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Giambi strikes as Yankees thrash Toronto

HOME-RUN HERO The Yankees' star struck a three-run homer and an RBI double as New York defeated the Blue Jays and extended their winning streak to four games

AP , NEW YORK

Derek Jeter, top, of the New York Yankees jumps over Alex Rios of the Toronto Blue Jays after forcing him out and throwing to first for a double play in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

PHOTO: AFP

American League

Cory Lidle allowed one run and four hits in six innings in his first start with New York and Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to help the Yankees beat Toronto 8-1 for their fourth straight victory on Thursday.

Lidle was acquired from Philadelphia on Sunday along with outfielder Bobby Abreu, who had three hits on Thursday. Giambi had an RBI double in New York's three-run sixth that made it 8-1. Craig Wilson, acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday, added a two-run single.

Toronto's Ryan Roberts homered for his first major league hit. The Blue Jays lost their season-high fifth in a row and fell 8 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees.

Indians 7, Red Sox 6

At Boston, Jake Westbrook became the first pitcher in 18 years to win despite allowing 15 hits and Shin-Soo Choo hit a grand slam for Cleveland.

Westbrook gave up the most hits in the majors this season, permitting six runs in eight innings. Boston got 12 singles, three doubles and a walk against him. Westbrook (8-7) ended his three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 4.

John Dopson was the last pitcher to win while permitting 15 hits when he pitched Montreal past Atlanta 9-2 on July 3, 1988, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Choo, traded from Seattle for Ben Broussard on July 26, hit his first career slam. Travis Hafner and Aaron Boone also homered for the Indians, who split the four-game series.

Jason Davis got three outs for his first career save.

Devil Rays 2, Tigers 1

At St. Petersburg, Florida, B.J. Upton had an RBI single in a two-run seventh inning and Tampa Bay reliever Seth McClung won for the first time since May.

Upton, playing his third game since being called up from Triple-A Durham, singled to center to tie the game at 1. The go-ahead run scored when he got caught in a rundown after rounding first base.

McClung (3-10), recalled from Durham before the game, threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings. He had been sent to the minors on June 20 to be converted from a starter to a reliever. Brian Meadows pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Twins 8, Royals 2

At Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Morneau had two hits and three RBIs and Brad Radke allowed two runs over eight innings to lead Minnesota.

Morneau, who is tied for second in the American League with 91 RBIs, had an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the second.

Radke (10-8), a questionable starter because of a tender shoulder, gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six. After starting the season 4-6 with a 7.44 ERA, Radke had gone 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his past 13 starts.

National League

AP, CHICAGO

Matt Murton tied a major league record with four doubles and drove in five runs to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 and split a doubleheader on Thursday.

Murton's doubles tied a club record, which has been accomplished four times, the most recent being Hall of Famer Billy Williams in April 1969.

The Diamondbacks won the first game 10-2 behind rookie Stephen Drew's four RBIs.

Murton's first three doubles drove in runs, giving rookie starter Juan Mateo an early lead. Mateo (1-0) gave up two earned runs in five innings for his first major league victory.

Murton's two-run double in the first off Enrique Gonzalez (3-3) gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Angel Pagan and Henry Blanco also drove in runs. Gonzalez gave up six runs in five innings.

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