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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


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.


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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