The New York Yankees posted their first four-game winning streak of a stumbling season, beating the Seattle Mariners 12-6 in the American League on Saturday.
Starting pitcher Mike Mussina survived five shaky innings before turning it over to Joba Chamberlain and New York’s reshaped bullpen.
The Yankees, who remain last in the East Division, have shown signs of stirring over the past four games, outscoring opponents 35-9.
New York improved to 5-0 this season against the Mariners.
BLUE JAYS 6, ROYALS 0
In Toronto, the home team shut down Kansas City, extending the Royals’ losing streak to six.
Jesse Litsch pitched a seven-hitter in his first career complete game and Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam for the Blue Jays.
ANGELS 2, WHITE SOX 0
In Chicago, Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver pitched three-hit ball over eight innings to shut down Chicago.
Vladimir Guerrero hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth for the Angels, who have won five of six.
RAYS 11, ORIOLES 4
In St Petersburg, Florida, Evan Longoria homered twice and had six RBIs to lead Tampa Bay past Baltimore.
It was Longoria’s first career multihomer game.
INDIANS 5, RANGERS 2
In Cleveland, the home team snapped its seven-game losing streak with a win over Texas.
Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer for the Indians.
In other American League action on Saturday it was:
• Tigers 19, Twins 3
• Athletics 3, Red Sox 0
The New York Mets eased some of the growing pressure on manager Willie Randolph by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Saturday, ending a five-game losing streak.
New York general manager Omar Minaya made the holiday weekend trip to Colorado, leading to speculation that Randolph’s job could be in jeopardy.
BRAVES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1
In Atlanta, Jeff Francoeur hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the ninth inning as Atlanta downed Arizona.
The Braves overcame a 10-strikeout performance by veteran Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson.
CARDINALS 4, DODGERS 0
In Los Angeles, Kyle Lohse pitched six scoreless innings to lead St Louis past Los Angeles. Lohse struck out five and walked none, allowing only one runner past second base.
In other National League action on Saturday it was:
• Brewers 5, Nationals 2
• Astros 4, Phillies 3
• Pirates 5, Cubs 4
• Reds 7, Padres 2