MLB: Yankees stay top

Yankees enjoy double-header success against Toronto Blue Jays

Last Updated: 20/09/12 11:23am

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Ichiro Suzuki: New York Yankees remain top of the American League East

Ichiro Suzuki: New York Yankees remain top of the American League East

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The New York Yankees remain top of the American League East after a double-header success against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ichiro Suzuki had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, his seventh hit of the day, to help New York complete the double-header sweep of Toronto with a 2-1 win.

Suzuki made a difficult catch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of the opener to preserve a lead for Andy Pettitte in a 4-2 victory.

Toronto dropped to 66-81; guaranteeing they will not have a winning record this season.

The Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 for a second straight win over the same opponents, making it 28 of their last 36 at home, to keep pace with AL Central leaders Chicago.

Miguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings for Detroit.

Oakland, clinging to an AL wild-card spot, made it three straight losses and lost Brett Anderson to injury.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays ended a four-game losing streak in spectacular fashion with an emphatic 13-3 defeat of the Boston Red Sox.

Desmond Jennings hit a two-run triple during Tampa Bay's seven-run sixth inning.

The Cleveland Indians dropped into last place in AL Central with a 6-4 defeat by the Minnesota Twins.

Josh Willingham had four hits and four RBIs and Minnesota's Liam Hendriks finally got his first career win.

White Sox on song

The Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 3-0, Texas won 6-2 over the Los Angeles Angels and it took 11 innings for Baltimore to defeat Seattle 3-1.

Matt Kemp scored a phantom run early, then hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning - right after Washington rallied with a six-run eighth - as the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed a 7-6 win for a shared double-header which prevented the Nationals from securing a National League play-off spot.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 as Kris Medlen pitched eight innings of four-hit ball.

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 3-2 as Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning to rally the visitors for a dramatic victory.

Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings and rookie shortstop Jean Segura hit a double and triple as the surging Milwaukee Brewers stayed in contention for a wild card spot with a 3-1 defeat of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Elsewhere, the St Louis Cardinals went two games ahead of the LA Dodgers in the race for the second NL wild card spot with a 5-0 defeat of the Houston Astros as David Freese and Yadier Molina each hit their 20th home run of the season, and Lance Lynn threw 6 1/3 innings.

Cincinnati needed 11 innings to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5, Arizona were 6-2 winners over San Diego and San Francisco won 7-1 against Colorado.

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