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Yankees get out of slump

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL After losing a series with the Rangers, New York came back with an increasingly healthy lineup to beat the Red Sox in Boston, Monday


New York Yankees pitcher David Wells throws in the 6th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday.


Raul Mondesi of the Dominican Republic hit a bases-loaded triple to cap a five-run first inning as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Monday to snap a three-game losing streak and regain first place in the American League East.

David Wells (6-1) scattered nine hits and a walk over 6 2-3 innings, allowing one run and striking out four. Seven of the hits against him came with two outs, and the Red Sox stranded 10 in the game.

Jorge Posada reached base five times -- two hits, two walks and an error -- for the Yankees, who won 18 of their first 21 games before going 9-13 to fall into a first-place tie with Boston. They were swept at home by Texas last weekend and had lost six of seven overall.

Casey Fossum (4-2) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings. All the damage came in the first before he settled down and retired 16 of the next 18 batters.

Indians 10, Tigers 9

In Cleveland, Casey Blake's two-run homer in the seventh inning helped Cleveland overcome a three-homer game by Detroit's Carlos Pena.

The Tigers have now lost five straight games.

The first of 19 matchups between the American League's two worst teams looked more like a weekend softball game as the clubs combined for 19 runs, 24 hits, three errors and a couple bonehead plays.

Pena had a career-high seven RBIs and hit a leadoff homer in the second, a grand slam in the third and connected for a two-run shot in the seventh for the Tigers, who blew 6-0 and 9-7 leads. With a chance to become the 15th player in history to hit four homers, Pena flied out to shallow center for the final out in the ninth.

Blue Jays 12, White Sox 2

In Chicago, Orlando Hudson drove in four runs and Cory Lidle pitched a seven-hitter as Toronto beat the slumping Chicago for its straight victory.

Shannon Stewart, Eric Hinske and Frank Catalanotto homered for the Blue Jays, who finished with 15 hits and won for the 13th time in 17 games. Lidle has won six consecutive decisions, including his last four starts.

The White Sox have lost four in a row to fall a season-worst four games below .500. Frustrated manager Jerry Manuel was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a call by third base umpire Angel Hernandez. It was Manuel's fourth ejection of the season after only being tossed seven times over his first five years in Chicago.

Matt Morris threw a four-hitter and Albert Pujols homered as the St. Louis Cardinals retained a dominating home-field advantage against the Chicago Cubs, winning 2-0 on Monday.

The Cardinals took three of four in the series, outscoring the Cubs 17-8, and pulled two games behind the National League Central leaders. The Cubs are 2-11 at Busch Stadium the last two years and 4-23 there over the last four years.

Pujols hit his 11th homer on a 1-2 pitch from Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth for the Cardinals' second run, and was 5-for-14 in the series with a pair of homers and four RBIs. The other run scored on a double play ball in the third inning.

Morris (5-3) outdueled 21-year-old Carlos Zambrano (4-4), striking out eight and walking none for his fourth career shutout and first since blanking the Cubs 3-0 on May 13, 2002, in St. Louis. It was his third complete game of the year and 11th of his career.

Brewers 6, Padres 5

In Milwaukee, Matt Kinney's pitching and Geoff Jenkins' three-run homer helped Milwaukee beat San Diego in a game between the two worst teams in the National League. The Padres rallied for three runs in the ninth inning on Miguel Ojeda's two-run double and Dave Hansen's RBI single, but Mike DeJean struck out Ramon Vazquez with the bases loaded for his eighth save in 10 chances.

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