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AL Capsules
May 4, 2014, 12:42 am

NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka extended his regular-season unbeaten streak to 40 starts, and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs to help the Yankees rally past the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 Saturday and end a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Tanaka (4-0) gave up solo homers to Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers around an RBI single by Ryan Hanigan, falling behind 3-0 by the fourth. He is 32-0 in the regular season for Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Yankees since losing to Seibu on Aug. 19, 2012.

Kelly Johnson hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth off Josh Lueke (0-2).

Jake Odorizzi retired the first nine Yankees in order, then allowed New York to go 4 for 8 with two walks before he was removed.

RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 3

BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester (3-4) struck out a career-high 15, allowing one hit over eight scoreless innings - Craig Gentry's leadoff bloop single in the third over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Jonny Gomes hit a grand slam in the first off Tommy Milone (0-3), and David Ortiz and David Ross added solo homers in Boston's second straight win after losing a day-night doubleheader to Tampa Bay.

After Oakland scored three runs in the ninth against Chris Capuano, helped by two errors, Koji Uehara got out of a one-out, two-on jam for his seventh save.

TWINS 6, ORIOLES 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season and Minnesota ended its four-game losing streak.

Mauer had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that broke open the game. Dozier's eighth homer, a solo shot off Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) in the third, gave the Twins the lead for good.

Correia (1-3) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters. He had been 0-6 in nine starts since winning at Texas on Sept. 1.

MARINERS 9, ASTROS 8

HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer off Raul Valdes that capped an eight-run seventh inning that built a 9-2 lead.

Dallas Keuchel (2-2) left after walking the first three batters of the seventh, and Jose Cisneros forced in the run that made it 2-2 when he walked Mike Zunino. Michael Saunders followed with a two-run double.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) made his first appearance after starting the season on the disabled list because of a sprained middle finger and allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Fernando Rodney pitched 1 1-3 innings for his seventh save.

INDIANS 2, WHITE SOX 0

CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Masterson (1-1) held the AL's highest-scoring offense in check, allowing four hits and striking out six in 7 1-3 innings to win for the first time in nine starts since Aug. 21. John Axford pitched the ninth for his ninth save, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.

Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, who leads the majors in homers and RBIs, fielded Lonnie Chisenhall's sixth-inning grounder and, unable to get the ball out of his mitt, flipped the glove about 10 feet to pitcher Scott Carroll (1-1) covering the bag for the out.

Cleveland center fielder Michael Bourn left in the fourth because of tightness in his left hamstring. Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi came out in the sixth with a cramp in his right calf.

Errors by third baseman Marcus Semien and catcher Tyler Flowers made both runs unearned.

TIGERS 9, ROYALS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Drew Smyly (2-1) picked up where fellow Tigers starter Rick Porcello left off, allowing two hits in seven shutout innings.

Joba Chamberlain hrew a perfect eighth and Phil Coke allowed two runs in the ninth.

Nick Castellanos drove in three runs the Tigers, the first off spot starter Danny Duffy (1-2) and two more off the bullpen. Torri Hunter hit a three-run homer in a six-run ninth as Detroit beat Kansas City for the fifth straight time.

ANGELES 5, RANGERS 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - C.J. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Angels to a victory over the Rangers.

Howie Kendrick capped his first four-hit game of the season with an RBI double in the ninth and scored two runs. Right-hander Garrett Richards (3-0) allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings with two walks and a career-high nine strikeouts after three straight no-decisions.

Kendrick doubled with two outs in the sixth against reliever Shawn Tolleson (0-1) and scored the go-ahead run when Cron lined a 1-1 pitch to left. Joe Smith followed Fernando Salas and Ernesto Frieri out of the Angels' bullpen and got three outs for his third save in as many chances since replacing Frieri in the closer's role.

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