Giambi homers twice, Yankees pound Orioles


NEW YORK – Jason Giambi homered twice and drove in five runs, Randy Johnson had little trouble dominating Baltimore, and the New York Yankees cruised to a 7-1 victory Sunday over the Orioles.

Derek Jeter added three hits for the Yankees, who took two of three in the series. New York has won 11 of 14 against Baltimore dating to last season. Miguel Tejada homered and had all three hits off Johnson (3-2), who bounced back nicely from a poor outing in Toronto.

The Big Unit tossed eight efficient innings, striking out five and walking one.

White Sox 7, Twins 3

CHICAGO – Juan Uribe hit two home runs and the White Sox won their eighth straight.

Jose Contreras (3-0) won his 11th straight regular-season decision, allowing six hits in eight innings.

Rangers 8, Devil Rays 3

ARLINGTON, Texas – Mark Teixeira, Phil Nevin and Kevin Mench all homered in the third inning to lift Texas.

Rookie John Koronka (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in a career-high eight innings.


Royals 5, Indians 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Jeremy Affeldt pitched into the sixth inning to pick up the first victory by a Kansas City starter this season. Affeldt, who held the Indians to four hits and one run in 5 1-3 innings, became the first Royals starter to earn a win since J.P. Howell on Sept. 26, 2005.

Tigers 6, Mariners 4

SEATTLE – Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and Craig Monroe hit a three-run home run in the eighth to help Detroit complete a three-game sweep of the slumping Mariners.

Angels 4, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in three runs and Kelvim Escobar pitched seven strong innings for the Angels.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS – Greg Maddux threw seven scoreless innings, giving him victories in his first four starts for the first time in his career and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 .

Astros 7, Pirates 2

HOUSTON – Morgan Ensberg and Craig Biggio homered, Roy Oswalt went seven innings and the Astros won their third straight game.

Phillies 4, Marlins 2

PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Howard homered twice and Brett Myers pitched six solid innings to lead the Phillies to a much-needed victory at home.

Myers (2-0) scattered six hits, struck out five and walked three.

Reds 11, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE – Aaron Harang pitched a five-hitter and Brandon Phillips drove in four runs for Cincinnati.

Padres 7, Mets 4

SAN DIEGO – Brian Giles hit a grand slam and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets 7-4.

Dodgers 6, D-backs 4

LOS ANGELES – J.D. Drew homered and Bill Mueller drove in two runs with a double that highlighted a four-run first inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.

Braves 3, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON – Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Atlanta to the win.