NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double and Jon Lieber (2-1) pitched eight strong innings in the New York Yankees’ 7-4 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Matsui struck out twice before homering over the right-field fence off Angels starter John Lackey for his fourth home run of the year.

Matsui’s home run was his first in 10 games. He had gone hitless for the last three games.

Matsui also hit a hard double over the reach of Angels left fielder Jose Guillen in the bottom of the eighth for his second RBI of the game.

Bernie Williams hit his second home run and had his first three-hit game of the season.

“Obviously, I haven’t been playing that well,” Williams said. “Hopefully, a game like this will jump-start me to do better things.”

Ruben Sierra also homered off Lackey, and Jason Giambi hit a pair of opposite-field RBI singles for the Yankees.

Matsui was in an 0-for-12 slide before his sixth-inning homer and his eighth-inning RBI double off Ramon Ortiz.

Orioles 1, White Sox 0, (1st)
White Sox 6, Orioles 5 (2nd)

In Chicago, Paul Konerko broke out of a 2-for-31 slump with a go-ahead three-run homer off Erik Bedard (0-1) and had five RBIs as the White Sox beat Baltimore to gain a split of their doubleheader.

In the opener, Daniel Cabrera (1-0) made an impressive major league debut, allowing two hits in six strong innings to spark the Orioles’ victory.

Twins 1, Mariners 0

In Minneapolis, Johan Santana (2-0) allowed six hits over seven innings, as Minnesota completed its first home sweep of Seattle in 12 years.

Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI double in the second inning to score the game’s only run.

Tigers 3, Athletics 1

In Detroit, Mike Maroth won (4-1) again, pitching eight sharp innings and leading the Tigers over Oakland.

Devil Rays 6, Rangers 3

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Carl Crawford snapped a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single and had three hits as Tampa Bay ended its season-high seven-game losing streak.

Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 6

In Toronto, Orlando Hudson tied a franchise record with five runs scored, Miguel Batista (1-3) earned his first win with his new team and the Blue Jays beat Curt Schilling (4-3) and Boston.


Mets 7, Diamondbacks 4

In Phoenix, Vance Wilson hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot off Brandon Webb as New York topped Arizona.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 3

In Los Angeles, Carlos Zambrano (4-1) allowed two hits in eight innings as Chicago avoided being swept for the first time this season.

Hideo Nomo (3-4) gave up six runs and three hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Brewers 7, Expos 4

In Milwaukee, Doug Davis (3-2) threw eight strong innings as the Brewers posted their third straight come-from-behind win over Montreal.

Kim Sun Woo (2-1) had a two-run double for his first RBIs in the majors. But he gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Rockies 7, Pirates 5 (1st)
Pirates 11, Rockies 2 (2nd)

In Denver, Oliver Perez pitched a complete game and

Pittsburgh had a season-high 21 hits in the nightcap, giving the Pirates a split.

Colorado won the opener behind Shawn Estes (5-2) in the first traditional doubleheader at Coors Field — there have been 15 day-night twinbills in which fans had to buy separate tickets for each game.

Braves 6, Cardinals 5

In St. Louis, J.D. Drew homered against his former team for the second straight day and Chipper Jones had three hits, helping Atlanta avoid a three-game sweep.

Phillies 4, Giants 3

In San Francisco, Jason Michaels homered for the first time this season, Vicente Padilla (2-4) pitched 6 2/3 effective innings and drove in a run as Philadelphia improved to 5-1 on its road trip.

Padres 8, Reds 2

In San Diego, Ryan Klesko drove in two runs and scored twice, and Jake Peavy (3-2) escaped two early jams to lead the Padres to a win over Cincinnati.

Marlins 3, Astros 2

In Houston, Brad Ausmus’ failure to apply a tag at the plate allowed the go-ahead run to score in the ninth inning as Florida rallied past the Astros.

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