Oakland's win streak stops at 7

Published: Thursday, July 26 2012 11:50 p.m. MDT

Toronto's Rajai Davis slides safely into third base past Oakland's Brandon Inge.

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TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended the Oakland Athletics' seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday.

Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and rebounded from Wednesday's 16-0 loss.

Travis Snider had two hits and two RBIs, driving in the tying run with a squeeze bunt, and Brett Lawrie scored three runs.

Brandon Lyon (1-0) pitched 11?3 innings for his first win since joining Toronto in a 10-player trade with Houston on Friday. Tommy Milone (9-7) gave up eight runs — five earned — and six hits in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts as Oakland dropped to 16-3 in July.

ORIOLES 6, RAYS 2: At Baltimore, Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore avoided a three-game sweep.

Nick Markakis had two hits for the Orioles, who had scored only one run in each of their three previous games. It was just the second time in 10 games that Baltimore scored more than four runs.

INDIANS 5, TIGERS 3: At Cleveland, Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning as Cleveland rallied to beat Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner tied it at 3 by homering on the first two pitches of the inning by Verlander (11-6).

MARINERS 4, ROYALS 1: At Seattle, Seattle starter Jason Vargas allowed one hit in eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, and Mike Carp had three hits to help the Mariners beat the Royals.

Vargas (11-7) allowed just a fourth-inning double during his eight innings, while striking out five and walking three.

National League

CARDINALS 7, DODGERS 4: At St. Louis, David Freese and Matt Carpenter each had three of the Cardinals' season-high 18 hits, handing the Dodgers their second straight loss since acquiring Hanley Ramirez.

NATIONALS 8, BREWERS 2: At Milwaukee, Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings, Steve Lombardozzi hit a three-run triple and Washington sent Milwaukee to its seventh consecutive loss.

The Nationals have won six consecutive games, matching a season high. The last time a Washington-based team was 20 games over .500 was 1933, when the American League Senators finished 99-53 and lost the World Series.

PIRATES 5, ASTROS 3: At Houston, prized prospect Starling Marte homered on his first major league pitch to help the Pirates hand the Astros their 10th straight loss.

A.J. Burnett (12-3) shut out Houston until Chris Johnson and Carlos Corporan connected for solo homers in the eighth.

METS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Matt Harvey dazzled in his major league debut, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 over 51/3 innings in the Mets' win over the Diamondbacks.

Harvey (1-0) set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut. He also doubled and singled to become the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect a pair of hits in his first game.

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