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Wild pitch sends Matt Joyce home for Rays victory

AP, ST PETERSBURG, Florida

Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs breaks his bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during their game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Matt Joyce scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

Joyce opened the 10th with a double off Fernando Rodney (0-1) and moved to third on a grounder. Rodney then threw a pitch into the dirt that eluded catcher Hank Conge and Joyce raced home.

Tampa Bay’s James Shields took a shutout into the ninth before giving up a double to Torii Hunter to open the inning. Hunter later scored to tie it and force extra innings.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4

In New York, Eric Chavez drove in a run and broke up a potential double play that helped lead to three more as New York edged Toronto.

Derek Jeter hit a sacrifice fly and Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner also drove in runs for the Yankees, who played small ball to perfection against Toronto.

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (4-1) scrapped his way through six innings, despite giving up nine hits and having to wiggle his way out of a jam in just about every one of them. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Indians 3, Tigers 2 (13)

‧ Rangers 11, Athletics 2

‧ Mariners 2, Red Sox 0

‧ Royals 11, Twins 2

‧ Orioles 6, White Sox 2

AP, CINCINNATI, Ohio

Pinch-hitter Edgar Renteria singled with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 comeback win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson left after seven innings and reliever Randy Choate took over in the eighth with a 3-0 lead, but Cincinnati scored three times to tie it.

The Reds then loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against rookie Michael Dunn (1-1). After a forceout and a pop up, Renteria singled into left field to win it.

Phillies 2, Mets 1

In Philadelphia, Roy Halladay started the game by throwing 18 straight strikes and Philadelphia went on to set a club record with its 18th victory in April, beating New York.

Halladay (4-1) allowed one run and walked only one while striking out eight to lead the Phillies to their third straight victory and a record better than the 17-5 April of 1993.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Cardinals 3, Braves 2

‧ Rockies 4, Pirates 1

‧ Giants 2, Nationals 1

‧ Padres 5, Dodgers 2

‧ Astros 2, Brewers 1

‧ Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3

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