- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings, Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis had two-out RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-1 on Thursday to win the three-game series.

CC Sabathia was the tough-luck loser for New York, allowing just two unearned runs. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since going on the disabled list May 4 with a strained right hamstring.

Happ (6-2) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 19 of his last 20 starts.

Sabathia (3-3) retired the first seven batters before an error by shortstop Didi Gregorius on Travis’ grounder with one out in the third. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

NATIONALS 2, CARDINALS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bryce Harper hit a slump-busting home run, Danny Espinosa also went deep and Washington got seven strong innings from right-hander Joe Ross.

Washington trailed 1-0 in the sixth inning before Harper ended a 4-for-33 skid with a no-doubt-about-it shot into the upper deck, far beyond the wall in right field. It was his 12th homer of the season, the first since May 13.

The light-hitting Espinosa snapped the tie in the seventh with a drive to right. Batting eighth, Espinosa came in with a .199 batting average and three home runs.

Both homers came off Mike Leake (3-4), who won his previous three starts while allowing only two runs over 21 innings.

Ross (4-4) gave up one run and six hits over seven innings.

ASTROS 4, ORIOLES 2

HOUSTON (AP) - George Springer homered twice and the Houston Astros set a major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series, finishing a sweep of Baltimore.

Houston starter Lance McCullers (1-1) allowed just one hit - a home run to Mark Trumbo - and had 10 strikeouts in five innings, helping the Astros break the major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series with 52. The previous mark was 47 by Washington earlier this season.

Ken Giles gave up an RBI single to Manny Machado in the ninth but still finished up for his first save of the season.

Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman (0-2) allowed four runs and five hits - including three homers - in five innings.

BREWERS 6, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) - Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered and Milwaukee earned its first sweep in Atlanta.

The Brewers began the three-game series with a 6-14 road record, but they found the right matchup at Turner Field. Atlanta is 2-20 at home, worst in the majors.

Rain delayed the game 1 hour, 17 minutes in the seventh inning.

Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up seven hits and Carlos Torres pitched the last two innings to earn his second save.

Braves starter Matt Wisler (2-4) had a tough fourth, intentionally walking Martin Maldonado with two outs to get to Peralta, whose two-run bloop single made it 2-2.

Wisler allowed six hits, three runs, two walks and struck out seven in six innings.

ROCKIES 8, RED SOX 2

BOSTON (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and Colorado stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hitting streak.

The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley’s major league-best streak was halted when he went 0 for 4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.

Jon Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez’s homer with the other two coming the following inning.

PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning put Pittsburgh ahead for good.

It gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead.

Reliever A.J. Schugel (1-1) got his first major league win after he had surrendered the lead inherited from starter Gerrit Cole in the top half of the inning. Schugel gave up a two-run single to Paul Goldschmidt in his only inning of work.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (2-4) took the loss. He was responsible for both runners that scored on Harrison’s double, which was hit off reliever Jake Barrett.

Cole hit a 409-foot, three-run homer in the third inning to left-center field.

MARLINS 9, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jose Fernandez struck out 12 in seven innings Thursday and won his sixth straight start for Miami.

Fernandez (7-2) struck out eight of the last 10 batters he faced and struck out every hitter in the Rays lineup at least once. The 23-year-old right-hander from Tampa gave up six hits in beating his hometown Rays for the first time in three tries.

Adeiny Hechavarria and Chris Johnson homered for the Marlins, who won three of four in their annual series against the Rays.

Hechavarria’s third home run drove in the final two runs of a three-run second inning off Rays starter Drew Smyly (2-6), who gave up five runs on six hits while striking out four in six innings. Johnson made it 5-0 with his second homer an inning later, Johnson’s first hit in 22 interleague at bats.

Brandon Guyer homered off Fernandez in the third.

WHITE SOX, ROYALS, PPD

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chicago White Sox game at the Kansas City Royals was postponed because of rain on Thursday night.

No makeup date was announced, but it will not be rescheduled as part of this series.

It was the second rainout this season for the Royals.

White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, the two scheduled starters Thursday, will pitch Friday.

The White Sox are in first place in the American League Central, holding a two-game lead over the Royals and a half-game advantage over the Cleveland Indians.

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