BOSTON - Reliever Boone Logan struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning, and the New York Yankees came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday night to win their eighth straight game and take over first place in the AL East.
Logan (3-2) was the first of five Yankees relievers who combined to throw 4 1-3 shutout innings after starter Bartolo Colon couldn't make it out of the fifth. Mariano Rivera was the last, pitching the ninth for his 29th save.
The win gave New York the division lead for the first time since July 6. Boston had beaten the Yankees in eight of their previous nine meetings this year.
Nick Swisher had two hits, including an RBI double off Jon Lester (11-5) to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Niemann took a four-hitter into the ninth inning en route to winning his fifth consecutive decision for Tampa Bay.
Niemann (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits over 8 2-3 innings. The right-hander was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth after giving up a pair of runs and three hits in the ninth. Niemann improved to 5-0 in eight starts since returning from a strained lower back on June 20.
Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman both had run-scoring doubles, and Matt Joyce hit an RBI single in the fifth that put the Rays up 4-0.
Coco Crisp and Hideki Matsui homered for the Athletics, who have lost 30 of their last 37 games away from home. Guillermo Moscoso (4-6) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Quentin had two home runs and four RBIs, Mark Buehrle was sharp after a rough first inning, and Chicago snapped a six-game losing streak.
Buehrle (9-5) allowed three unearned runs and four hits over eight innings, extending his streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 17 straight games.
All three runs against Buehrle came in the first inning and were unearned because of an error by first baseman Adam Dunn. Buehrle retired 22 of the last 24 hitters he faced.
Chris Sale pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances.
Quentin had his 14th career multi-homer game, and two-run shot in the fifth off starter Nick Blackburn (7-9) gave Chicago the lead for good.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brett Lawrie got two hits and an RBI in his major league debut, Aaron Hill drove in two runs, and Toronto beat Baltimore.
Lawrie hit a run-scoring single in his first at-bat and singled in the eighth inning, missing a chance for a second RBI when Colby Rasmus was thrown out at the plate.
Obtained last winter in a trade with Milwaukee, the 21-year-old Lawrie is the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays. He made an error at third base in the second inning, but it was inconsequential.
Brad Mills (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his second big league win. The first was on June 28, 2010, against Baltimore.
Tommy Hunter (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings for the Orioles.