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Rodriguez, Upton homer as Rays topple the Twins

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Sean Rodriguez and B.J. Upton hit three-run homers as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Tuesday.

The Rays won for the 10th time in 11 games and the victory moved them into first place in the American League East.

Rodriguez homered in the first inning. Upton put the Rays ahead 6-3 with his tiebreaking drive in the seventh.

Jeff Niemann (10-3) allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings as Tampa Bay moved one game ahead of the New York Yankees, who lost to Toronto.

Rafael Soriano allowed an RBI single to Joe Mauer in the ninth, before recording his 31st save.

Mauer was back in the starting lineup and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the designated hitter. The reigning American League MVP, dealing with tendinitis in his right shoulder, sat out two straight games after receiving a cortisone shot in the shoulder on Saturday.

It has not been determined when Mauer will play behind the plate.

After pinch-hitters John Jaso and Matt Joyce drew one-out walks from Matt Guerrier (1-6) in the seventh, Upton hit his ninth homer of the season into the left-field seats.

BLUE JAYS 8, YANKEES 2

In New York, Ricky Romero baffled the suddenly slumping New York Yankees for the second time this season as the free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays belted four more home runs for the victory.

Alex Rodriguez failed to hit home run No. 600 for the 12th consecutive game, extending the longest stretch before reaching the milestone of the six players to have done it. New York’s third baseman went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

The Yankees have lost three straight for the first time since June 16 to June 19.

Romero (9-7) allowed just two hits — a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira in the first and an infield single by Marcus Thames in the fifth. He retired the final 15 batters.

Toronto’s Travis Snider and Jose Bautista hit two-run homers, while Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill also went deep for the major league’s top home-run hitting team. Bautista’s homer was his ninth since the All-Star break and his 33rd of the year, by far the most in the majors.

Dustin Moseley (1-1) took the loss.

WHITE SOX 12, TIGERS 2, 1ST GAME

TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 1, 2ND GAME

In Detroit, Michigan, Jeremy Bonderman allowed one run in six-and-two-third innings for his first win in two months and Johnny Damon drove in two runs as the Detroit Tigers earned a split of a day-night doubleheader with Chicago.

Chicago won the first game as Juan Pierre homered for the first time in almost two years. Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo also connected for the White Sox in the opener.

Mark Buehrle (10-8) pitched into the eighth inning, allowing two runs and seven hits. It’s the 10th straight season he has won at least 10 games.

Pierre also doubled, drove in two runs and stole his league-leading 40th base, the 499th of his career. Pierre’s previous home run was on Sept. 15, 2008. He lined a shot from Rick Porcello over the right-field fence to lead off the fifth.

Porcello (4-10) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in four-and-a-third innings and was chased as the White Sox took a 7-1 lead in the fifth.

In the second game, Bonderman (6-6) allowed five hits, walking one and striking out five. His last win came on June 3. Robbie Weinhardt and Ryan Perry finished the game.

Carlos Torres (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the first game, was the loser for Chicago, giving up five runs and nine hits in six innings, with five walks and four strikeouts.

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