NEW YORK — All Andy Pettitte needed to get back in a groove were a few innings against the Seattle Mariners.
Pettitte struck out nine to win for the first time in over a month, Shelley Duncan hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and the New York Yankees beat up Erik Bedard and the woeful Mariners during an eight-run fifth inning in a 13-2 laugher Friday night.
Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui added two-run hits against Bedard (3-3), who gave up a career-high nine runs and lost a series opener at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three weeks.
Seattle, a team with high expectations coming into the season, has shown consistently low energy and lost 17 of its past 22 games. The Mariners are an AL-worst 18-31, and no team that fell more than 16 games under .500 has ever reached the postseason.
Mariners manager John McLaren was ejected by plate umpire Mike DiMuro in the second inning for arguing after Ichiro Suzuki took a called third strike.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Garza took a four-hitter into the eighth inning and Carl Crawford snapped a scoreless tie with a fifth-inning single to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles have been shut out two of the past three games and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position against Garza (3-1). They have been outscored 12-1 during a three-game losing streak and haven’t homered in 28 1-3 innings.
TORONTO — Roy Halladay won for the third time in four starts, Marco Scutaro matched a career high with four RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals, handing the Royals their fifth straight loss.
Halladay (5-5) threw his major league-leading fifth complete game and his first since a run of four straight ended April 29 at Boston. He is 8-3 in 13 career starts against the Royals.
DETROIT — Kevin Slowey pitched seven shutout innings and Mike Lamb homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers scored 30 runs in a three-game sweep of Seattle, but Slowey (1-4) pushed them back into a slump. They had scored 14 runs in their previous seven games before clobbering the Mariners.
Slowey gave up four hits and three walks in six innings for his first win since Sept. 23.
CHICAGO — Joe Saunders took a shutout into the ninth inning, Torii Hunter homered and the Los Angeles Angels hung on to beat the White Sox, snapping Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.
Gavin Floyd (4-3) took the loss despite holding the Angels to three hits in his first career complete game. He had a rocky fifth inning, when Hunter hit a solo shot.
CLEVELAND — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first career grand slam to help the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland as the Indians lost their seventh in a row and pitcher Fausto Carmona to injury.