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Cano’s single in 9th lifts Yanks

NEW YORK — Robinson Cano singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees, moments after manager Joe Girardi was ejected during a theatrical argument, beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Thursday night.

Hideki Matsui led off with a single and later scored from second base, beating left fielder Jay Payton’s high throw to the plate.

With their revamped bullpen allowing only one runner in three innings, the last-place Yankees posted their first two-game winning streak in 2 1/2 weeks.

Red Sox 11, Royals 8

BOSTON — J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell hit grand slams to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain unbeaten, and Boston completed a sweep of their seven-game homestand.

Drew and Lowell were the first Red Sox to hit slams in the same game at Fenway Park since Tony Armas and Bill Buckner on Aug. 7, 1984. The last time Boston had two slams in a game was when the switch-hitting Bill Mueller hit both — one from each side — at Texas on July 29, 2003.

Matsuzaka (8-0) gave up three runs on six hits, walked six, struck out seven and threw two wild pitches while becoming the AL’s first eight-game winner.

Rangers 8, Twins 7, 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Hamilton hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to lift Texas.

Hamilton’s drive into the left-field seats against Brian Bass (1-1) gave him 12 homers, matching Chicago’s Carlos Quentin for the AL lead. Hamilton went 2-for-4 and moved past Minnesota’s Joe Mauer for the best average in the league, .335. He has 53 RBIs, too, by far the most in the majors.

Joaquin Benoit (3-1) loaded the bases in the eighth and surrendered a two-run single to Justin Morneau that tied the game at 7, but he settled down for a scoreless ninth and the victory. Closer C.J. Wilson pitched a perfect 10th for his ninth save.

Tigers 9, Mariners 2

DETROIT — Brandon Inge and Matt Joyce homered, and after scoring 14 runs in their previous seven games — six of them losses — the Tigers scored 30 in a sweep of Seattle.

Jeremy Bonderman (3-4) won for the first time in four May starts, allowing two runs and eight hits with two walks in six innings. He struck out two.

Freddy Dolsi picked up his first major-league save with three shutout innings.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 3

TORONTO — Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead solo homer, A.J. Burnett won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and Toronto avoided a three-game sweep.

Overbay finished 2-for-3, adding a double and a walk. Eight of his past 17 hits have gone for extra bases.

Burnett (5-4) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six.

White Sox 3, Indians 1

CHICAGO — Carlos Quentin hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Chicago beat Cleveland for its eighth straight victory.

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