Yankees beat Nationals, secure 7th win
AP Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
WASHINGTON--New York's Curtis Granderson drove in three runs to lead the Yankees to their seventh straight win, beating the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday in a clash of the respective East division leaders from the American and National Leagues.
Both teams entered with six-game winning streaks. For the Nationals, the attention was unusual, the stands were packed, with many supporting the Yankees.
New York starter Phil Hughes (7-5) pitched six innings, striking out nine and allowing only one run.
Gio Gonzalez (8-3) worked six-plus innings for Washington, yielding three runs. He struck out eight.
Alex Rodriguez drove in a run in the third to leave him tied with Jimmie Foxx for sixth place on the all-time list with 1,924 RBIs.
Dodgers 7, White Sox 6 In Los Angeles, James Loney scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, giving Los Angeles victory over Chicago in the opener of the interleague series between division leaders.
Alex Rios hit his second homer of the game in the top half of the eighth, but the Dodgers went in front again in the bottom half.
Loney started the winning rally with a one-out single against Matt Thornton (2-4). Dee Gordon walked and Elian Herrera grounded into a fielder's choice, putting runners at the corners. The run came in as Thornton's first pitch to Bobby Abreu bounced past catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Ronald Belisario (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory and Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth for the save.
Braves 4, Orioles 2 In Atlanta, rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons made amends for his first career error by hitting a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning as Atlanta ended Baltimore's five-game winning streak.
Brian McCann's first-inning homer off Brian Matusz (5-7) gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. The Orioles scored two runs in the fourth with help from a throwing error by Simmons and another error by Michael Bourn.
Simmons had three hits for the Braves, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Chad Durbin (3-0) got the win.
Matusz fell to 0-6 in seven career interleague starts.
Reds 7, Mets 3 In New York, Jay Bruce hit an inside-the-park homer that left Jason Bay with yet another injury as Cincinnati beat New York.
The NL Central leaders followed up a three-game sweep of state rival Cleveland by winning the series opener at Citi Field, a nice present for manager Dusty Baker on his 63rd birthday.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (3-4), who was 0-3 in his past six starts, allowed four hits in six-plus innings and took the win.
New York starter Dillon Gee (4-5) gave up four runs in six innings.
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