Yankees 2, Red Sox 1
NEW YORK – Melky Cabrera robbed Manny Ramirez of a tying homer with a leaping catch in the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox behind a strong start from Chien-Ming Wang.
Bernie Williams homered and Jason Giambi drew a bases-loaded walk to break a seventh-inning tie for New York, which played without ailing captain Derek Jeter (bruised right thumb) for the second consecutive night.
The first-place Yankees (35-22) have won the first two meetings of a four-game series to move 1 1/2 games in front of Boston in the AL East. They won for the ninth time in 11 games overall and moved a season-high 13 games above .500.
Wang (6-2) gave up only a solo homer to David Ortiz in seven innings. The right-hander was locked in a pitchers’ duel with David Pauley (0-1), who was making his second major league start, when the Yankees came to bat in the seventh.
Pauley retired the first two hitters, but New York loaded the bases on singles by Miguel Cairo and Johnny Damon and a four-pitch walk to Cabrera. With no left-handers in the Boston bullpen, right-hander Rudy Seanez relieved Pauley to face the lefty-swinging Giambi.
The count stretched to 3-2 and then Seanez threw ball four, forcing in the go-ahead run.
Cabrera preserved the lead when he leaped at the 399-foot sign in left-center to rob Ramirez of a homer off Kyle Farnsworth. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. His 391st save moved him ahead of Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley into sole possession of fourth place on the career list.
Athletics 7, Indians 6
CLEVELAND – Eric Chavez’s clutch two-run homer and Dan Johnson’s RBI single in the eighth inning rallied the Oakland Athletics.
Down 6-4 going into the eighth, the A’s tied it on Chavez’s shot off Scott Sauerbeck.
The left-hander, who got the final out in the seventh after replacing Indians starter Jake Westbrook, gave up a leadoff single to Nick Swisher before Chavez hit his 13th homer – and 10th on the road.
Of Chavez’s last 17 RBIs since May 16, 11 have either tied the game or put the A’s ahead.
Rafael Betancourt (0-1) came on and struck out Frank Thomas, but Cleveland third baseman Aaron Boone booted Bobby Crosby’s grounder. Crosby then stole second, and scored one out later on Johnson’s base hit.
Barry Zito (6-3) stayed around long enough to win his third straight start. The left-hander gave up six runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings. Kiko Calero worked the eighth and Houston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Thomas hit a three-run homer – the 462nd of his career – and Mark Kotsay connected for the A’s.
Angels 12, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ervin Santana allowed two hits in seven innings and Vladimir Guerrero drove in two runs with a pair of singles, leading the Los Angeles Angels.
Santana (5-3) outperformed left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-4) in a matchup of two of the best young pitchers in the American League, with the Angels turning a close game into a rout with a pair of runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Jose Molina went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored three runs for Los Angeles, which finished with a season-high 17 hits.
Guerrero had RBI singles in the first and sixth. Juan Rivera’s seventh-inning single off reliever Travis Harper drove in the last two runs charged to Kazmir, who allowed seven runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Santana limited the Devil Rays to one hit – Carl Crawford’s first-inning triple – until Julio Lugo singled with one out in the sixth.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE – Alex Rios snapped a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Aaron Hill had two RBIs to lift the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rios went 2-for-5 to raise his AL-leading batting average to .359. His homer came off rookie Chris Britton (0-1) after Reed Johnson led off the seventh with a walk.
Kevin Millar hit an RBI single off Justin Speier to bring Baltimore to 5-4 in the bottom half, but Toronto added a run in the eighth when Gregg Zaun doubled and scored on sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay.
Former Oriole B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Reliever Scott Downs (1-0) got the win.