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AL roundup: Rays’ Smyly tosses 2-hit shutout

08/23/2014, 12:42am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

TORONTO — Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also connected as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents with a comfortable win.

Smyly (8-10) allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, who was promptly erased on a double play. After Steve Tolleson’s two-out single in the third, Smyly didn’t permit another runner. He walked none and struck out four.

Smyly is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts since being joining the Rays in the July 31 trade that sent David Price to Detroit.

Marcus Stroman (7-5) was hit hard as the Blue Jays fell to an AL-worst 5-13 in August.

ROYALS 6, RANGERS 3: At Arlington, Texas, rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers for AL Central-leading Kansas City.

The hard-throwing Ventura (10-9) allowed one run, four hits, and three walks. Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth for his MLB-leading 40th save in 42 opportunities after Wade Davis retired all three batters he faced to extend the majors’ longest active scoreless streak to 22 2/​3 innings.

MARINERS 5, RED SOX 3: At Boston, Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, sending the Red Sox to their sixth straight loss.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway Park. The Mariners had managed only two hits through the first eight innings.

YANKEES 4, WHITE SOX 3: At New York, Martin Prado hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees.

Facing a full-count pitch from Daniel Webb (5-4) with the bases loaded, Prado lined a hit up the middle to complete the Yankees’ comeback from three runs for their fourth win in 11 games.

Prado hit a two-run homer in the third, and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double in the fifth off John Danks after Chicago’s Jose connected for a three-run shot in the first against Shane Greene.

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