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Red Sox beat Yankees again

THE Boston Red Sox improved to 7-0 this season against their arch rival New York by beating the Yankees 6-5 in the American League on Wednesday.

Adding in a win in the last meeting of 2008, and the Red Sox have beaten the Yankees eight straight times - their longest winning streak against New York since 1912.

Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis homered for Boston, which broke a tie with the Yankees atop the AL East Division standings.

Mark Teixeira went 4 for 5 for New York, including his AL-leading 19th homer.

In Chicago, Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a six-hitter for his first victory ever at US Cellular Field, downing Chicago 2-1.

The White Sox still fell 6-1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit, which has won five of its past six games.

Verlander struck out nine and walked just one in his second complete game this year. He has a 7-0 record and league-low 1.10 ERA since April 27. The seven-decision winning streak matched his career best of 2006, when he helped Detroit reach the World Series.

In St Petersburg, Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays halted a three-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Angels 9-5.

Carlos Pena hit a solo homer in the third inning and Willy Aybar added a two-run shot in the fifth which completed the scoring. Aybar had an RBI single in Tampa Bay's five-run second inning. The Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

In Oakland, California, pinch-hitter Jason Kubel hit a tying solo homer in the eighth and Delmon Young singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth to help Minnesota overcome Oakland 6-3.

Joe Crede tripled to start the ninth, and the replacement pinch-runner scored easily on Young's single up the middle. An RBI single and two wild pitches cost the A's two more runs.

Elsewhere, it was: Mariners 4, Orioles 1; and Royals 9, Indians 0.

In New York, Chase Utley led off the 11th inning with his second homer of the game, minutes after right fielder Jayson Werth saved Philadelphia with a diving catch as the Phillies beat the New York Mets 5-4 in the National League.

Philadelphia rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the seventh and dealt the Mets their sixth loss this season after they led by at least three runs.

The Mets stranded a season-high 16 runners, eight from innings seven through 10. Still, they nearly won it when David Wright hit the two-out liner into the right-center gap in the 10th that Werth caught.

Philadelphia is 6-3 on a 10-game trip, improving to a major league-best 22-9 away from home.

In Phoenix, Bengie Molina homered and drove in three runs and Brian Wilson struck out the side for his seventh straight save as San Francisco beat Arizona 6-4.

Molina hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning as the Giants took a 5-1 lead against Doug Davis (3-7). Molina added an RBI single in the ninth.

It was Arizona's second straight three-error game and two of the blunders accounted for three unearned runs charged to Davis.

In other NL action, it was: Padres 3, Dodgers 1; Astros 2, Cubs 1; Pirates 3, Braves 2; Cardinals 13, Marlins 4; Rockies 4, Brewers 2; and Reds 4, Nationals 2, 12 innings.


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