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Great debut for McCarthy as Yankees beat Reds

NEW YORK -- Brandon McCarthy earned his first win for the Yankees with an impressive debut and Brett Gardner drove in three runs from the leadoff spot to send New York past the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Saturday.

Carlos Beltran homered, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run single to back McCarthy (1-0), who allowed one run and six hits, struck out nine and walked none over six innings. McCarthy, acquired from Arizona on July 6, was making his first home start for New York.

All-Star Alfredo Simon (12-4) gave up four runs β€” two earned β€” and five hits in five innings. He had been 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in eight starts since a 6-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on May 27.

Indians 5, Tigers 2 Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double off Joe Nathan (4-3) with two outs in the ninth to complete a doubleheader sweep. Cleveland has won four straight to pull within 4 1-2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Carlos Carrasco (3-3) pitched a perfect eighth and Cody Allen closed the game for his 13th save.

In the opener, Corey Kluber (10-6) came within an out of a complete game, striking out 10. He allowed seven hits, including three by Miguel Cabrera.

Drew VerHagen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits over five innings in his major league debut.

Blue Jays 4, Rangers 1 Marcus Stroman (5-2) gave up four hits in seven shutout innings to snap a three-start winless streak, and Dan Johnson had two RBIs.

Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time in four games. Aaron Loup got three outs for his third save.

Colby Lewis (6-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings. Texas, which stopped an eight-game losing streak with Friday's 5-1 victory, has not strung together consecutive wins since beating Minnesota on June 27 and 28 and has the worst record in the major leagues at 39-58.

Red Sox 2, Royals 1 Rubby De La Rosa (3-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings as the defending World Series champions won for the sixth time in seven games.

Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking homer that cleared a billboard atop the Green Monster seats and completely left the park in the sixth.

Danny Duffy (5-10) allowed two runs β€” one earned β€”and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, losing for the fifth time in six starts. Kansas City has lost eight of 11.

Rays 5, Twins 1 David Price (10-7) gave up four hits in eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career. He walked none and struck out nine to increase his major league-leading total to 173.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, July 19. (AP)

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