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Red Sox Take Finale

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago — Clay Buchholz pitched five-hit ball over seven innings to improve to 7-0, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 last night to avoid a three-game sweep.

David Ortiz delivered a two-run single in the first off Hector Santiago (1-3), and the Red Sox backed Buchholz with several neat defensive plays on the way to their sixth win in eight games.

Jonny Gomes made a sliding catch on Paul Konerko’s line drive to left with two on to end the first. Jacoby Ellsbury raced to the center-field warning track to snag Alexei Ramirez’s liner with a runner on and two out in the fifth to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Orioles 6, Yankees 3

Baltimore — Chris Davis went 4 for 4, including his AL-leading 14th homer, and Baltimore got a three-run shot from Matt Wieters in a victory over New York.

Nick Markakis added a solo home run for the Orioles, who took two of three from New York to pull within three games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.

Curtis Granderson homered, doubled and singled for New York. Needing a triple to reach the cycle, he drew a walk in the seventh inning.

David Adams hit a ninth-inning homer for the Yankees, his second in three games. The teams combined for 13 home runs in the series, including five in the finale.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda left in the third with a bruised right calf, one inning after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Manny Machado. Kuroda (6-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.

Blue Jays 4, Rays 3 (10)

Toronto — Jose Bautista homered twice and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single, leading Toronto over Tampa Bay.

Bautista went 4 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs. Three other players had one hit, but that was it for Toronto’s offense.

Facing Cesar Ramos (1-1), Colby Rasmus reached on an infield single to begin the 10th. Rasmus moved to second on Emilio Bonifacio’s sacrifice, then took third on Munenori Kawasaki’s grounder. Pinch hitter Mark DeRosa walked and Kyle Farnsworth came on to face Bautista, who singled into shallow right for the Blue Jays’ first game-ending hit of the season.

Rangers 3, Athletics 1

Arlington, Texas — David Murphy and Adrian Beltre homered in a three-run first inning, Ross Wolf was strong in his first major league start and Texas avoided a sweep.

The 30-year-old Wolf was making his first big league appearance since Oct. 1, 2010, as a reliever with Oakland. He retired the first nine hitters and gave up one run with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

Neal Cotts preserved Wolf’s lead by striking out the side with no outs and two runners on in the sixth.

Angels 7, Mariners 1

Anaheim, Calif. — C.J. Wilson struck out 10 in eight innings, Josh Hamilton had a two-run single and Los Angeles beat Seattle to hand the Mariners their season-worst sixth straight loss.

Wilson (4-3) allowed a run and six hits in his longest outing since June 8, 2012, when he also went eight innings in a 7-2 interleague victory at Colorado. The left-hander won for the first time since May 1 at Oakland after losing his previous three starts, including back-to-back 3-0 decisions against Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.

Dodgers 9, Brewers 2

Milwaukee — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly criticized his team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier, then watched Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.

Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club’s lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight. He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was “putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest.”

Nationals 2, Giants 1 (10)

San Francisco — Ian Desmond singled in Bryce Harper in the 10th inning, and Washington beat San Francisco to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Harper hit his 12th homer in the sixth and sparked the winning rally with a one-out double. Ryan Zimmerman was walked intentionally before Desmond came up with his big hit against Jeremy Affeldt (1-1).

Reds 7, Mets 4

New York — Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep.

Joey Votto homered and Zack Cozart had a career-high four hits, all off Matt Harvey, in a game that featured a little bit of everything — including a testy exchange in the dugout between Cincinnati starter Mat Latos and teammate Jay Bruce.

Rockies 4, Diamondbacks 1

Denver — Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively into the sixth and Colorado beat Arizona to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.

Dexter Fowler had two hits in his first start in the cleanup spot and Nolan Arenado added an RBI double as the Rockies caught Arizona in the standings. The Diamondbacks entered the day tied with San Francisco for first in the NL West.

Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Pittsburgh — Francisco Liriano continued his torrid start, scattering two hits over seven innings and Pittsburgh edged Chicago.

Liriano (3-0) struck out nine and walked just one to remain unbeaten since making his season debut against the New York Mets two weeks ago. Mark Melancon survived a bumpy ninth inning for his first save of the season.

Andrew McCutchen doubled twice for the Pirates and scored the game’s only run on an RBI single by Garrett Jones in the first. Pittsburgh has won 10 of 12 to move 10 games over .500 (28-18).

Phillies 3, Marlins 0

Miami — Cliff Lee pitched a three-hitter for his 12th career shutout and Delmon Young homered for the second straight game, sending Philadelphia past Miami.

Lee (5-2) struck out five, walked two and hit a batter in his first shutout since Sept. 5, 2011. The Marlins were blanked for the ninth time this season, with only one of their hits leaving the infield.

Braves 8, Twins 3

Atlanta — Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and Atlanta finished off a sweep of woeful Minnesota.

The Braves stretched their winning streak to six games and made things easy for Paul Maholm (6-4), who allowed an unearned run in 71∕3 innings.

Gattis struck less than 24 hours after his two-out, pinch-homer in the ninth allowed the Braves to pull out a 5-4 win over the Twins in extra innings. Swinging on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, he launched an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field pole.