In the month leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, Mike Minor heard he might wind up in the Bronx. Whatever the Yankees had in mind, this wasn’t it.
Minor and two relievers became the first pitchers in 221 tries to shut out New York’s vaunted lineup, helping the Rangers to a 7-0 victory over the AL East leaders Monday.
“He almost made it look easy,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said.
The Yankees had the second-longest streak without being blanked since at least 1900 behind a 308-game stretch by the Babe Ruth-led Yankees from 1931 through ’33. New York previously was shut out June 30, 2018, by Chris Sale and Boston.
Jose Trevino — a first-time batterymate with Minor — Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo homered to back Minor (12-8), who allowed five hits over 7 ⅓ innings.
Indians 11, White Sox 3: Carlos Santana homered and Franmil Reyes had a three-run double as host Cleveland took a one-game lead over the A’s for the second AL wild card.
Rays 5, Orioles 4: Tommy Pham hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning for host Tampa Bay.
Twins 4, Tigers 3: Max Kepler’s two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning lifted visiting Minnesota.
Mets 7, Nationals 3: Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 while allowing three hits over seven shutout innings, Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer, and visiting New York won about 15 hours after falling at Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Cubs 5, Mariners 1: Kyle Schwarber had a three-run triple in a five-run seventh, and host Chicago snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak.
Phillies 7, Reds 1: Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs with two homers and Bryce Harper and Scott Kingery added two-run shots for visiting Philadelphia. Cincinnati rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 15th homer of the season.
Astros 3, Brewers 2: George Springer’s home run in the 10th inning, which followed a game-tying homer by Christian Yelich in the ninth, lifted visiting Houston.
D’backs 14, Padres 7: In Phoenix, Josh Rojas, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker homered in the sixth inning against converted San Diego infielder Javy Guerra.
Dodgers 16, Rockies 9: Joc Pederson homered twice and drove in five runs before running into the right-field wall on a spectacular catch in the fifth inning, and Gavin Lux scored three runs in his major-league debut for host Los Angeles.
Braves 6, Blue Jays 3: Josh Donaldson and Johan Camargo hit two-run homers for host Atlanta, and Mike Soroka snapped a streak of eight starts without a win. Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox made his return to SunTrust Park since suffering a stroke April 3. He sat in a private box to watch both teams he once managed.
Briefly: Baltimore designated hitter Mark Trumbo was reinstated from the 60-day injured list after missing more than a year with a knee injury. … Detroit minor-league catcher Chace Numata, 27, died Monday, days after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania.
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