Yankees catcher Jorge Posada talks to pitcher Andy Pettitte after he loaded the bases in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday.AP photo
NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte put the Yankees back on track, running his shutout streak to 19 innings and helping New York avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 601st home run, but the Reds are still looking for their first three-game road sweep since last July at Atlanta.
Jason Giambi had a two-run double and Robinson Cano snapped a scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, sending the Yankees to their 13th win in 18 games. They lost reliever Kyle Farnsworth to injury, however, when he tried to barehand Brandon Phillips’ infield single in the eighth.
Mariano Rivera came on and got four outs for his 21st save in 21 chances. Cincinnati put runners at the corners in the ninth before Rivera struck out pinch-hitter Adam Dunn and retired Norris Hopper on a comebacker.
Pettitte (8-5) tossed six innings of four-hit ball, handing Reds rookie Johnny Cueto (5-8) a hard-luck loss. Both departed following a rain delay in the middle of the sixth.
PHILADELPHIA — Jered Weaver held Philadelphia in check into the sixth inning, Casey Kotchman homered and Los Angeles beat the Phillies to complete a three-game sweep.
Weaver (7-7) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings for the AL West-leading Angels, who have won eight of their last nine road games and are a major league-best 24-12 on the road this season.
ATLANTA — Mark Teixeira homered three times, connecting from both sides of the plate to lead Atlanta over Seattle.
BOSTON — Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run off of Mike Parisi in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift Boston over St. Louis.
Mike Lowell led off the inning with a single off Parisi (0-3) before Youkilis hit Parisi’s 3-1 offering over the left-field wall. It was Youkilis’s second homer of the game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Aviles had three RBIs and Joey Gathright drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, capping an eight-run comeback that gave Kansas City a thrilling win over San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES — Russell Martin capped a four-run first inning with a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat Cleveland to avoid a three-game sweep in the first series between the teams at Chavez Ravine.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Carlos Lee hit a go-ahead two-run homer and Brandon Backe pitched into the seventh inning to stop a personal three-game losing streak, helping Houston beat Tampa Bay.
MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Buscher had two hits and drove in two runs, helping the Twins beat struggling Brandon Webb and Arizona.
Buscher is hitting .353 with 12 RBIs and six runs scored in 10 starts since he was called up. The Twins are 7-3 in those games.
PITTSBURGH — Cito Gaston earned his first win as Blue Jays manager in 11 years, getting home runs from Scott Rolen and Adam Lind in a victory over Pittsburgh.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Duchscherer is making an impressive bid for a spot in the All-Star game.
WASHINGTON — Frank Catalanotto delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, and Texas beat Washington.
Vicente Padilla (10-3) gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings to win for the eighth time in nine decisions since April 27. He struck out five and walked two, but wasn’t in line for the win until the Rangers put together a rally in the eighth.
MILWAUKEE — Prince Fielder hit two home runs, Corey Hart and Bill Hall also went deep and the Milwaukee beat Baltimore for its sixth win in seven games.
SAN DIEGO — Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander won his first road game of the season and Detroit beat San Diego in the rubber game of a three-game series.
CHICAGO — Ryan Dempster won his ninth straight this season at Wrigley Field and Eric Patterson and Aramis Ramirez homered in the same inning for the Cubs, who beat the crosstown-rival White Sox to finish off the three-game sweep.
The Cubs, the owners of the best record in the majors (48-28), won their 14th straight home game to go 32-8 at Wrigley Field this season.
DENVER — Mike Pelfry carried a shutout into the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat Colorado to wrap up a winning road trip under interim manager Jerry Manuel.
Pelfry (4-6) allowed only three hits but walked five over 5 2-3 innings to record his second straight win. He hasn’t lost since May 26 against Florida.