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Baltimore even up AL East with NY win

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles continued their long-ball onslaught against the Yankees, hitting three home runs off CC Sabathia in a 5-4 victory Saturday night that moved Baltimore back into a tie atop the AL East with New York.

Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who have won 11 of 15 overall and nine of the last 13 against the Yankees. With a victory Sunday, Baltimore will win the season series (10-8) for the first time since 1997.

Trying to secure a victory for Joe Saunders (2-1), Baltimore closer Jim Johnson entered with a 5-3 lead in the ninth. He promptly gave up three straight singles, the last a bunt by Derek Jeter, to load the bases with no outs.

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2 Anthony Gose hit his first major league homer and drove in five runs, and the Toronto moved out of the AL East's basement by beating free-falling Boston in a game twice delayed by rain totaling 2 hours, 3 minutes.

Yunel Escobar added a solo homer to spark a five-run second inning for Toronto, which has won five straight in Fenway Park — its longest streak since winning all six meetings in 1989.

It was the first time since July 29 that the Blue Jays haven't been in last place after they won their third straight to climb over the Red Sox.

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5 Jason Kubel hit two of Arizona's four home runs as the Diamondbacks snapped a seven-game losing streak to San Diego.

Aaron Hill and Justin Upton hit solo homers as Arizona finished with 15 hits. Upton had a season-high four hits and Jake Elmore added two RBIs.

Kubel hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Hill led off the third with his 22nd homer before Kubel followed two pitches later for his career-high 29th home run. Nationals 7, Marlins 6, 10 Innings Pinch-hitter Corey Brown singled to drive in Ian Desmond with Washington's winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

After Adam LaRoche singled off Chad Guadin (3-2) to open the inning, Desmond singled him to third and Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a forceout at home, Brown blooped a single to right.

Drew Storen (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win.

After a 2:33 rain delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with home run off Heath Bell to tie it at 6-all.

Ryan Zimmerman's 20th homer of the season, a two-run shot with no outs in the eighth, cut Miami's lead to 6-5.

Miami starter Mark Buehrle allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings and struck out five.

Other games on Saturday:

Reds 5, Astros 1

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3

Athletics 6, Mariners 1

Rangers 4, Rays 2, 10 Innings

White Sox 5, Royals 4

Angels 6, Tigers 1

Braves 11, Mets 3

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Twins 3, Indians 0

Dodgers 3, Giants 2

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