CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations.
Their historic winning streak is, well, history.
Cleveland’s AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.
Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball’s longest win streak in 101 years.
Yankees 8, Orioles 2
NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and drove in four runs, leading the Yankees to their fifth win in six games.
Luis Severino (13-6) allowed three hits in eight innings. He made one big mistake, Welington Castillo’s opposite-field, two-run homer to right that put the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the second. Severino is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break.
Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Tigers 3, White Sox 2
DETROIT — Mikie Mahtook hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, helping Detroit stop a six-game skid.
Former Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque (0-2) walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bummer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Juan Minaya, who uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third.
Mahtook then hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for his first career game-ending hit.
Shane Greene (4-3) got four outs for the win.
Braves 3, Mets 2
ATLANTA — Sean Newcomb struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings, and the Braves handed the Mets their fifth straight loss.
Newcomb (3-8) gave up two runs and six hits.
Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON — Alex Wood struck out eight in six innings, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer during a five-run second and the Dodgers won on the road.
Wood (15-3) allowed three hits and walked one.
Los Angeles has won three in a row after losing 11 consecutive games and 16 of 17.
Cubs 8, Cardinals 2
CHICAGO — Kris Bryant had three hits, including his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big weekend series with their fourth consecutive win.
Bryant went deep in the fourth and singled twice in Chicago’s seven-run sixth.
Reds 4, Pirates 2
CINCINNATI — Zack Cozart hit two of Cincinnati’s four solo home runs, powering the last-place Reds to the victory.
Joey Votto and Scott Schebler also connected, sending the Pirates to their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games.
Athletics 4, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for Oakland, and Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit a two-run homer.
Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none in his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden.
Phillies starter and former Amsterdam Mohawk Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.