- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support Thursday than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.

Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter’s 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Scott Feldman (4-8) lost his straight start, lasting 5 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs on nine hits, walking five and striking out four.

YANKEES 4, RANGERS 2

NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the Yankees beat the Rangers for their sixth win in seven games.

Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.

Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.

McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him in a deal with Arizona earlier this month.

Colby Lewis (6-8) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.

BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 0

TORONTO (AP) - Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and the Blue Jays shut out the Red Sox.

Stroman’s no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli’s double-play grounder.

Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and struck out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

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