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Wang in slump, Mets beat Yanks

AP , NEW YORK

New York Yankees pitcher Wang Chien-ming walks back to the dugout after the fourth inning of the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sunday.

PHOTO: EPA

MAJOR LEAGUES

Oliver Perez shut down the slumping New York Yankees, Jose Reyes homered for the second consecutive game and the Mets cruised to an 11-2 rout on Sunday for a rain-shortened sweep of their crosstown rivals.

Ryan Church also homered and Moises Alou drove in three runs for the Mets, who beat Wang Chien-ming and won a series at Yankee Stadium for only the second time since interleague play began in 1997. They took two of three in 2005.

Perez (4-3) pitched three-hit ball for a season-high 7 2-3 innings, handing the Yankees their fifth loss in six games. The so-called Bronx Bombers, missing injured sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, have scored only 12 runs during that stretch while falling to a season-worst 20-24.

Hideki Matsui homered for the Yankees.

REDS 6, INDIANS 4

At Cincinnati, Adam Dunn homered for the fourth straight game, and Joey Votto finished off Cliff Lee with the first pinch-hit homer of his career to cap Cincinnati’s three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Lee (6-1) came into the game on an amazing run, having allowed only four earned runs and one homer all season. Cincinnati’s left-handed swingers got the best of him, deciding a matchup of the majors’ two stingiest starters.

ASTROS 5, RANGERS 4

At Arlington, Texas, Brandon Backe pitched into the seventh inning, Miguel Tejada had three hits and Houston beat Texas.

Backe (3-5) retired the first nine batters of the game and didn’t give up a run until allowing consecutive homers to Milton Bradley and David Murphy in the seventh.

The Rangers crept within 5-4 on Frank Catalanotto’s RBI double in the eighth. Jose Valverde, who got four outs for his 12th save in 15 chances, retired Michael Young to end the inning.

WHITE SOX 13, GIANTS 8

At San Francisco, Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, lifting the White Sox to their fifth straight win.

Chicago got three straight one-out singles off Tyler Walker (1-2) in the eighth to load the bases. He then struck out Brian Anderson before Swisher stepped into the box and produced his second hit of the series.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, TIGERS 0

At Phoenix, Randy Johnson pitched seven scoreless innings for his 288th career victory, and Arizona improved to a major league-best 28-16.

The 44-year-old Johnson (4-1) went a season-long seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, allowing six hits and a walk and striking out five.

RED SOX 11, BREWERS 7

At Boston, David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs for Boston over Milwaukee.

In other games, it was:

• Royals 9, Marlins 3

• Braves 5, Athletics 2

• Cardinals 5, Rays 4

• Mariners 3, Padres 2

• Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5

• Nationals 2, Orioles 1

• Angels 10, Dodgers 2

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