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Kuroda lifts Yankees past White Sox

CAREER HIGHS:Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11 to halt a White Sox win streak, while Cincinnati’s Mat Latos pitched a two-hitter to lead the Reds over the Giants 2-1

AP, NEW YORK

New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throws a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning of their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Saturday.

Photo: Reuters

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York’s Hiroki Kuroda tied a career high by striking out 11 as the Yankees beat Chicago 4-0 on Saturday, ending the White Sox’s four-game winning streak.

Kuroda (8-7) pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and walked one in the matchup of American League division leaders.

Dewayne Wise, who the previous day was unexpectedly called upon to pitch, shone in a more familiar role as he had three hits and homered. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano also cleared the fences.

Chicago starter Jake Peavy (6-5) struck out 11 without a walk in his fourth complete game this year, but still took the loss.

RANGERS 7, ATHLETICS 2

In Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer to cap a big fifth inning as Texas notched their fifth straight win by beating Oakland.

Hamilton drove in four runs to help Texas (50-29) become the first team in baseball to reach 50 victories.

Texas’ 21-year-old Martin Perez (1-0) won his first big-league start, allowing two runs, walking only one and striking out five in 5-1/3 innings.

Oakland’s Tommy Milone (8-6) gave up six runs in five innings.

BLUE JAYS 11, ANGELS 2

In Toronto, Ontario, Yunel Escobar homered during a seven-run burst in the second inning that spurred Toronto past Los Angeles.

Brett Lawrie later added a three-run shot. He also doubled and singled.

Los Angeles rookie Mike Trout, who came in leading the AL with a .342 average, was held hitless for the first time in 12 games. He finished zero-for-four, dropping his average to .336.

The Blue Jays’ Henderson Alvarez (5-6) worked seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 10.

The Angels’ Garrett Richards (2-1) lost for the first time in five starts this season. He allowed 10 runs in 4-1/3 innings.

INDIANS 11, ORIOLES 5

In Baltimore, Maryland, Choo Shin-soo went four-for-five with a homer, scored four runs and collected three RBIs to lead Cleveland past Baltimore.

Shelley Duncan also homered for the Indians, who had a season-high 19 hits — eclipsing record of 16, set the previous night.

During the game, Baltimore announced the acquisition of slugger Jim Thome from Philadelphia for two minor leaguers.

Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (4-5) allowed seven hits in six innings. Baltimore starter Dana Eveland (0-1) gave up five runs in 3-2/3 innings.

TIGERS 6, RAYS 2

In St Petersburg, Florida, Rick Porcello (6-5) pitched seven shutout innings to steer Detroit past Tampa Bay.

Austin Jackson hit a three-run homer in the eighth to put the Tigers up 4-0.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-4) left in the third after being struck in the lower right leg by a liner. The Rays said Hellickson, who missed his previous two starts because of right shoulder inflammation, has a bruised shin and X-rays were negative.

MARINERS 3, RED SOX 2, 11 INNS

In Seattle, Washington, Chone Figgins’ sacrifice fly in the 11th inning was deep enough to drive in the winning run as Seattle edged Boston.

With the Red Sox’s infield playing in and expecting a possible squeeze bunt from Figgins, he came through with a line drive off Boston closer Alfredo Aceves (0-5) that Cody Ross caught cleanly in right field. He made a strong throw, but the ball bounced before getting to the plate and the catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia could not pick it up cleanly, allowing Dustin Ackley to scamper home.

Ackley started the rally with a one-out single and advanced to third on Miguel Olivo’s base hit.

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