CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana homered leading off the ninth inning to send the Cleveland Indians to a 6-5 win over the fast-fading Boston Red Sox on Monday night and back into first-place in the AL Central.
After the Red Sox tied it in the top of the inning, Santana connected on a 2-2 pitch from Marcus Walden (7-2), driving it barely over the wall in left to give the Indians their biggest win this season.
Santana circled the bases and was mobbed at home by his overjoyed teammates. The Indians moved past the idle Minnesota Twins and are alone in first for the first time since April 19.
Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Franmil Reyes had a two-run shot as the Indians improved to an MLB-best 43-17 since June 4, when they trailed the Twins by 101⁄2 games.
Nationals 7, Reds 6: WASHINGTON — Trea Turner and Matt Adams homered, Erick Fedde pitched well after allowing a solo shot on the game’s first pitch and depleted Washington held on to edge Cincinnati.
Blue Jays 19, Rangers 4: TORONTO — Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits, and Toronto routed Texas. Bo Bichette had the first four-hit game of his career and Randal Grichuk had three hits, including a solo homer.
Yankees 8-11, Orioles 5-8: NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres hit three more home runs, including a pair of three-run drives in the night game that gave him 13 of New York’s record 59 long balls against Baltimore this season, and the Yankees completed a doubleheader sweep.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6: DENVER — Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered during a four-run sixth inning and Arizona beat Colorado.
Pirates 10, Angels 2: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mitch Keller earned his first major league victory, Jacob Stallings had a homer and a two-run double and the Pirates snapped their eight-game losing streak with a victory over the Angels.
Rays 10, Padres 4: SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Matt Duffy went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and the Rays blew open a close game in the seventh inning to defeat the Padres.