Jason Giambi homered and drove in two runs to back an effective pitching performance by Andy Pettitte as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday to avert a three-game sweep.
Pettitte (5-5) gave up two runs and eight hits in six-and-two-third innings to improve to 24-6 against the Orioles, including 15-4 in Baltimore. He has more wins at Camden Yards than any visiting pitcher.
Joba Chamberlain struck out three and allowed one hit in one-and-a-third innings before Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 13th save in 13 tries.
Melvin Mora had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Brian Roberts also had three hits for Baltimore. But the rest of the lineup went three-for-27.
RAYS 5, RANGERS 3
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Garza pitched a career-high eight innings, leading first-place Tampa Bay over Texas.
Despite being off to the best start in franchise history and beginning the day tied with the Chicago Cubs for the best record in the major leagues, Tampa Bay drew an announced crowd of 10,927.
Garza (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits for the American League East leaders, who won two of three from the Rangers to hand Texas their first series loss in over a month. The Rays have won nine of their last 11 series, including six straight at home.
B.J. Upton and Akinori Iwamura delivered RBI singles off Kason Gabbard (1-2), Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly and Carlos Pena and pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd drew walks with the bases loaded for Tampa Bay, who have won 15 of 20 games.
WHITE SOX 6, INDIANS 5
In Cleveland, Ohio, Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run seventh inning that led Chicago to their 1,000th win over Cleveland.
Gavin Floyd (5-3) allowed two runs in the first, then retired 15 of 17 hitters before the Indians scored three times to take a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Floyd gave up five runs — four earned — and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
The American League Central-leading White Sox have won five of six against Cleveland.
Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 17th homer to help Adam Eaton earn his first win as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Eaton (1-3) allowed one run over six innings, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run shot and the Phillies (31-24) moved to a season-best seven games above .500 with their first sweep of the season. Philadelphia outscored Colorado 33-10 in the series.
The reeling Colorado Rockies are a season-worst 13 games under .500. The defending National League champions, who swept Philadelphia last October, have been decimated by injuries this season.
Eaton needed 11 starts to get his first win. He gave up four hits and struck out four in his best outing so far, lowering his ERA to 4.99.
REDS 9, PIRATES 1
In Cincinnati, Ohio, David Ross hit his first homer of the season to put the finishing touch on a six-run first inning off Tom Gorzelanny as Cincinnati extended their home winning streak to nine games.
Ross drove in four runs overall and rookie Jay Bruce had a double and a pair of walks as the Reds extended their best home winning streak since 1980.
Gorzelanny (4-5) retired only two of the eight batters he faced during the shortest of his 54 starts in the majors. He gave up four hits and two walks and threw a wild pitch that set up a run.
Wednesday’s other results:
• Brewers 1, Braves 0
• Cardinals 6, Astros 1