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Smyly gets first big league win as Tigers beat Yanks

AP, NEW YORK

Drew Smyly of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City on Saturday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, while Drew Smyly pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win to help the Detroit Tigers snap a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees 7-5 on Saturday.

Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer in the first off Freddy Garcia. Playing Delmon Young’s usual position of left field, Dirks made a pair of nice defensive plays, too, running down balls that looked like extra-base hits off the bat.

Young was placed on the restricted list and will be evaluated under baseball’s employee assistance program. He was arrested early on Friday on a hate crime harassment charge following an encounter at his hotel in which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets and was intoxicated.

Smyly (1-0) gave up a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh. He allowed two hits and two walks in six-plus innings with seven strikeouts.

RANGERS 7, RAYS 2

In Arlington, Texas, Colby Lewis allowed one run in six innings and Josh Hamilton had a two-run single as Texas snapped Tampa Bay’s six-game winning streak.

Lewis (3-0) allowed three hits and three walks to improve to 4-0 in his career against the Rays. Tampa Bay’s only scoring off Lewis came on Matt Joyce’s second-inning homer.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann (1-3) gave up three runs and three walks in 5-2/3 innings. The right-hander has not pitched past the sixth inning in his four starts this season.

Hamilton went 2 for 3 and now leads the AL with 24 RBIs. Adrian Beltre added a three-run home for Texas, which improved to 16-5 and equaled the best 21-game start in club history.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Red Sox 1, White Sox 0

‧ Angels 2, Indians 1

‧ Blue Jays 7, Mariners 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES

Matt Kemp homered leading off the 10th inning, spoiling Bryce Harper’s major league debut and lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Harper hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth before Washington’s bullpen wasted a 3-1 lead in the bottom half.

Kemp drove a 1-2 pitch off Tom Gorzelanny (1-1) to center field for his majors-leading 11th home run, breaking the Dodgers record for long balls this month set by Gary Sheffield in 2000. Kemp tossed his helmet as he galloped from third to home plate, where he was mobbed by teammates.

Jamey Wright (1-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

Harper, the Nationals’ much-ballyhooed 19-year-old outfielder and the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, was 1 for 3 in his four plate appearances.

PHILLIES 5, CUBS 2

In Phildelphia, Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in three runs, while Joe Blanton threw 7-1/3 sharp innings to lead Philadelphia over Chicago.

Jimmy Rollins, in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, added a two-run double for the Phillies, the five-time defending NL East champions who are off to a 10-11 start.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2

‧ Giants 2, Padres 1

‧ Pirates 4, Braves 2

‧ Cardinals 7, Brewers 3

‧ Mets 7, Rockies 5

‧ Reds 6, Astros 0

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