Rays hold off Yankees

Associated Press / July 31, 2010

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Wade Davis shrugged off a rocky start to pitch seven innings and Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer last night to lead the surging Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees, 3-2, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tampa Bay forced Alex Rodriguez to wait at least one more day to join the 600-home run club, and the second-place Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season at seven games. Rodriguez finished 0 for 4 and is 9 for 34 with eight RBIs in eight games since hitting homer No. 599 July 22.

Derek Jeter singled and Nick Swisher homered to begin the game against Davis (9-9), who settled to limit the Yankees to one hit — Robinson Cano’s sixth-inning, broken bat single — and three walks after that.

With the teams owning the top two records in baseball and battling for first place in the AL East, the entire three-game series sold out in advance — a first for the Rays, who have never played before three consecutive full houses at home.

A moment of silence was observed before the game for late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a long-time Tampa resident who died of a heart attack July 13.

Nationals 8, Phillies 1 — Craig Stammen carried a shutout into the seventh inning and host Washington ended Philadelphia’s eight-game winning streak by roughing up Roy Oswalt in his Phillies debut.

Oswalt (6-13), a former 20-game winner acquired from Houston in a four-player trade Thursday, allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in six innings. He walked two, struck out four and hit two batters.

Astros 5, Brewers 0 — J.A. Happ allowed two hits over six innings in his debut for host Houston.

Happ and two minor leaguers came to the Astros in the trade that sent Oswalt to Philadelphia.

Happ, 12-5 as a rookie last season, made only his fourth major league start this year. He was sidelined with a left forearm strain. He had four walks and six strikeouts as the Astros combined on a four-hitter.

Marlins 4, Padres 2 — Cody Ross and Gaby Sanchez homered off Wade LeBlanc and visiting Florida had just five hits in topping NL West-leading San Diego.

Miguel Tejada, acquired Thursday from the Orioles, started at shortstop for the first time this season and went 0 for 3 with a walk for the Padres.

Blue Jays 8, Indians 1 — Jose Bautista hit a grand slam, his major league-leading 31st home run, Fred Lewis added a solo shot and host Toronto beat Cleveland for its sixth win in seven games.

Braves 6, Reds 4 — Jason Heyward doubled home two runs with two outs in the 10th inning, rallying visiting Atlanta over Cincinnati.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 6 — Kelly Johnson and Miguel Montero homered in a five-run sixth inning, and visiting Arizona snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Royals 7, Orioles 5 — Alex Gordon hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Kansas City ended a five-game skid, rallying to beat Baltimore.

Twins 5, Mariners 3 — Matt Capps worked a scoreless ninth inning for a save in his first appearance with host Minnesota.

White Sox 6, Athletics 1 — Lucas Harrell pitched six strong innings in his major league debut, Dayan Viciedo had three hits, and Chicago got its 12th straight home win.

Rockies 17, Cubs 2 — Carlos Gonzalez, Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler homered and host Colorado used a record-setting 12-run eighth inning to rout Chicago.

Angels 9, Rangers 7 — Juan Rivera homered and drove in four runs, Erick Aybar also went deep, and host Los Angeles edged Texas, handing Tommy Hunter his first loss of the season.

Giants 6, Dodgers 5 — Aubrey Huff hit a go-ahead two-run double in the third inning and added a solo homer and host San Francisco held off a late rally from Los Angeles.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0 — Brendan Ryan’s broken-bat infield hit in the 10th inning drove in the game’s lone run as host St. Louis topped Pittsburgh.

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