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Yankees edge past Red Sox in ninth

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL After losing six of seven games to the Boston Red Sox in April, the New York Yankees have won four straight against their old rivals

AP , BOSTONAP, PHILADELPHIA

Yankees base runner Alex Rodriguez, bottom, slides on a successful double-play throw by Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller following a Jason Giambi grounder during the fourth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday. Mueller covered second while the infield shifted toward first for Giambi's at bat.

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American LeagueAfter Kevin Millar tied the score in the eighth inning with his third solo home run, Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the ninth that gave the New York Yankees an 8-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night and extended their American League East lead to a season-high 9 1/2 games.

"Every loss to me is huge," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We're just trying so desperately to get on the right track."

New York overcame a 4-1, fifth-inning deficit against Curt Schilling. Keith Foulke (2-3) retired his first batter in the ninth before allowing two straight drives off the Green Monster wall in left field -- a double by Gary Sheffield and the single by Rodriguez.

"We were tenacious. We played with intensity," Schilling said. "If we play like we played tonight, every night for the rest of the season, we're going to go to the World Series."

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect bottom half for his 35th save in 36 chances. Tom Gordon (3-3) got the win.

White Sox 6, Tigers 4

In Chicago, after learning that Magglio Ordonez could miss the rest of the season because of an injured knee, Chicago won as Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking solo homer.

Ordonez, a four-time All-Star, went back on the disabled list Friday and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches. Chicago already is missing two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas, expected to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

Esteban Loaiza (9-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the first time in four starts since June 27. Shingu Takatsu pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

Nate Robertson (9-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Twins 7, Orioles 3

In Baltimore, Corey Koskie homered and had a season-high four RBIs as Minnesota won downed Baltimore for its fifth straight win.

Jacque Jones also homered and Torii Hunter had three hits for the Twins, who maintained their half-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central.

Carlos Silva (9-7) allowed three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings to earn his first win in four starts since June 23.

John Maine (0-1) gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks over 3 2-3 innings in his major league debut.

Blue Jays 7, Devil Rays 4

In Toronto, Frank Menechino had three hits, including a solo homer, and Toronto scored six unearned runs in the third helped by two errors by first baseman Aubrey Huff to beat Tampa Bay.

Miguel Batista (9-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six inning to win for the seventh time in his last eight decisions at SkyDome. Rookie Jason Frasor got four outs for his 11th save.

Mark Hendrickson (7-8) gave up seven runs -- one earned -- and 11 hits in seven innings for Tampa Bay, 5-13 since July 3.

Rangers 8, Athletics 3

In Oakland, California, Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer during a five-run rally in the sixth inning rally as Texas ended Mark Mulder's 11-game winning streak with a win over Oakland.

Kenny Rogers joined Mulder as the majors' only 13-game winners with his 18th straight home victory at the Coliseum. Rogers (13-3), who allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, hasn't lost in 35 starts in Oakland since Aug. 7, 1994.

Eric Young added a two-run double for the Rangers, who increased their AL West lead over Oakland to 4 1/2 games.

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