Major League Baseball: American League Roundup
NEW YORK ó Derek Jeter had four hits including the a go-ahead two-run homer, Hideki Matsui homered and drove in four runs, and the New York Yankees rallied from a four-run hole to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 on Sunday.
It was New York’s fifth straight win over the Blue Jays, whose five-run fourth inning gave them an 8-4 lead that never appeared safe on a day in which balls were again flying out of Yankee Stadium. There were four homers hit ó all of them to right field ó to raise the total to 139 at the new ballpark midway through the season.
Jonathan Albaladejo (3-1), recalled after Chien-Ming Wang went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, got the win in relief ó even though Alfredo Aceves deserves most of the credit.
He allowed only one hit while working the last four innings for his first save.
Jorge Posada had four hits and drove in three runs, including one during the Yankees’ decisive three-run fifth inning.
Twins 6, Tigers 2
MINNEAPOLIS ó Justin Morneau punctuated a productive series ó and celebrated another All-Star game selection ó with a two-run homer for Twins.
Morneau went deep twice during the series and finished 9-for-15 with five RBIs.
Rangers 5, Rays 2
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Scott Feldman allowed three hits in six innings, David Murphy had three hits and an RBI, and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-2 victory Sunday night.
Feldman (7-2) gave up two runs, struck out two and walked four to help the Rangers win their fifth straight and finish a 6-3 homestand.
Frank Francisco got three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances.
The Rangers remain tied with the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West lead. Tampa Bay dropped its fourth in a row and fell six games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
Red Sox 8, Mariners 4
BOSTON ó David Ortiz had a tying RBI single and Mark Kotsay added a key two-run hit during a five-run seventh inning, and the Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep.
All-Star Dustin Pedroia homered among his three hits for the Red Sox, who have not been swept at home this season. Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury also each hit solo homers.
Justin Masterson (3-2) pitched 11/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
Royals 6, White Sox 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Alberto Callaspo got his fourth RBI in two days and Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer to help the Royals earn a split of their four-game series with Chicago.
Callaspo, who had three RBIs in a 6-4 win on Saturday, also cost KC a run with the kind of shaky defense which has led to his collecting 10 errors at second base this year. But Brian Bannister (6-6) held Chicago to five hits and two runs through six innings and snapped a personal four-game losing streak to the White Sox.
Angels 9, Orioles 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Vladimir Guerrero hit tying two-run homer in his first game back in right field, and the Angels took advantage of a wild Baltimore bullpen to rally for a win.
Guerrero, who played in the outfield for the first time this season after missing 35 games with a torn pectoral muscle, hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since July 19-20 last season when he faced the Boston Red Sox.
Athletics 5, Indians 2
CLEVELAND ó Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings for his first win of the season and Oakland beat the Indians.
The Indians lost for the 14th time in 18 games.