NEW YORK — Hideki Matsui delivered a solo homer into the center field stands to highlight a 3-for-4, two RBI day as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-3 Sunday in the final game before the All-Star break.
Matsui’s homer off Lance Carter in the seventh inning was one of five homers the Yankees hit off the Devil Rays to secure their fourth straight victory and the Japanese outfielder’s 17th this season. Matsui hit 16 homers as a rookie major leaguer last season.
“I’m not satisfied yet. A batter always has room for improvement and I’m no exception,” said Matsui, who has gone 11-for-19 with two homers and six RBIs in the last five games.
“I’ve been able to swing well these last few days, but I’m not going to let myself be too concerned with stats,” he said.
Orlando Hernandez reintroduced himself to the Yankees, pitching New York to victory and a four-game sweep in his first major league appearance since 2002.
Tony Clark hit two of New York’s five homers, and Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs before leaving with a sprained ankle. Gary Sheffield also connected.
White Sox 4, Mariners 3
In Chicago, Freddy Garcia struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings against his former team, Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer and the White Sox handed Seattle its ninth straight loss.
Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe both hit solo homers for Chicago which overtook Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.
Rangers 6, Red Sox 5
In Boston, Eric Young went 5-for-5, and Alfonso Soriano homered and had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off Keith Foulke (2-2) in the eighth inning as Texas snapped the Red Sox’s five-game winning streak.
Kevin Mench and Mark Teixeira also homered for the Rangers, who enter the All-Star break leading the AL West for the first time since 1999.
Indians 4, Athletics 1
In Cleveland, Cliff Lee outpitched Barry Zito, and Coco Crisp homered and drove in two runs to lead the Indians over Oakland.
Lee (9-1) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-0 in nine starts at Jacobs Field.
Angels 5, Blue Jays 2
In Toronto, Adam Kennedy fell a home run shy of the cycle and Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays.
Tigers 2, Twins 0
In Minneapolis, Jason Johnson pitched a five-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 to lead Detroit.
Royals 11, Orioles 7
In Baltimore, Mike Sweeney had two homers and three RBIs, keying a 17-hit attack that carried Kansas City past the Orioles.
Reds 9, Brewers 6
In Milwaukee, Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and Wily Mo Pena followed with his second of the game, leading Cincinnati to a comeback victory over the Brewers.
Pena went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in place of the injured Ken Griffey Jr., who was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a torn right hamstring.
Griffey, who’ll miss the All-Star game, was hurt Saturday night while trying to run down Brady Clark’s fourth-inning drive to right-center. An MRI exam Sunday revealed a partial tear of the muscle.
Braves 6, Phillies 4
In Philadelphia, Julio Franco hit a three-run home run and J.D. Drew had four hits, including a homer for Atlanta, who took two of three to pull within a game of the first-place Phillies.
Expos 2, Pirates 1
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Scott Downs pitched seven sharp innings to give Montreal its first win by a left-handed starter in three years, leading the Expos over Pittsburgh in their final game this season in Puerto Rico.
Marlins 5, Mets 2
In Miami, Jeff Conine snapped a slump with a grand slam for Florida, helping Dontrelle Willis beat New York for the fifth time in as many tries.
Padres 4, Rockies 2
In San Diego, Ryan Klesko hit a rare home run and All-Star Mark Loretta also connected for the Padres, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Giants 9, Diamondbacks 2
In San Francisco, Jason Schmidt won his 11th consecutive decision, the longest streak by a Giants pitcher in 42 years, and San Francisco beat Arizona for its fourth win in five games.
Dodgers 7, Astros 4
In Los Angeles, Paul Lo Duca hit his first career grand slam, and Jose Lima (8-3) pitched six strong innings for the Dodgers.
Cubs 8, Cardinals 4
In St. Louis, Kerry Wood won in his first start in two months and Sammy Sosa homered and drove in five runs.
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