Tanako stars as Yankees close the gap

Masahiro Tanako tossed seven scoreless innings for the New York Yankees as they closed the gap to the American League East lead to 3 1/2 games with a 5-0 win over division leaders, the Toronto Blue Jays.

The win halts a five-game slide for the Yankees and sees them avoid a series sweep. Tanaka's pitching was backed up by a sacrifice fly and a two-run blast from Dustin Ackley.

The New York Mets maintained their 9 1/2 game lead in the race for the National League East crown as they completed a four-game sweep with a 10-7 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The Braves took a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning, Daniel Castro hitting a go-ahead RBI, before Adonis Garcia drove home two more.

However, Daniel Murphy tied the game with a three-run shot in the ninth, before New York added three more in the tenth for their seventh straight win.

Torii Hunter drove in four runs and added a home run to back up 7 2/3 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Kyle Gibson as the Minnesota Twins shut out the Chicago White Sox in a 7-0 win at US Cellular Field.

The win sees the Twins keep pace with the Texas Rangers in the race for the second American League Wild Card Spot, with just one game separating the two sides.

Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs as the Baltimore Orioles comfortably beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Sunday to move within four games of .500.

In another nightmare outing for Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto, Schoop's blasts, along with long balls from Adam Jones and Chris Davis were enough to see Buck Showalter's side clinch the three game series with two wins out of three.

Despite Cueto losing a career-worst fifth straight game, the Royals still have the best record in the American League and next face the Cleveland Indians in a four game series.

Elsewhere, Jed Lowrie hit a three-run home run as the Houston Astros erupted for five runs in the ninth inning to snatch an unlikely 5-3 comeback win over Los Angeles Angels.

Three behind with two outs in the ninth, Preston Tucher's solo homer got the ball rolling before Jose Altuve's clutch RBI saw George Springer make it home, the right-fielder having smashed a line drive triple off Huston Street's previous pitch.

Lowrie then stepped up to pinch hit for Evan Gattis and fired a high drive just inside of the right-field foul pole to cap off an amazing comeback and maintain the Astros slim 1 1/2 game advantage over the Texas Rangers in the American League West.

Sunday's Results

Blue Jays 0, Yankees 5
Red Sox 2, Rays 0
Tigers 2, Indians 7
Cardinals 9, Reds 2
Nationals 5, Marlins 0
Cubs 4, Phillies 7
Brewers 6, Pirates 7
Mets 10, Braves 7
Twins 7, White Sox 0
Athletics 4, Rangers 12
Astros 5, Angels 3
Padres 3, Giants 10
Rockies 3, Mariners 2
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3
Tigers 9, Indians 2
Royals 2, Orioles 8

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