BALTIMORE — Slumping Curtis Granderson came off the bench to hit his 35th homer and drive in five runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 Sunday to regain sole possession of first place in the AL East and earn an important split of the season series.
Derek Jeter also homered for the Yankees, who lead the Orioles by one game with 22 left. Each team won twice in a four-game set that drew 173,572 fans, including 40,346 in the finale.
New York finished 9-9 against Baltimore this season. Now, if the teams are tied at the end of the regular season, record within the division will serve as the tiebreaker.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — B.J. Upton hit three home runs and James Shields threw a two-hitter to lead Tampa Bay past Texas.
Upton hit solo homers in the first, fourth and sixth innings. He struck out in the second, and received a standing ovation before hitting a broken-bat grounder to third in the eighth.
Shields (14-8) permitted just three baserunners. Elvis Andrus reached on a first-inning error, Nelson Cruz had an infield single in the second and David Murphy singled in the eighth.
CHICAGO — Mike Moustakas stroked a go-ahead single in the 10th inning to lift Kansas City over Chicago.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings of five-hit ball and Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer for the second straight as Los Angeles beat slumping Detroit.
SEATTLE — Jonny Gomes hit a three-run home run, Tommy Milone worked six strong innings and Oakland finished off a three-game sweep of Seattle.
BOSTON — Omar Vizquel hit a pair of sacrifice flies, including one in the ninth inning that lifted Toronto over free-falling Boston.
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Morneau hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Minnesota over Cleveland.