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Toronto cuts Pettitte down to size as Yankees slump

MAJOR LEAGUE ACTIONThe New York outfit fell to their fourth-straight defeat as its injury roster grew to include Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada

Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Woodward scores from third in a sacrifice fly by Shannon Stewart in the fourth inning as the New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada takes the late throw at Yankee Stadium, New York, on Thursday.

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American League

AP, New York

Carlos Delgado homered twice and drove in five runs on Thursday as the Toronto Blue Jays sent Andy Pettitte to his career-worst fourth straight loss, beating the New York Yankees 8-3.

Along with dropping their fourth straight game at Yankee Stadium, the American League East leading New York learned center fielder Bernie Williams will miss at least a month because of a bad knee and watched Jorge Posada limp off after being hit by a pitch.

"Right now, we're not firing on all cylinders," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "Now the injuries are creeping in. But there's no question we have the personnel here to win."

There's still no definitive word on Roger Clemens, either. He has a bone bruise after being hit in the right hand by a line drive Wednesday, and had X-rays and an MRI exam.

Clemens was scheduled to throw in the bullpen yesterday. If he's OK, he'll try for his 300th career win on Monday at home against Boston.

Posada left after twice being hit by pitches, one in the right knee and then on the right foot.

Rangers 10, Devil Rays 8

In Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as Texas beat Tampa Bay to extend its winning streak to a season-high six games.

Twins 6, Athletics 5

In Oakland, California, Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer and his bases-loaded walk forced in a run as Minnesota beat Oakland and handed John Halama his first career loss to the Twins.

Tigers 3, Indians 2, 11 innings

In Cleveland, Eric Munson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as Detroit snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland.

Mariners 5, Royals 1

In Seattle, Gil Meche took another strong pitching performance into the seventh inning and Ben Davis homered to lead Seattle over Kansas City.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored twice as the AL West leaders won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Orioles 7, Angels 4

In Anaheim, California, Brian Roberts, called up to the majors this week, hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off Troy Percival that rallied Baltimore over Anaheim.

National League

AP, Los Angeles

Darren Dreifort struck out a career-high 12 batters and Brian Jordan went 3-for-3 with a tie-breaking single as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Thursday for their seventh straight win.

"As long as we keep everything going at the same time, I think we should keep rolling," Dreifort said.

Dreifort gave up three runs, two hits and four walks in six innings. In the second, when Aaron Cook (1-4) reached on a wild pitch after fanning, Dreifort became the first Dodgers pitcher to strike out four in an inning since Don Drysdale on April 17, 1965.

Expos 8, Marlins 2

In Montreal, Livan Hernandez (4-2) scattered seven hits in his first complete game for the Expos and Endy Chavez hit a three-run double in a four-run second as Montreal completed a three-game sweep of Florida.

Mets 6, Phillies 3

In New York, pinch-hitter Timo Perez delivered a two-out, two-run double off Vincente Padilla (3-6) that broke a 3-all tie in the sixth inning and gave New York a win over Philadelphia.

Cubs 3, Pirates 2

In Pittsburgh, Tom Goodwin, getting an infrequent start, hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning off Scott Sauerbeck (0-4), his 24th career homer in 14 seasons, as Chicago beat Pittsburgh.

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