American League roundup

Red Sox 4, Rays 0

BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester allowed two hits in eight innings and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 4-0 on Sunday for a doubleheader sweep, handing the AL champion Rays their 11th consecutive loss.

Tampa Bay's losing streak is the longest by a major league team this season.

In the opener, Dustin Pedroia's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning sent Boston to a 3-1 victory behind Clay Buchholz and two relievers.

Lester (13-7) followed Buchholz's strong outing with an even better one. Buchholz allowed one run and five hits in seven innings before Hideki Okajima (6-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. The Rays were outscored 16-2 and managed a total of 14 hits in Boston's three-game sweep.

James Shields (9-11) lost the nightcap, Matt Garza (7-10) the opener.

Yankees 13, Orioles 3

NEW YORK (AP) - Hideki Matsui homered and drove in five runs, CC Sabathia became the AL's first 17-game winner and the Yankees avoided a three-game sweep against last-place Baltimore.

Melky Cabrera finished with four RBIs for New York, which totaled 20 hits after getting 19 in the first two games of the series combined. Derek Jeter went 3 for 5 and scored three times to give him 101 runs on the season, reaching the century mark for the 12th time.

Matsui hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Jeremy Guthrie (10-14) in the sixth and a three-run homer in New York's eight-run eighth.

Sabathia (17-7) held Baltimore to three runs and five hits in seven innings.

Angels 3, White Sox 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Torii Hunter hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the seventh inning against Mark Buehrle, and Los Angeles beat Chicago.

The AL West leaders took two of three from the White Sox, who dropped into third place in the AL Central. They are six games behind division-leading Detroit, and a half-game back of Minnesota.

The win went to Darren Oliver (5-1), who pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of Scott Kazmir in a marquee matchup of All-Star left-handers. Kazmir threw a career-high 118 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits and striking out two.

Buehrle (12-8) gave up three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

Tigers 7, Blue Jays 2

DETROIT (AP) - Gerald Laird and Brandon Inge each had two RBIs, helping the Tigers snap a season-worst five-game skid.

Rick Porcello won a matchup with fellow rookie Ricky Romero. Porcello (13-8) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts.

Romero (12-8) also went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits.

Royals 7, Indians 0

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyle Davies carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his fourth straight start, pitching Kansas City past the Indians.

Davies (8-9) held the Indians hitless until Shin-Soo Choo lined a single to center to open the sixth. The right-hander walked six and struck out three over six innings.

Matt LaPorta lined a two-out single off Royals reliever Carlos Rosa in the ninth for Cleveland's only other hit.

John Buck and Billy Butler each had two RBIs in the Royals' sixth win in seven games.

Carlos Carrasco (0-2) gave up a solo homer to Buck.

Twins 8, Athletics 0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Mauer had three hits, including his 27th home run, and rookie Brian Duensing helped Minnesota avoid a sweep.

Put in the rotation Aug. 22, Duensing (3-1) scattered eight hits and three walks over seven innings to win his third straight decision. He struck out six.

Bobby Keppel and Joe Nathan completed a 10-hitter for the Twins, who remained 51/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

Mauer drove in two runs and raised his batting average to a major league-best .366.

Gio Gonzalez (5-6) lasted three-plus innings, allowing seven runs and eight hits.

Rangers 7, Mariners 2, 1st game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tommy Hunter threw a six-hitter for his first complete game and the Rangers hit three homers to beat the Mariners in the rain-delayed opener of a doubleheader.

Chris Davis, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz connected for the Rangers

Ichiro Suzuki doubled in four at-bats, leaving him one hit shy of setting a major league record with his ninth straight 200-hit season. Suzuki and "Wee" Willie Keeler (1894-1901) are tied.

Rain that pelted the area for the past four days caused the game to begin 4 hours, 31 minutes after the originally scheduled start time of 12:35 p.m. It was a makeup of Friday night's rainout.

Hunter (8-3), a rookie, struck out three and walked one in his 15th big league start.

Seattle rookie Doug Fister (2-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.


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