BALTIMORE – Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Phil Hughes during an eight-run second inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 12-5 Saturday night in a game that featured seven home runs.

Playing in his second game back from hip surgery, New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk.

The Orioles sent 13 batters to the plate in the second, their most productive inning of the season. Luke Scott and Gregg Zaun each had two of Baltimore’s eight hits, and the Yankees fueled the onslaught with an error, a wild pitch and a hit batter.

Nick Markakis added a solo homer in the third, Lou Montanez hit a two-run drive in the fourth and Adam Jones connected in the eighth.

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. – Brian Tallet yielded two hits over seven strong innings, Lyle Overbay homered and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided their first three-game skid of the season with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Adam Lind had two run-scoring hits for the Blue Jays, whose powerful offense shook a two-game slump with 15 hits in the AL East co-leaders’ ninth victory in their last 11 meetings with the A’s.

Twins 9, Mariners 6

MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back homers for the second straight night and Minnesota roughed up Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in a 9-6 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

Mauer had two hits and three RBIs and Michael Cuddyer added a 427-foot, three-run homer off Sean White in the fifth inning. Joe Nathan picked up his fifth save in six chances.

White Sox 3, Rangers 2

CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin doubled twice and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on Paul Konerko’s sacrifice to give the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Texas starter Kevin Millwood gave up a leadoff single to Chris Getz in the eighth and hit Quentin on a 1-2 pitch. Dye chased Millwood (3-3) with a single to load the bases with no outs.

Tigers 4, Indians 0

CLEVELAND – Edwin Jackson and two Detroit Tigers relievers extended Cleveland’s scoreless streak to 19 innings with a 4-0 win over the Indians on Saturday night.

The Indians have not scored since the eighth inning of a 13-3 loss Thursday in Boston. Cleveland got only two hits Friday night off Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander in a 1-0 loss.

Jackson (2-2) struck out seven and allowed only five hits and one walk over seven innings.

National League

Dodgers 8, Giants 0

LOS ANGELES – Eric Stults pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout and the Los Angeles Dodgers earned their first win since Manny Ramirez was suspended, beating the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Saturday.

Juan Pierre was 3-for-5 with two doubles and recorded his first three RBIs since taking over in left field for Ramirez. Juan Castro had three hits and drove in two runs for the defending NL champions, who are 1-2 since their dreadlocked slugger was banished for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned drug.

Mets 10, Pirates 1

NEW YORK – Jose Reyes capped a five-run fourth with a two-run single, John Maine allowed three hits in six effective innings and New York earned its sixth straight win.

Carlos Beltran hit a long home run, David Wright tripled and drove in two runs and Gary Sheffield had two of the Mets’ season-high 17 hits. Reyes finished with three hits, three RBIs and a stolen base.

Braves 6, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA – Javier Vazquez pitched neatly into the eighth inning and Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann hit two-run homers for Atlanta.

Vazquez (3-3) allowed two runs and four hits, striking out seven in 7 2-3 innings. He also helped himself with a double that started a three-run rally in the fifth.

Chase Utley hit his 10th homer and Raul Ibanez also went deep for the Phillies, who got another poor performance from a starting pitcher. Joe Blanton (1-3) gave up six runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Reds 8, Cardinals 3

CINCINNATI – Aaron Harang pitched seven innings and had a bases-loaded single during Cincinnati’s decisive rally, a birthday bash that gave the Reds an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday and their best record in three years.

Harang (3-3) had many good moments on his 31st birthday, none better than the awkward swing that produced his first hit of the season with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Cincinnati sent nine batters to the plate for five runs off Kyle Lohse (3-2) in the inning, blowing open a tie game.

Astros 5, Padres 4

HOUSTON – Miguel Tejada’s infielder bouncer drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Saturday night.

Carlos Lee had driven in the tying run with a single, sending Hunter Pence to third, and Tejada’s slow bouncer allowed him to score moments later.

LaTroy Hawkins (1-0) gave up a two-run double that left the Astros trailing 4-3 in the eighth, but wound up with the win after the Houston offense bailed him out.

Luke Gregerson (0-3) allowed a run in the seventh and both runs in the eighth inning for the Padres, who lost for the third time in four games.


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