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Gentry single lifts Texas Rangers over NY Yankees

AP, NEW YORK

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas’ Craig Gentry, starting for the first time in two weeks, hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that lifted the Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The Rangers avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders and won for the first time at Yankee Stadium in nine attempts.

The Yankees led 5-4 before the Rangers came back with three runs in the seventh. David Murphy hit a tying RBI double off Boone Logan (4-1) and, after an intentional walk that loaded the bases, Gentry lined a tie-breaking single up the middle.

Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers (1-0) won his first big league decision.

RAYS 7, ANGELS 0

In Anaheim, David Price pitched seven scoreless innings to notch his AL-leading 16th victory and lead Tampa Bay over Los Angeles.

Price (16-4) struck out eight and allowed only two runners to third base. Price is 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his past 11 starts.

Tampa Bay got home runs from Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist.

Los Angeles has gone 32 consecutive innings without scoring against the Rays.

Angels starter Dan Haren (8-10) gave up five runs in 3-1/3 innings. He has allowed at least one home run in each of his past 10 starts; a career worst.

RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 3

In Baltimore, Clay Buchholz shook off a rocky start to earn the win as Boston downed Baltimore.

After giving up six hits over the first two innings, Buchholz (11-3) kept the Orioles at bay, and the Red Sox rebounded from a 3-1 deficit. He allowed three runs in eight innings and struck out seven.

Dustin Pedroia singled in the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning as the Red Sox added three runs in that frame against Luis Ayala (4-4).

In other AL play, it was:

‧ White Sox 7, Blue Jays 2

‧ Athletics 3, Royals 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, PITTSBURGH, Ohio

Pittsburgh’s Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers to power the Pirates to a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, avoiding a three-game sweep.

Jones had a career-high six RBIs for the Pirates, who had lost six of seven. He homered in the first and fifth for his fifth two-homer game of his career.

Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett (15-4) became the first Pirates pitcher this century to notch 15 wins in a season.

He allowed seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Dodgers starter Joe Blanton (8-11) fell to 0-2 since being acquired in a trade from Philadelphia. He gave up eight runs and a season-worst four walks in 4 1-3 innings. Los Angeles had won six straight.

METS 8, REDS 4

In Cincinnati, rookie Matt Harvey drove in one more run than he allowed as New York snapped Cincinnati’s five-game winning streak.

Harvey (2-3), who had lost three straight starts after winning in his major league debut, allowed one run in 7-2/3 innings.

He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. Harvey doubled in two runs in New York’s three-run fourth inning.

Ike Davis and Jason Bay hit solo home runs for the Mets, who capitalized on three errors.

The Reds, who entered with a season-high, seven-game lead in the NL Central, had it cut to six over Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (10-8) allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, CARDINALS 1

In St Louis, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young homered on consecutive pitches in the ninth inning to lift Arizona over St Louis.

With St Louis ahead, Jason Motte (4-4) struck out the first batter in the ninth.

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