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The Tampa Bay Rays continued their home dominance over the New York Yankees with a ninth straight victory over the American League East leaders at Tropicana Field.

The Rays trailed early on but capitalised on three errors by stealing five bases and took a decisive lead through Sean Rodriguez’s two-run homer on their way to a 7-4 win.

Elsewhere in American League action, Kevin Youkilis blasted his first home run for Chicago as the White Sox trounced the Texas Rangers 19-2. Youkilis went 3-for-6 with a homer and four RBI.

Coco Crisp hit a game-winning sacrifice fly – his third career walk-off RBI – as the Oakland Athletics rallied to overcome the Boston Red Sox 3-2.

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 9-5, the Minnesota Twins saw off Central rivals the Detroit Tigers 8-6 and the Baltimore Orioles squeezed past the Seattle Mariners 5-4.

In the National League, Ian Desmond’s two-run homer helped the Washington Nationals consolidate top spot in the East with a 9-3 hammering of the West-leading San Francisco Giants.

Milwaukee clinched a dramatic 13-12 win over Miami, Aramis Ramirez smashing a two-run homer off Heath Bell in the bottom of the 10th inning – after the Marlins had overturned a seven-run deficit – to secure a fourth straight triumph for the Brewers.

Drew Sutton’s walk-off homer sealed an 8-7 victory for Pittsburgh against Central rivals Houston Astros.


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