A's take steam out of Rays

Yankees win despite blown save by Rivera

After a long run from first base, Jason Giambi dives and stretches to touch the plate for a Yankees run on Xavier Nady's hit in the fourth inning. After a long run from first base, Jason Giambi dives and stretches to touch the plate for a Yankees run on Xavier Nady's hit in the fourth inning. (Eric Miller/Reuters)
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Associated Press / August 13, 2008

Bobby Crosby hit a two-run homer and Gio Gonzalez got his first major league win, helping the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, last night in Oakland, Calif.

Gonzalez pitched out of a couple of jams in five innings plus in his second career start and the A's won for the second time in their last 14 games to briefly derail the AL East-leading Rays, who lead the second-place Red Sox by three games.

Jerry Blevins and Joey Devine combined to pitch three scoreless innings and Brad Ziegler got the final three outs for his second save in as many chances, running his scoreless streak to 38 innings.

Akinori Iwakura drove in a run and Jason Bartlett had two hits for the Rays, who lost for the third time in 13 games.

With slugger Evan Longoria and outfielder Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list, the Rays managed six hits. Rocco Baldelli, playing his second game after missing more than a year because of ailments, batted cleanup and went 1 for 3.

Scott Kazmir (8-6) failed to pitch more than five innings for the fourth consecutive start. He allowed two hits and two runs in five innings, with a pair of walks and six strikeouts. He's left the game behind or tied in six of his last seven starts.

Yankees 9, Twins 6 - Alex Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the 12th inning and the scuffling Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's first blown save of the season, beating host Minnesota.

Xavier Nady added a two-run shot later in the 12th, also off Matt Guerrier (6-6), to help New York end a four-game skid - its longest this season. Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer and finished with three hits. He also scored twice.

Behind another solid outing from Mike Mussina, New York led, 6-3, when Rivera came to the mound with two on and one out in the eighth. Game over, right? Not so fast.

Delmon Young sliced a three-run homer inside the right-field foul pole, stunning Rivera and the Yankees.

Angels 7, Mariners 3 - Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson, and Juan Rivera homered to help Los Angeles roll over visiting Seattle.

Jon Garland (11-7) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the Angels, who have won five straight and improved to 6-1 on their eight-game homestand. Francisco Rodriguez came in with runners on first and second and struck out Raul Ibanez for his major league-best 46th save.

White Sox 9, Royals 0 - Javier Vazquez threw eight scoreless innings and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer to lead host Chicago past Kansas City.

Vazquez (9-10) matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts, gave up five hits, and walked one to win for the second time in nine starts.

Indians 7, Orioles 5 - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and visiting Cleveland beat Baltimore for its fifth straight win.

Cabrera had three of Cleveland's 12 hits and scored two runs as the Indians matched their season-best winning streak.

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3 - Andre Ethier singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth, sparking Los Angeles past visiting Philadelphia.

Casey Blake had two RBIs and Manny Ramírez had an RBI single for Los Angeles.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 4 - Vernon Wells's two-out, two-run double capped a four-run seventh, lifting Toronto to a come-from-behind win at Detroit.

Gary Sheffield hit two home runs and Magglio Ordonez also homered for Detroit. The Tigers have lost nine of their last 12 games.

Mets 4, Nationals 3 - The beleaguered New York bullpen saved one for Johan Santana (10-7), preserving a victory that extended Washington's losing streak to six games.

Astros 12, Giants 4 - Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in an eight-run seventh inning to power host Houston to its sixth straight victory.

Reds 5, Pirates 1 - All-Star righthander Edinson Volquez (14-5) pitched into the seventh inning to carry Cincinnati to victory in Pittsburgh.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 3 - Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Florida pitchers held St. Louis scoreless over the last eight innings to lift the host Marlins.

Brewers 5, Padres 2 - Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and Jeff Suppan (8-7) pitched eight strong innings to lead visiting Milwaukee to its seventh straight victory.

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2 - Randy Johnson (10-8) pitched six solid innings and singled in a run, and Adam Dunn had a double in his Arizona debut as the Diamondbacks won in Denver.

The Cubs-Braves game in Atlanta was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader today at 1:10 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

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