Wells breaks slump, lifts Yankees over Rays

AP, NEW YORK

Mon, Jun 24, 2013 - Page 19

MAJOR LEAGUES

Vernon Wells broke out of his big slump with a pinch-hit, three-run double as the Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 in New York on Saturday.

Wells was in a nine-for-87 slide that landed him on the bench the past two days, with rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte starting in his place.

However, with the Yankees trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Wells batted for No. 9 hitter Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs.

Wells’ vital hit got C.C. Sabathia (8-5) off the hook after he allowed five runs in seven innings. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.

In other AL games, the Chicago White Sox downed the Kansas City Royals 3-2, the Detroit Tigers trounced the Boston Red Sox 10-3, the Cleveland Indians edged the Minnesota Twins 8-7 and the Seattle Mariners were 7-5 winners over the Oakland Athletics.

In the National League, Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven shutout innings and hit an RBI single as the Colorado Rockies snapped their five-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 7-1.

D.J. LeMahieu hit his first home run and Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single in the first extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the longest this season. Nolan Arenado also went deep for Colorado.

Chacin (6-3) held Washington to five hits with one walk and three strikeouts to win his third straight start.

The Arizona Diamondbacks staged a ninth-inning rally behind Jason Kubel’s two-run single to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

Jay Bruce’s second home run of the game gave the Reds a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning.

In San Francisco, Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run in the 11th inning as the Giants beat the Miami Marlins 2-1.

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made a diving catch to rob Placido Polanco of a likely go-ahead single to end the 11th. The Giants beat the Marlins at home for the first time since July 28, 2010.

In other NL games, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-7, the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Atlanta Braves 2-0 and the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the San Diego Padres 6-1.

The Texas Rangers defeated the St Louis Cardinals 4-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 and the Houston Astros edged the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in interleague games.