ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Tampa Bay took advantage of sloppy New York defense to score two runs that gave the Rays a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
Hellickson (9-7) retired 13 of 15 batters after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano in the third inning, helping his team stay close until the sputtering Rays offense could finally break through against the Bartolo Colon.
Robinson Chirinos and Sean Rodriguez singled, chasing Colon (6-6) with one out in the seventh. That's when things really awry for New York.
With two on, center fielder Curtis Granderson lost pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano's fly ball in the Tropicana Field roof for a single off Boone Logan that loaded the bases. It looked as though the Yankees might escape the jam when the next batter — pinch-hitter Elliot Johnson — hit a tailor-made, double-play grounder back to the mound, but the ball glanced off Logan's glove for an error that enabled the Rays to tie it at 2.
Rodriguez raced home from third for the go-ahead run on Johnny Damon's sacrifice fly to shallow center. Granderson charged in to make a sliding catch, scrambled to his feet but threw wildly to the plate.
Joel Peralta worked a perfect ninth for his first save.
ORIOLES 6, RED SOX 2: At Baltimore, Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs over seven innings in an effort that belied his title as the losingest pitcher in the majors, and the Orioles beat Boston to end a seven-game losing streak against the Red Sox.
Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds hit successive homers in the eighth off Alfredo Aceves to turn a one-run lead into a more comfortable cushion for the Orioles, who lost their previous seven games against Boston this season by a combined score of 61-32.
Guthrie (4-13) gave up eight hits and walked one. The right-hander was 1-6 in his previous 10 starts and had lost seven straight decisions against Boston since May 13, 2008.
Jim Johnson worked two innings for his first save.
The Red Sox lost for only the third time in 16 games despite getting a home run from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his second in two nights. Kyle Weiland (0-1) yielded three runs in six innings.
TIGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3: At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen each hit a two-run homer in Detroit's six-run fifth inning against Oakland.
The Tigers trailed 3-1 before they grabbed control in the fifth against Guillermo Moscoso (3-5).
After Magglio Ordonez brought Detroit within a run on a sacrifice fly, Cabrera hit his 20th homer of the season, putting the Tigers ahead to stay. It was his 600th career extra-base hit.
Detroit starter Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Moscoso allowed six earned runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Guillen hit his first home run since Aug. 14 — shortly before his 2010 season ended because of a left knee injury. He returned to the lineup Saturday and reached base four times Tuesday.
TWINS 2, INDIANS 1: At Minneapolis, Danny Valencia hit a two-run single off All-Star closer Chris Perez in the ninth inning, sending Minnesota to a victory over Cleveland.
Perez (2-5) walked Joe Mauer and gave up a double to Michael Cuddyer. Jim Thome was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Valencia followed with a bloop single.
Glen Perkins (2-1) picked up the win in relief of Francisco Liriano, who gave up one run and four hits in six innings.
It was a huge emotional lift for Minnesota, which was swept in a day-night doubleheader to start the series on Monday, falling seven games behind the Indians.
The Twins were dominated for most of Tuesday's game by Justin Masterson, who allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings.
ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Danny Duffy returned from the minors to toss seven sharp innings, Matt Treanor delivered a go-ahead, two-run single and the light-hitting Royals hung on to beat Chicago.
Melky Cabrera homered and Alcides Escobar drove in the other run for Kansas City, which came into the game batting .196 while scoring a measly eight runs during a recent three-game skid. The anemic output in part prompted manager Ned Yost to call a closed-door meeting a couple of hours before the first pitch.
Turned out the Royals didn't need a whole lot of runs with Duffy (2-4) back on the mound.
He settled down after a shaky start to outpitch Jake Peavy (4-4), mowing down a lineup that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen stacked with right-handed hitters.
Joakim Soria earned his 10th consecutive save and 17th of the season.
BLUE JAYS 6, MARINERS 5 (14 INNINGS): At Toronto, Rajai Davis stole two bases before scoring on John McDonald's sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and Toronto extended Seattle's losing streak to 10 games.
It is the Mariners' longest slide since a 12-game skid in 2008.
Davis hit a one-out single off Jamey Wright (2-3) in the 14th and stole second and third before scoring on McDonald's fly to center. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Greg Halman hit a three-run homer and Brendan Ryan added a solo shot for the Mariners, who held a players-only meeting on the field before batting practice, but couldn't stop their slide.
Adam Lind had a two-run homer for the Blue Jays.
RANGERS 7, ANGELS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Adrian Beltre drove in two runs, Alexi Ogando struck out five while allowing four hits in eight innings and the Rangers won their 12th straight game.