Kevin Youkilis lined a run-scoring single to center field in the ninth, ending a brilliant pitching duel between Roy Halladay and Jon Lester and giving the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Halladay (2-4) retired the first two batters in the inning before walking David Ortiz. Manny Ramirez looped a single to center, sending Ortiz to second, and Youkilis hit a ball in front of center fielder Vernon Wells that he couldn’t handle.
The hard-luck Halladay pitched his fourth straight complete game, but he’s lost the last three.
ORIOLES 7, RAYS 4
At Baltimore, Garrett Olson took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Baltimore ended Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak in a surprising duel for first place in the American League East.
Aubrey Huff homered and Melvin Mora had two RBIs for the Orioles.
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, Olson (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking five and striking out six.
Tampa Bay’s Jason Hammel (2-2) allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings, the shortest of his 28 career starts in the big leagues.
TIGERS 6, YANKEES 4
At New York, Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson homered in the third inning, helping old pro Kenny Rogers and Detroit beat road-weary New York.
Magglio Ordonez got Detroit going with a two-run single off Phil Hughes (0-4), who was booed by the crowd of 49,194 for allowing six runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
MARINERS 7, INDIANS 2
At Cleveland, Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in Seattle’s five-run ninth inning, making a winner of Mark Lowe.
Jose Lopez singled to start the inning off Rafael Betancourt (1-1) and took second on a soft single by Raul Ibanez. Beltre then hit an 0-1 pitch for his fifth homer and a 5-2 lead. Yuniesky Betancourt added a two-out, two-run single off Craig Breslow.
In other games, it was:
• Twins 3, White Sox 1
• Royals 9, Rangers 5
• Angels 2, Athletics 0
Cole Hamels had an impressive outing as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 in the National League on Tuesday, denying Greg Maddux his 350th career victory.
Hamels (3-3) allowed five hits, two runs and struck out six in 7 1-3 innings. Tom Gordon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and the Phillies scored four insurance runs in the bottom half.
The four-time Cy Young award winner was trying for the third start to become the ninth pitcher in big league history to reach 350 wins.
NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 3
At Washington, slumping Ryan Zimmerman had a season-high three hits, including a homer and tiebreaking two-run double, to lead Washington past Atlanta.
In other games, it was:
• Dodgers 7, Marlins 6
• Mets 5, Pirates 4, 11 innings
• Brewers 10, Cubs 7
• Cardinals 7, Reds 2