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New York (ap) — Chris Archer threw a two-hitter for his second shutout in three starts, outpitching Ivan Nova and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Kelly Johnson had an RBI single off Nova (4-4) in the sixth to help the AL East-leading Rays improve to 24-5 since June 23, when they were in last place.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said before the game Archer (6-3) embraces the big moments, and he sure did at Yankee Stadium. The 24-year-old rookie with a Captain America lunchbox in his locker never threw more than 14 pitches in an inning and needed just 97 overall — 67 for strikes — for his second career complete game.
Astros 8, Blue Jays 6
Toronto — Chris Carter hit a three-run home run, Justin Maxwell and Matt Dominguez added solo shots and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.
Dallas Keuchel (5-5) pitched a season-high 7 1∕ 3 innings to end a six-start winless skid. He allowed six runs and 10 hits, walked one and struck out six for his first victory since June 16.
Jose Veras got the final five outs for his 19th save in 22 chances.
Athletics 3, Angels 1
Oakland, Calif. — Derek Norris had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, leading Oakland to its second straight win and fifth in the last seven.
Jed Lowrie also drove in a run for the A’s and Coco Crisp added two hits.
Tommy Milone (9-8) allowed four hits over seven innings, allowing one run. He walked four and struck out six.
Twins 4, Mariners 0
Seattle — Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered, Samuel Deduno pitched seven scoreless innings and Minnesota got its fifth shutout of the season.
The Twins have won four of their last six games and are 6-3 since the All Star break.
Deduno (7-4) allowed three hits, walked three and tied his season high with six strikeouts. He has thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts, winning all three.
Indians 1, Rangers 0
Cleveland — Michael Bourn homered to lead off the first inning and Justin Masterson took a shutout into the eighth inning, outdueling Texas’ Yu Darvish in Cleveland’s win.
Masterson (12-7), an American League All-Star, struck out eight and allowed five hits in 72∕3 innings. That was enough to beat Darvish (9-5), who struck out 11 and held the Indians to three hits in six innings.
Royals 1, White Sox 0
Chicago — Wade Davis pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Kansas City beat Chris Sale and Chicago for its fifth consecutive victory.
Davis (5-9) allowed four hits — all singles — and walked three in his longest outing of the season.
Tigers 10, Phillies 0
Detroit — Miguel Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after returning from a hip injury and Max Scherzer held Philadelphia to one hit in six innings to become baseball’s first 15-game winner as Detroit routed the Phillies, who lost their seventh straight.
Scherzer (15-1) threw only 75 pitches — he was one of several stars pulled early after the game got out of hand.
Braves 2, Cardinals 0
Atlanta — Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Atlanta, boosted by Julio Teheran’s sharp outing, beat St. Louis in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
Simmons’ bases-loaded, two-out double came on a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal.
Nationals 4, Mets 1
Washington — Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Denard Span all homered, powering Washington past New York.
Dan Haren (5-11) pitched seven innings for his first win since May 9, allowing one run and three hits.
Desmond and Span hit back-to-back homers against Dillon Gee (7-8) in the second inning and Harper followed with a two-run drive in the third.
Pirates 7, Marlins 4
Miami — Michael McKenry had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs, Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each added two RBIs, and Pittsburgh beat Miami.
McKenry, who came into the night batting .191, raised his average 26 points with a double and three singles. Walker added three hits for the Pirates, the NL wild-card leaders who set the tone with three first-inning runs against Miami’s Tom Koehler (2-6).
Charlie Morton (3-2) allowed a season-high nine hits in five innings, still finding a way to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 2011. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Koehler gave up nine hits and five runs in five innings.