NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs and Chase Headley hit a three-run double in the first inning as the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Thursday to bolster their spot atop the AL East.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) won his third straight start, allowing three solo homers and a double in 7 2-3 innings to help New York to its ninth win in 11 games.
The Yankees are 12 over .500 at 53-41 for the first time since May 25, 2013, their high point that season.
Ellsbury homered, had a sacrifice fly and a two-run double among three hits. With a chance at the cycle, he grounded back to the pitcher in the eighth.
Didi Gregorius followed Headley's bases-clearing hit with an RBI single off Ubaldo Jimenez as New York increased their major league-leading total of first-inning runs to 86.
TWINS 3, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ervin Santana pitched eight innings of four-hit ball against his former team, and Minnesota snapped both its four-game skid and Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak.
Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning for the Twins, who wrapped their six-game California road trip with bookend wins.
Santana (2-0) was outstanding in his fourth start for Minnesota after throwing 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Oakland last week. He spent his first eight major league seasons with the Angels, winning 96 games from 2005-12.
Garrett Richards (10-7) yielded four hits over eight innings in his second loss in three starts. The Angels had won 13 of 15 and 17 of 20 while climbing atop the AL West.
MARINERS 3, TIGERS 2, 12 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) - Mike Zunino's RBI double in the top of the 12th inning gave Seattle a win over Detroit.
Chris Taylor started the 12th with a single off Ian Krol (1-3), and Zunino tried to bunt him to second. After two failed attempts, Zunino doubled down the left-field line. Yoenis Cespedes misread the bounce off the fence, allowing Taylor to score the go-ahead run.
Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the bottom of the 12th for his first save of the season after Fernando Rodney (3-4) threw a scoreless 11th.
Neither starter was involved in the decision.
David Price, the subject of trade rumors with Detroit (47-48) struggling to get above .500, allowed two runs in eight-plus innings. Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two runs in seven innings.
BLUE JAYS 5, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Russell Martin homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Josh Donaldson went deep against his former team and Toronto powered past Oakland.
The Blue Jays continued their pop at the plate to give knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-10) all the support he needed. Dickey allowed two runs and five hits in 8 1-3 innings in place of ill starter Drew Hutchison, who is scheduled to take the mound in Friday's series opener at Seattle instead.
Drew Pomeranz started after the A's traded lefty Scott Kazmir to Houston for a pair of minor leaguers before the game. Pomeranz gave up two runs in 1 2-3 innings, and the bullpen also struggled to contain Toronto's potent hitters.
Bo Schultz got Ike Davis to ground into a double play for his first career save.
Dan Otero (2-4) allowed two runs in three innings for the loss.