AL ROUNDUP: Indians win fifth straight

CLEVELAND — Victor Martinez’s bases-loaded single scored Grady Sizemore from third with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians won their season-high fifth straight, 4-3 over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Martinez slapped a pitch from Ross Ohlendorf (0-1) into left to bring in Sizemore, who moments earlier came up limping while running the bases. But Cleveland’s speedy center fielder scored easily after Martinez came through with his first career walk-off hit.

Masa Kobayashi (1-0) pitched two innings, escaping a jam in the ninth, for his first major league win. One of Japan’s top relievers, Kobayashi signed with the Indians in November.

Johnny Damon had four hits, Derek Jeter went 3-for-5 and Jorge Posada hit a three-run, pinch-hit triple for the Yankees, who dropped their third straight.

Tigers 6, Angels 4

DETROIT — Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez each drove in a pair of runs, and Detroit beat Los Angeles for the Tigers’ fourth win in five games.

Tigers rookie Armando Galarraga didn’t get a decision after pitching 5 2/3 hitless innings to start the game. He wound up allowing three runs — one earned — and three hits and two walks in six-plus innings.

Todd Jones, the fourth Detroit pitcher, got his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Leyland left the rookie in, but Maicer Izturis chased him with a two-run double to left-center.

Aquilino Lopez (2-0) got the win in relief of Galarraga.

Darren O’Day (0-1) gave up three runs — one earned — and four hits in two innings.

Orioles 5-5, White Sox 1-6

CHICAGO — Brian Anderson hit a bases-loaded single off Randor Bierd (0-1) in the bottom of the ninth to give the Chicago White Sox a split of its day-night doubleheader with the Orioles.

Baltimore captured the opener when Brian Burres (3-1), who faced one batter before Friday night’s rainout, allowed just three singles in eight shutout innings.

In the nightcap, Bobby Jenks (2-0) worked out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth for the win.

Baltimore’s Guillermo Quiroz hit his first major league homer in the first game, a two-run shot off John Danks (2-2), whose scoreless streak at 19 2/3 innings.

Rays 2, Red Sox 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Akinori Iwamura homered in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay beat Boston for the Rays’ first five-game winning streak in more than two years.

Iwamura’s two-out, two-run homer, his first since Sept. 3, came on a 1-1 pitch from Clay Buchholz (1-2), who took a one-hit shutout into the inning.

Dioner Navarro got the Rays’ second hit, a pinch-hit single with one out in the eighth. After Jason Bartlett flew out, Iwamura’s shot helped Tampa Bay win its fifth straight for the first time since Aug. 16-21, 2005.

Buchholz allowed two runs and three hits over eight innings in his first complete game of the season. Boston has lost four in a row.

Scott Dohmann (2-0) struck out Manny Ramirez, the only batter he faced in the eighth, to win for the second straight day.

Royals 2, Blue Jays 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Luke Hochevar picked up his first big league victory in his third career start, Jose Guillen homered and the Royals sent Toronto to its sixth straight loss.

The Blue Jays fell five games below .500 for the first time since last May 25.

Hochevar (1-1), the first selection in the 2006 draft, held Toronto to six hits and one run in six innings in his seventh major league appearance. He struck out three and walked two.

Shaun Marcum (2-2), who went to Excelsior Springs (Mo.) High School in suburban Kansas City, limited the Royals to four hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out four and walked three, but still took the loss.

Twins 12, Rangers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Cuddyer hit a three-run homer and Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak.

Texas, which has lost eight of its last nine, fell short of its third two-game winning streak of the season. Manager Ron Washington’s job status remains in question.

Delmon Young keyed a three-run seventh inning with a two-run single and Brendan Harris went 3-for-4 for the Twins.

With the game tied at 5, the Twins loaded the bases in the seventh against Jamey Wright (1-1) and ex-Twin Eddie Guardado. Young’s two-run single off Franklyn German put the Twins in front, and Mike Lamb followed with an RBI single to extend Minnesota’s lead to 8-5.

Dennys Reyes (1-0) allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning for the win.

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