By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE -- Jason Giambi homered and drove in two runs to back an effective pitching performance by Andy Pettitte, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Wednesday night to avert a three-game sweep.
Pettitte (5-5) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 24-6 lifetime against the Orioles, including 15-4 in Baltimore. He has more wins at Camden Yards than any visiting pitcher.
Joba Chamberlain struck out three and allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings before Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 13th save in 13 tries.
Melvin Mora had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Brian Roberts also had three hits for Baltimore. But the rest of the lineup went 3-for-27.
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking none.
Rays 5, Rangers 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Garza pitched a career-high eight innings, leading first-place Tampa Bay over Texas.
Despite being off to the best start in franchise history and beginning the day tied with the Chicago Cubs for the best record in major leagues, Tampa Bay drew an announced crowd of 10,927.
Garza (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits for the AL East leaders, who won two of three from the Rangers to hand Texas its first series loss in over a month. The Rays have won nine of their last 11 series, including six straight at home.
B.J. Upton and Akinori Iwamura delivered RBI singles off Kason Gabbard (1-2), Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly and Carlos Pena and pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd drew walks with the bases loaded for Tampa Bay, which has won 15 of 20 games.
White Sox 6, Indians 5
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run seventh inning.
Gavin Floyd (5-3) allowed two runs in the first, then retired 15 of 17 hitters before the Indians scored three times to take a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Floyd gave up five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances, escaping a second-and-third, one-out jam when Ben Francisco and Victor Martinez popped out.
The AL Central-leading White Sox have won five of six against Cleveland in a nine-game span and 11 of 14 overall. Chicago has beaten the Indians exactly 1,000 times.
Cleveland has lost 10 of 12, dropping 5 1/2 games back in the division.
Rafael Betancourt (1-3) took the loss in relief.