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Ortiz caps Red Sox’s victory over Twins

SEPARATION:The victory extended Boston’s lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East to one-and-a-half games, while Minnesota suffered their fifth straight loss

AP, MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota

In San Francisco, Pittsburgh broke through for their first win in 11 games, downing San Francisco.

Pirates starter Charlie Morton (9-6) pitched eight scoreless inning, while reliever Jose Veras completed the team’s ninth shutout this season.

Ryan Ludwick hit two RBI singles, while Garrett Jones doubled among his four hits for Pittsburgh, who battered Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (9-2), who lost for the first time in 13 starts.

The Giants — held to two or fewer runs for the eighth time in 10 games — were blanked for the third time in nine games and had their NL West lead cut to a half-game ahead of Arizona.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Rockies 10, Reds 7

‧ Mets 9, Padres 8

‧ Astros 9, Diamondbacks 1

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