Giambi, Pettitte lift Yankees
New York avoids sweep by Orioles
Jason Giambi homered and drove in two runs to back an effective pitching performance by Andy Pettitte, and the New York Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-2, last night to avert a three-game sweep in Baltimore.
Pettitte (5-5) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 24-6 lifetime against the Orioles, including 15-4 in Baltimore. He has more wins at Camden Yards than any visiting pitcher.
Joba Chamberlain struck out three and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings before Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 13th save in 13 tries.
Before the game, New York put starter Ian Kennedy (right shoulder) on the disabled list. That increased speculation that Chamberlain would join the starting rotation as soon as next week, but manager Joe Girardi insisted the hard-throwing reliever still needed to increase his endurance and strength.
"I can't tell you 100 percent that he is going to take that spot," Girardi said before the game. "I have to see what happens tonight first."
Chamberlain threw 28 pitches, an abbreviated outing that probably did not test his perseverance.
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking none. Baltimore has scored only eight runs in the six games he's lost this year.
White Sox 6, Indians 5 - Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run seventh inning that led Chicago over host Cleveland.
Gavin Floyd (5-3) allowed two runs in the first, then retired 15 of 17 hitters before the Indians scored three times to take a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Floyd gave up five runs - four earned - and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
Tigers 6, Angels 2 - Armando Galarraga came within two outs of his first complete game and shutout in the majors, Marcus Thames hit two homers and visiting Detroit beat Los Angeles to avoid a sweep.
Galarraga (4-2) struck out three and walked three while improving his road record to 4-1 in five starts. The righthander did not allow a runner past first base until the ninth, when he walked Reggie Willits with one out and Maicer Izturis followed with a home run on his 104th and final pitch. Todd Jones finished up.
Blue Jays 2, Athletics 1 - Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth that helped secure the win for Roy Halladay, and Toronto beat host Oakland for the first time in five tries this season.
Halladay (6-5) outshined Rich Harden in an impressive pitcher's duel between two of the American League's top righthanders, winning his third straight decision.
Twins 9, Royals 8 - Justin Morneau hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning and visiting Minnesota, after rallying for five runs in the ninth, handed stunned Kansas City its 10th straight loss.
Joel Peralta (0-2) gave up the tying three-run homer to pinch hitter Craig Monroe with two outs in the ninth, then watched Morneau hit his first pitch of the 10th over the fence in right field.
Phillies 6, Rockies 1 - Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 17th homer to help Adam Eaton earn his first win, and host Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of Colorado.
Eaton (1-3) allowed one run over six innings, Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run shot and the Phillies (31-24) moved a season-best seven games above .500 with their first sweep of the season. Philadelphia outscored Colorado, 33-10, in the series.
Giants 11, Diamondbacks 3 - Ray Durham drove in four runs with a solo homer and a three-run single and San Francisco spoiled Doug Davis's homecoming with a rout of Arizona in Phoenix.
Davis (2-2) was making his second start, first at home, since returning from surgery to remove his cancerous thyroid gland. He allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three, one intentionally.
Mets 7, Marlins 6 - Fernando Tatis delivered a two-run double in the 12th inning, lifting host New York over Florida.
Cubs 2, Dodgers 1 - Alfonso Soriano singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th and Chicago beat Los Angeles to complete a three-game sweep.
Brewers 1, Braves 0 - Rickie Weeks delivered a run-scoring triple in the eighth inning to make a winner of Jeff Suppan, who baffled visiting Atlanta over eight innings in Milwaukee's victory.
Cardinals 6, Astros 1 - Adam Wainwright shackled Houston for eight innings and Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs to help spoil Wandy Rodriguez's first start in more than a month in host St. Louis's victory.
Reds 9, Pirates 1 - David Ross's first homer put the finishing touch on a six-run first inning off lefthander Tom Gorzelanny, and Cincinnati extended its home winning streak to nine games with a victory over Pittsburgh.
Nationals 6, Padres 4 - Jesus Flores hit a grand slam to lift Washington to a victory in San Diego.