Red Sox stretch lead, Kluber impresses

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The Boston Red Sox stretched their lead top the American League (AL) East in MLB, while Corey Kluber starred for the Cleveland Indians.

An 11-8 win for the Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays saw them go two games clear at the top on Sunday.

The Baltimore Orioles are tied with the Blue Jays after a 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The New York Yankees, meanwhile, lost ground after going down to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2.

Kluber pitched seven strong innings for the Indians as they eased past the Minnesota Twins 7-1.

The Chicago Cubs got past the Houston Astros 9-5, the Colorado Rockies edged the San Diego Padres 3-2 and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.

The Los Angeles Angels overcame the Texas Rangers 3-2, the St Louis Cardinals went down to the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 and the Kansas City Royals shut out the Chicago White Sox 2-0.

The Washington Nationals claimed a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets thrashed the Atlanta Braves 10-3 and the Seattle Mariners overcame the Oakland Athletics 3-2.

There were shut-out wins for the Cincinnati Reds (8-0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Miami Marlins (3-0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers).

 

KLUBER IN CONTROL

Indians stars Kluber and Carlos Santana helped Cleveland topple the Twins. Kluber may have helped himself get back on the AL Cy Young radar by allowing just one unearned run in seven innings. He struck out 10 batters and gave up just four hits to improve to 16-9 with a 3.05 ERA this season.

Santana led the way offensively by collecting two hits with a home run, three RBIs and a walk.

 

ORTIZ BLASTS HOMER

The Red Sox's David Ortiz made history with another towering blast, passing Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the home-run list.

SALE BEATEN

Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy outdid White Sox ace Chris Sale. Kennedy tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six batters. He is now 11-9. Sale, on the other hand, once again received no run support after allowing just two runs in eight innings. He struck out 12 batters while falling to 15-8 with a 3.03 ERA.

 

RED SOX HOST ORIOLES

Two of the top teams in the crowded AL East face off in an important series. Wade Miley (8-12, 5.49 ERA) will take the mound for Baltimore to face off against Drew Pomeranz (2-4, 3.97 ERA). Boston lead the division by two games over the Orioles and Blue Jays.