NEW YORK (AP) – Johnny Damon homered in the 10th inning, giving the New York Yankees their third straight comeback win over the Minnesota Twins that was capped by a game-ending hit.

Alex Rodriguez homered in the seventh to start New York’s rally from a two-run deficit, as the Yankees extended their winning streak to a season-best five games.

With one out, Damon drove a full-count pitch from Jesse Crain (2-2) into the second deck of right-field stands for his team-high 10th home run and third career game-ender.

Rays 7, Indians 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Andy Sonnanstine delivered after a pregame mistake forced the pitcher to bat Sunday, hitting an RBI double in the Rays’ victory over the Indians.

The game was delayed 13 minutes before the bottom of the first due to a lineup card error by the Rays that listed both Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as the third baseman. Longoria was supposed to be DH, but Tampa Bay lost that position because of the snafu and was forced to put Sonnanstine in the third spot of the lineup.

Sonnanstine (2-4) went 1 for 3, including a run-scoring double in the fourth.

Tigers 11, Athletics 7

DETROIT – Ramon Santiago and Curtis Granderson each hit three-run homers, and the Tigers overcame a six-run deficit to finish a three-game sweep of the A’s.

Santiago, who also had an RBI triple among his four hits and scored three runs, put Detroit ahead 8-6 with his homer off Santiago Casilla.

Blue Jays 8, White Sox 2

TORONTO – Roy Halladay won his fifth straight start, Adam Lind hit one of three Toronto homers and the Blue Jays won their AL-leading 26th game.

Halladay (8-1) surpassed Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke for the major league lead in wins by allowing two runs, one earned, over seven innings.

Rangers 3, Angels 0

ARLINGTON, Texas – Scott Feldman and three relievers combined on a five-hitter and David Murphy hit a sacrifice fly that helped the Rangers to their seventh straight win.

Ian Kinsler and Marlon Byrd also had RBI doubles for the Rangers, who have their longest streak since winning nine straight from May 20-31, 2005.

Royals 7, Orioles 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John Buck’s RBI triple snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the Royals overcame four errors to beat the Orioles.

Jose Cruz (3-0), the fourth Royals pitcher, retired all six batters he faced for his 11th straight winning decision.

Dodgers 12, Marlins 5

MIAMI – At first, Clayton Kershaw’s pitching had teammates sprinting and diving for balls. Then he found a groove and flirted with a no-hitter.

The bid ended with Cody Ross’ double leading off the eighth inning, ending Kershaw’s day, and Los Angeles settled for a four-hitter to beat Florida.

Astros 6, Cubs 5

CHICAGO – Ivan Rodriguez hit his 300th home run, Lance Berkman had two hits and an RBI and Houston snapped the Cubs’ five-game winning streak.

Houston starter Brian Moehler (1-0) pitched five innings to get his first victory since Sept. 10, 2008, against Pittsburgh.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS – Prince Fielder hit his fourth homer in the last five games to help Milwaukee win its fifth in a row.

Manny Parra (3-4) won his third straight start and the Brewers got two-run singles from J.J. Hardy and Jason Kendall to win their 11th in 13 games.

Phillies 8, Nationals 6

WASHINGTON – A two-base error on an eighth-inning bunt provided the go-ahead run as the Phillies completed a sweep.

Pirates 11, Rockies 4

PITTSBURGH – Nate McLouth had three of his four RBIs during a 10-run seventh inning, and the Pirates came from behind to take their second straight from Colorado.

Padres 3, Reds 1

SAN DIEGO – Jake Peavy threw a four-hitter, Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in two runs and the Padres beat Cincinnati after needing eight pitchers in a 16-inning victory the previous night.

Peavy (3-5) gave the Padres’ bullpen a rest, winning for the first time in six starts and running his career mark against Cincinnati to 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA. It was his first complete game of the season and seventh of his career.

Bronson Arroyo (5-3) went seven innings for the Reds and allowed all three runs.

The game Sunday zipped by in 2 hours, 14 minutes, after their 16-inning marathon lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes. They only needed three total pitchers, too, after combining for 15 in their game that ended early Sunday morning.


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