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Hardy homers, leads Orioles over Rays 9-2

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 Tuesday night to move into a tie for the AL East lead.

Hardy went 4 for 5 to help Baltimore pull even atop the division with the New York Yankees, who lost 4-3 at Boston. The Rays are two games behind the co-leaders.

Chris Davis homered and Matt Wieters had three hits and two RBIs for Baltimore.

Hardy hit a two-run homer in the third inning, doubled and scored in the fifth, singled in a run in the sixth and added his 21st homer with a runner on in the eighth.

Baltimore starter Jason Hammel retired 11 of 13 Tampa Bay batters before leaving in the fourth inning with an injured right knee.

Steve Johnson (3-0) got the win with 1-1/3 innings of hitless relief.

Red Sox 4, Yankees 3 In Boston, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in the winning run in the ninth inning and Boston beat New York to drop the Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Pedro Ciriaco, who started the rally with a single, slid in to beat the throw from right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, giving Boston only its second win in 13 games.

The loss left the Yankees and Orioles tied with 79-62 records.

Andrew Bailey (1-0) got the win after allowing one hit in one inning.

David Robertson (1-7) retired his first four batters before giving up three straight singles with one out in the ninth.

Tigers 5, White Sox 3 In Chicago, Doug Fister pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Austin Jackson hit a tying two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera delivered a go-ahead solo shot as Detroit reduced Chicago's AL Central lead to two games.

Jackson's 14th homer followed a single by Omar Infante in the top of the fifth off Jake Peavy. One batter later, Cabrera hit his 36th of the season to put the Tigers up 3-2.

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Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy hits a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore, Tuesday, Sept. 11. (AP)

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