Red Sox Lose to O’s, Rays Beat Yanks to Take Over First Place

Orioles, Tillman defeat Red Sox 6-0

By DAVID GINSBURG=
AP Sports Writer=
       BALTIMORE (AP) _ Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Adam Jones homered twice and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-0 Friday night to end a three-game skid.

        The loss dropped the Red Sox a percentage point behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, pending the Rays' game against the Yankees. Boston, which has dropped six of nine, had been alone atop the division since May 27.

        Tillman (13-3) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in becoming the Orioles' first 13-game winner since Erik Bedard in 2007. In his past three starts against Boston, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA.

        Jones hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fifth to help Baltimore bounce back from three successive losses in Kansas City. It was the third multihomer game of his career.

        Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy also homered for the Orioles, who improved to 6-2 against Boston this season.
   

Hellickson, streaking Rays beat Soriano, Yankees

By BEN WALKER=
AP Baseball Writer=
       NEW YORK (AP) _ Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to preserve an early lead and the streaking Tampa Bay Rays tagged CC Sabathia once again, beating New York 10-6 Friday night.

        The Rays have won 20 of 23 and took sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since June 10, 2012. Tampa Bay moved a half-game ahead of Boston.

        Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar and Evan Longoria doubled during a six-run burst in the second inning, and James Loney later homered and drove in four runs.

        Well supported all season, Hellickson (10-3) won his sixth straight decision. Fernando Rodney, the Rays' fourth pitcher in a three-run ninth, got the last out for his 25th save.
 
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