Yankees’ offense boosts Vazquez

Associated Press / July 6, 2010

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Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer, Curtis Granderson had an RBI triple, and the New York Yankees beat the Athletics, 3-1, in Oakland, Calif., last night for their third straight victory.

Francisco Cervelli added an RBI single as New York gave Javier Vazquez (7-7) all the offense he needed to end a three-start winless stretch. The righthander outdueled Ben Sheets, Oakland’s $10 million man who has just one win over his last 11 outings.

The Yankees increased their lead in the AL East to two games over Tampa Bay, which beat Boston to drop the Red Sox to 2 1/2 games back.

Vazquez made his 400th career start, the seventh pitcher to reach the milestone while with the Yankees, and helped New York win for the eighth time in its last 11 road games.

Reds 8, Mets 6 — Joey Votto swatted a pair of home runs and Cincinnati took advantage of a rare overturned call by the umpires to earn a wild victory in New York.

With the score tied, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey walked the bases loaded to start the fifth. An inside pitch then appeared to graze the Reds’ Scott Rolen, who had checked his swing and started toward first base. Plate umpire Jerry Meals rang him up on strikes, indicating a foul tip, even though replays appeared to support Rolen.

Rolen immediately began to argue and manager Dusty Baker came out of the dugout to challenge the call. The four-man umpire crew gathered on the infield grass for several minutes to discuss it. They finally broke their huddle and sent Rolen to first, bringing home the go-ahead run and prompting Manuel to sprint onto the field. It took umpire Dan Iassogna only a couple of seconds to toss Manuel from the game.

Indians 9, Rangers 3 — Matt LaPorta hit a two-run homer, then later took an accidental elbow to the head and left the game as visiting Cleveland beat Texas.

Jayson Nix homered twice and rookie Carlos Santana also connected to help the Indians win for the seventh time in nine games.

Texas slugger Nelson Cruz had a three-run homer wiped out after umpires watched a replay and correctly overturned the call.

LaPorta homered in the top of the third, but sustained a contusion on his head in the bottom half in a collision with Ranger Elvis Andrus at first base.

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 4 — Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto drove in two runs each, Tom Gorzelanny worked around six walks in five innings, and Cubs pitchers racked up 12 strikeouts in a win over Arizona in Phoenix.

Chicago roughed up Ian Kennedy (3-7) for four runs the first two innings and answered every Arizona rally to win for just the sixth time in 17 games.

White Sox 9, Angels 2 — Carlos Quentin hit two home runs and Gavin Floyd pitched seven solid innings to lead host Chicago.

Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez also homered for the White Sox. Viciedo hit his first major league homer, connecting off Angels starter Scott Kazmir in the seventh inning.

Tigers 12, Orioles 9 — Brandon Inge drove in four runs, Carlos Guillen knocked in three, and host Detroit outscored Baltimore early, then held on for the win. Inge, Guillen, and Johnny Damon each had three of Detroit’s 17 hits.

Marlins 6, Dodgers 5 — Wes Helms hit a bases-loaded two-run single in the third inning after Florida scored its first three runs on a sacrifice fly, a groundout and a throwing error, and the Marlins beat host Los Angeles.

Giants 6, Brewers 1 — Aubrey Huff hit a two-run single after a costly error by Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar, and slumping San Francisco beat host Milwaukee.

Royals 6, Mariners 4 — Yuniesky Betancourt broke a 10th-inning tie with a two-out RBI single and Kansas City went on to a victory in Seattle.

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