TORONTO — Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each hit solo home runs in the first inning, Marco Estrada snapped a four-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Friday night.

Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice as the Blue Jays won the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL East, cutting Baltimore’s division lead to half a game. The Orioles have lost four straight.

Estrada (6-4) allowed four runs – three earned – and five hits in six innings.

INDIANS 5, ATHLETICS 3: Abraham Almonte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in Cleveland’s four-run seventh as the Indians rallied to a win at home.

Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit after being held to four hits through six innings. Jason Kipnis’ bases-loaded single tied it.

TIGERS 14, ASTROS 6: Tyler Collins and Justin Upton each hit a three-run homer to lead host Detroit to its fourth straight win.

James McCann added a solo shot in the eighth and Cameron Maybin had three hits and scored three times for the Tigers.

RANGERS 8, ROYALS 3: Rougned Odor homered twice, A.J. Griffin pitched into the sixth and Texas won at home.

Jurickson Profar homered and scored three runs for the Rangers.

RAYS 5, YANKEES 1: Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and host Tampa Bay cooled off the surging Yankees.

Odorizzi (5-5) struck out five and allowed six hits over 62/3 innings.


CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 6: Tommy Pham homered and drove in three runs, leading St. Louis to a win at Miami.

Kolten Wong had three hits and drove in two runs and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals.

BRAVES 2, PHILLIES 1: Tyrell Jenkins earned his first career victory after struggling for three starts, pitching six innings in Atlanta’s win at home.

ROCKIES 6, METS 1: Tyler Chatwood kept winning on the road, Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs and Colorado won at New York for its fourth straight victory.

Chatwood (10-6) improved to 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA away from Denver.

BREWERS 3, PIRATES 1: Junior Guerra limited Pittsburgh to four hits over 82/3 strong innings, Chris Carter hit a two-run home run and Milwaukee won at home.

Guerra’s scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings.


CUBS 12, MARINERS 1: Jon Lester recovered from a rut of bad starts, pitching six shutout innings that led host Chicago to its third straight win.

Jason Heyward and David Ross homered as the NL Central leaders improved to 9-5 since the All-Star break following a 1-9 slump.