AL?CAPSULES: Youkilis hits two home runs, Sox snap five-game skid

The Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis points skyward after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston.<BR><I>AP?photo</I>

BOSTON - Kevin Youkilis homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs, rookie Junichi Tazawa stopped New York's big bats and the Boston Red Sox snapped a five-game skid against the Yankees with a 14-1 win Saturday.

The Red Sox roughed up A.J. Burnett and set a team record with their eighth consecutive multihomer game. David Ortiz and Alex Gonzalez also connected for Boston, which has 39 homers in August with eight games left.

The Yankees beat the Red Sox 20-11 in the series opener with their most runs and hits (23) since July 20, 2007. But on Saturday, they left six runners in scoring position while Boston continued the slugging that has produced 49 runs in five games, four of them wins.

Tazawa (2-2) worked out of trouble all day, allowing eight hits and two walks in six scoreless innings.

Rays 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings - In St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa Bay slugger Carlos Pena homered twice and drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the 10th inning.

Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Jason Grilli (1-2) to start the bottom of the 10th and went to second when Ben Zobrist walked. Pena then hit a liner to center to score Longoria.

Pena finished with four RBIs for the Rays, who remain three games behind AL wild card-leading Boston. The Rangers fell two games back of the Red Sox, who beat the Yankees 14-1.

Angels 7, Blue Jays 3 - In Toronto, Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera homered, Ervin Santana won his fourth straight start and the Angels beat slumping Toronto.

Guerrero broke a 3-all tie with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Rivera provided some insurance with a two-run drive in the eighth.

The AL West leaders avoided their first three-game losing streak since June 20-22. Los Angeles is the only team in the majors that hasn't lost four straight all season.

Athletics 3, Tigers 2 - In Oakland, Calif., Kurt Suzuki hit a game-ending RBI single to give the Athletics to the victory.

Adam Kennedy led off the ninth with a single against Zach Miner (5-4) and advanced on Rajai Davis' sacrifice. Suzuki then hit a low liner into left and Ryan Raburn went for the diving catch. He trapped the ball and came up throwing, but it was offline.

White Sox 4, Orioles 1 - In Chicago, Carlos Quentin homered and John Danks pitched into the seventh inning, leading the White Sox to the victory.

Danks (11-8) walked six but allowed just one run and three hits, helping Chicago bounce back after consecutive losses to lowly Kansas City and Baltimore. The left-hander got a standing ovation when he departed with one out in the seventh and runners on the corners.

Matt Thornton came in and struck out Brian Roberts before throwing a wild pitch that cut Chicago's lead to 4-1.

Twins 8, Royals 7 - In Kansas City, Mo., Jason Kubel drove in three runs and Brian Duensing, with the help of four relievers, earned his first major league win as Minnesota held off Kansas City.

The Royals went 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position while their home record in the season they unveiled $275 million in stadium renovations dropped to a major league-worst 25-38.

Duensing (1-1), making his second career start, went five innings and allowed two runs, on a double by Miguel Olivo.


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