Monday, July 23, 2018
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Jays pull away to keep O's skidding

BALTIMORE — Josh Donaldson is making a push for another AL MVP, and the Blue Jays may be narrowing the field in the AL East.

Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days and Jose Bautista also went deep in support of Marco Estrada, leading Toronto over the Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.

Toronto maintained a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the division lead, while Baltimore fell four games back. The Orioles have lost four of five and are clinging to the second wild card.

Donaldson hit a solo homer in the fourth to tie it at 1. The reigning AL MVP had three homers in a 9-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.

"He's such a good player," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "When he's doing his thing, it makes such a big difference for this team. It really sets everything up. It really helps Eddie (Encarnacion) out behind him and those other guys to drive in runs when he's on base. What can you say? The last few years he's come into his own. He's one of the top dogs out there."

Estrada pitched seven-plus strong innings.

"We used a lot of curveballs early on and they weren't really swinging at it so I was able to get a few called strikes with that," Estrada said. "I was able to locate a little better. I had a little better feel for my changeup today and just tried to throw strikes."

INDIANS 1, TWINS 0 (10): Jason Kipnis' 10th-inning single scored former Ray Chris Gimenez for host Cleveland, which handed Minnesota its 11th straight loss.

TIGERS 4, WHITE SOX 3: Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift host Detroit, which pulled within a game of the Orioles for the American League's second wild card.

METS 2, MARLINS 1 (10): Yoenis Cespedes, back in the lineup after sitting out a game with a flareup of his ailing right quadriceps, homered with two outs in the 10th inning for host New York, which tied Miami for second place in the NL East.

CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 5: Stephen Piscotty scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning after Carlos Martinez struck out a career-high 13 for visiting St. Louis.

NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 0: Tanner Roark pitched seven impressive innings and Jayson Werth hit a solo homer for visiting Washington.

Around the league

CARDINALS: Right-hander Mike Leake went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 22, with shingles.

INDIANS: Right-hander Danny Salazar went on the paternity list.

METS: Second baseman Neil Walker (stiff back) and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (left knee) remained out of the lineup.

PIRATES: Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

TIGERS: Outfielder Cameron Maybin left in the fifth inning with a bruised left thumb after what turned out to be a needless headfirst slide into second base. X-rays were negative.

TWINS: Centerfielder Danny Santana went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left shoulder.

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