NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays own a half-game lead over Boston after beating the New York Yankees 10-6 for their 20th win in 23 games. Combined with Boston's 6-0 loss in Baltimore, the Rays took over first place for the first time since June 10, 2012.
TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN') hit two home runs in one inning, including his sixth career grand slam, Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs), Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie also went deep in the Toronto Blue Jays' 12-6 win over Houston. Encarnacion became the first Blue Jays player in nearly 20 years to homer twice in the same inning when he accomplished the feat in the seventh.
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor allowed only one run in seven innings, Jason Heyward homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a matchup of division leaders last night. Minor improved to 10-5 for the Braves, who hold an eight and a-half game lead over Washington in the NL East.
MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 last night. The Marlins are 4-4 since the All-Star break even though they have totaled only 15 runs.
DETROIT (AP) — In the interleague game, Alex Avila's (ah-VEE'-lahz) two-run double in the fifth inning put Detroit ahead, and Doug Fister earned his ninth win in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia, the Phillies' sixth straight loss. Cole Hamels, who won a combined 31 games the previous two seasons, fell to 4-13.