ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte pitched five-hit ball over eight innings Thursday night as the New York Yankees won their seventh straight game and built on baseball's best start in 96 years with a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 0: Bob Tewksbury allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Minnesota Twins, trying to sound a warning shot from second place in the AL Central, beat the Cleveland Indians.
Tewksbury (5-9) retired 18 straight after Brian Giles' double with one out in the second. Former Indian Greg Swindell got out of a jam in the eighth, and Rick Aguilera pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 1: Ivan Rodriguez singled in the tie-breaking run in the ninth and John Burkett pitched eight strong innings.
TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Tony Clark hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning.
Clark broke a 3-3 tie when he led off the eighth with his 18th homer, a towering blast into the upper deck in left field off Dan Plesac (3-3).
Geronimo Berroa hit his 100th career homer and Damion Easley had two RBI for the Tigers, who won for the fifth time in seven games. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays, who had won 10 of 13.
ORIOLES 3, RED SOX 2: Cal Ripken singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to give Baltimore its second victory in 13 games since June 22.
Roberto Alomar and Mike Bordick homered for the Orioles, who headed into the All-Star break having lost three straight and 11 of 12. Alomar was the MVP of the All-Star game and Ripken drove in two runs.
John Valentin and Darren Bragg had solo homers for Boston, which was vying to move 20 games over .500 for the first time this season.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 4: Sal Fasano drove in three runs to match his career high.
Fasano, a Chicago native, hit an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth as the Royals won for the seventh time in 11 games.
Tim Belcher (8-7) won for the sixth time in seven decisions.
DODGERS 12, PADRES 3: Gary Sheffield's two-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning for Los Angeles, and the Dodgers went on to pound the San Diego Padres 12-3 on Thursday.
Trenidad Hubbard added a two-run homer in the seventh, and Chan Ho Park (8-5) limited the Padres to three hits in six innings. The only run Park allowed was unearned, on Eric Karros' fielding error in the fifth inning.
Eric Karros, Charles Johnson and Juan Castro added two RBIs apiece for the Dodgers, who ended a three-game winning streak by the NL West-leading Padres. Los Angeles is still a distant 12 1/2 games off the pace.
The Dodgers battered Mark Langston (3-2) for six runs in 3 1-3 innings, his worst outing of the season.
ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 4: Shane Reynolds won his fourth straight start as Houston beat St. Louis to increase its NL Central lead over Chicago to six games.
The Astros have won 19 of 29 to improve to 54-34, there best in franchise history at this point of the season.
Reynolds (11-5) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings and kept Mark McGwire stuck on 37 homers. Billy Wagner finished for his 21st save.
Carl Everett homered for Houston, and Ray Lankford connected for St. Louis.
Todd Stottlemyre (9-7) took the loss. He hit eighth in the lineup, the the first major league pitcher to bat anywhere but ninth in the order since Steve Carlton in 1979. He singled in the third and lined out in the fourth.
BREWERS 12, CUBS 9: Marquis Grissom drove in five runs with a homer and a double as Milwaukee outslugged Chicago.
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, who missed the All-Star game because of a sore left shoulder, homered in his second at-bat. His two-run, 432-foot shot to center field was his 34th homer and gave Chicago a 5-4 led in the second.
Henry Rodriguez added his 20th homer for the Cubs.
Al Reyes (4-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the victory, and Bob Wickman got the last three outs for his 12th save. Bob Patterson (1-1) took the loss.
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