New York The New York Yankees' rotation is coming together, and Cory Lidle is primed to be a big part of its success.
Lidle pitched six effective innings in his first start with the Yankees, and Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to help New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, Thursday for its fourth straight win.
Lidle allowed one run and four hits on a steamy afternoon at Yankee Stadium in his first outing since being acquired from the Phillies on Sunday. New York sent four minor-league prospects to Philadelphia for Lidle and right fielder Bobby Abreu, who had three hits and is 5-for-13 in three games since joining his new club.
"Since the trade, I was just thinking about this day and mentally preparing to not get too excited," Lidle said.
Giambi also hit an RBI double during New York's three-run sixth that made it 8-1. Craig Wilson, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, added a two-run single.
"He's a guy that's not afraid to compete," Giambi said of Lidle, whom he played with at South Hills High in West Covina, Calif., and again with Oakland in the majors. "He's not afraid of contact. He goes out there and he gives you a lot of innings and that's definitely something we need, especially in the second half."
Toronto's Ryan Roberts homered for his first major league hit. The Blue Jays lost their season-high fifth in a row to fall 81â2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and finish a 2-8 road trip.
"We knew coming in here it wasn't going to be easy," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They shut us down. They shut down a good-hitting team."
Indians 7, Red Sox 6
Boston - Jake Westbrook became the first pitcher in 18 years to win despite allowing 15 hits, and Cleveland used Shin-Soo Choo's grand slam to beat Josh Beckett and Boston.
Westbrook hung on while giving up the most hits in the majors this season, permitting six runs in eight innings. The Red Sox had 12 singles, three doubles and a walk against him.
John Dopson was the last pitcher to win while permitting 15 hits when he pitched Montreal past Atlanta, 9-2, on July 3, 1988, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
The Red Sox fell one game behind New York in the AL East.
Westbrook (8-7) ended his three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 4.
Devil Rays 2, Tigers 1
St. Petersburg, Fla. - B.J. Upton had an RBI single in a two-run seventh inning, and reliever Seth McClung won for first time since May as Tampa Bay beat Detroit.
Upton, playing his third game since being called up from Triple-A Durham, singled to center to tie the game at 1. The go-ahead run scored when he got caught in a rundown after rounding first base.