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Chamberlain gets job done

His first win in month finishes sweep of Tigers

The Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain allowed three hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings in beating the Tigers, his best outing since a win over Atlanta June 24. The Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain allowed three hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings in beating the Tigers, his best outing since a win over Atlanta June 24. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 20, 2009
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Joba Chamberlain went home to Nebraska over the All-Star break. He played with his 3-year-old son and just stayed away from baseball for a while.

“Probably the best four days I’ve had in my life,’’ he said.

It also turned out pretty well for the New York Yankees.

Chamberlain won for the first time in almost a month and the Yankees got home runs from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers yesterday at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep of the AL Central leaders that moved them within one game of the Red Sox in the AL East.

Chamberlain (5-2), coming off two ineffective starts, allowed three hits over 6 2/3 innings in his longest effort since he tossed eight innings in New York’s 5-2 victory at Cleveland June 1. He struck out eight and walked three to earn his first victory since June 24 at Atlanta.

Tigers starter Edwin Jackson (7-5) nearly matched Chamberlain, yielding two runs and five hits in seven innings.

“I thought our pitchers did a tremendous job the entire series,’’ Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Phil Coke got the last out of the seventh and Phil Hughes struck out two in the eighth for New York. Mariano Rivera finished for his 26th save in 27 opportunities and third of the series.

Rays 4, Royals 3 - Gabe Gross drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, and visiting Tampa Bay rallied against a struggling Kansas City bullpen that blew a lead for the third straight game.

The Royals, who have lost six straight, squandered a 3-0 advantage. The Rays totaled seven runs in the eighth inning in sweeping the three-game series.

Rangers 5, Twins 3 - Ian Kinsler’s second home run of the game - a two-run blast with one out in the 12th - allowed host Texas to snap a four-game losing streak.

Braves 7, Mets 1 - Yunel Escobar had two of his four RBIs in a five-run fifth inning and host Atlanta beat New York to drop the Mets nine games back in the NL East, their largest deficit since they were nine games out on Sept. 29, 2005.

Rockies 6, Padres 1 - Jason Marquis (12-6) threw eight strong innings and drove in two runs to become the majors’ first 12-game winner, leading visiting Colorado past San Diego, spoiling the major league debut of Padres righthander Mat Latos, the club’s top pitching prospect, who allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four in four innings.

Phillies 5, Marlins 0 - Rookie J.A. Happ allowed five hits in seven innings to improve to 7-0 and visiting Philadelphia extended its longest winning streak since 2006 to eight games by beating Florida.

Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 1 - Joel Pineiro hit a two-run double and pitched seven sharp innings, leading host St. Louis over Arizona.

Giants 4, Pirates 3 - Matt Cain (11-2) allowed one run over seven innings to outpitch Zach Duke, and host San Francisco beat Pittsburgh.

Cubs 11, Nationals 3 - Alfonso Soriano’s two-run homer keyed a seven-run fourth inning and visiting Chicago completed a four-game sweep of Washington, dropping the Nationals to 0-4 under new manager Jim Riggleman.

Dodgers 4, Astros 3 - Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Brad Ausmus had a pair of RBI doubles, helping host Los Angeles split the four-game series with Houston.

Orioles 10, White Sox 2 - Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight solid innings and Gregg Zaun hit a three-run homer, leading Baltimore at Chicago.

Reds 5, Brewers 3 - Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning, giving host Cincinnati a split of its four-game series with Milwaukee.

Mariners 5, Indians 3 - Ichiro Suzuki had three hits, scored twice, and made a game-saving catch on Victor Martinez’s two-out, ninth-inning drive to help visiting Seattle beat Cleveland.

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