Jeter hits 250th homer in Yank's win
APNEW YORK/ATLANTA--New York's Derek Jeter hit his 250th career home run and Nick Swisher homered twice as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 in Friday's clash between the American League rivals.
August 19, 2012, 12:18 am TWN
New York hit four solo homers off Franklin Morales (3-4), and Swisher added another solo shot in the seventh.
Jeter's homer gave the Yankees 10 players with 10 or more this season, tying the club record set in 1998.
New York starter Phil Hughes (12-10) survived his own throwing error in a rainy third inning that led to four unearned runs and had put the Red Sox ahead 4-3.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 Atlanta's Juan Francisco hit a two-out single in the 11th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in the National League and their fourth straight win.
Backup catcher David Ross and light-hitting Paul Janish kept the inning going with back-to-back singles off Brandon League (0-1) before Francisco punched s hot to left for the win.
Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters (4-3) earned the win.
The Braves rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth on Martin Prado's run-scoring groundout and Jason Heyward's two-out single.
Nationals 6, Mets 4 In Washington, Michael Morse hit a grand slam and Bryce Harper also homered as NL-leading Washington beat New York.
The Nationals became the latest team to tag struggling Mets ace Johan Santana (6-9) The two-time Cy Young award winner was impressive early, but the hosts strung together four consecutive hits in the fourth, capped by Morse's homer.
Santana has a dismal 15.63 ERA over his past five starts, allowing at least six runs in each appearance.
Tigers 5, Orioles 3 In Detroit, Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers to lift Detroit to victory over Baltimore.
Fielder tied it 3-3 with a homer in the sixth. He then hit a soaring shot in the eighth to put the Tigers in front.
Detroit reliever Joaquin Benoit (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win.
Darren O'Day (6-1) took the loss.
Rays 12, Angels 3 In Anaheim, B.J. Upton went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina also homered as Tampa Bay dominated Los Angeles.
The Rays maintained a one-game lead over Detroit and Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.
Angels starter Jered Weaver (15-3) conceded a career-worst nine earned runs. He had his shortest outing of the season, giving up eight hits in three-plus inning.
Tampa Bay starter James Shields (11-7) allowed seven hits and no walks in six innings while striking out eight.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1 In St. Louis, James McDonald halted a string of ineffective starts with six dominant innings, helping Pittsburgh beat St. Louis in the opener of a series between NL Central playoff contenders.
McDonald (11-5) had allowed 20 earned runs over 21-1/3 innings but turned that around Friday.
Andrew McCutchen singled and scored on a passed ball in a two-run fourth for the Pirates, who got their other run on a wild pitch that inning.
Jake Westbrook (12-9) allowed six hits in 7-2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who managed only one run for the second straight game.
Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth for his NL-leading 34th save. Pittsburgh moved two games ahead of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot.