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AL roundup: Crawford helps Sox stop Yanks

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Yankees' Brett Gardner slides into second after being forced out by Marco Scutaro.

Yankees’ Brett Gardner slides into second after being forced out by Marco Scutaro.

Associated Press

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BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run homer with a career-high six RBIs as the Boston Red Sox continued their mastery of CC Sabathia and beat the Yankees 10-4 on Saturday, ending New York's eight-game winning streak and moving back into a tie atop the AL East.

Carl Crawford had four hits — giving him hits in six straight plate appearances — and scored three runs.

John Lackey (10-8) scattered six hits over six innings for the Red Sox, who are 9-2 against New York this season and have clinched at least a tie in the season series.

Sabathia (16-6) leads the majors in wins, and his 2.55 ERA coming into the game was tied for fifth. But he fell to 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston this year after allowing seven runs in six innings on Saturday, giving up nine hits and a walk and striking out six.

Lackey allowed three runs while striking out five to win his fifth consecutive decision.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Justin Verlander lasted seven innings despite some balky defense behind him and the Detroit Tigers hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals, moving their ace into a tie for the major league lead in wins. Tigers star Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs before leaving late with a sprained left knee. He'll be evaluated again Sunday.

WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 1: At Minneapolis, Zach Stewart threw six sharp innings in his White Sox debut, Paul Konerko drove in two runs and Brent Lillibridge added a late two-run homer as Chicago beat the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox secured the first series win against their division rivals since 2009, and first in Minnesota since 2007 by taking the first two games of the weekend series.

ATHLETICS 8, RAYS 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Brandon McCarthy pitched five-hit ball for eight innings, David DeJesus homered twice and the Oakland Athletics earned a rare road victory by beating the Tampa Bay Rays. McCarthy (5-5) helped Oakland win for just the eighth time in its last 38 games away from home.

ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 2: At Baltimore, Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning after Brandon Morrow was perfect through five.

MARINERS 5, ANGELS 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Blake Beavan pitched in and out of trouble through eight impressive innings, Trayvon Robinson hit his first MLB homer in his second game up from Triple-A.

INDIANS 7, RANGERS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Michael Brantley hit a go-ahead RBI double and Jason Kipnis homered in Cleveland's four-run ninth inning as the Indians rallied. Texas carried a 4-3 advantage into the ninth before the Indians came back against closer Neftali Feliz.