McCann leads Yankees, Blue Jays' streak snapped


Brian McCann's RBI double gave the New York Yankees a late win over the Cleveland Indians as they moved ahead 2-1 in the four-game series.

The Yankees won 7-6 after 11 innings as McCann recorded the crucial hit at the top of the 11th.

The Toronto Blue Jays' winning run ended at seven thanks to the Detroit Tigers, who finally got on the board in the four-game series with a 3-2 win.

After being hit for a combined 11 runs in the opening two games, the Tigers finally found an answer to the Blue Jays' prolific bats, as former Jay Matt Boyd fanned six.

The Chicago White Sox edged the Atlanta Braves 5-4, Carlos Martinez tied a career high 11 strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants sealed the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-2 win.

The Baltimore Orioles scored their 50th win of the season as they beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2, the Boston Red Sox were 4-1 winners against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cincinnati Reds went down 4-2 against the Miami Marlins.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman set up his team's 3-2 win over the Houston Astros with a perfect four and two-thirds innings, while the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers saw off the San Diego Padres 4-3.

The Pittsburgh Pirates put in the hitting performance of the day in a 12-6 drubbing of the Chicago Cubs, while the Washington Nationals were 6-1 winners over the New York Mets.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Phillies went down to the Colorado Rockies 8-3 and the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 8-6.


Pirates hot prospect Josh Bell thrilled the PNC Park crowd Saturday, hitting a pinch-hit grand slam in the fifth inning. The ball sailed out of the park and almost went into the Allegheny River. The crowd demanded a curtain call and Bell obliged. It was his only at-bat in Pittsburgh's 12-6 win over the Cubs, but the kid is two-for-two in the MLB.


Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons seemed to be channelling Willie Mays from the 1954 World Series with a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch and throw that saved a run.


Rays shortstop Brad Miller has blossomed into a surprising power threat at the plate. His first-inning home run against the Red Sox gives him 14 for the year, surpassing his previous career high of 11. He now has nine in his last 26 games.

Meanwhile, Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 28th home run to lead the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Angels in Baltimore. In case you are wondering, only two Orioles have hit more home runs before the All-Star break. Chris Davis had 37 at the break in 2013, while Brady Anderson hit 30 in the first half in 1996.


Both teams certainly face uphill battles in their respective divisions, but they are right in the hunt in a wild-card chase that grows more crowded by the day. Mike Montgomery, who has a 2.15 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season, will make his first start of 2016.