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Pettitte lifts Yankees out of doldrums

LOOKING UP The Yankees broke an eight-game losing streak at home, with Derek Jeter hitting the first home run in what turned out to be an easy win over Boston

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Felipe Lopez of the Cincinnati Reds, right, steals third base, as Atlanta Braves third baseman Vinny Castilla applies a late tag at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday.

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The Yankees and pitcher Andy Pettitte snapped winless skids in impressive fashion on Tuesday as the New York eased to an 11-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in American League play.

Pettitte (5-5) tossed 7 2/3 innings of five-hit ball to earn the decision, his first victory after a career-high four straight losses.

He left with the crowd on its feet in appreciation.

It was the Yanks' first win in nine home outings, a slump that had angered the club's volatile owner George Steinbrenner.

Derek Jeter belted a leadoff homer to start New York on its way, with Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile going deep later.

All three shots were served up by off Bruce Chen (0-1).

Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was held without a hit, ending his streak at 26 games.

Blue Jays 5, White Sox 1

In Toronto, Roy Halladay went all the way, allowing seven hits, as the Blue Jays routed the Chicago White Sox, winning 5-1 for their sixth straight victory.

Indians 5, Tigers 2

In Detroit, Omar Vizquel stole home with the bases full in the eighth frame to snap a 2-2 tie and send the Cleveland Indians on to a 5-2 win over the Tigers.

Rangers 4, Devil Rays 2

In St. Petersburg, Rafael Palmeiro belted his 503rd career home run in his first trip to the plate as the Texas Rangers dumped the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-2.

Orioles 12, Angels 4

In Baltimore, Geronimo Gil, Tony Batista and red-hot Melvin Mora homered as the Orioles drubbed the Anaheim Angels 12-4.

Twins 4, Athletics 3

In Minneapolis, Bobby Kielty's three-run homer in the last of the eighth enabled the Minnesota Twins to rally for a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Mariners 15, Royals 7

In Kansas City, veteran Edgar Martinez had a night to remember, homering twice in the opening three innings to plate five runs as the Seattle Mariners crushed the Royals 15-7.

The Colorado Rockies quickly put an end to the Los Angeles Dodgers's hopes of extending a 10-game winning streak, scoring five times in the opening inning of a 7-3 victory in National League action on Tuesday.

Larry Walker's triple off Kazuhisa Ishii (4-2) plated two of the five first-inning runs.

Walker later drove in two more runs with a bases-loaded single.

Mets 4, Phillies 2

In Philadelphia, Al Leiter (5-2) tossed six innings of two-hit ball to lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Phillies.

Braves 3, Reds 2 (10 innings)

In Atlanta, Chipper Jones homered in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Braves edged the Cincinnati Reds 3-2.

Pirates 9, Cubs 4

In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Pirates romped 9-4 over the Cubs as Kenny Lofton extended his hitting streak to 25 games.

Astros 7, Cardinals 4

In St. Louis, the Houston Astros pushed across runs in each of the last four innings to upend the Cardinals 7-4.

Brewers 4, Padres 2

In San Diego, the Milwaukee Brewers did all their scoring in their final at-bats in a 4-2 win over the lowly Padres.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2

In San Francisco, Marquis Grissom doubled in the bottom of the 13th inning with two out to score Rich Aurilla and Pedro Feliz as the Giants rallied for a 4-3 win over Arizona.

Expos, Marlins

In Miami, the game between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins was rained out.

No makeup date was immediately announced.

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