Chicago’s A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, and Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez also went long as the White Sox pounded the Yankees so hard that New York brought in an outfielder to pitch in a 14-7 romp on Friday.
The White Sox made it a short and sour major league debut for Yankees starter Adam Warren, who did not last even three innings, though it was replacement David Phelps (1-3) who took the loss.
By the end, the Yankees brought in outfielder Dewayne Wise for his pro pitching debut, and he got the last two outs to close out Chicago’s four-run ninth inning.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana (3-1) fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, then hung in to give Chicago a fourth straight win in a matchup of American League division leaders.
RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
In Arlington, Texas, Craig Gentry’s bases-loaded triple in the eighth capped a four-run rally that lifted Texas over Oakland.
Gentry, who entered in the seventh, lifted a fly ball that gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Yoenis Cespedes appeared to misjudge Gentry’s ball as he took a few steps in at first before it flew over his head.
Oakland reliever Grant Balfour (1-2) issued a bases-loaded walk to Nelson Cruz with two outs in the eighth before he was replaced.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison (11-3) threw a season-high 121 pitches over eight innings, allowing two runs. He joined Tampa Bay’s David Price as the AL’s only 11-game winners.
BLUE JAYS 7, ANGELS 5
In Toronto, Ontario, Adam Lind hit two home runs and Yunel Escobar had a tie-breaking double in the seventh inning as Toronto defeated Los Angeles.
Promoted on Monday after more than a month in the minors, Lind hit a three-run homer in the third inning, then added a solo drive in the seventh. It was his first multi-homer game this season and the eighth of his career.
Escobar went three-for-four with two RBIs as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing skid and halted Los Angeles’ winning streak at four games.
Toronto’s Francisco Cordero (3-4) worked two-thirds of an inning for the win.
Jordan Walden (2-2) took the loss for the Angels.
ORIOLES 9, INDIANS 8
In Baltimore, Maryland, Ryan Flaherty singled in the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning as Baltimore edged Cleveland.
Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer and Xavier Avery went long as the Orioles did enough to beat an Indians team who had a season-high 16 hits.
Chris Davis started the seventh-inning with a two-out single off Joe Smith (5-2). After Wieters walked, Flaherty delivered an RBI single.
Xavier Avery hit his first major league homer in the eighth to make it 9-7.
Baltimore’s Matt Lindstrom (1-0) got the last out in the top of the seventh to take the win.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Rays 4, Tigers 2
‧ Royals 4, Twins 3
‧ Red Sox 5, Mariners 0
AP, SAN FRANCISCO
Cincinnati’s Mike Leake pitched his first career complete game, steering the Reds to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday in a clash of National League divisional leaders.
Leake added some sting by hitting a homer off opposing pitcher Matt Cain with two outs in the sixth.
Zack Cozart hit the first pitch of the game from Cain for a homer, and just like that, San Francisco’s franchise-record streak of four straight shutouts was ended.
Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the first for the Reds.
Cain (9-3) had his career-best eight-game winning streak snapped. He allowed three runs in the first inning for the first time in two years.