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Ross homers in Boston's win over Braves

BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday in Boston's 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Red Sox.

Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for utility man Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart after the game.

Youkilis was lifted for a pinch runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. He was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him, and many of his teammates on the top step of the dugout.

The burley infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted "Yook."

Yankees 6, Mets 5 At New York, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a victory over the Mets.

Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters — making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and Yankees ace CC Sabathia were missing their best stuff.

Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel Batista (1-2) over the home run apple in straightaway center for his 16th homer and fifth in seven games. The Yankees won the final two games of the weekend series by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals this season.

Including a sweep in the Bronx earlier this month, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.

Twins 4, Reds 3 At Cincinnati, Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off shaky closer Aroldis Chapman, rallying Minnesota over the Reds.

Joe Mauer opened the ninth with a double off the left field wall against Chapman (4-4). Willingham followed with his 15th homer of the season.

Willingham's homer overcame Joey Votto's eighth-inning, two-run homer that had given the Reds a 3-2 lead.

Rangers 4, Rockies 2 At Arlington, Texas, Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory and Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors as Texas beat Colorado.

Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later.

Harrison (10-3) won his sixth consecutive decision. His outing was cut short because of tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip.

Marlins 9, Blue Jays 0 At Miami, Mark Buehrle pitched effectively for seven innings to become the most successful in interleague play, and John Buck hit a three-run homer as Florida snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.

Greg Dobbs had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Marlins, winners for just the third time in 18 games.

Buehrle (6-8) gave up seven hits in winning his 25th interleague matchup, breaking a tie with Freddy Garcia. Buehrle struck out seven.

Orioles 2, Nationals 1 At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore's agonizing offensive struggle in a win over Washington.

Baltimore appeared headed for its third shutout loss in six games before Adam Jones led off the eighth with a single off Sean Burnett (0-1) and Wieters drove an 0-1 pitch over the center-field wall.

Pedro Strop (4-2) got the final out in the eighth for Baltimore and Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 22nd save.

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