Yanks prevail against Jays

Kyodo, AP

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.