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NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Archer threw a two-hitter for his second shutout in three starts, outpitching Ivan Nova and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday

Kelly Johnson had an RBI single off Nova (4-4) in the sixth to help the AL East-leading Rays improve to 24-5 since June 23, when they were in last place.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said before the game Archer (6-3) embraces the big moments, and he sure did at Yankee Stadium. The 24-year-old rookie with a Captain America lunchbox in his locker never threw more than 14 pitches in an inning and needed just 97 overall - 67 for strikes - for his second career complete game.

ASTROS 8, BLUE JAYS 6

TORONTO (AP) - Chris Carter hit a three-run home run, Justin Maxwell and Matt Dominguez added solo shots and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dallas Keuchel (5-5) pitched a season-high 7 1-3 innings to end a six-start winless skid. He allowed six runs and 10 hits, walked one and struck out six for his first victory since June 16.

Jose Veras got the final five outs for his 19th save in 22 chances.

The Astros, who had lost 21 of their previous 26, won for just the second time since July 12.

All three homers came off Josh Johnson (1-7), who lost his career-worst fifth straight start.

ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Derek Norris had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, leading Oakland to its second straight win and fifth in the last seven.

Jed Lowrie also drove in a run for the A's and Coco Crisp added two hits.

Tommy Milone (9-8) allowed four hits over seven innings, allowing one run. He walked four and struck out six.

Josh Hamilton hit a booming home run for the Angels, who lost their second straight and five of seven overall.

Grant Richards, making his first start since April 30, allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. Scott Downs (2-3) entered the game in the seventh after Dane De La Rosa got Chris Young to hit into a fielder's choice. The A's countered with Norris, who promptly delivered his first career pinch hit.

TWINS 4, MARINERS 0

SEATTLE (AP) - Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered, Samuel Deduno pitched seven scoreless innings and Minnesota got its fifth shutout of the season.

The Twins have won four of their last six games and are 6-3 since the All Star break.

Deduno (7-4) allowed three hits, walked three and tied his season high with six strikeouts. He has thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts, winning all three.

Brad Miller and Kyle Seager each had two hits for Seattle, which has lost three of four.

Aaron Harang (5-9) threw 105 pitches in five innings, the ninth time in 17 starts he has gone five innings or less. Harang gave up one run on three hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two.

 
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