NEW YORK – Chien-Ming Wang gave up a home run on his first pitch before settling down and tossing 6 2-3 effective innings, and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Wang (6-3) took the mound after a 20-minute rain delay, and saw his first delivery smashed over the right-field fence by Grady Sizemore. He fell behind 2-0 when Aaron Boone hit an RBI single in the second, but was helped out by three double plays and won for the third time in five starts.

Wang allowed three runs and seven hits, and pitched into the seventh inning for the fourth time in five outings and for the ninth time in 13 appearances this season. Mariano Rivera pitched an eventful ninth inning for his 19th save in 21 chances. Rivera, who entered with 23-inning scoreless streak, allowed Casey Blake’s sacrifice fly followed by Boone’s fourth hit of the game, which put runners on the corners with two outs. Sizemore grounded to first on the next pitch.

Tigers 7, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Craig Monroe homered and drove in a season-high five runs and Detroit’s bullpen shut down Tampa Bay after the first-inning ejection of starter Nate Robertson, leading the Tigers to a 7-3 victory Friday night that extended the Devil Rays’ losing streak to 10 games.

Robertson, who threw complete games in two of his previous three starts, was tossed for throwing his only pitch behind leadoff man Carl Crawford. It was apparently in retaliation for Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir hitting Placido Polanco with the first pitch of the game.

The Tigers had already staked Robertson to a 4-0 lead, with Monroe driving in two runs with a single that came one pitch after right fielder Aubrey Huff overran a fly ball that should have been caught in foul territory to end the inning.

Monroe added a sacrifice fly off Kazmir (3-7) in the third and hit a two-run homer off Dewon Brazelton for a 7-0 lead in the seventh.

Franklyn German (3-0) replaced Robertson and allowed one hit in three innings to get the victory. Fernando Rodney yielded one hit in three scoreless innings before the Devil Rays broke through against Doug Creek, scoring on Toby Hall’s sacrifice fly in the seventh and Nick Green’s two-run homer in the ninth. The loss was the 13th in 14 games for the Devil Rays, and their 10-game skid matches the longest in the majors this year. Colorado lost 10 straight April 24-May 7.

Plate umpire Tim McClelland immediately tossed Robertson when the left-hander’s pitch sailed several feet behind Crawford. Tigers manager Alan Trammell briefly argued the ejection while German was summoned from the bullpen.

Twins 5, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joe Mauer had three hits, and the Minnesota Twins sent Zack Greinke to his major league-high 11th loss with a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Brad Radke (6-8) snapped a personal four-game losing streak, allowing four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander had lost four straight starts for the first time in four years, averaging fewer than two runs of support in that span.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances, including 12th in a row.

Greinke (1-11) gave up eight hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. The 21-year-old right-hander’s ERA climbed to 6.20.

Mike Sweeney, after sitting out a game with a sore wrist, had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

Trailing 3-2, the Twins scored three times in the sixth with the help of a poor play by second baseman Ruben Gotay. Lew Ford hit an RBI single to tie the game and put runners at the corners, and Justin Morneau hit a potential inning-ending double-play grounder straight to Gotay.

But he fumbled the ball and had time only to throw to first for one out. Jacque Jones scored on the play, then Luis Rodriguez singled into right for the fifth Twins run. There was no error on the play since official scorers cannot assume a double play.

Athletics 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO _ Kirk Saarloos outpitched All-Star Jon Garland and Bobby Crosby had two run-scoring doubles, sparking the Oakland Athletics to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Saarloos (5-5), who has won four of his last five decisions, allowed seven hits and two runs in six-plus innings as the A’s won for the 11th time in 14 games. Huston Street pitched the ninth – getting pinch-hitter Frank Thomas for the final out – for his fifth save in eight chances. Bidding to become the major league’s first 14-game winner, Garland (13-4) left after five innings – his shortest outing of the season. He gave up eight hits and three runs while throwing 112 pitches against a team he beat six days ago.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6

ARLINGTON, Texas – Alfonso Soriano scored from third base on a one-out grounder to cap Texas’ two-run, ninth-inning rally that included two Toronto errors, and the Rangers beat the Blue Jays 7-6.

Toronto All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left shin by a line drive.

Hank Blalock led off the bottom of the ninth with a grounder to third baseman Shea Hillenbrand who threw wildly to first for a two-base error. Soriano’s single off closer Miguel Batista (4-2) scored Blalock to tie it at 6.

After Kevin Mench was retired on a fly ball and Laynce Nix was intentionally walked, Soriano stole second and advanced to third on catcher Gregg Zaun’s throwing error.

With the infield in, Rod Barajas grounded to shortstop Russ Adams, and Soriano beat his high throw to the plate.


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