Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run homer with a career-high six RBIs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 on Saturday, ending New York’s eight-game winning streak and moving back into a tie atop the AL East.
Carl Crawford had four hits — giving him hits in six straight plate appearances — and scored three runs.
John Lackey (10-8) scattered six hits over six innings for the Red Sox, who are 9-2 against New York this season and have clinched at least a tie in the season series.
C.C. Sabathia (16-6) leads the majors in wins and his 2.55 ERA coming into the game was tied for fifth. However, he fell to 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston this year after allowing seven runs in six innings on Saturday, giving up nine hits and a walk and striking out six.
Tigers 4, Royals 3
In Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Verlander lasted seven innings despite some balky defense behind him as Detroit held on to beat Kansas City.
Tigers star Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs before leaving late with a sprained left knee. He was to be evaluated again yesterday.
Verlander (16-5) won his fifth straight start and improved to 13-2 in his career against Kansas City. He allowed three runs and five hits, while striking out eight. He pulled even with Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia for the most victories this year.
Joaquin Benoit pitched out of a jam in the eighth for Detroit and Jose Valverde converted his 32nd straight save to start the season, matching the club record set by AL Most Valuable Player Willie Hernandez in 1984.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ White Sox 6, Twins 1
‧ Athletics 8, Rays 0
‧ Orioles 6, Blue Jays 2
‧ Mariners 5, Angels 1
‧ Indians 7, Rangers 5
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Cole Hamels pitched allowed just seven hits for his first win in two weeks as the Philadelphia Phillies extended their season-high winning streak to nine games with a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Hamels struck out five and faced five batters more than the minimum, while dominating the defending World Series champs. All but three of the 27 outs recorded by the All-Star left-hander were made by the infield. Philadelphia also backed Hamels (13-6) with two double plays in a game that took 2 hours, 14 minutes.
The game was far less testy than on Friday night’s 9-2 Phillies win, which included the ejection of three players following a bench-clearing brawl in the sixth inning.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3
In Phoenix, Arizona, Nathan Eovaldi pitched five solid innings in his major league debut as Los Angeles beat Arizona.
Eovaldi (1-0), who pitched in the Double-A Southern League All-Star game in late June, allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked two. He also singled and scored a run.
Rod Barajas had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Dodgers, who have won four of five.
Joe Saunders (8-9) had two hits and drove in two runs.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Rockies 15, Nationals 7
‧ Brewers 7, Astros 5
‧ Cardinals 2, Marlins 1
‧ Padres 13, Pirates 2
‧ Cubs 11, Reds 4
‧ Mets 11, Braves 7