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Toronto’s Alek Manoah was dominant Saturday against the Royals in his first start in three weeks, combining with three relievers on a three-hit shutout. Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP

TORONTO — George Springer hit two home runs, Alek Manoah pitched seven dominant innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Saturday for their third straight win.

Activated off the 10-day injured list before the game, Manoah (3-1) allowed just two singles. The rookie right-hander hadn’t pitched since July 9 after slipping on the dugout steps and hurting his back in Toronto’s first series following the All-Star break.

Manoah retired 16 straight batters between the pair of hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Reliever Ryan Borucki got two outs in the eighth and Adam Cimber finished by striking out four straight batters.

Springer jumped on Mike Minor’s first pitch of the game and hit it into the second deck in left field for the 40th leadoff homer of his career.

Springer went the other way off Minor (8-9) in the third – a two-run drive to right-center. The home runs were his 10th and 11th of the season, and gave him 16 career multihomer gamers.

The Blue Jays have hit an MLB-leading 157 home runs.

Toronto made it 4-0 in the sixth when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached on an infield single and Marcus Semien followed with a triple past a diving Michael A. Taylor in center field.

Minor allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings, losing to Toronto for the second time in nine outings, both this season.

YANKEES 4, MARLINS 2: Anthony Rizzo homered in his second consecutive game since joining the Yankees, leading New York to a win in Miami.

Rizzo drove a sinker from reliever Steven Otker near the right field upper deck in the seventh for his 16th homer.

Rizzo also singled, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored the go-ahead run. He is 4 for 5 and has reached base eight times in two games with New York.

ANGELS 1, ATHLETICS 0: Shohei Ohtani ended a long run drought with an RBI double, Jaime Barria outdueled Cole Irvin and Los Angeles beat visiting Oakland.

Ohtani lined a double to right-center in the third that drove in Matt Thaiss and ended the Angels’ string of 29 straight scoreless innings against the Athletics. It was Ohtani’s 82nd RBI of the season, which is one behind Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead.

Barria (2-0) was outstanding in his second start of the season as he pitched 6 2/3 innings and retired 10 straight at one point. The right-hander gave up six hits and struck out three, with one walk and a hit batter.

Steve Cishek and Jose Quijada came on in relief, and Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his 22nd save in 27 opportunities.

GIANTS 8, ASTROS 6: San Francisco hit five home runs, including four off Astros ace Zack Greinke, and beat visiting Houston in an interleague matchup of division leaders.

Darin Ruf, Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr. connected off Greinke. Mike Yastrzemski added a later shot to help the Giants become the first team in the majors with 65 wins.

Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for the Giants.

BRAVES 8, BREWERS 1: Dansby Swanson hit a grand slam and a two-run shot and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead Atlanta to a win at home.

TWINS 8, CARDINALS 1: Ryan Jeffers hit a three-run homer, rookie right-hander Bailey Ober threw four effective innings and visiting Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak.

CUBS 6, NATIONALS 3: Kyle Hendricks earned his major league-leading 13th victory, Rafael Ortega homered and Chicago won at Washington.

ORIOLES 5, TIGERS 2: John Means struck out six in six strong innings, Maikel Franco homered and Baltimore won at Detroit.

PIRATES 3, PHILLIES 2: Jacob Stallings drove in the winning run with a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the ninth inning as Pittsburgh beat visiting Philadelphia.

RANGERS 5, MARINERS 4: Jonah Heim hit his second two-run homer of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning as Texas won at home.


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