Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot, and the New York Yankees maintained their one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Blue Jays, 11-4, Friday night in Toronto.
The victory let New York keep its slim lead over second-place Baltimore, which used six first-inning runs to beat Boston, 9-1.
Nick Swisher had two hits and two RBIs for the Yankees, who have not lost consecutive games since a three-game skid from Sept. 2-4.
Hiroki Kuroda (15-11) won for the third time in five starts despite matching a season-high by allowing 10 hits in 5⅓ innings. He gave up two runs, walked two, and struck out four.
David Phelps worked 1⅔ innings and David Robertson pitched the eighth. Cody Eppley got two outs in the ninth and Rafael Soriano finished for the Yankees.
Chavez capped it with a two-run drive to left off Bobby Korecky in the ninth, his 15th.
Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run and Adam Lind added a two-run shot for Toronto, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games.
Swisher opened the scoring with a two-run double to right off righthander Chad Jenkins in the first.
Mets 3, Braves 1 — Lucas Duda’s three-run homer in the seventh gave visiting New York the lead, and Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings for his third straight win.