NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and an RBI and Brandon McCarthy pitched effectively into the sixth inning as host New York beat Detroit 2-1 in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner added a pair of hits and scored on Brian McCann’s RBI single to help the Yankees win their third straight and pull within one game of Toronto for the second wild card in the American League. McCarthy (7-10) won his fourth straight start, striking out eight and giving up an unearned run over 5 2/3 innings to remain undefeated in five starts since he was acquired from Arizona.
Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (13-4) had his seven-start unbeaten streak snapped, allowing two runs on nine hits over seven innings to absorb his first defeat since June 17. Second baseman Ian Kinsler drove in the only run and sparked a superb defensive performance for Detroit, which had its lead atop the AL Central sliced to 4 1/2 games.
New York loaded the bases with no outs in the third on three straight singles before Ezequiel Carrera made a spectacular lunging catch of Ellsbury’s deep drive to the warning track in center as Ichiro Suzuki trotted home. McCann delivered a two-out single to right to double the lead but Kinsler’s diving stab of Chase Headley’s grounder kept it a 2-0 deficit.
Orioles 7, Nationals 3
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Caleb Joseph drove in three runs and J.J. Hardy went 4-for-4 with two runs scored as Baltimore defeated Washington 7-3 in a makeup game.
Nick Markakis added two hits, including a home run, as Baltimore moved four games ahead of Toronto atop the American League East. The Orioles rallied with five runs spanning the seventh and eighth innings, giving Kevin Gausman (6-3) a victory after he allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Washington starter Tanner Roark (11-7) was charged with five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings after allowing exactly one run in seven innings in each of his previous four starts. Wilson Ramos hit his fourth home run of the season for the Nationals.
Indians 7, Reds 1
CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber took a shutout into the eighth inning and Lonnie Chisenhall blasted a three-run homer Monday night as Cleveland claimed the opener of a four-game, home-and-home series with a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati.
Kluber (12-6) struck out seven and allowed one run and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to win his fifth straight decision. Yan Gomes added a two-run homer and Michael Brantley had two hits and two RBIs for the Indians, who have won four straight.
Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon (12-7) lost his fourth straight start, giving up five runs and six hits over five innings. Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco each had two hits for the Reds, who were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.