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Red Sox 5, Yankees 1
Jon Lester pitched eight brilliant innings and the Boston Red Sox continued their September surge with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes each had two hits for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on their way to their 10th win this month and 16th in their past 20 games.
Boston have built an almost unassailable lead in the division while the Yankees have lost six of their past 10 games, five coming against Boston.
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Reds 7, Brewers 3
The Cincinnati Reds stayed in the hunt for the play-offs when they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on the road.
Less than 24 hours after losing to Milwaukee, the Reds took advantage of an erratic start by Brewers pitcher Johnny Hellweg, as Choo Shin-soo and Joey Votto homered, while Homer Bailey pitched seven innings.
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Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3
Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3.
The victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Blue Jays (68-80) and evened their three-game series with the Orioles (78-70), who did not help their quest for an American League wild card berth.
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Athletics 1, Rangers 0
Two teams trending in opposite directions continued on the same trajectory as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 at Rangers Ballpark.
The A's (87-61) won for the seventh time in eight games, while Texas (81-66) fell for the fifth consecutive game and eighth time in their last nine.
Oakland increased their lead to 5 1/2 games in the AL West over division rival Texas by taking the first two games of a three-game series that concludes on Sunday.
Bartolo Colon pitched the Athletics through eight innings with little threat to his shutout bid.
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Marlins 3, Mets 0
Henderson Alvarez threw seven shutout innings as the Miami Marlins recorded a 3-0 win over the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
The Marlins (55-92) won for just the third time in their last nine games. The Mets (65-82) fell to 3-10 this month and clinched their fifth straight losing season.