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AL leaders Yankees, Astros meet again

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Following a dramatic four-game weekend series against the Houston Astros that resulted in a split, the New York Yankees resumed their business of dominating opponents by completing a three-game series sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-3 home victory on Wednesday.

It marked yet another win in a rousing season for the Yankees, who will embark on a four-city, 10-game road trip starting Thursday in Houston after matching the franchise mark for the best record (56-20) after 76 games. The Yankees improved to 16-4 over their past 20 games.

"It's a good team," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of his club. "We talk about doing it a lot of different ways. If you want to be a complete team, you've got to be able to weather different storms and perform in a lot of different ways if you're ultimately going to win a lot of games, and that's what they're doing."


Ohtani Ks 11, extends streak in 4-1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Whether Shohei Ohtani is unleashing his 101 mph fastball or dispensing his large array of breaking balls, the Angels' two-way ace has overpowered every opponent during his shutout surge through June.

Ohtani still had to dig deep into his nearly bottomless bag of pitches to beat the White Sox.


Braves top Phils to move to 21-5 in June

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Adam Duvall homered, Kyle Wright tossed seven sharp innings and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling this month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The Braves improved to 21-5 in June, matching the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. They'll try to set a new mark when they go for a three-game sweep on Thursday night.


Reynolds has 3 HRs, 6 RBIs to power Bucs

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Reynolds hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday.

"I think Bryan Reynolds carried us to a win tonight," said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, whose Pirates ended a five-game losing streak. "We kind of jumped on his shoulders."


Taylor's 2-run HR caps Guardians' rally

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Naylor flipped his bat wildly when the ball soared over the fence and flung his helmet 20 feet in the air as he approached home plate.

Then he headbutted Cleveland manager Terry Francona.


Dodgers hit 3 HRs, avoid Rockies sweep

DENVER (AP) Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of German Marquez's struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Trea Turner added a two-run double and Julio Urias pitched into the sixth inning as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep against their surprising nemesis. The last-place Rockies had been 4-1 against the NL West leaders.


Garcia HR backs Alcantara's CG for Miami

ST. LOUIS (AP) Avisail Garcia hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

With two outs, Garcia hit the first pitch he saw from Ryan Helsley (3-1 ) 411 feet over the wall in center field for his fifth homer. Jesus Sanchez, who walked to begin the inning, also scored.


Álvarez, Peña hurt in scary collision

NEW YORK (AP) Houston left fielder Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Jeremy Pena were hurt when they collided in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets while running down a popup.

With Pena shifted to the right side and the game scoreless, Dominic Smith popped the ball into short left. Both called for the ball and as Pena caught the pop, each hit the other in the face with his glove.

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