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Indians slip past Tampa Bay 5-4

LATE-INNING MAGIC:The Cleveland Indians earned their 14th straight home win, while the Orioles ended a four-game losing skid with a 13th-inning comeback

AP, CLEVELAND, OHIO

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Michael Brantley drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and give the Cleveland Indians their 14th straight win at home, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

The victory continued the Indians’ recent run of late-inning magic at Progressive Field. They have won their last four at home in their final at-bat. Cleveland loaded the bases against Joel Peralta (1-2) before Kyle Farnsworth came on and issued his first walk in 16 outings this season.

Brantley and Grady Sizemore homered for the Indians, who are 14-2 at home for the first time since becoming an AL charter member in 1901.

Chris Perez (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria homered for the Rays, who came in with baseball’s best road record, but had their winning streak stopped at four.

YANKEES 3, ROYALS 1

In New York, Freddy Garcia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter provided the offense as New York’s bullpen made them stand up in a victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Brett Gardner tripled and scored twice as the Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games at home against the Royals. Kansas City has a major league-best 15 wins at Kauffman Stadium, but dropped to just 3-9 on the road this season.

Garcia (2-2) gave up six hits and a pair of walks in six-plus innings to win for only the second time in nine decisions against the Royals. He outpitched Kyle Davies (1-5), who allowed three runs in five-plus innings for Kansas City.

Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera provided the Royals with their only run, a solo homer to center field in the fourth inning that briefly tied the game.

Jeter had two more hits after his four-hit, two-homer game on Sunday in Texas. He drove in the Yankees’ first run with a crisp single in the third inning.

BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 6

In Toronto, David Cooper hit his first major league homer and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox.

Jose Bautista hit his 11th home run of the season and rookie J.P. Arencibia also went deep for Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez homered twice for the Red Sox, the 11th multihomer game of his career, and David Ortiz added a solo shot.

Rajai Davis hit a one-out single off Matt Albers (0-1) in the 10th and stole second on a pitchout, sliding in just ahead of the tag. Davis stole third on the very next pitch, and the Red Sox brought their infield in. Cooper won it with a fly to center.

ORIOLES 7, MARINERS 6, 13 INNS

In Baltimore, Maryland, Matt Wieters singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning, part of a stunning comeback that gave Baltimore a victory over Seattle.

After the Mariners got the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th, the Orioles scored twice in the bottom half against Brandon League (0-2), who blew his first save opportunity in 10 chances this season.

J.J. Hardy homered and had four hits for Baltimore in his first game back from the disabled list. The Orioles, who bounced back from a 4-3 deficit in the eighth, snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-17 when trailing after seven innings.

Adam Kennedy homered for the Mariners, who took the lead in the 13th on Mike Wilson’s first major league hit.

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