The baseball roundup …
BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury continued his July power surge with his seventh home run of the month and John Lackey picked up his third consecutive win as the Boston Red Sox extended Seattle’s losing streak to 13 with a 7-4 win over the tumbling Mariners on Friday night.
Rangers 12, Blue Jays 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Cruz broke out of an extended slump with a career-high eight RBIs and Colby Lewis took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his 10th victory as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays.
Angels 6, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE — Ervin Santana took a one-hitter into the eighth inning, Vernon Wells hit a grand slam in the ninth, and the Angels beat the Orioles.
Yankees 17, Athletics 7
NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam and Nick Swisher had a three-run drive in a nine-run third inning and the Yankees routed the Athletics.
Swisher and Teixeira homered with two bases-loaded walks in between as the Yankees had their highest-scoring inning of the season — it was also the most runs allowed by the A’s in an inning in 2011. The big inning followed a five-run burst against Trevor Cahill (8-9) in the second and sent Oakland to its 11th straight loss against New York.
White Sox 3, Indians 0
CLEVELAND — Gavin Floyd allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give the White Sox a victory over the Indians.
Tigers 8, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS — Jhonny Peralta finished a triple short of the cycle and had four RBIs to lift Detroit to a victory over the Twins, the Tigers’ 11th straight win over their AL Central rivals.
Royals 10, Rays 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Melky Cabrera had three hits and drove in three runs and Billy Butler homered for the first time in six weeks as the Royals defeated the Rays.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols went 4 for 5 and homered for the second straight game to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Friday.
Braves 6, Reds 4
CINCINNATI — Dan Uggla’s first career pinch-hit home run lifted the Braves to a win over the Reds.
Phillies 3, Padres 1
PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels tossed eight dominant innings and the Phillies beat the Padres for the eighth straight time.
Cubs 4, Astros 2
CHICAGO — Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano hit fifth-inning homers and Chicago beat Houston.
Ramirez’s 18th homer, a two-run shot, capped Chicago’s four-run rally in the inning. Ramirez’s 13 homers since June 24 are the most in the majors.
Soriano started the inning with his 15th of the season.
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano (7-5) won for just the second time since May 26. He went six innings, allowing nine hits and two runs, striking out three and walking one.
Houston’s Bud Norris (5-7) gave up nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five.
Five Cubs relievers combined for three scoreless innings. Sean Marshall pitched the ninth for his third save.
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