NEW YORK — Trevor Bauer and Ryan Merritt shut down the Yankees’ offense, leading the Cleveland Indians to a doubleheader sweep that damaged New York’s chances to win the AL East.

Bauer won his career-best seventh straight decision, Jose Ramirez tied his big league high with four hits, and the Indians took advantage of Gary Sanchez’s passed ball in a two-run first inning that stood up for a 2-1 win in Wednesday’s opener.

Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in a four-run first inning against rookie Jordan Montgomery in the second game, and Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor added home runs in a 9-4 blowout that completed a three-game series sweep and extended the Indians’ winning streak to seven games.

Defending AL champion Cleveland has won 16 of 20, opening a 71/2-game lead over second-place Minnesota in the AL Central and moving a season-high 20 games over .500 at 76-56.

ORIOLES 8, MARINERS 7: Welington Castillo went 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBI, Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and Baltimore beat visiting Seattle for its season-high seventh straight victory.

Schoop, Mancini and Craig Gentry also homered for the Orioles, who completed their first three-game sweep of Seattle since 2012. In this one, Baltimore fell behind 6-2 in the third inning before coming back.

RANGERS 6, ASTROS 1: Andrew Cashner pitched eight strong innings, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and Texas beat Houston in a game relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, because of Hurricane Harvey.

RAYS 5, ROYALS 3: Logan Morrison, Steven Souza Jr. and Adeiny Hechavarria each went deep and Tampa Bay won in Kansas City, Missouri.


NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 0: Stephen Strasburg pitched a six-hitter and also homered, Wilmer Difo added a home run and Washington won at home to complete a three-game sweep of Miami.

BRAVES SWEEP PHILLIES: David Freitas lined a go-ahead RBI double for his first career hit, Ender Inciarte had three hits and Atlanta beat host Philadelphia 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Inciarte was 3 for 5 with one RBI after going 5 for 5 with four RBI to lead the Braves to a 9-1 victory in the opener.

BREWERS 6, CARDINALS 5: Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar homered in the sixth inning, and center fielder Keon Broxton made a leaping catch over the wall for the final out in Milwaukee’s win over visiting St. Louis.

METS 2, REDS 0: Rafael Montero took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, and New York held on for a victory that extended its dominance over host Cincinnati.


TIGERS 6, ROCKIES 2: Justin Verlander struck out nine over six commanding innings and aided his own cause by collecting the first RBI of his career as Detroit won in Denver.