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AL roundup: Late homers by Matsui, Posada help Yankees keep rolling

N.Y. Yankees Hideki Matsui watches flight of the ball in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
N.Y. Yankees Hideki Matsui watches flight of the ball in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
Kathy Willens, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jorge Posada conducted his own video replay about the same time the umpires retreated to take a look at his eighth-inning shot Tuesday night. The catcher and the crew came to the same conclusion — home run.

Posada followed Hideki Matsui's leadoff homer with a tiebreaking drive that just got over the glove of leaping right fielder Joe Inglett, helping the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 for their eighth win in nine games.

"You look at the video but still, it's whatever they think and whatever they see," said Posada, admitting to some nerves while the umpires examined his 15th homer of the season.

Matsui hit a full-count pitch from Jesse Carlson (1-5) deep to right to tie it at 4, sending a previously quiet Yankee Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Posada then connected on a 2-1 offering and put it over the inviting right-field wall. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston bolted out of the dugout after Posada rounded the bases, and the umpires decided to take another look. After a short delay, the call was upheld.

RED SOX 7, TIGERS 5: At Boston, Mike Lowell, who entered the game after Kevin Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound and inciting a bench-clearing scuffle, hit two home runs to lead Boston. Lowell hit a solo homer in the third to break a 3-3 tie, then added a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 6-3. He scored on Jason Bay's three-run homer after entering the game in the second as a pinch-runner when Detroit starter Rick Porcello was ejected for hitting Youkilis and sparking the melee.

INDIANS 5, RANGERS 0: At Cleveland, Aaron Laffey pitched effectively into the seventh inning to remain undefeated at home for the Indians. The Indians improved to 13-6 since losing 21 of 28 from June 15 to July 19. Laffey (6-3) allowed six hits and three walks in 62?3 innings. He is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five home starts.

ORIOLES 3, ATHLETICS 2: At Baltimore, David Hernandez outpitched Trevor Cahill in a duel between rookie right-handers, and Baltimore ended a nine-game losing streak against Oakland. Brian Roberts had three hits, an RBI and two stolen bases for the Orioles. It was Baltimore's first win over the A's since July 22, 2007.

ROYALS 14, TWINS 6: At Minneapolis, Miguel Olivo homered and drove in three runs, and Kansas City had its highest run total of the season. Olivo and David DeJesus both had three hits for the Royals. Orlando Cabrera extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games for Minnesota.

ANGELS 6, RAYS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Ervin Santana pitched a sterling three-hitter for his first home win of the season, and Jeff Mathis hit a three-run double off the left-field wall in the Los Angeles Angels' victory. The Angels boosted their AL West lead over Texas to five games with their 18th win in 25 outings since the All-Star break.

WHITE SOX 3, MARINERS 1: At Seattle, Alexi Ramirez hit a three-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth off closer David Aardsma and Chicago rallied to stun Seattle. The White Sox were held to one hit over six innings by Seattle starter Doug Fister, who was making his major league debut.