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Rays rally in ninth, beat Indians 7-6

COMEBACK:Tampa Bay scored three runs in the final inning to edge Cleveland, while in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the San Francisco Giants 13-2


Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, top, throws over Jason Marquis of the San Diego Padres as he tries to turn a double play during the fifth inning of their MLB game on Sunday in San Diego, California.

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All-Star Chris Perez blew his first save since opening day as the Tampa Bay Rays scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 on Sunday.

Will Rhymes hit a solo homer with one out and Carlos Pena added a RBI triple after Elliot Johnson singled to tie it at six off Perez (0-2), who had converted 25 straight saves since giving up a lead on April 5. Ben Zobrist then singled home Pena with the go-ahead run, before Perez got two strikeouts to end the inning.

Fellow All-Star Fernando Rodney worked the bottom half for his 25th save in 26 chances. Joel Peralta (1-3) gave up a solo homer to Choo Shin-soo in the eighth.


In Anaheim, California, Brad Mills pitched five innings of three-hit ball in a spot start for the injured Dan Haren after getting called up from the minors, as the Angels got home runs from Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in a victory over Baltimore.

Mills (1-0) threw 88 pitches on three day’s rest in his Angels debut, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Rookie Chen Wei-yin of Taiwan (7-5) lost his fourth straight start after winning his previous three outings.


In Chicago, Illinois, Colby Rasmus hit one of four Blue Jays homers and had three RBIs to help Toronto end the White Sox’s five-game winning streak.

The first-place White Sox go to the All-Star break with a 47-38 record and a three-game lead in the American League Central. Chicago manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the top of the ninth after charging to the plate to heatedly argue a ball and strike call with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.


In Detroit, Michigan, Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot, and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs as the Tigers beat Kansas City to complete a sweep of the three-game weekend series.

The power display backed Max Scherzer (8-5), who allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.

It was the Tigers’ season-high fifth-straight win and put them two games over .500 — heading into the All-Star break — for the first time since April 25 (10-8).

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City.


In Oakland, California, Josh Reddick hit a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning to send Oakland into the All-Star break with a .500 record.

Jemile Weeks led off the 13th with a single off Oliver Perez (0-2) and then raced around the bases to score on Reddick’s drive to left-center field that gave the A’s their eighth walk-off win of the season and second this series.

Jordan Norberto (2-1) pitched a scoreless 13th for the win. He worked around a two-out double to Michael Saunders on a fly ball to right center that Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss lost in the sun and a flock of seagulls that hovered over the field in the extra innings.


In Boston, Massachusetts, Ivan Nova struck out 10 and Andruw Jones hit his fourth homer in three games as surging New York went into the All-Star break with a win over Boston.

The Yankees took three of four at Fenway Park and boosted their record to a major league-best 52-33. They hold the biggest division lead in baseball at seven games over Baltimore.

Boston (43-43) dropped its sixth game in the last seven and fell into a last-place tie in the division with the Toronto Blue Jays, 9.5 games off the pace.

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