Byrd slams Yankees in 9th

Chamberlain hurt in loss to Rangers

Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain (center) grimaces after suffering a shoulder injury in the fifth inning. Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain (center) grimaces after suffering a shoulder injury in the fifth inning. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)
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Associated Press / August 5, 2008

Marlon Byrd hit a winning grand slam in the ninth inning and the Rangers, long after Joba Chamberlain left with a shoulder injury, snapped a 10-game home losing streak to the New York Yankees with a 9-5 victory last night in Arlington, Texas.

Already missing No. 1 starter Chien-Ming Wang and righthander Phil Hughes from their rotation, the Yankees lost Chamberlain when he came out with a stiff right shoulder in the fifth.

It was uncertain whether Chamberlain would be able to make his next scheduled start, but New York is likely to be cautious with the 22-year-old righthander - even in a tight playoff race.

Pinch hitter Milton Bradley drew a walk from Damaso Marte (0-1) leading off the bottom of the ninth. Travis Metcalf ran for Bradley and, one out later, Marte walked Gerald Laird.

After Michael Young flied out, Josh Hamilton walked to load the bases and Byrd hit the next pitch from Marte into the right-center seats. Byrd was mobbed at the plate by his teammates after circling the bases with his seventh homer.

Michael Young and David Murphy also homered for the Rangers, who earned their first home win over the Yankees since July 19, 2006.

New York threatened in the ninth when Johnny Damon hit a two-out double off Eddie Guardado (3-2). Derek Jeter hit a line drive to center, where Hamilton made a tumbling catch to keep the score tied at 5.

Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, the Yankees tied it against Frank Francisco on Xavier Nady's fourth homer in 30 at-bats since being acquired July 26.

Young's three-run shot off Chamberlain in the fifth gave Texas a 5-4 lead.

Chamberlain gave up a two-out single to Byrd in the fifth and when he returned to the mound assistant trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi ran onto the field to check on the former reliever, who pointed at his right shoulder.

Chamberlain, who gave up five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in his 12th major league start, walked to the dugout and was replaced by Edwar Ramirez.

Jason Giambi homered and had three hits. Robinson Cano also homered for the Yankees, who had won 14 of 16 in Texas.

Indians 5, Rays 2 - Cliff Lee tied the major league lead with his 15th win and visiting Cleveland stayed unbeaten against AL East-leading Tampa Bay this season.

Lee (15-2) went seven innings, giving up two runs and eight hits. The lefthander is 9-2 in 13 road starts.

Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak ended. The Rays stayed three games ahead of Boston in the AL East.

David Dellucci hit his 100th career homer for the Indians, who improved to 20-36 on the road.

Rafael Perez pitched the final two innings to record his second save.

Akinori Iwamura drove in both runs for Tampa Bay, which fell to 43-17 at home.

Rays left fielder Carl Crawford (sore left hamstring) and shortstop Jason Bartlett (right index finger) were out of the starting lineup. It's possible both might not start again tonight.

Kelly Shoppach put the Indians ahead, 1-0, with an RBI double in the second. He made it 5-2 on a run-scoring in the eighth, and has eight RBIs over his last seven games.

Cleveland took a 2-0 lead on Asdrubal Cabrera's third-inning solo homer.

Lee worked out of jams in the first and second innings, leaving five runners on base and holding Tampa Bay to 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position over the stretch.

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 1 - Roy Halladay pitched eight strong innings and host Toronto handed Oakland its season-high seventh straight loss.

Oakland is a major league-worst 2-14 since the All-Star break, and 9-23 since June 28.

Halladay (13-8) had retired eight in a row and 16 of 18 overall when Bobby Crosby ended his shutout bid with a homer to left in the eighth. It was Crosby's fifth of the year.

That was all Oakland could manage against the righthander, who gave up four hits, walked one and struck out eight. Scott Downs closed it out in the ninth as Toronto improved to 31-23 at home.

Gallagher (1-1) allowed five runs - four earned - and four hits in three innings, his shortest start of the year.

Nationals 9, Rockies 4 - Tim Redding settled down after a rough start to strike out six over five-plus innings and visiting Washington won its fourth straight,

Willie Harris homered and had three RBIs for the Nationals, who had lost nine in a row prior to their current streak.

Aaron Cook (14-7) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings and lost for the first time since July 6.

It was just the third time in 24 starts this season he has failed to pitch at least six innings. Redding (8-6) gave up three runs in the first before settling down and getting his first win in nearly a month.

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