NEW YORK (AP) -Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking homer against his former team and Andy Pettitte won his sixth straight start, halting another Yankees slide in New York's 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Derek Jeter also homered and Jorge Posada hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who moved to seven games back of Boston in the AL East.
Pettitte (12-7) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 8-1 in 10 starts since the All-Star break.
Manny Ramirez and Jason Varitek homered for the Red Sox, who had won four straight - all blowouts at the Chicago White Sox.
Matsuzaka (13-11) lost his third consecutive start, allowing five runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Indians 6, Twins 5
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jake Westbrook got his fourth win of August, rookie Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run and Cleveland kept a tight grip on the AL Central lead.
Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer off Boof Bonser (6-11) and Grady Sizemore added a solo shot for the Indians, who have won four straight and are 9-3 since Aug. 15 - the day Cabrera replaced Josh Barfield in the starting lineup.
Jason Tyner had four hits for the Twins, who fell 7 1/2 games behind division-leading Cleveland.
Westbrook (5-7) allowed three runs - all in the fifth - and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who spent six weeks on the disabled list and began the season 1-6, went 4-1 this month with 1.90 ERA.
Devil Rays 15, Orioles 8
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays scored 11 eighth-inning runs during another embarrassing performance by Baltimore's bullpen, and the Orioles wasted six home runs in their seventh straight loss.
The Devil Rays trailed 6-3 before sending 15 batters to the plate in the eighth. Nine got hits, three walked, and seven different players drove in runs - including two apiece by Greg Norton, Carlos Pena, Dioner Navarro and Jonny Gomes.
The Orioles' bullpen has a 22.29 ERA during the losing streak. Baltimore has been outscored 84-28 over the last seven games.
Miguel Tejada homered twice for Baltimore, which tied a club record for home runs in a home game. Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar and Ramon Hernandez also connected.
Jim Hoey (1-3) took the loss.
Scott Dohmann (3-0) worked the seventh to help Tampa Bay end a nine-game losing streak at Camden Yards.

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