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Giambi breaks out of slump in big way

AMERICAN BASEBALL Jason Giambi was 0-for-32, with 11 of those at-bats coming since he returned from the disabled list. His homer broke the drought


Pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins pitches against the Phillies in Miami, Florida, Tuesday. Philadelphia won a game (4-2) for the first time in Florida in two years.


American LeagueJason Giambi homered to end the longest slump of his career and Esteban Loaiza finally earned his 100th career victory and first for the Yankees, leading New York over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Tuesday.

"It doesn't get much better than that," Giambi said.

Gary Sheffield hit his 36th home run two days after getting a pair of cortisone shots. Alex Rodriguez almost homered for the Yankees, too, but was robbed on a spectacular catch by center fielder Vernon Wells.

"You hate to rob guys of stuff they earn, but that's the way it goes," Wells said.

Mariano Rivera matched his career high with his 50th save as the Yankees held their 4 1/2-game lead over Boston in the American League East and stopped Toronto's three-game winning string.

Giambi had been 0-for-32, with 11 of those at-bats coming since he returned from the disabled list.

Loaiza (10-7) outpitched Roy Halladay (7-8) after finishing runner-up to the Toronto ace last year in the AL Cy Young pitching award voting. Halladay, in his first outing since July 16, left after four innings trailing 3-2.

Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

In Boston, Mark Bellhorn singled in two runs in the ninth as Boston rallied past Baltimore and snapped a three-game losing streak after nearly blowing the game in the top of the inning.

Curt Schilling cruised through eight innings, striking out a season-high 14 as he went for his major league-leading 21st victory.

Given a 1-0 lead on Kevin Millar's sacrifice fly in the eighth, Keith Foulke (4-3) gave up Javy Lopez's two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth.

B.J. Ryan (3-6) walked Kevin Youkilis in the bottom half, and Bill Mueller doubled off the Green Monster for his career-high fourth hit. Pinch-hitter David McCarty popped up to first, then Johnny Damon struck out looking.

Devil Rays 7, Royals 4

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jorge Cantu hit a go-ahead, two-run double during a five-run eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.

Cantu made it 5-4 on his drive to left-center field off Shawn Camp (2-1), and Carl Crawford and Jose Cruz Jr. followed with RBI singles off Jaime Cerda.

Rocco Baldelli pulled the Devil Rays to 4-3 on a solo homer earlier in the eighth off Dennys Reyes.

Cruz had four hits, including a two-run homer for the Devil Rays.

Mark Hendrickson (9-15) allowed one unearned run in two innings, and Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Indians 8, Tigers 7

In Detroit, Casey Blake's bloop single broke a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cleveland over Detroit.

The Indians trailed 7-2 after five innings before rallying behind five RBIs from Ben Broussard.

Coco Crisp led off the ninth with a walk, and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After Victor Martinez flew out, Esteban Yan (3-5) intentionally walked Matt Lawton, but Blake looped a single into shallow right field to give Cleveland the lead.

Bobby Howry (3-1) got the win in relief, and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Broussard hit a three-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth.

White Sox 8, Twins 6

In Chicago, Paul Konerko hit his 40th home run of the season, and Juan Uribe had his first career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot in the seventh inning that sent Chicago over Minnesota.

Ross Gload and Aaron Rowand also drove in runs for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game losing streak against the AL Central-champion Twins.

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