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Red Sox stay ahead in race for AL East

ONE-GAME LEAD:Boston just maintained their lead over New York with a last-minute win over the Indians after pinch-runner Saltalamacchia dove home

AP, BOSTON

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Jarrod Saltalamacchia dove across home plate to score the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, maintaining their one-game lead in the American League East division.

Pinch-runner Saltalamacchia scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single to keep Boston’s nose in front of archrivals New York.

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (3-0) got the win after shutting down the Indians on just 10 pitches in the ninth. Boston posted their sixth walk-off win of the season.

Cleveland’s Vinnie Pestano (1-1) got the loss.

Tigers 6, Rangers 5

In Detroit, Michigan, Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run amid an eighth-inning rain shower, lifting Detroit over Texas.

Texas reliever Mike Adams (0-1) was making his debut for the Rangers after being traded from San Diego and got the first out of the eighth, but as the rain became heavier, Boesch connected for a shot over the wall in right field.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for Detroit, earning his 29th save in as many chances.

Detroit pitcher Joaquin Benoit (3-3) took the win despite blowing a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth.

Yankees 6, White Sox 0, (6-1/2)

In Chicago, Mark Teixeira set a major-league record by homering from both sides of the plate in the same game 12 times in a season as New York beat Chicago in a rain-shortened game.

Teixeira broke the record he had shared with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who each performed the switch-hitting feat 11 times in a season.

New York pitcher Phil Hughes (2-3), who spent nearly two months on the disabled list this season, pitched six scoreless innings to guide the Yankees to their fifth straight win. The White Sox have lost four straight.

Chicago starter Jon Danks (4-9) suffered his first loss since May, giving up four runs in six innings.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Blue Jays 3, Rays 1

‧ Angels 5, Twins 1

‧ Mariners 4, Athletics 2

‧ Orioles 8, Royals 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

The Arizona Diamondbacks moved level with San Francisco for first place in the National League West division standings by beating the Giants 6-1 on Tuesday.

Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Upton both hit two-run homers as the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight to grab a piece of the division lead for the first time in five weeks. Ryan Roberts had two hits and drove in a run.

Arizona starter Daniel Hudson (11-7) allowed just one run and one walk over eight innings, while striking out five.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum (9-9) lasted seven innings, giving up two runs in the fifth.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 7, (11)

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lance Berkman singled in Matt -Holliday for the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, giving St Louis victory over Milwaukee in a clash of NL Central contenders that turned testy as the night wore on.

Sluggers Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Ryan Braun were each hit by a pitch in the seventh, while St Louis catcher Yadier Molina became so incensed after he was ejected in the 10th that the plate umpire had to wipe his face during the argument.

Holliday sparked the Cardinals’ winning rally by hitting a groundball to shortstop with two outs. Holliday then swiped second for his first stolen base of the season and scored when Berkman hit a shallow shot to left against Marco Estrada (2-7).

Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan (8-6) allowed a one-out single in the 11th, but earned the victory after Octavio Dotel got the final two outs for his first save in the NL this year.

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