NEW YORK Jason Giambi homered twice and Andy Pettitte looked particularly sharp in an easy outing as the New York Yankees beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 8-0 Tuesday night to match a season high with their fifth straight victory.
Alex Rodriguez also connected off an ineffective Randy Wolf (5-5) for the surging Yankees (38-33), who have won 10 of 13 to move a season-best five games above .500. New York has outscored its opponents 35-6 during the five-game winning streak.
Including a 13-0 whitewash Sunday at Houston, the Yankees have tossed consecutive shutouts for the first time since May 7-8, 2005, against Oakland.Pettitte (7-5) tied a season high with nine strikeouts in seven innings, improving to 4-0 in his past six starts.
RED SOX 3, PHILLIES 0: At Philadelphia, Jon Lester struck out five over seven shutout innings and Coco Crisp homered to lead the Red Sox to a win over the Phillies. Lester (6-3) never got into any serious trouble and won his third straight start. He gave up six hits and walked only one.Crisp gave him all the offense he needed with a two-run homer in the second inning off Jamie Moyer (7-4). Julio Lugo added an RBI double in the sixth.
TWINS 2, NATIONALS 1: At Minneapolis, Livan Hernandez finally found a way to keep opposing hitters off base, earning his first victory in over a month in Minnesota's win over the Nationals. Hernandez (7-4), who is on pace to become the first pitcher since Atlanta's Phil Niekro in 1979 to allow more than 300 hits in a season, allowed one run on just five hits in seven efficient innings. He needed just 77 pitches for his first win since May 12.
ORIOLES 6, ASTROS 5: At Baltimore, Melvin Mora hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to cap yet another improbable rally by the Orioles and doom the sinking Astros to their sixth straight defeat. The Orioles trailed 5-3 before rebounding to earn their third comeback victory in four games. It was the major-league leading 16th time this season that Baltimore rallied from a two-run deficit to win.
BREWERS 7, BLUE JAYS 0: At Milwaukee, Manny Parra scattered four hits in seven scoreless innings and Ryan Braun hit two of Milwaukee's five homers, lifting the Brewers over the Blue Jays.Prince Fielder, Russell Branyan and even Craig Counsell homered for Milwaukee, which improved to 2-2 on the current nine-game homestand and won its eighth straight at home against Toronto even though the last game came in 1997.
ROYALS 2, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Mike Aviles homered to snap an eighth-inning tie and Kyle Davies worked seven sharp innings in the Royals' victory over the Cardinals. David DeJesus contributed his sixth RBI in two games for the Royals, 29-42 overall but a robust 5-2 in interleague play while taking two of three from Florida and Arizona.
RAYS 3, CUBS 2: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Cliff Floyd and Evan Longoria hit solo home runs, helping the Rays spoil Lou Piniella's return to Tropicana Field with a victory over the Cubs.Floyd's shot to right field off Ryan Dempster traveled an estimated 429 feet. Longoria led off the sixth with his 11th of the season, snapping a 1-all tie against Neal Cotts (0-1).
RANGERS 7, BRAVES 5: At Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead to stay with his American League-best 19th homer and Milton Bradley added a two-run single on which he got hurt in the Rangers' victory over the Braves. Vicente Padilla (9-3) allowed two hits over six innings with four strikeouts. C.J. Wilson worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.
WHITE SOX 16, PIRATES 5: At Chicago, Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Orlando Cabrera and Jim Thome homered as Chicago registered season highs in runs and hits to rout Pittsburgh. Thome's homer, a three-run shot to cap a five-run seventh, was the 521st of his career, tying him with Willie McCovey and Ted Williams for 16th on the career list.Dye had a solo homer and a two-run double, Crede a two-run homer and run-scoring double, and Cabrera a two-run homer and sacrifice fly to lead the AL Central leaders to their second win in seven games.
ROCKIES 10, INDIANS 2: At Denver, Greg Reynolds pitched six strong innings and led Colorado's season-high 17-hit attack by going 2-for-3 with a run scored as the Rockies routed Cleveland. Jeff Baker hit an inside-the-park home run, Brad Hawpe also homered and Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Colorado, which has won three of its last four.Reynolds (2-4) allowed one run on five hits and struck out four to earn his second win in his last three starts. Paul Byrd (3-7) took the loss after giving up five runs in four-plus innings.
ATHLETICS 15, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Mark Ellis hit two home runs to lead a six-homer barrage as Oakland routed Brandon Webb and Arizona. Eric Chavez, Kurt Suzuki, Bobby Crosby and Rajai Davis also homered for Oakland, which won its fourth straight.
ANGELS 6, METS 1: At Anaheim, John Lackey scattered six hits over seven-plus innings Tuesday to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Mets to spoil Jerry Manuel's debut as New York manager.
MARINERS 5, MARLINS 4: At Seattle, Felix Hernandez was overpowering for the first five innings, then scrambled to hold his lead, and Settle snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a win over Florida.
TIGERS 5, GIANTS 1: At San Francisco, Kenny Rogers pitched seven strong innings and Marcus Thames homered in his fifth straight game to help Detroit beat San Francisco.
DODGERS 3, REDS 1: At Cincinnati, right-hander Chad Billingsley took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Dodgers held on for a victory over the Reds that ended a five-game losing streak. Billingsley (4-8) provided a huge boost on an otherwise ominous day for the Dodgers' rotation. Brad Penny went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder, and Hiroki Kuroda was sent back to Los Angeles for tests on his sore shoulder.