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Gardner, Drew help Yankees beat Red Sox 8-7

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning for one of his three hits, helping the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Sunday.

Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew had a pair of hits and drove in four runs in his third game with the Yankees since he was sent there at the trading deadline. Esmil Rogers (1-0) earned the victory in his Yankees debut by throwing three hitless innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Earlier, John Lackey won his St. Louis debut when the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the seventh inning, capped by a go-ahead from rookie Oscar Taveras to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.

The Cardinals took two of three from National League Central-leading Milwaukee and pulled within one game of the division lead.

Lackey (1-0) was the Cardinals' big catch at the trade deadline that capitalized on Boston's sell-off. The right-hander who won the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against St. Louis last fall held Milwaukee to two runs in seven innings and is 12-7 overall.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 batters while allowing just three hits over seven innings, earning his first win in a month as the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0.

Strasburg (8-9) had been 0-3 in his previous five starts, losing his last three outings. He walked one and didn't permit a runner past second base.

Denard Span had two hits, two steals, an RBI and scored a run for NL East-leading Washington.

At New York, Madison Bumgarner gave up just two hits and Hunter Pence homered twice to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Mets 9-0.

Bumgarner (13-8) beat the Mets again, running his record to 3-0 in five games against them and giving the Giants their third win in 10 games. Brandon Belt and Buster Posey also went deep for the Giants.

Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 4-3, while Billy Hamilton scored three times to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 7-3.

In other games, Edwin Jackson pitched six innings for his first victory in six weeks and Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer as the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3, the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, the Detroit Tigers blanked the Colorado Rockies 4-0 and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0.

The Kansas City Royals downed the Oakland Athletics 4-2, the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5, the Minnesota Twins trounced the Chicago White Sox 16-3, the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 and the Cleveland Indians were 4-3 winners over the Texas Rangers.

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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner hits a two-run double in the second inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 3. (AP)

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