The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Ruben Sierra gave the New York Yankees a win after Orlando Hernandez gave the frail pitching rotation a big boost heading into their weekend series at Fenway Park. After El Duque bewildered Toronto for seven innings, Sierra homered with two outs in the ninth to lift New York over the Blue Jays 1-0 Thursday for a two-game sweep.
Ted Lilly pitched 6 2/3 innings against his former team, and New York was outhit 5-3 before the ninth.
Orioles 8, Red Sox 3, 1st game
Red Sox 4, Orioles 0, 2nd game
BOSTON - Tim Wakefield pitched seven shutout innings five days after a line drive hit his pitching shoulder, and the Boston Red Sox earned a split of their day-night doubleheader with the Orioles.
The Orioles won the opener 8-3 behind Melvin Mora's two homers and four RBI, and the pitching of Rodrigo Lopez.
Boston salvaged the finale of the three-game series, ending its first three-game home losing streak of the season. The Red Sox trail first-place New York by 8 1/2 games in the AL East and host the Yankees in a three-game series starting tonight.
Royals 13, Tigers 7
DETROIT - Mike Sweeney hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to lead Kansas City over the Tigers.
Ken Harvey also connected for the Royals, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the 13th time in 44 road games this season. Sweeney matched a club record with seven RBI.
Twins 7, Devil Rays 5
MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Nick Punto had a grand slam, leading Minnesota over Tampa Bay.
Rocco Baldelli tied it at 5 with his first career grand slam for the Devil Rays, who have lost 12 of 17 since moving a season-high two games over .500 on July 3.
Angels 11, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas - Bartolo Colon allowed just three singles in seven innings against Texas' powerful lineup, and Anaheim beat the AL West-leading Rangers.
Robb Quinlan had four hits for the Angels, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for only the second time in seven games.
White Sox 3, Indians 0
CLEVELAND - Freddy Garcia pitched seven shutout innings and Chicago blanked Cleveland for the second straight night. Garcia (8-8) improved to 4-1 since joining the White Sox, who acquired the right-hander for the playoff drive in a trade last month with Seattle.
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