Orioles sink Red Sox to hit summit

The Baltimore Orioles moved ahead of the Boston Red Sox at the American League East summit as Tyler Wilson pitched eight scoreless innings in a series-clinching 5-1 win on Thursday night.

Adam Jones had a two-run homer and a third RBI while second-year pitcher Wilson struck out six batters and allowed only three hits. David Ortiz’s homer off Brad Brach was in vain for Boston.

The Toronto Blue Jays are only a further game behind the Sox after continuing their hot streak against the Philadelphia Phillies.

After losing the series opener 7-0, the Jays have won 11-3, 7-2 and now 13-2 as they prepare for a series against Baltimore.

Edwin Encarnacion started the scoring with a two-run dinger, his third home run in successive nights and 15th since the start of May, and Kevin Pillar hit two while Michael Saunders and Devon Travis also went long.

The New York Yankees won 4-1 against the Minnesota Twins on Didi Gregorius’ three-run homer.

Victor Martinez hit three home runs as the Detroit Tigers closed up the AL Central with a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. The Cleveland Indians, not in action on Thursday night, lead the division by 1.5 games from KC and are 2.5 ahead of Detroit.

Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis lost a potential perfect game in the eighth inning and a no-hitter on Max Muncy’s ninth-inning double but had the consolation of a complete-game win, 5-1 over the Oakland Athletics, and a 6-0 season record.

The Rangers lead the AL West by 6.5 games after a 3-1 series win over the A’s. The second-placed Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4.

NL East leaders the Washington Nationals enjoyed an 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres with home runs from Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon.

Washington’s closest pursuers the New York Mets won 6-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bartolo Colon struck out eight and also scored on Yoenis Cespedes’ sacrifice fly, while Neil Walker and Michael Conforto went yard.

The Milwaukee Brewers won 8-6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, second in the NL West, while the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.