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MLB roundup: Ross blasts BoSox to victory, Boston trades Youkilis to White Sox

Published: Sunday, June 24 2012 11:02 p.m. MDT

Boston Red Sox's Cody Ross, right, celebrates his three-run home run that also drove in Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia (15) in the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Boston, Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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BOSTON — Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday, a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs.

Aaron Cook (1-1), gave up three runs — two earned — six hits and didn't walk or strike out anyone in five innings.

Braves starter Mike Minor (3-6) gave up three homers and allowed seven runs — four earned — in 4 2-3 innings.

TWINS 4, REDS 3: At Cincinnati, Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off shaky Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman, rallying Minnesota over the Reds. Joe Mauer opened the ninth with a double off the left field wall against Chapman (4-4). Willingham followed with his 15th homer of the season.

RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 2: At Arlington, Texas, Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado. Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later.

MARLINS 9, BLUE JAYS 0: At Miami, Mark Buehrle pitched effectively for seven innings to become the winningest pitcher in interleague play, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.

ORIOLES 2, NATIONALS 1: At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore's agonizing offensive struggle, and the Orioles rallied to beat the Nationals. Baltimore appeared headed for its third shutout loss in six games before Adam Jones led off the eighth with a single off Sean Burnett (0-1) and Wieters drove an 0-1 pitch over the center-field wall.

TIGERS 3, PIRATES 2: At Pittsburgh, Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter, Quintin Berry hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run and Detroit avoided a sweep with a win over the Pirates. Berry also scored the go-ahead run on Delmon Young's single in the eighth, an inning after Garrett Jones tied it with a two-run homer.

RAYS 3, PHILLIES 2; RAYS 7, PHILLIES 3: At Philadelphia, Brooks Conrad hit a pair of two-run doubles off winless Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee and Tampa Bay swept a day-night doubleheader. In the opener, Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo (2-2).

ASTROS 7, INDIANS 1: At Houston, Chris Johnson homered and drove in three runs and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to lead the Astros over Cleveland for their first series win since taking two of three from the White Sox June 8-10.

CARDINALS 11, ROYALS 8: At Kansas City, Mo., Carlos Beltran had three RBIs, and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each drove in two runs, powering St. Louis to a victory and its first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.

WHITE SOX 1, BREWERS 0 (10): At Chicago, pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar lined an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox made it an adventuresome afternoon, beating Milwaukee.

PADRES 2, MARINERS 0: At San Diego, Edinson Volquez pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double as the Padres beat Seattle.

ANGELS 5, DODGERS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Mark Trumbo drove in Albert Pujols with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and the Angels won their season series with the Dodgers for the third straight year. Peter Bourjos hit an early two-run homer and Howie Kendrick added another RBI single in the seventh for the Angels, who won four of six in the Freeway Series.

ATHLETICS 4, GIANTS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run, and the Athletics walked off with a stunning victory over the San Francisco Giants.

YANKEES 6, METS 5: At New York, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a victory over the Mets. Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters — making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat.

National League

DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 1: At Phoenix, Wade Miley outpitched Matt Garza in eight strong innings, Justin Upton had three RBIs and Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a victory over the Cubs.

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