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RED SOX GO TO 7-0 VS. YANKEES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Mike Lowell homered off struggling Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang, and Kevin Youkilis also connected to help the Red Sox win, 6-5, on Wednesday night and improve to 7-0 against New York this year.

The Red Sox have beaten the Yankees eight straight times dating to the last game of last season - their longest winning streak against their longtime rivals since 1912.

Tim Wakefield (8-3) beat the Yankees for the second straight time after losing to them in nine of his previous 10 decisions. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Mark Teixeira (Mount St. Joseph) went 4-for-5 for New York, including his Amercian League-leading 19th homer. Wang (0-4) lasted just 2 2/3 innings - the second straight Yankees starter to get just eight outs.

Wang was restored to the rotation after two scoreless relief appearances, but his troubles soon returned. He gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Texas last Thursday, and gave up four runs and six hits versus Boston. His ERA dropped from 14.46 to 14.34.

Papelbon retired Teixeira before walking Alex Rodriguez in the ninth. Pinch-runner Ramiro Pena stole second, but Robinson Cano struck out and Jorge Posada hit a fly ball to left to end it.

Rays 9, Angels 5: : Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar homered and host Tampa Bay stopped a three-game losing streak. Former Oriole Lance Cormier (1-1) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to win.

Tigers 2, White Sox 1: : Justin Verlander (7-2) pitched a six-hitter for his first victory at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field as Detroit won for the fifth time in sixth games.

Royals 9, Indians 0: : Gil Meche (3-5) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings, winning for the first time in seven starts, and visiting Kansas City hit three home runs.

National League

Phillies 5, Mets 4, 11 inn.: : Chase Utley led off the 11th inning with his second homer of the game and third in two nights, moments after right fielder Jayson Werth, an ex-Oriole, saved Philadelphia with a diving catch, and the visiting Phillies won.

Cardinals 13, Marlins 4: : Rick Ankiel finished a single shy of the cycle and Colby Rasmus also homered as visiting St. Louis scored its most runs this season and broke a five-game losing streak.

Astros 2, Cubs 1: : Host Houston's Geoff Blum singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

Pirates 3, Braves 2: : Adam LaRoche drove in two runs and Jeff Karstens pitched well in relief for visiting Pittsburgh, giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings to win.

Rockies 4, Brewers 2: : Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe homered and Jorge De La Rosa finally beat his old team, lifting visiting Colorado to its seventh straight win.

Off the field

Adenhart: : Alcohol was found in the woman who was driving Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart before they were both killed in a collision in April, according to toxicology tests. The tests show Courtney Stewart, 20, consumed alcohol shortly before the crash, but the coroner's office could not determine how much she drank, and prosecutors were doubtful the finding could be used at the trial of the man charged with their deaths. Stewart, along with Adenhart and Henry Pearson, died when their car was broadsided April 9 in Fullerton by a minivan allegedly driven by Andrew Gallo. Police said Gallo's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Rays: : Injured designated hitter Pat Burrell could rejoin the team this weekend and shortstop Jason Bartlett might be back early next week, the team said.

Rays-Yankees: : The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Labor Day, Sept. 7, to make up Friday's rainout in New York. The separate-admission games are to be the first doubleheader at the new Yankee Stadium.

Astros: : Houston sent right-hander Geoff Geary outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Cardinals: : St. Louis selected former Towson right-hander Josh Squatrito in the 25th round of the amateur draft. In his senior season for the Tigers, the reliever posted a 5-2 record and seven saves, with a 5.59 ERA over 38 2/3 innings.

Nationals: : Washington signed right-hander Drew Storen to a deal worth more than $1.5 million, a day after selecting him with the 10th pick in the draft.

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