Yanks, Rangers slug it out

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NEW YORK – The New York Yankees were down nine runs in the second inning without three of their biggest boppers.

Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter never stopped playing.

Posada hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth after withstanding a violent collision at the plate, and Jeter also helped lead New York to a 14-13 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night – matching the biggest comeback in Yankees history.

Jeter went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs. He also threw out a runner at the plate and stole third base. Posada drove in five runs and dusted himself off after getting run over by Mark Teixeira in the sixth.

Mariano Rivera (1-2) got the win after giving up a go-ahead double to Rod Barajas in the top of the ninth.

Posada connected in the bottom half off Akinori Otsuka (0-1) after Johnny Damon reached on a bad-hop single to start the inning.

Otsuka had not allowed a home run since Arizona’s Craig Counsell took him deep on May 24, 2005.

D-Rays 10, White Sox 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Scott Kazmir struck out eight in seven strong innings, and Ty Wigginton and Toby Hall hit consecutive homers to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays pull out of an offensive funk and beat the Chicago White Sox 10-7 on Tuesday night.

Kazmir (6-2) settled after a shaky beginning to limit the defending World Series champions to four singles and a double before leaving with a 10-1 lead that Tampa Bay’s struggling bullpen nearly couldn’t protect.

Wigginton and Hall homered off Brandon McCarthy (2-2) in the second inning. Jonny Gomes drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and Carl Crawford delivered a pair of infield RBI singles and a sacrifice fly in support of Kazmir, who walked two to extend his winning streak to a career-high four games.

The White Sox made it interesting by scoring six times in the eighth.

Jim Thome cut into the big deficit with his AL-leading 16th homer – a two-run shot off right-hander Travis Harper. Paul Konerko followed with a solo homer off the Tampa Bay reliever, and the White Sox also scored on Juan Uribe’s RBI single, Scott Podsednik’s sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

Tyler Walker, the fourth Devil Rays pitcher of the inning, finally ended the rally by striking out Thome with two runners on. The right-hander also worked the ninth to earn his sixth save in seven opportunities.

With their highest scoring game of the season, the Devil Rays surpassed their run total for an entire three-game weekend series in which they batted .179, were outscored 17-8 and left a total of three men on base against Toronto.

They entered Tuesday night batting a major league-low .230, including .199 over their previous 24 games.

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Indians 6, Royals 4

CLEVELAND – Travis Hafner hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals as the Indians snapped a six-game winning streak Tuesday night.

Grady Sizemore led off the ninth with a game-tying homer off Ambiorix Burgos (1-2) into the Indians’ bullpen in center field. It was Sizemore’s third homer and fifth hit in eight career at-bats against Burgos, who blew his third straight save opportunity.

Burgos walked Jhonny Peralta and left-hander Andrew Sisco was summoned to face the lefty Hafner, who lined his 12th homer of the season to center.

Kansas City’s fourth consecutive loss dropped the Royals to 2-18 on the road, tying the worst 20-game road start ever. The Houston Astros were the last team to start 2-18 on the road and they rebounded to go to the World Series.

Jason Davis (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for Cleveland, which won for just the second time in its last eight home games.

Tigers 7, Twins 4

DETROIT – Chris Shelton had a three-run double during Detroit’s five-run third inning, and the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

The Tigers are 4-0 at home against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 40-5. Detroit has won five straight four times in Jim Leyland’s six weeks as manager, one more than they did the previous three years with Alan Trammell. Nate Robertson (4-2) limited Minnesota to three runs and seven hits in five innings, improving to 3-0 in his last five starts. Todd Jones, the fourth Tigers reliever, got the last three outs for his 10th save in 11 tries.

Kyle Lohse (2-4) gave up five runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings. He is 0-3 against the Tigers with a 13.14 ERA in three starts this year.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead on Rondell White’s RBI single in the second, and Torii Hunter’s run-scoring single and Michael Cuddyer’s sacrifice fly in the third.

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