in with a fat pitch,” Kuroda said. “But from that point, I did a good job of getting refocused.
“Nothing (about the postseason) is settled, so my job now is just to prepare for my next game.”
The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-2 with a walk, while the Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki went 1-for-4.
Rangers 12, Angels 3
In Anaheim, Ryan Rua had four hits and Jake Smolinski homered as Texas beat playoff-bound Los Angeles for its seventh straight victory.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 3 (10)
In Baltimore, David Ortiz belted two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th.
Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa (4-3) worked a scoreless ninth.
White Sox 4, Rays 3
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jose Quintana pitched into the eighth inning.
Twins 5, Indians 4 (10)
In Minneapolis, Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana.
Mariners 10, Astros 5
In Houston, Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each had three-run shots in a seven-run fourth.
Tigers 10, Royals 1
In Kansas City, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and everyone in the Detroit starting lineup had a hit by the fourth inning.
Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 for the Royals.
Athletics 3, Phillies 1
In Oakland, Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run.