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Indians set consecutive win mark...Yanks close gap on Bosox...Astros clobbered...Cubs, Brewers win

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have set an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Tigers in Cleveland. The Tribe broke the previous AL record set by the 2002 Athletics. The Indians spotted Detroit an early 1-0 lead before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first.

UNDATED (AP) - The New York Yankees are within three games of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox following the Bombers' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Todd Frazier put the Yankees ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second before Brett Gardner added a two-run single later in the inning. Boston was a 7-3 loser to Oakland as Matt Olson smacked a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie had two RBIs.

UNDATED (AP) - Los Angeles Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs scattered three hits over seven shutout innings to lead a 9-1 win over Houston. Luis Valbuena's two-run homer capped L.A.'s five-run first inning off Mike Fiers (FY'-urz). Brandon Phillips singled home a pair and Justin Upton went deep as Los Angeles kept the Astros' magic number at five for winning the AL West.

UNDATED (AP) - The Chicago Cubs still pace the NL Central by 2 ½ games over Milwaukee after both teams rolled to easy wins. Albert Almora Jr. had a big game in the Cubs' 17-5 laugher over the Mets, providing a three-run homer and driving in a career-high six RBIs. Marcus Thames (thaymz) hit a two-run homer and Brett Phillips collected three RBIs in the Brewers' 8-2 trouncing of Pittsburgh.

UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have cut their magic number for winning the NL West to seven with a 4-1 win over the Giants in San Francisco. Rookie Clay Bellinger banged out his 37th home run to help the Dodgers win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks. Yu Darvish held the Giants to three hits over seven innings as L.A. kept its 10-game division lead.


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