MLB: Danny Salazar's spectacular start helps Indians beat Blue Jays
Last Updated: 13/07/13 10:33am
Danny Salazar: Made a spectacular start to his Major League career on Friday
The Cleveland Indians moved within 2.5 wins of American League Central leaders the Detroit Tigers after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
Debutant pitcher Danny Salazar made a spectacular start to his Major League career as he gave up just one run in six innings, having been on course for a no-hitter after five.
Lonnie Chisenhall's 2RBI single in the sixth added to Asdrubal Cabrera's early home run for the Tribe.
Detroit, meanwhile, lost 6-3 to the Chicago White Sox with rookie Josh Phegley's grand slam the key play of a match that also featured a bench-clearing melee.
The Texas Rangers missed the chance to go level with AL West leaders the Oakland Athletics, who were not in action. The Rangers went down 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles.
In the AL East, there were victories for the top four teams who are still covered by only six wins.
Leaders the Boston Red Sox edged out the Seattle Mariners 8-7 after 10 innings, the win going to reliever Steven Wright after the knuckleball specialist pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Along with Baltimore's win, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3, pitcher Matt Moore's league-high 13th win of the season, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4. Derek Jeter made his comeback from injury for the Yankees, but left the game with a minor thigh problem in the eighth inning.
The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a profitable night without even taking to the field as National League Central rivals the St Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds both lost.
The Chicago Cubs beat the Cards 3-0, Edwin Jackson pitching seven shutout innings against his former employers, while the Reds lost 6-5 to the Atlanta Braves as Freddie Freeman drove in four runs.
That took NL East leaders Atlanta further clear of the Washington Nationals, who lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Kyle Kendrick pitched seven strong innings and Kevin Frandsen pinch-hit the go-ahead run.
Martin Prado's two-run line drive clinched a 5-3 win for the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Elsewhere in the division, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 with Mark Ellis batting in four runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 4-2.