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, with Dallas Keuchel getting three-run homers from Max Stassi and Alex Bregman to rout the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Saturday.
The Astros had an 11-game win streak last season that ended in Kansas City.
The Royals have lost five in a row and are just 2-12 in June.
Keuchel (4-8) began to emerge from a monthlong funk, allowing two unearned runs and six hits in six innings. The 2015 Cy Young winner had surrendered a combined 17 runs over his last three outings, and had not won since tossing seven scoreless innings against Texas on May 13.
Danny Duffy (3-7) had been pitching well of late, but the Royals left-hander allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Luis Severino pitched eight sharp innings and also jumped to steal away a popup from catcher Gary Sanchez as New York won for the 13th time in 16 games.
Giancarlo Stanton and Sanchez hit back-to-back home runs to help the Yankees send the Rays to their 18th loss in 22 games at Yankee Stadium.
Severino (10-2) simply overwhelmed a weak-hitting Rays lineup that has produced just one run over its last 21 innings. The 24-year-old righty gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two, tying Cleveland’s Corey Kluber for the AL wins lead.
Chasen Shreve gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth to Matt Duffy, who went deep for just the fourth time this year. Jake Bauers followed with a triple and Aroldis Chapman then set down the next three batters for his 20th save.
Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) gave up a run in the second on rookie Gleyber Torres‘ two-out double. Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the third.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 5
CHICAGO (AP) – Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and Jose Iglesias hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Detroit’s two-run eighth for its fourth straight win.
Castellanos hit a three-run drive in the third and a two-run shot in the fifth. It was his first multihomer game since Aug. 22 against the Yankees and No. 4 for his career.
The Tigers blew a 5-0 lead but recovered in time to improve to 7-1 against the lowly White Sox this year. Buck Farmer (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Shane Greene worked the ninth for his 19th save.
Victor Martinez sparked the winning rally in the eighth with a leadoff single against Jace Fry (0-1). Bruce Rondon then walked John Hicks and couldn’t make a diving grab of JaCoby Jones‘ bunt popup, loadiing the bases.
Iglesias hand a run scoring infield sing and Niko Goodrum drew a four-pitch walk.
BLUE JAYS 2, NATIONALS 0
TORONTO (AP) – Max Scherzer lost his second straight start for the first time since 2015 when Marco Estrada pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and Devon Travis homered to lead Toronto past Washington.
Scherzer (10-3) gave up four hits, including the two-run homer by Travis, in six innings. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, increasing his major league-leading total to 152.
Travis homered for the second game in a row when he connected in the fifth, right after Scherzer hit Luke Maile with a pitch.
Estrada (4-6) allowed three hits, one a bunt single, to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
Danny Barnes and Aaron Loup each got two outs and former Nationals closer Tyler Clippard finished the three-hitter for his third save in six opportunities.
Toronto has won six straight at home after losing 10 of its previous 11 at Rogers Centre.
BRAVES 1, PADRES 0
ATLANTA (AP) – Sean Newcomb pitched six scoreless innings and Charlie Culberson homered to lead Atlanta.
The NL East-leading Braves improved to 25-7 when their starter pitches at least six innings, and Newcomb has been a big reason for the success.
A winner in eight of his last nine decisions, Newcomb (8-2) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.
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, A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Arodys Vizcaino earned his 14th save in 16 chances by working through a shaky ninth.
Jordan Lyles (2-4) allowed two base runners – a single by Dansby Swanson in the first and another by Culberson in the second – before Culberson’s third homer made it 1-0 in the fifth.
METS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) – Michael Conforto homered and drove in four runs, Steven Matz pitched effectively into the seventh inning and New York ended a four-game skid.
Conforto lined a three-run homer in the second inning, and that was all the support Matz (3-4) needed against one of baseball’s hottest teams. Matz allowed a run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
The Mets have won just two of their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks lost for just the second time in nine games.
Patrick Corbin (6-3) surrendered five runs and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
MARLINS 5, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) – J.T. Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and Miami handed Baltimore its ninth straight loss.
Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the fifth with his ninth home run. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.
The Orioles, who have their longest skid since a 10-game stretch in July 2011, tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.
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,” defensive end Henry Anderson said. “It’s definitely a fun defense to play in.”Similarly, Gase has the offense working at a more rapid pace through the OTA practices than some players are used to. That not only has affected that side of the ball, but also the guys trying to defend against the Jets’ offense.Williams has his players focused on trying to get the ball away from the offense, whether that’s up front or way down the field on a long pass.“We’ll be flying downfield to get after the ball and we have to go right back to line up,” Leonard Williams said. “It’s helping us with conditioning and it’s helping us with everything, like when it comes down to third- or fourth-quarter and clutch situations when you have to push through when you’re tired and stuff like that. It’s great.”The whole vibe reminds Leonard Williams a lot of his college days at USC, where Ed Orgeron was his demanding defensive line coach.“He’s the best coach I’ve ever had in my life, I would say,” Williams said of Orgeron. “The reason why I say that is because he was so intense, it brought the best out of me. I’d be in meetings and hear his voice and I’d sit up straight. Or, he’d tell me something with so much intensity that I know how much passion he has behind it, and it makes me have the same type of passion and fire for it.“We’d just feed off of each other and I like that passion he has.”Just as he and the rest of the Jets are experiencing with the new coaching staff.“Me, personally, I’ve loved it because every day is a challenge,” Gase said of preparing for Gregg Williams’ defense. “You’re not really sure what you’re going to get.”NOTES: Gase said the Jets are being cautious with first-round pick DT Quinnen Williams, who has been sidelined with a calf issue. Williams participated in individual and positional drills Wednesday, but not in team drills. … Leonard Williams is entering a contract year, but said he isn’t focused on trying to get a new deal before the regular season begins. The 2015 first-rounder believes he could thrive in the Jets’ new defense for years to come. “I definitely would want to stay here,” he said. “I feel like I’m a loyal type of player, like I never thought about transferring when I was in high school or college or anything like that. It’s kind of the same now. I’d like to stay on the team if I had the opportunity to.”