Joba Chamberlain pitched eight scoreless innings and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered and drove in two runs apiece to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night in St. Petersburg, Fla.
With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watching from his private suite at Tropicana Field, the AL East leaders won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break. They dropped the defending division champion Rays a season-high 7 1/2 games off the pace in third place.
Chamberlain (7-2) limited the sputtering Rays to three singles - two by Jason Bartlett - while allowing only one runner to reach second base. He struck out five and walked two.
Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza hit Teixeira with a fifth-inning pitch, then said he did it because he’s tired of opposing pitchers throwing at Rays All-Star Evan Longoria.
Teixeira was plunked after one of Chamberlain’s pitches sailed over Longoria’s head in the previous inning.
“They can take whatever they want from it, but I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back. It’s about time someone made a statement,’’ Garza said, noting that Longoria was hit by a pitch in the opener of the three-game series Monday night. “I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we’re tired of it.’’
Angels 9, Indians 3 - Howie Kendrick homered and drove in a career-high five runs as host Los Angeles beat undermanned Cleveland. AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco were traded to Philadelphia for four minor leaguers earlier in the day.
Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0 - Justin Upton homered and drove in three runs and Chris Snyder added a solo shot as host Arizona handed Philadelphia just its sixth loss in 25 games this month.
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2 - Ken Griffey Jr. doubled twice and drove in the decisive runs in the seventh inning as host Seattle tagged Roy Halladay, the subject of numerous trade rumors, with a season-high 11 hits.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 - Albert Pujols lined an RBI single over the head of center fielder Matt Kemp with two outs in the 15th inning as host St. Louis saddled the NL West-leading Dodgers with their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Twins 3, White Sox 2 - Alexi Casilla, who entered the game hitting .161, had two RBIs, Minnesota’s bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, and host Minnesota completed a three-game sweep.
Giants 1, Pirates 0 - Randy Winn lined an RBI single down the first-base line with two outs in the 10th inning to help host San Francisco complete a three-game sweep. Matt Cain pitched nine scoreless innings for the Giants.
Cubs 12, Astros 0 - Randy Wells (7-4) pitched eight shutout innings and Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer during a six-run first inning to lead host Chicago.
Marlins 6, Braves 3 - Josh Johnson (10-2) gave up eight hits in six innings and hit a three-run homer to lift host Florida.
Padres 7, Reds 1 - Rookie Mat Latos (2-1) and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as visiting San Diego posted consecutive wins for the first time in a month.
Brewers 7, Nationals 5 - Casey McGehee’s two-run, pinch-hit homer helped rally host Milwaukee, providing a brief break from its slide in the NL Central. The Brewers came into July in first place but have gone 8-16 this month.
Tigers 13, Rangers 5 - Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run and connected again in the second, and Justin Verlander (12-5) equaled a career high by striking out 13 as visiting Detroit matched a season high with 19 hits.
Orioles 7, Royals 3 - Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs and Nick Markakis also had three RBIs to spark host Baltimore’s come-from-behind victory.
The game between the Rockies and Mets at Citi Field in New York was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader today, with the opener starting at 12:10 p.m. and the nightcap at 7:10.