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June 22, 2013

TORONTO (AP) — Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win, 7-6 over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run, a tying two-run shot in the seventh. Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion also connected for the Blue Jays.

Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the win as Toronto evened its record at 36-36.

Brian Matusz (2-1) was the loser. Chris Davis hit his major league leading 27th home run for the Orioles.

YANKEES 6, RAYS 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles that led the Yankees over the Rays.

Almonte started in place of slumping left fielder Vernon Wells and quickly delivered, a day after getting a pinch single for his first hit. The Yankees won for the third time in 10 games.

David Phelps (5-4) beat Roberto Hernandez (4-8) and the Rays for the second time in a month. Tampa Bay was trying for its first three-game winning streak in June.

Phelps gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings.

INDIANS 5, TWINS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven strong innings and Jason Kipnis drove in three, leading the Indians over Minnesota.

Kazmir (4-4) gave up just a leadoff homer to Brian Dozier in the sixth and four other hits. The left-hander struck out seven, including five in his final two innings.

Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly — to the second baseman — off Samuel Deduno (3-2) in the third and added a two-run single in the seventh as the Indians won their third straight and seventh in nine games since losing eight in a row.

The Twins came in riding a three-game winning streak.

RED SOX 10, TIGERS 6

DETROIT (AP) — Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Red Sox to a win over the Tigers.

Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn’t come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, but he won for the first time in seven starts.

Doug Fister (6-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Andy Dirks also homered for Detroit, and Cabrera had four hits.

WHITE SOX 9, ROYALS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hector Santiago shut down the Royals’ punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a rout.

Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game skid with their best offensive output in nearly two weeks.

They scored twice in the first inning and five times in the third, when they chased Guthrie (7-5) from the game.

Santiago (3-5) gave up just three hits and a walk, and Eric Hosmer’s homer in the sixth represented the only run Santiago has allowed to the Royals in 19 1-3 career innings.

ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 3

SEATTLE (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of two-run homers and Bartolo Colon won his seventh straight start to lead the Athletics past the Mariners.

Cespedes homered in the first inning and again in the ninth for his third career multihomer game — all this month. Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp also went deep for the Athletics, who maintained their one-game lead in the AL West over Texas.

Colon (10-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over eight innings, tying unbeaten Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers for most wins in the American League.

Nick Franklin hit a three-run homer for Seattle, which has lost three straight and five of six.

Hisashi Iwakuma (7-3) lost at home for the first time this season, giving up four runs and six hits.

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INTERLEAGUE

PIRATES 5, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his native Orange County, earning his third straight victory to open his major league career in the Pirates win over the Angels.

The Pirates’ 22-year-old right-hander out of Orange Lutheran High School and UCLA dazzled the Angels in his first career road start, repeatedly hitting 100 mph on Angel Stadium’s radar gun. He struck out five and retired 11 straight before Albert Pujols’ leadoff homer in the seventh.

Cole (3-0) outpitched Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-4), who yielded nine hits and four runs over six rocky innings in his fourth straight winless start.

Pedro Alvarez and Jordy Mercer homered in the second inning of the Pirates’ first game in Anaheim since 2007.

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