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A-Rod, Pettitte lift Yanks over Arizona

DOMINATING The New York starting pitcher retired 10 straight batters, gave up just one run and four hits and kept the Diamondbacks hitless when in scoring position

AP , NEW YORK

The Minnesota Twins ' Michael Cuddyer, right, slides safely into third base for a triple as Atlanta Braves third baseman Yunel Escobar applies a late tag during the ninth inning of their game in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday. The Twins won 3-2.

PHOTO: AP

Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs, Andy Pettitte breezed through eight innings and the New York Yankees won their ninth straight game, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 in interleague baseball on Thursday.

Pettitte (4-4) gave up a run and four hits. He retired 10 straight batters in the middle innings and kept out of trouble -- Arizona was hitless in its only two at-bats with runners in scoring position and 0-for-13 in the series.

Rodriguez drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, doubled home a run in the third and added two singles. He has 21 RBIs in his last nine games and 68 RBIs overall.

Hideki Matsui drove in three runs.

Doug Davis (4-8) took the loss.

Angels 9, Reds 7

At Cincinnati, Vladimir Guerrero's bases-loaded single in the seventh inning helped Los Angeles move to 42-25, the best start in franchise history.

Bartolo Colon (6-2) got the win despite trailing when he left the game after the sixth.

Promising rookie Homer Bailey turned a 5-3 lead over to the bullpen after walking the first two batters in the seventh. Gary Majewski (0-1) walked Orlando Cabrera to force in a run, then gave up Guerrero's two-run single. Casey Kotchman and Jose Molina added RBI singles off Mike Stanton to complete the decisive rally.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his American League-leading 21st save in 22 chances.

Brewers 6, Tigers 5

At Detroit, Ben Sheets became the second pitcher in Milwaukee history with 1,000 career strikeouts, helping the Brewers win a road series for the first time since late April.

Sheets (7-3) struck out seven, giving him 1,003 since his major league debut in 2001. Teddy Higuera has the franchise record with 1,081 strikeouts from 1985 to 1994.

Sheets gave up three runs, eight hits and three walks over five-and-two-thirds innings.

Francisco Cordero yielded two singles to start the ninth inning and Magglio Ordonez hit a double off the right-center wall to pull Detroit within two runs. Sean Casey's RBI groundout made it 6-5, before Cordero struck out Craig Monroe and Mike Rabelo for his major league-leading 24th save.

Chad Durbin (5-3) lasted three-and-two-thirds innings, allowed eight hits and gave up two runs.

Padres 7, Devil Rays 1

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Justin Germano won his fifth straight decision, helping first-place San Diego remain atop the National League West Division.

Germano (5-0) allowed three hits in six innings, walked one and struck out four. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander, who has a 2.36 ERA, was supported by an unearned run in the first and six more runs in the last two innings.

Germano and Heath Bell limited Tampa Bay to a double and two singles until Jonny Gomes homered off Doug Brocail with one out in the eighth.

Cubs 5, Mariners 4

At Chicago, Cesar Izturis hit a two-run double in the eighth as Chicago denied Jeff Weaver his first victory for Seattle.

Weaver, winless in six decisions with a 12.46 ERA entering the game, gave up 10 hits in six strong innings and was staked to a 4-3 lead heading into the eighth.

But reliever Brandon Morrow (3-1) conceded Izturis' liner down the left field line which put the Cubs ahead.

Bob Howry (3-3) got the final four outs for the win.

Athletics 6, Astros 5

At Houston, Jason Kendall hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th inning to help Oakland win for the 10th time in 12 games.

Back-to-back singles by Bobby Crosby and pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki set up the game-winner, a line drive to left field off Brian Moehler (0-2). It was the first major league hit for Suzuki, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

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