Johnny Cueto won a pitching duel against the Cardinals' Lance Lynn, allowing just three hits through eight innings, to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over St Louis.

The Cardinals (80-67) saw their lead in the National League Central slip to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cueto (18-8) issued one walk and had seven strikeouts for Cincinnati (70-77), who won the final three games to take the four-game series.

Lynn (15-9) was an unlucky loser for the Cardinals, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in eight innings.

Elsewhere, Chris Young hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth innings as the New York Yankees went from being five outs from getting no-hit to pulling off a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Los Angeles Angels continued to play like the best team in baseball, finishing a three-game sweep of the lowly Texas Rangers with a 7-3 win.

Mike Fiers, who threw a pitch that sent Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the hospital, struck out eight in five scoreless innings and earned the win as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Miami 4-2.

Other results:

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 2

White Sox 1, Athletics 0

Nationals 6, Mets 2

Red Sox 6, Royals 3

Pirates 4, Phillies 1

Indians 2, Twins 0 (second game)

Indians 8, Twins 2 (first game)

Source: Reuters