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Happ becoming ace for Jays

WELCOME TO THE BIGS: Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson celebrates after getting his first hit in the majors.

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WELCOME TO THE BIGS: Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson celebrates after getting his first hit in the majors.

NEW YORK — Before this season, J.A. Happ had a career 4.13 ERA. This year, he's one of the best pitchers in the AL.

Happ allowed just three solo homers while pitching into the eighth inning to help the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

"He's just turned into a better pitcher. He's more of a command guy," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's got a great feel. He's doing a tremendous job."

Former Ray Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run homer and Darwin Barney had a two-run double in the second inning for the first-place Blue Jays, who took two of three in the series.

Happ, who is seventh in the AL with a 3.05 ERA, yielded homers to Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley.

RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 1 (6): Former Rays ace David Price allowed four hits before a rainstorm stopped play for good after six innings, and visiting Boston won its sixth straight.

WHITE SOX 10, INDIANS 7: Adam Eaton's ninth-inning grand slam off Cody Allen capped a five-run rally for visiting Chicago.

ROYALS 4, TIGERS 1: Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to help visiting Kansas City complete a three-game sweep. Hosmer broke up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid with a double in the seventh inning.

CUBS 6, BREWERS 1: Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer during a five-run first, Jon Lester pitched into the seventh and host Chicago won its 17th in 20 games.

CARDINALS 8, ASTROS 2: Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss homered for visiting St. Louis, which has won four straight.

REDS 3, MARLINS 2: Brandon Phillips drove in two runs with his second double of the game, and host Cincinnati rallied.

DODGERS 7, PHILLIES 2: Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs and had five RBIs to help visiting Los Angeles extend its NL West lead.

PIRATES 6, GIANTS 5: Andrew McCutchen capped a sixth-run fifth with a two-run homer, former Ray Matt Joyce had a key two-run pinch-hit single and visiting Pittsburgh rallied from a four-run deficit.

ROCKIES 12, NATIONALS 10: D.J. LeMahieu had two hits and extended his on-base streak to 10 plate appearances, and Gerardo Parra drove in four runs for host Colorado.

Around the league

ASTROS: Major League Baseball indefinitely suspended minor-leaguer Danry Vasquez, 22, after his arrest on suspicion of assault family violence, and the outfielder was released by the team.

BLUE JAYS: Third baseman Josh Donaldson and manager John Gibbons brushed off a brief but heated exchange in the dugout.

NATIONALS: Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to 45 games, passing former Expos star Tim Raines for second longest in franchise history.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Aaron Nola was shut down for the season after being diagnosed with a low-grade UCL sprain and flexor strain.

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