ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays continue their home dominance over the New York Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the AL East leaders on Tuesday night.
Rodriguez, mired in a 17 for 100 slump dating back to May 21, finished with 3 for 4.
After blowing a three-run lead, New York went ahead 4-3 on Eric Chavez’s RBI single during the fourth. Tampa Bay responded in the bottom half and grabbed a 5-4 lead on Rodriguez’s first homer since May 27 off Ivan Nova (9-3).
James Shields (8-5) gave up four runs and 10 hits over seven innings for the Rays, who have won nine straight at Tropicana Field over the Yankees.
BLUE JAYS 6, ROYALS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, Brett Cecil won for the first time in three starts and the Blue Jays beat the Royals.
Lind’s sixth homer was the big blow in Toronto’s six-run fourth inning. The win put the Blue Jays over .500 at 41-40 at the midpoint of the season.
The Royals lost for the fourth time in five games since matching their season high with a four-game winning streak.
Cecil (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time since June 17 against Philadelphia, his first start after being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.
INDIANS 9, ANGELS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Zach McAllister lasted six innings, overcoming a throwing error and two home runs in the fifth, and Shelley Duncan homered to lead the Indians to a win over the Angels.
McAllister (3-1) allowed three earned runs and eight hits, and he and the Indians recovered after blowing a four-run lead.
Duncan homered in the fourth off an ineffective Dan Haren (6-8). Jose Lopez had three hits and Michael Brantley two RBIs for Cleveland.
Rookie Mike Trout hit a three-run homer and Albert Pujols had a solo shot but also made a crucial error in the fifth for the Angels, who lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.
The Indians are 5-1 in games started by McAllister, who began the season in the minors.
WHITE SOX 19, RANGERS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homered in the first inning off Roy Oswalt and All-Star Chris Sale won his 10th game and the White Sox routed the Rangers.
Playing in his first home game with the White Sox since his trade from Boston on June 24, Youkilis had three hits and drove in four runs in a meeting of division leaders that saw Chicago score its most runs this season.
A.J. Pierzynski, not chosen for the AL All-Star team managed by Texas’ skipper Ron Washington, hit a three-run homer off reliever Yoshinori Tateyama— his 15th of the season — to cap a nine-run fifth inning and make it 16-0. Seven of the runs in the inning were unearned, thanks to an error on Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Sale (10-2) is 7-0 in his past nine starts and hasn’t lost since May 12.
TWINS 8, TIGERS 6
DETROIT (AP) — Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit homers in a five-run third and Ryan Doumit had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, lifting the Twins to over the Tigers.
Joe Mauer had three hits, including a solo homer to lead off the ninth that gave the Twins a two-run lead and helped earn a season-high, five-game winning streak.
Jeff Gray (5-0) gave up only one hit in two innings after starter Nick Blackburn gave up six runs and eight hits over four innings. Kyle Waldrop and Tyler Robertson each pitched another innings of scoreless relief and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save in six chances.
Brayan Villarreal (3-2) took the loss by giving up Doumit’s sacrifice fly, the only run he gave up in two innings of relief.
ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp hit a game-ending sacrifice fly to go with his leadoff homer in the first, and the Athletics rallied to beat the Red Sox.
The A’s got singles from Chris Carter and Cliff Pennington before pinch-hitter Brandon Moss’ tying single against Alfredo Aceves (0-6). Then Crisp delivered his third career walkoff RBI and Oakland’s first game-ending sacrifice fly since Dan Johnson had one May 15, 2007, against Kansas City.
Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2-3 innings for the victory. The Red Sox squandered a scoring chance in the top of the ninth with two base running blunders, including Ryan Kalish’s caught stealing trying for third.
Jon Lester pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning but had nothing to show for it.
ORIOLES 5, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Robert Andino homered in the ninth off Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush to give the Orioles a win over the Mariners after starter Wei-Yin Chen flirted with a perfect game for more than six innings.
Andino’s home run was his first since May 7 and fourth this season. It ended Furbush’s (4-2) streak of 22 2-3 scoreless innings, the third longest by a reliever in Mariners history.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save. Darren O’Day (5-0) pitched just one-third of an inning, but picked up the win.
Baltimore reliever Pedro Strop struggled in the eighth when the Mariners scored three runs and tied the game. Michael Saunders’ double ended Chen’s night. Strop faced Justin Smoak, who was 2-for-2 with a walk in his career against Strop.