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Yankees rally in ninth to beat Orioles

Vernon Wells singled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, helping a marvelous Ivan Nova and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, last night for their season high-tying fifth straight win.

Nova (3-2) gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the second inning then stifled the Orioles the rest of the way in a spot start for Hiroki Kuroda. He allowed three hits in his first career complete game and struck out 11 and walked one.

Baltimore closer Jim Johnson (2-7) took over the ninth with a 2-1 lead and gave up a leadoff single to David Adams. Brett Gardner reached when Johnson failed to field his bunt for an error in front of the mound. Robinson Cano was walked intentionally to load the bases for the second time yesterday – to vociferous boos. Manager Buck Showalter made a mound visit and Johnson promptly walked Travis Hafner to tie it.

The struggling Wells then grounded a single past a diving third baseman Manny Machado and ran toward first with his arm raised in the air. He was mobbed by his teammates and then doused with a sports drink during an interview on the field.

TIGERS 7, INDIANS 0

Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, Jhonny Peralta drove in two runs and Detroit beat Cleveland for the sixth consecutive time, extending their lead in the AL Central over the second-place Indians.

Porcello (5-6) allowed five hits and was never really threatened until Carlos Santana flied out to the warning track in center field to end the sixth. The right-hander set the tone for the Tigers, who dominated the opener of the four-game wraparound series.

BLUE JAYS 4, TWINS 0

Jose Bautista hit his 20th home run, Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win for the first time in three starts and Toronto snapped a three-game skid with the victory over Minnesota.

Jose Reyes had three hits, two RBI and a stolen base as the Blue Jays won for just the fourth time in 12 games since matching a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak.

RAYS 8, WHITE SOX 3

Jeremy Hellickson won his fourth consecutive start, Jose Molina had a two-run homer during a five-run second inning, and Tampa Bay beat Chicago to win for the sixth time in seven games.

Hellickson (8-3) gave up one run, six hits and struck out nine in seven innings. The right-hander was coming off a strong June when he went 5-1.

Molina hit his two-run drive and the following batter, Kelly Johnson, connected for a solo shot three pitches later off Dylan Axelrod (3-5) to start the second-inning surge that saw the Rays go up 5-0.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Phillies 5, Braves 4

Humberto Quintero and Ryan Howard hit home runs to give Cliff Lee a five-run cushion, and Philadelphia held on for the victory over Atlanta.

Dan Uggla hit a three-run shot, and the Braves snapped Lee’s streak of 11 straight games pitching at least seven innings and allowing three earned runs or less.

But Lee (10-2) still won his eighth straight decision. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1∕3 innings. J.C. Ramirez and Antonio Bastardo combined for five outs. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 18th save in 22 tries.

PIRATES 6, CUBS 2

Francisco Liriano pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and Pittsburgh beat Chicago for its 11th win in 13 games.

Liriano (8-3) went the distance for the first time since he tossed a no-hitter for Minnesota against the White Sox on May 3, 2011. He struck out seven and walked four to improve 5-1 in his last six starts. He also had an RBI single.

Starling Marte had three hits, scored two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates.

NATIONALS 8, PADRES 5

Wilson Ramos drove in three runs, Gio Gonzalez won his third straight start and Washington defeated San Diego for its second straight win.

Jayson Werth had three hits and Denard Span added a two-run double for Washington.

Chase Headley homered, doubled and drove in two runs, and Carlos Quentin had a three-run homer for the Padres, who’ve lost seven straight.

Gonzalez (6-3) went 6 2∕3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out five and walking one.

CARDINALS 4, MARLINS 1

Jake Westbrook worked seven strong innings and Allen Craig had two RBI for a lineup that spoiled Jacob Turner’s homecoming early on in St. Louis’s victory over Miami.

Matt Holliday doubled twice with an RBI and Edward Mujica rebounded with the save for the Cardinals, who had lost eight of 11 and plummeted from the majors’ best record to second place in the NL Central entering a five-game homestand.

The hard-throwing Turner (2-1), a former first-round pick from suburban St. Charles, Mo., and confidant of Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, surrendered four runs on seven hits in six innings. The 22-year-old entered with a 1.76 ERA his first six starts of the year and threw his first career complete game his last time out.

INTERLEAGUE

MARINERS 4, REDS 2

Aaron Harang pitched six innings in the ballpark where he still holds the strikeout record, and Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders homered to lead Seattle over Cincinnati in the Mariners’ first visit to Great American Ball Park.

Harang (4-7) limited his former team to a pair of runs and six hits, including Joey Votto’s 15th homer. Oliver Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Franklin hit a two-run homer off Mike Leake (7-4), who had his start pushed back one day by a rainout. Saunders had a solo homer and a sacrifice fly off Leake, who lasted five innings.

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