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.
Royals 6, Tigers 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brian Bannister won for the sixth time in seven decisions and Alex Gordon hit a three-run double for Kansas City.
Detroit dropped 3 1/2 games behind division-leading Cleveland, the Tigers' biggest deficit in their division since before play on June 6.
Nate Robertson (7-11) gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since June 5. Robertson is 1-5 in his past eight starts.
Magglio Ordonez went 4-for-5 and is hitting .404 in August. Detroit stranded 13 runners, including 10 when Bannister was pitching.
Bannister (11-7) gave up two runs and 11 hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one. He is 6-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his past eight starts.
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.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Matt Stairs homered and Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth.
Alex Rios had two hits for the Blue Jays, who won for the third time in four games.
Jack Cust drove in two for the A's, who lost their fifth straight.
Brian Wolfe (3-1) pitched two innings of relief. Jeremy Accardo gave up two runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Marco Scutaro and Jack Hannahan before Casey Janssen got Shannon Stewart to ground to first with two runners on for the final out. It was Janssen's fourth save.
Overbay's double off Andrew Brown (2-1) scored Reed Johnson and Rios, both of whom singled off him to open the eighth.
Rangers 4, White Sox 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking single in eighth inning and Texas won its third straight.
Ian Kinsler and Gerald Laird homered for the Rangers, who have won five of their last seven.
Chicago's Jim Thome homered to move within six of becoming the 23rd player in the 500 club and went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Paul Konerko also connected for the White Sox, who have lost seven in a row on the road.
With the score tied at 3, Michael Young led off the Texas eighth with a single and moved to second on Mike MacDougal's wild pitch. Byrd followed with a single up the middle off MacDougal (1-4) to score Young from second.
Wes Littleton (1-1) pitched one inning of relief for the win.

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