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Pettitte beats O’s, again

Yankees’ winning streak up to six

  • New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay (55) dives past Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden to score on a single by Eduardo Nunez during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Andy Pettitte stopped the Orioles once again, Eduardo Nunez returned with a go-ahead hit and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore, 5-4, yesterday for a season-high sixth straight win.

The Yankees overcame Chris Davis’s major league-leading 33rd home run and yet another double from Manny Machado, who was celebrating his 21st birthday. The Orioles have lost four of five.

The 41-year-old Pettitte (6-6) earned his 251st win, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 44th place on the all-time list.

Pettitte stretched his unbeaten streak against Baltimore to 11 starts dating to 2007, winning eight times. Overall, he is 28-6 against the Orioles – only Yankees great Whitey Ford (30) has beaten the Birds more often since the franchise moved from St. Louis to Baltimore for the 1954 season.

Nunez came off the 60-day disabled list before the game and played for the first time since a strain on his left side slowed him in early May. His key hit helped end a seven-game winning streak by Chris Tillman (10-3). Nunez had a sac fly in the second, singled and scored in the fifth and knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth.

Rays 3, White Sox 0

Matt Moore won his fourth consecutive start to help Tampa Bay beat All-Star selection Chris Sale and Chicago.

Moore (12-3), who could still become an All-Star as an injury replacement, gave up five hits, two walks and struck out six over 6 1∕3 innings.

Fernando Rodney, the third Tampa Bay reliever, pitched the ninth for his 19th save – completing the six-hitter.

TIGERS 9, INDIANS 4

Torii Hunter drove in three runs, Miguel Cabrera cracked a two-run homer and Detroit dominated Cleveland for its fifth straight win.

Hunter hit a two-run homer, tripled and doubled as the Tigers won their seventh straight over the Indians and increased their lead in the AL Central to 3 ½ games. Detroit is 8-2 against Cleveland, and the Tigers have outscored the Indians 16-4 in winning the first two of the four-game set.

TWINS 6, BLUE JAYS 0

Brian Dozier hit a three-run home run, Mike Pelfrey and three relievers combined for a four-hitter and Minnesota beat Toronto.

Dozier had two hits and four RBI, connecting off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for his eighth homer as the Twins snapped a six-game skid and won for just the fourth time in 14 games.

ROYALS 4, ATHLETICS 3

Jarrod Dyson delivered an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, giving Kansas City a scrappy victory over Oakland.

The Royals had rallied to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hosmer in the seventh, and then loaded the bases on an error and a pair of walks by reliever Ryan Cook.

Astros 9, Rangers 5

Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking three-run homer hours after being chosen for his first All-Star team, and Houston beat Yu Darvish and Texas.

The catcher’s drive just to the right of the lawn in center field came off Robbie Ross in the seventh inning but made a loser of Darvish (8-5), who had a rough night after earning his second All-Star nod in two years in the majors.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cubs 4, Pirates 1

Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead Chicago over Pittsburgh.

Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates their third loss in 14 games. Pittsburgh came in with baseball’s best record and a seven-game road-winning streak.

Soriano hit a drive off Charlie Morton in the fourth and a shot into the bleachers in left to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

Giants 4, Dodgers 2

Madison Bumgarner drove in two runs and struck out nine in seven innings, and San Francisco overcame an embarrassing lineup mistake to beat Los Angeles.

The Giants were caught batting out of order in the first inning, wiping away Buster Posey’s RBI double. Manager Bruce Bochy submitted a lineup with Posey batting fourth, but the reigning NL MVP and batting champion hit third.

On the day he earned his first All-Star selection, Bumgarner (9-5) helped erase Bochy’s big blunder by retiring his first 14 batters.

CARDINALS 5,
MARLINS 4

Jon Jay scored from first on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throwing error on Shane Robinson’s single with two outs in the ninth inning, giving St. Louis a win over Miami.

Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Matt Adams’s pinch-hit, two-run homer tied it two innings earlier.

Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs in the ninth and took third easily on Robinson’s pinch-hit single. He scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing a relay that skipped under Logan Morrison’s glove at first base.

NATIONALS 5, PADRES 4

Bryce Harper drove in three runs after talking his way into the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the go-ahead run, and Washington rallied to beat San Diego.

Adam LaRoche homered, and Denard Span and Ian Desmond added two hits apiece as the Nationals won their third straight. Since returning from the disabled list and homering in his first at-bat Monday night against Milwaukee, Harper had gone 0-for-18 before his RBI single.

Braves 13,
Phillies 4

Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead an Atlanta offense that scored in all but two innings, Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings and the Braves set season highs for runs and hits in a rout of Philadelphia.

Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta, which amassed 19 hits while snapping a three-game skid.

Brewers 7, Mets 5

Jonathan Lucroy homered and Yovani Gallardo scattered six hits over six innings while adding two hits and a pair of runs scored to lead Milwaukee over New York.

INTERLEAGUE

REDS 13, MARINERS 4

Cesar Izturis drove in three runs, matching his season total, and Mat Latos doubled home two more for Cincinnati, which rallied for the win.

Cincinnati Manager Dusty Baker decided to give Izturis his ninth start at shortstop so he could get some at-bats and stay sharp. Izturis singled home a run in the second and doubled home two more in the fifth off Jeremy Bonderman (1-3).

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