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Angels sweep up Yankees

Anaheim wins it in ninth against Rivera

Cleveland's Cliff Lee delivered his American League-best 16th victory, allowing eight hits in eight shutout innings against the Blue Jays. Cleveland's Cliff Lee delivered his American League-best 16th victory, allowing eight hits in eight shutout innings against the Blue Jays. (AARON HARRIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Associated Press / August 11, 2008

Chone Figgins hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of New York with a 4-3 victory yesterday at Anaheim, Calif.

Howie Kendrick led off the ninth with a single against Damaso Marte (0-2). Gary Matthews Jr., who has only one sacrifice bunt since 2002, squared around twice before striking out. But Marte walked Mike Napoli and Figgins grounded Rivera's first pitch into right field to end it.

Rivera has allowed seven earned runs and 19 hits in 21 1/3 innings during his 19 non-save situations. When a save is in sight, he has given up just one earned run and 13 hits in 30 1/3 innings, converting all 28 opportunities.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) entered the game in a 3-3 tie and struck out the side in the ninth to get the victory.

Andy Pettitte gave up three runs and 10 hits in seven innings plus with three strikeouts and two walks.

Alex Rodriguez lined a double off the fence in left-center with one out in the eighth against reliever Jose Arredondo and tried to steal third, but was thrown out by Napoli on a close play. Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi had a heated argument with umpire Bill Welke, but both stayed in the game.

Indians 4, Blue Jays 0 - Cliff Lee worked eight shutout innings for his AL-leading 16th win and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep at Toronto.

Lee (16-2) lowered his ERA to 2.45, moving him ahead of Oakland's Justin Duchscherer (2.51) for the major league lead.

He won his fifth straight decision and has not lost since a 4-3 defeat at Minnesota July 6.

Padres 16, Rockies 7 - San Diego hit four home runs, Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez finished with four hits each, and the visiting Padres spoiled Livan Hernandez's return to the National League.

Jody Gerut, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and Giles homered in the third, and Luke Carlin added his first major league home run.

Hernandez (0-1), who was claimed off waivers by the Rockies Wednesday, allowed nine runs on seven hits and walked four in 2 2/3 innings.

Cubs 6, Cardinals 2 - Ryan Dempster earned his 13th win and host Chicago beat St. Louis in a game in which Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter left with another injury.

Ronny Cedeno's double capped a five-run sixth inning for the Cubs. Carpenter, making his third start since Opening Day last year, left the game during the inning with a strained right triceps. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in July 2007.

Marlins 8, Mets 2 - Josh Johnson stifled the Mets for seven innings, Dan Uggla had two doubles and three RBIs, and Florida roughed up Mike Pelfrey to avoid a three-game sweep at New York.

Luis Gonzalez and Mike Jacobs each homered in support of Johnson (3-0), who gave up two runs and five hits.

Rangers 15, Orioles 7 - Ian Kinsler broke out of an extended slump with a career-high five hits, including a homer, and visiting Texas emphatically ended its own offensive drought.

Held to one run in their previous three games, the Rangers matched their season high with 20 hits.

Diamondbacks 6, Braves 1 - Brandon Webb went six innings for his major league-leading 17th win and also smacked a two-run double to lead Arizona over visiting Atlanta.

Giants 5, Dodgers 4 - Aaron Rowand scored the winning run from third on Eugenio Velez's infield single in the ninth inning, and host San Francisco rallied past Los Angeles for the second straight game.

Brewers 5, Nationals 4 - Gabe Kapler homered off the pole in left leading off the bottom of the 13th inning and Milwaukee earned its fifth consecutive victory.

Phillies 6, Pirates 3 - Chase Utley hit a tie-breaking homer, and host Philadelphia went on to beat Pittsburgh to move two games ahead of the Mets in the NL East.

Tigers 6, Athletics 1 - Nate Robertson (7-8) won for the first time in more than six weeks, allowing five hits pitching into the eighth inning to lift host Detroit over Oakland.

Royals 5, Twins 4 - Tony Pena Jr. drove in Mark Teahen with the winning run in the 12th inning for host Kansas City.

Astros 13, Reds 4 - Michael Bourn homered and drove in four runs, Lance Berkman and Geoff Blum also went deep, and Houston rolled at Cincinnati.

Dioner Navarro hit a sacrifice fly to score Ben Zobrist in the 11th inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the host Seattle Mariners, 8-7, Saturday night, rallying from an early 5-0 deficit.

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