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Price becomes first AL 12-game winner

AP , ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

David Price pitched into the eighth inning to become the American League’s first 12-game winner and fellow All-Star Evan Longoria ended the longest homerless drought of his career to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 and finish a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

Price (12-4) allowed two runs, including Mike Cameron’s solo homer, while scattering eight hits, walking one and striking out 10 over seven-and-two-third innings. The Rays used three pitchers to get the final four outs, with Matt Garza making his first relief appearance in three years and earning his first save.

Longoria’s 13th homer of the season — a solo shot in the fourth inning off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (3-7) — was his first since June 15 against Atlanta and ended a stretch of 78 consecutive at bats over 20 games.

Yankees 6, Athletics 2

In Oakland, California, Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer to help A.J. Burnett win for the first time in more than five weeks as New York completed a sweep of Oakland.

Derek Jeter had a go-ahead single and Ramiro Pena also singled in a run in New York’s five-run fourth inning. The Yankees won their fifth straight and earned their first road sweep of the season.

Burnett (7-7) pitched seven strong innings to end a six-start winless stretch in which he was 0-5 since beating the Indians on May 30.

Nick Swisher homered and doubled among his three hits against his former team.

Wednesday’s other results:

• Tigers 4, Orioles 2

• Blue Jays 6, Twins 5

• Rangers 4, Indians 3

• White Sox 5, Angels 2

• Royals 7, Mariners 3

AP, PHILADELPHIA

Brian McCann hit a go-ahead three-run double during a six-run sixth inning and Kris Medlen pitched neatly into the seventh as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Wednesday.

Martin Prado had two solo homers and Matt Diaz also connected for the Braves, who roughed up Jamie Moyer (9-8).

Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino homered for Philadelphia.Medlen allowed four runs and seven hits in six-and-two-third innings.

Wednesday’s other National League results:

• Nationals 7, Padres 6

• Marlins 4, Dodgers 0

• Reds 3, Mets 1

• Giants 15, Brewers 2

• Rockies 8, Cardinals 7

• Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 3

• Astros 6, Pirates 3

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