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  • Yankees surge past Blue Jays for fifth straight win

  • NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and the New York Yankees beat Toronto 5-3 on Thursday after a 31/2;-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays.
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  • NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and the New York Yankees beat Toronto 5-3 on Thursday after a 31/2;-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays.
    Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run single, and the surging Yankees won their fifth consecutive game and 10th in 12 overall. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season with its second four-game sweep of the Blue Jays, and moved within 31/2; games of the second AL wild-card spot.
    The Yankees have won 13 home games in a row against Toronto, their longest streak against one team since a 14-game run against Kansas City from August 2002 to April 2006.
    The last-place Blue Jays have lost five straight and 11 of 15.
    Pettitte (9-9) won his second consecutive start after going 0-3 in his previous five. His only blemish was J.P. Arencibia's leadoff homer in the fifth. With his 254th victory, the 41-year-old lefty tied Jack Morris and Hall of Famer Red Faber for 42nd place on the career list.
    J.A. Happ (3-3) took the loss.
    Twins 7, Tigers 6
    At Detroit, Chris Herrmann's second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie and helped Minnesota edge Detroit.
    With two out, Herrmann lined a ball into the right-center field gap. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bad break on the ball, and just missed while attempting a shoestring catch. Doug Bernier scored from second to give the Twins the lead.
    White Sox 4, Royals 3,12 innings
    At Kansas City, Mo., Conor Gillaspie homered leading off the 12th inning, leading the Chicago White Sox to their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2005.
    Gillaspie drove the second pitch he got from Luke Hochevar (3-2) just over the outstretched glove of right fielder Justin Maxwell for his 11th homer.
    National League
    Pirates 10, Giants 5
    At San Francisco, Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants.
    Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata had a three-run double in his second plate appearance of the inning.
    Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Posey's sacrifice fly.
    Giants right-hander Matt Cain departed after getting hit on his pitching arm on a line drive by Sanchez. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
    Jones' 12th homer leading off the second was a splash-hit drive into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. It was the 28th at AT&T Park by an opponent and second by a Pirates player. Adam LaRoche hit one on Aug. 11, 2007, against Tim Lincecum.
    Cardinals 6, Braves 2
    At St. Louis, Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves.
    David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.
    Dodgers 6, Marlins 0
    At Miami, Clayton Kershaw pitched eight effective innings, and the Dodgers won their third game in a row.
    Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three while lowering his ERA to a major league-best 1.72. The Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
    Kershaw broke a scoreless tie when he hit a two-out single in the fourth to drive in the first of the Dodgers' three runs in the inning. He is tied for the major league lead among pitchers with eight RBIs.
    Phillies 5, Rockies 4
    At Philadelphia, Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to lift the Phillies to their second come-from-behind win in as many days.
    The Phillies scored twice in the eighth and ninth. They have won four of five to improve to 4-3 under Ryne Sandberg, who became the interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired last Friday.
    Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1
    At Cincinnati, Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona's fourth wild pitch of the game, and Cincinnati raced to an improbable win.
    Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati (73-55) improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for the National League's second wild-card playoff spot.
    Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 13 innings
    At Chicago, Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's grounder in the 13th inning, and Washington beat the Chicago Cubs after Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
    Span doubled leading off the 13th against Michael Bowden (1-3). He moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and came around on Tracy's roller to the first-base side of the mound.
    That made a winner of Craig Stammen (7-5), who worked two innings.
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