Jon Lester shut down the Yankees for seven innings, while Adrian Gonzalez provided an early lead with a two-run homer as the Boston Red Sox beat New York 4-1 on Saturday for a badly needed win.
Yankees nemesis Pedro Ciriaco was four for four, raising his average against New York this year to .517 (15 for 29), while Boston reliever Craig Breslow and catcher Ryan Lavarnway became what is thought to be the first all-Yale battery in the major leagues since 1883.
The fourth-place Red Sox won for the fourth time in 11 games as they try to right their foundering season.
Lester (7-10) won consecutive starts for the first time since mid-May, allowing five hits and two walks.
Curtis Granderson homered for New York. David Phelps (3-4), making his second spot start while C.C. Sabathia is on the disabled list, gave up three runs and seven hits in 6-2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 2
In Detroit, Michigan, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer to help Baltimore snap Detroit’s four-game winning streak.
Adam Jones and Matt Wieters opened the seventh inning with consecutive singles off Rick Porcello (9-8).
Davis then drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for his 19th homer, snapping the scoreless tie.
Zach Britton (2-1) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three in seven sparkling innings as Baltimore won for the fourth time in six games.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop with two out in the eighth, trimming Detroit’s deficit to one. However, Peralta was caught in a rundown to end the inning, while Jim Johnson got three outs for his 36th save.
RAYS 10, ANGELS 8
In Anaheim, California, pinch-hitter Carlos Pena delivered a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, while Evan Longoria also hit a two-run shot as Tampa Bay overcame an eight-run deficit to beat Los Angeles.
Jake McGee (4-2) earned the win with a perfect seventh, while Fernando Rodney got three outs for his major league-leading 38th save. The Rays, held to one hit over the first four innings by C.J. Wilson, rallied from an 8-0 hole with seven runs in the fifth against the All-Star left-hander.
Rodney ended the game by striking out Erick Aybar and retiring pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis on a grounder with runners at second and third.
Ben Zobrist hit a three-run double off Wilson. Tampa Bay tied it in the sixth with an unearned run against Jason Isringhausen, while Pena hit his 16th homer off Kevin Jepsen (2-2) after a leadoff single by Jeff Keppinger.
ROYALS 9, WHITE SOX 4
In Kansas City, Missouri, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run shot as Kansas City beat Chicago, overcoming Adam Dunn’s 400th career homer.
Moustakas connected in the eighth and drove in four runs for Kansas City, which have won four of five. Alcides Escobar had four infield singles.
Chicago trailed 5-2 before Dunn drove a 2-2 pitch from Tim Collins over the wall in left-center in the eighth. Kevin Youkilis, who singled with one out for his 1,000th career hit, was aboard for Dunn’s major league-best 35th homer of the season.
Dunn is one of 11 active players with 400 homers and No. 50 to reach the mark overall.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1
‧ Athletics 8, Indians 5
‧ Mariners 3, Twins 2
AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri
Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the St. Louis lineup, leading the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.