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BALTIMORE — Aaron Laffey and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the second straight game, 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Laffey (4-6) allowed five singles in 5 2/3 innings and won his first game since Aug. 5. He had been winless in his previous six starts. He neither walked nor struck out a batter.

Baltimore remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place New York in the AL East. The Yankees lost 5-4 at Minnesota.

The Orioles had won seven of their previous nine. They had not been shut out since Aug. 3.

Joe Saunders (2-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and 11 hits. He struck out two and walked none.

In the first inning, the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on Yan Gomes' RBI single that scored Brett Lawrie, who led off with a single.

Rajai Davis beat out an infield single with two outs in the fourth and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double.

Tigers 2, Royals 0

DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez threw his first shutout in over a year, and Detroit moved into a tie for first place in the AL Central with a victory over Kansas City.

Detroit pulled even with Chicago with eight games to play after the White Sox lost 4-3 to Cleveland earlier in the day.

Sanchez (4-6) retired the first 11 hitters he faced and allowed only three hits. He struck out 10 and walked one.

He threw 105 pitches in his first shutout since Sept. 10, 2011, when he tossed a one-hitter for Florida at Pittsburgh.

Bruce Chen (11-13) gave up RBI singles by Prince Fielder and Delmon Young in the first inning.

Indians 4, White Sox 3

CHICAGO — Chicago gave Detroit an opening to tie for the AL Central lead when Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base in the loss to last-place Cleveland.

The Tigers took it with a 2-0 victory over Kansas City

Hazleton native Russ Canzler was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs.

Down 4-0, the White Sox closed when A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo hit consecutive fifth-inning home runs off Corey Kluber (2-4).

Rays 5, Red Sox 2

BOSTON — David Price struck out a season-high 13 and Jeff Keppinger hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay extending its winning streak to six games and kept its playoff hopes alive.

Tampa Bay entered the day three games behind Oakland for the AL's second wild-card spot.

The Rays got to Boston starter Clay Buchholz (11-7) quickly on Keppinger's three-run homer in the second and Price (19-5) was able to preserve the lead despite balking with a runner on third to pull Boston within 3-2.

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