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Yankees beat Orioles; Mussina denied 17th

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles denied Mike Mussina his 17th victory, but the New York Yankees rallied to win 9-4 Friday night behind a 5-for-5 performance by Bobby Abreu.

Xavier Nady singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who improved to 3-50 when trailing after seven innings.

Bidding to win 20 for the first time during a career that started in 1991, the 39-year-old Mussina again struggled against his former team. The right-hander gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings and left with Baltimore ahead 4-3.

Mussina is 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season. He has allowed three home runs in his last 11 starts — all of them to Baltimore, and two to Ramon Hernandez.

Abreu led off the eighth with his fourth hit, a single off Jamie Walker (1-1). Alex Rodriguez followed with a double, sending Abreu to third, and Jason Giambi popped out. Rookie Kam Mickolio replaced Walker and immediately threw a wild pitch to score Abreu, and Nady followed with an opposite-field single to right to make it 5-4.

Cody Ransom hit a three-homer in the ninth off Fernando Cabrera and Nady followed with a solo shot. Earlier, Robinson Cano and Jose Molina hit successive home runs.

Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO — Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek hit solo home runs, Paul Byrd won for the fifth time in six starts and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Friday night.

Pedroia went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and has hit safely in 46 of his past 50 games.

Alex Rios and Lyle Overbay hit two-run homers for the Blue Jays, who lost for the third time in their past 13 games against the Red Sox.

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