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Encarnacion stays hot, Jays sweep Tigers

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon as Tigers' shortstop Jose Iglesias, left, looks on during first-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

TORONTO (AP) As the surging Blue Jays keep piling up wins, they're starting to believe in their own championship credentials.

Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fourth time in two days, Josh Donaldson also connected and Toronto beat the struggling Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar each hit a two-run shot for Toronto, which leads the majors with 184 home runs. The AL East leaders had their second straight four-homer game and sixth of the season.


Yankees win 20-6, finish sweep of Braves

ATLANTA (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says baseball "has a way of evening out."

Following a sluggish end to a homestand that cost the Yankees the AL East lead, things evened out for their bats in a big way against the Braves.


Nationals win after early Strasburg exit

WASHINGTON (AP) Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals hitters are heating up.

The question is whether or not it's happening in time.


Cards back Garcia with 3 HRs, top Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs, Yadier Molina drove in two and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday.

Jason Heyward added three hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Greg Garcia also drove in a run.


Almonte's slam powers Tribe past Angels

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians are working on a positive finish to a roller-coaster August.

Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.


Mets edge Red Sox to avert sweep

NEW YORK (AP) With every swing, a healthy Michael Cuddyer is becoming a major player for the New York Mets.

Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the NL East leaders stopped their five-game home skid, averting a sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Sunday.


Braves hold moment of silence for fan

ATLANTA (AP) The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.


Twins hold off late Astros rally

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Even though Ervin Santana has been going through one of the toughest stretches of his career, he hasn't lost his smile.

After Sunday's bounce-back start, Santana was finally able to celebrate a victory instead of hide his frustration.


Rangers' Holland Ks 11, 3-hits Orioles

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Derek Holland noticed how quiet it suddenly got after the final pitch of his eighth career shutout for the Texas Rangers

Everyone was briefly distracted as Baltimore slugger Chris Davis' bat helicoptered toward the right-field line after a big swing-and-miss, an appropriate ending for the slumping Orioles.


Kiermaier's HR helps Rays top Royals 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) A couple of solo home runs from unlikely sources and four strong innings of relief were just enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to get their first and only win of the season over the Kansas City Royals.

Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier homered, and four Tampa Bay pitchers held the Royals to one hit over the final five innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-2 win.