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Tigers end skid with 4-2 win over Yankees

DETROIT — Scott Sizemore had three hits in his return to the major leagues, helping the Detroit Tigers snap a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Sizemore was called up from Triple-A Toledo to try to bolster the top of Detroit’s struggling lineup, and for one night at least, the move paid off. Leadoff man Austin Jackson hit a double and a triple, and Sizemore hit a double and two singles batting behind him.

Brad Penny (2-3) pitched six strong innings without allowing an earned run for the Tigers. Daniel Schlereth pitched the seventh and eighth, and Jose Valverde finished for his sixth save.

CC Sabathia (2-2) went seven innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

After Ben Zobrist singled to start the ninth off Jon Rauch (1-2), Upton hit an 0-1 pitch into the left field seats for the victory.

Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) got the final out in the top of the ninth for the win.

Toronto’s Jo-Jo Reyes had his personal winless streak reach 24 straight games. The left-hander, who hasn’t won since June 13, 2008, while with Atlanta, allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

Red Sox 7, Angels 3

BOSTON — Jon Lester struck out 11, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels to pull within one game of .500.

The Red Sox, who improved to 6-0 against the Angels this season, are 12-6 following a 2-9 start.

Lester (4-1) allowed one run, six hits and one walk in seven innings, giving up Mark Trumbo’s second-inning homer that put Los Angeles ahead. He struck out 10 or more for the 15th time in his career.

Dan Haren (4-2) allowed just two hits until the Red Sox got four in the sixth and two more in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1 lead.

Royals 6, Orioles 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeff Francoeur hit a tying home run in the sixth inning and drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a victory over the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth straight victory.

Alex Gordon walked on four pitches from Jason Berken (0-2) to leadoff the 10th and went to third on Billy Butler’s single to center. Francoeur then lofted a fly to right for the winning run.

Rookie left-hander Tim Collins (2-1) retired the only batter he faced to pick up the victory.

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