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Wells breaks out of slump for Yankees


June 22. 2013 11:42PM
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NEW YORK — Vernon Wells broke out of his big slump with a pinch-hit, three-run double, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Saturday.


Wells was in a 9-for-87 slide that landed him on the bench the past two days, with rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte starting in his place. But with the Yankees trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Wells batted for No. 9 hitter Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs.


Wells’ clutch hit got CC Sabathia (8-5) off the hook after he allowed five runs in seven innings.


Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.


Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2


TORONTO — Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game.


Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth and Bautista had a two-run drive for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.


The Blue Jays led 2-1 heading into the eighth but Taylor Teagarden tied it with a homer off reliever Darren Oliver (3-1).


Miguel Gonzalez (5-3) allowed three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings.


White Sox 3, Royals 2


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alejandro De Aza drove in Jordan Danks with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, sending the White Sox to a victory over the Royals.


Jesse Crain (2-1) got through a shaky eighth inning for the White Sox, putting a runner on third with one out and then leaving him there.


Closer Addison Reed handled a perfect ninth for his 21st save.


Aaron Crow (3-3) was the loser.


Crain extended his club record with his 29th consecutive scoreless appearance.




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