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American League Roundup: Rays take top spot in East

May 14, 2008

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Rays 2, Yankees 1, 11 inn.

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Gabe Gross singled with no outs in the 11th inning to drive in the first run Mariano Rivera has allowed all season, giving Tampa Bay a victory over the New York Yankees and sending the Rays into first place in the AL East.

Cliff Floyd began the 11th with a single, and pinch-runner Jonny Gomes stole second before Gross delivered the winner up the middle on a 1-1 pitch. Rivera (0-1) had not allowed a run in 14 previous appearances.

J.P. Howell (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Rangers 5, Mariners 2

Arlington, Texas - Ramon Vazquez drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly, and Texas beat Seattle.

Indians 4, Athletics 0

Cleveland - Paul Byrd and two Cleveland relievers combined for the Indians' fourth shutout in seven games. Byrd (2-3) allowed five hits over 71â3 innings, striking out seven without a walk.

The right-hander extended the Indians' scoreless streak to 34 innings by their starting staff.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

Baltimore - Luke Scott homered and had three of Baltimore's 11 hits off Josh Beckett, and the Orioles received a fine pitching performance from Jeremy Guthrie.

Scott was mired in a 7-for-55 skid before going 3-for-3 against Beckett, who came in 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four career starts at Camden Yards. Scott's three-run homer in the third inning put Baltimore ahead, 5-3, and the advantage stood up.

Blue Jays 5, Twins 3

Minneapolis - Matt Stairs homered and scored twice for the struggling Blue Jays' offense in Toronto's victory over Minnesota

Lyle Overbay and former Twin Shannon Stewart each had two hits, including RBI-doubles, for the Jays, who scored at least five runs in a game for just the second time in the last 10 games. Carlos Gomez and Jason Kubel hit solo homers for Minnesota.

Angels 2, White Sox 0

Anaheim, Calif. - Jered Weaver allowed one hit over seven innings, and batterymate Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth. A.J. Pierzynski's leadoff single in the fifth was the only hit off Weaver.

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