Yankees edge Braves, extend streak
ATLANTA (AP) New York's Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the streaking Yankees hung on to edge the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in interleague play on Wednesday and complete their second straight three-game sweep.
New York starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings and set a season high with eight strikeouts. He stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings before giving up a two-run shot in the fifth. Granderson answered an inning later.
The Yankees have surged into first place in the American League East with sweeps of the Mets and Braves.
Rafael Soriano gave up a single with two outs in the ninth before completing the save by inducing a popup to second base.
The Braves had runners in scoring position in six innings and went 2 for 13 in that situation.
Atlanta starter Tim Hudson (4-3) gave up the lead before he could record an out in the sixth. He gave up three runs with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
In Toronto, Stephen Strasburg (8-1) won his fifth straight start by guiding Washington past Toronto, completing a three-game sweep.
Tyler Moore, called up from the minors last week, hit the first two home runs of his career as the Nationals completed the first undefeated six-game road trip since the franchise relocated from Montreal. Moore went 3 for 4 with five RBIs.
The Blue Jays (31-32) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell below .500 for the first time this season.
Toronto starter Kyle Drabek (4-7) was forced to leave after suffering an apparent injury. He allowed four runs in 4 1-3 innings.
In St. Petersburg, Florida, R.A. Dickey broke the New York Mets' record for consecutive scoreless innings in a victory over Tampa Bay.
Dickey (10-1), who co-leads the major leagues for wins, ran his career-best shutout streak to 32 2-3 innings before yielding an unearned run in the ninth. That topped the previous club mark of 31 2-3 scoreless innings set by Jerry Koosman in 1973.
Dickey set a career best with 12 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. Over his past five outings, the 37-year-old knuckleballer has struck out 50 while walking only three.
He outpitched AL wins leader David Price (8-4). According to STATS LLC, this was only the second regular-season game since 1921 to feature the AL and NL wins leaders.
In Baltimore, Jake Arrieta tied a career high with nine strikeouts over seven innings, steering Baltimore past Pittsburgh for its fourth straight victory.
Arrieta (3-8) was dominant in ending a six-game losing streak, giving up one run. He filled in for scheduled starter Brian Matusz, who deflected a baseball onto his nose Tuesday during bunting practice.
Wilson Betemit had a season-high three hits and drove in three runs, going 3 for 3 and giving the Orioles a 5-0 lead with a homer int the sixth off Kevin Correia (2-6).
Baltimore's four-game home winning streak is a season high.
In Arlington, Texas, Craig Gentry hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning for the game's only run as Texas edged Arizona.
Mike Napoli drew a leadoff walk in the eighth off rookie Wade Miley (7-3) before a sacrifice bunt by Yorvit Torrealba. After a strikeout, Gentry, the No. 9 batter hitting an impressive .340 this season, hit a hard one-hopper over the glove of the third baseman and into left field.
Mike Adams (1-2) retired the only two batters he faced after replacing starter Matt Harrison, who has pitched 16 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings. Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Texas has won seven straight against the Diamondbacks, who were shut out for only the second time this season.
In Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips had another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs as Cincinnati topped Cleveland.
Phillips' two-run shot in the seventh inning made it 58 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park; the longest active streak in the majors.
Phillips also had an RBI single off Derek Lowe (7-5) and three hits overall against the team that traded him at the start of the 2006 season. Phillips is a .347 career hitter against Cleveland.
Cincinnati starter Mat Latos (5-2) pitched seven innings in place of Mike Leake, one of several Reds hit hard by a stomach virus.
Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching the longest in the majors this season.
In St. Louis, Lance Lynn struck out a career-high 12 to stay tied for the major league lead in wins as St. Louis ended Chicago's eight-game road winning streak.
Lynn (10-2) pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings and joined the Mets' R.A. Dickey as the only 10-game winners in the majors.
Carlos Beltran hit his NL-best 19th home run, going long in the third inning off Jake Peavy (6-2). He had three of the four hits for the Cardinals, who scored a single run for the third straight game.
In Miami, Felix Doubront pitched a career-high seven innings, guiding Boston past reeling Miami.
Doubront (7-3), coming off the worst start of his career, retired 16 in a row and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Doubront, who struck out nine, hadn't pitched more than 6 1-3 innings in his 15 previous career starts.
David Ortiz hit a homer and drove in three runs for the Red Sox.
The Marlins went 1-8 on their homestand and were outscored 56-17.
Miami starter Ricky Nolasco (6-5) allowed four runs in six innings.
In Minneapolis, Jim Thome drove in four runs against his former team, including a long homer, as Philadelphia hung on for a win over Minnesota.
After three straight soft singles to start the game against P.J. Walters (2-2), Thome smacked one to right field to drive in two runs and prompt manager Ron Gardenhire to visit the mound. Walters wasn't able to get loose, the team announced, and left because of stiffness and pain in his shoulder.
John Mayberry also had four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the first inning to give Cole Hamels (9-3) a six-run lead he barely held. Jonathan Papelbon got the last four outs for his 17th save in as many attempts.
The Twins trailed 6-0 and 9-3 before a rally which Papelbon ended by striking out Joe Mauer in a perfect ninth.
In Chicago, Jhonny Peralta had three hits and two RBIs one night after he made two costly throwing errors, and Detroit rallied to beat Chicago.
Brennan Boesch had four hits, including a solo homer, and made a diving catch in right field as the Tigers improved to 8-1 in their last nine games against the Cubs, who had won four straight home games.
Chicago starter Matt Garza (2-5) allowed seven hits in six innings. He is 0-4 with a 5.26 ERA in his past seven starts.
Detroit starter Rick Porcello (4-4) gave up nine hits in five innings, but managed to earn his first victory since May 6.
Updated June 14, 2012