NEW YORK — Clay Buchholz won his third straight start, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-4 as the struggling rivals met for the first time in New York this season on Friday night.
Buchholz (4-3) was given an early lead but allowed Russell Martin's tying, two-run homer in the fifth. Youkilis' homer gave Boston a 5-2 lead in a three-run seventh. With the Yankees threatening in the eighth, Daniel Bard got Jorge Posada to end the inning with a groundout on a 101 mph fastball.
Jonathan Papelbon finished for his sixth save in seven chances, ending career-high stretches of six games and 20 days without one. He allowed Curtis Granderson's two-out RBI single before getting Mark Teixeira to pop out with the tying run on base.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 1: At Detroit, Justin Verlander made an impressive bid to become the second pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters before allowing Melky Cabrera's RBI triple in the sixth inning. In his first start since throwing a no-hitter at Toronto on Saturday, Verlander (4-3) pitched 52/3 hitless innings before Cabrera sent a line drive to the gap in right-center field. Verlander was trying to equal Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer, who threw two straight no-hitters in 1938.
INDIANS 5, MARINERS 4: At Cleveland, Travis Hafner hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Seattle closer Brandon League, rallying Cleveland to another dramatic victory and handing Seattle its sixth straight loss. It was Cleveland's ninth last at-bat win.
RAYS 3, ORIOLES 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jeremy Hellickson threw a four-hitter in his first career complete game, Matt Joyce and Johnny Damon homered and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore. Hellickson (4-2) struck out three and walked one. The right-hander retired his final 13 hitters.
BLUE JAYS 2, TWINS 0: At Minneapolis, Ricky Romero pitched 82/3 innings, and Jose Bautista homered in Toronto's victory over somber Minnesota.Romero (3-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He allowed four hits, struck out eight and was pulled one out away from his second career shutout. Frank Francisco came on and struck out Michael Cuddyer to notch his third save in four chances.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 1: At Arlington, Texas, Alexi Ogando pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered in Texas' victory over Los Angeles. Ogando (4-0) missed his previous scheduled start last Sunday against the Yankees because of a blister on his right index finger.
WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Coco Crisp was caught trying to score the tying run on a straight steal of home in the eighth inning, and Chicago held off Oakland. Omar Vizquel had an RBI double during a four-run second inning.