MLB roundup: Lee stymies Yanks again

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cliff Lee pitched his third straight complete game and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 7-4 on Tuesday night. Lee (7-3) beat New York twice in last year's World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies, including Game 1...

AP photo Seattle Mariners ace lefty Cliff Lee beat the New York Yankees for the second time this season on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cliff Lee pitched his third straight complete game and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Lee (7-3) beat New York twice in last year's World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies, including Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. He won the ballpark opener for Cleveland in April 2009.

This time, the left-hander allowed two solo homers to Nick Swisher and his first walk in almost a month. The Yankees scored twice in the ninth.

Jorge Posada's walk in the second inning was Lee's first since walking Nick Punto on June 2 -- 144 batters and five starts ago.

Rob Johnson hit a two-run double in the sixth and Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs with an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Franklin Gutierrez homered for Seattle.


Yankees starter Phil Hughes (10-2) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. The Yankees had won six of eight.

Red Sox 8, Rays 5

BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to break a fifth-inning tie, and Adrian Beltre had four hits for Boston.

John Lackey (9-3) won his fifth straight decision, allowing one run and eight hits to give the Red Sox their 10th win in 13 games. With the Yankees' loss to the Seattle Mariners, Boston moved within one game behind first-place New York in the AL East.

Lackey and James Shields (6-8) had dueling shutouts until the bottom of the fifth, when Ortiz homered with runners on second and third and two outs. Beltre singled and scored to make it 5-0 after six, then doubled and scored on Bill Hall's homer that made it 8-1 after seven.

Indians 5, Blue Jays 4

CLEVELAND -- Fausto Carmona rebounded from his worst start of the season by pitching into the seventh inning for Cleveland.

Carmona (7-6) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits over 6 1-3 innings to help the Indians to their first three-game winning streak since a four-game run June 9-12. Cleveland followed that modest streak by losing 10 of 11 until winning Sunday in Cincinnati.


Kerry Wood worked the ninth for his third save in three games and eighth in 11 chances overall.

Athletics 4, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Substitute starter Vin Mazzaro allowed three hits in six-plus innings and Kurt Suzuki had three RBIs as Oakland won its fourth straight.

Coco Crisp had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice for the A's, whose winning streak matches their season high. Since returning from the disabled list a week ago, Crisp is 10 for 22 (.455) with nine runs scored in six games.

Cesar Izturis and Luke Scott had RBIs for the Orioles, whose season-high four-game winning streak ended.

Marlins 7, Mets 6

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and Dan Uggla singled home the winning run in the ninth inning for his third RBI, giving Florida a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets hours after the Marlins announced Edwin Rodriguez will remain their manager for the rest of the season.

Phillies 9, Reds 6, 10 innings


CINCINNATI -- Raul Ibanez ended Arthur Rhodes' record-tying streak of scoreless innings with a run-scoring double in the 10th inning, rallying the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds 9-6.

Joey Votto's three-run homer with two outs off Brad Lidge (1-0) tied it in the ninth.

Rhodes (2-2) hadn't allowed a run in his last 33 appearances, tying the major league season record. The left-hander gave up a leadoff double by Ryan Howard and walked Jayson Werth.

Nationals 7, Braves 2

ATLANTA -- Craig Stammen, called up from the minors earlier in the day, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 7-2.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer, Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run double and Alberto Gonzalez had four hits as the Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak.

Stammen was sent to the minors with a 5.43 ERA on June 6 to clear room for rookie Stephen Strasburg, who lost to the Braves 5-0 on Monday night.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1.


CHICAGO -- Alfonso Soriano hit two solo home runs and Ted Lilly pitched seven strong innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs won for the fourth time in 11 games and improved to 3-8 this season against the last-place Pirates.

After ending its 17-game road losing streak on Monday night, the Pirates' offense came on a solo homer by Ryan Doumit in the fifth inning.

Brewers 7, Astros 5

MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder homered twice, and Yovani Gallardo homered and was good enough in six innings of work to earn the victory as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Houston Astros 7-5

It was the seventh victory in nine games for Milwaukee, which hit four homers off Astros starter Brett Myers (5-6).

Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 0

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered twice and doubled with a season-high five RBIs and Adam Wainwright handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks into the seventh inning in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-0 victory.


Dontrelle Willis (1-1) had another wild outing for the Diamondbacks, walking six, hitting a batter and getting lucky on a really wild pitch thrown behind a batter that caromed back to catcher Miguel Montero for a tag play at the plate in the fourth.

The Cardinals had 14 baserunners in 23 at-bats against the 28-year-old lefty, who retired none of four batters to start the fifth and has walked 13 in 7 1-3 innings his last two starts.

Wainwright (11-5) worked his major league-record 23rd consecutive quality start at home.

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