Baseball: American League roundup
The American League roundup …
NEW YORK ó Joe Dillon hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays touched up Mariano Rivera for the second time this season, defeating the New York Yankees 9-7 on Saturday.
David Price left with a chance to beat CC Sabathia in a much-anticipated matchup pitting a potential ace against an established one. But the Yankees rallied for two runs in the eighth, tying it 5-all against Tampa Bay’s bullpen.
The Rays have won four straight and six of seven. They are 3-0 at the new Yankee Stadium, including an 8-6 victory May 7 when Rivera (0-2) served up back-to-back homers for the first time in his career.
Mark Teixeira homered in the eighth and hit a two-run double in the ninth for New York. Alex Rodriguez also went deep for the Yankees.
Red Sox 8, Rangers 1
BOSTON ó Jon Lester retired the first 19 batters he faced and finished with a two-hitter, David Oritz homered and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers.
Michael Young doubled into the gap in left-center with one out in the seventh inning to break up Lester’s bid for a perfect game. Oritz, mired in a season-long slump, connected for the second time this season. Mike Lowell also homered ó after having his double overturned by video review.
Mariners 2, Twins 1
SEATTLE ó Ken Griffey Jr. drove in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out double in the eighth, leading Seattle to the victory.
A day after his club-record 27-game hitting streak ended, Suzuki went 3 for 4 against the Twins, including a two-out RBI double in the fifth that tied it at 1.
White Sox 4, Indians 2
CHICAGO ó Josh Fields homered and Gavin Floyd pitched into the seventh inning, helping the White Sox end a four-game skid.
Paul Konerko had a sacrifice fly in the first to end Chicago’s scoreless drought at 23 innings.
Floyd (4-5) allowed two runs ó one earned ó and five hits in 62/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 14 opportunities.
Royals 6, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO ó Luke Hochevar worked a season-high 6 2-3 innings, Willie Bloomquist hit a three-run triple and Kansas City ended an eight-game losing streak.
Mark Teahen homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who earned their first win since a 6-1 victory over Detroit on May 26.
Tigers 2, Angels 1
DETROIT ó Edwin Jackson finished his second career complete game in style.
Throwing fastballs clocked as high as 98 mph, Jackson struck out Bobby Abreu, Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter to complete a four-hitter in Detroit’s victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
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