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Last updated: June 22. 2013 1:19AM - 724 Views
By JOHN MEDEIROS



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NEW YORK — Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night.


Almonte started in place of slumping left fielder Vernon Wells and quickly delivered, a day after getting a pinch single for his first hit.


The Yankees won for the third time in 10 games.


David Phelps (5-4) beat Roberto Hernandez (4-8) and the Rays for the second time in a month. Tampa Bay was trying for its first three-game winning streak in June.


Phelps gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings.


Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6


TORONTO — Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win.


Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run, a tying two-run shot in the seventh. Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion also connected for the Blue Jays.


Casey Janssen (2-0) worked one inning for the win as Toronto evened its record at 36-36.


Brian Matusz (2-1) was the loser. Chris Davis hit his major league leading 27th home run for the Orioles.


Red Sox 10, Tigers 6


DETROIT — Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Red Sox to a win over the Tigers.


Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn’t come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, but he won for the first time in seven starts.


Andy Dirks also homered for Detroit, and Cabrera had four hits.


White Sox 9, Royals 1


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hector Santiago shut down the Royals’ punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a rout.


Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game skid with their best offensive output in nearly two weeks.


Indians 5, Twins 1


CLEVELAND — Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven strong innings and Jason Kipnis drove in three, leading the Indians over Minnesota.


Kazmir (4-4) gave up just a leadoff homer to Brian Dozier in the sixth and four other hits. The left-hander struck out seven, including five in his final two innings.


Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly — to the second baseman — off Samuel Deduno (3-2) in the third and added a two-run single in the seventh for the Indians.


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