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April 17. 2013 11:46PM
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NEW YORK — Travis Hafner had a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning to make a winner of CC Sabathia, who settled down after a shaky start and helped the New York Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Brett Gardner had a tying, two-run single in the seventh for New York, which broke through after being stymied by Wade Miley for six innings.


Sabathia (3-1) gave up an opposite-field, two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first — one of three hits in the opening inning — then only three more hits and a sacrifice fly to A.J. Pollock through the eighth.


Hafner batted for Ben Francisco with two outs in the eighth. He sent the first pitch he saw from reliever David Hernandez (0-1) into the stands in right-center for his fourth home run.


Red Sox win 5th straight, 6-3 over Indians


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Eds: APNewsNow. Red Sox 6, Indians 3. With AP Photos.


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CLEVELAND (AP) — Converted closer Alfredo Aceves coasted through five innings, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava drove in two runs apiece and the Red Sox, bonded by the tragedy in Boston, struck quickly against Justin Masterson and beat the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.


Aceves (1-0), who began the season in Boston’s bullpen, took a shutout into the sixth before giving up three runs. Andrew Bailey, filling for injured closer Joel Hanrahan, worked the ninth for his first save.


Napoli had an RBI single in the first when the Red Sox scored three off Masterson (3-1), who has already beaten two Cy Young winners this season and came in without allowing a run in 19 straight innings.


Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians, who dropped their third in a row.


ow. Rays 6, Orioles 2. With AP Photos.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan homered, James Loney had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.


Matt Moore (3-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Although his streak of scoreless starts ended at two, the left-hander has accounted for three of the Rays’ five wins this season.


The six runs were the most the Rays scored in a game since a 6-0 win over Cleveland on April 6. Following that victory, Tampa Bay lost seven of eight before turning it around against the Orioles.


After going 1 for 34 with runners in scoring position in their previous five games, the Rays went 4 for 11 in those situations, including a two-run double in the fourth by Loney that put Tampa Bay ahead for good.


Athletics 7, Astros 5


OAKLAND, Calif. — Bartolo Colon pitched six crisp innings, Josh Reddick doubled in two runs during a six-run first and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros to complete another three-game sweep.


The Athletics swept a three-game series at Houston during the first week of the season.


Seth Smith had three hits and Jed Lowrie added two for the A’s, who improved to an AL-best 12-4. Oakland outscored Houston 22-10 in the series.


The A’s sent 11 batters to the plate and chased Astros starter Bud Norris in the first inning, then coasted to the victory behind Colon (2-0) and three relievers.


Jose Altuve had three hits and Carlos Pena homered for the second straight day for Houston.


White Sox 7, Blue Jays 0


TORONTO — Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and Jose Quintana pitched 6 2-3 innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.


Alex Rios also homered to back Quintana (1-0), who held the Blue Jays to five hits with two walks while striking out seven in his third start of the season.


J.A. Happ (2-1) allowed six hits, including two homers, and five runs in 5 2-3 innings to end a string of four consecutive quality starts by the Blue Jays’ rotation.


The White Sox have won two straight after dropping the opener of the four-game series Monday.




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