NEW YORK — A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez also connected and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Yankees so hard that New York brought in outfielder Dewayne Wise to pitch in a 14-7 romp Friday night.
A night after the White Sox rallied to win at Yankee Stadium on Dayan Viciedo's three-run homer in the ninth, they made it a short and sour major league debut for Yankees starter Adam Warren.
By the end, the Yankees brought in Wise for his pro pitching debut. Throwing a 79 mph fastball, he retired Konerko and Alex Rios in order to close a four-run ninth inning.
Rookie Jose Quintana (3-1) fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, then hung in to give the White Sox their fourth straight win in a matchup of AL division leaders.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings homered twice and David Price outpitched Justin Verlander to become the AL's first 11-game winner with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The Rays beat the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner for the second time this season, ending a four-game skid in which they played sloppy defence and struggled to score runs.
Price (11-4) allowed two runs and five hits before leaving the game because of what the Rays described as lower back tightness after seven innings. The hard-throwing lefty threw 78 pitches, struck out seven and walked one.
Price has won three straight decisions, five of six overall — the lone setback coming when the Rays were one-hit by R.A. Dickey on June 13.
BALTIMORE — Ryan Flaherty singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer, and the Baltimore Orioles broke out of their scoring funk with a 9-8 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
On a steamy night in which temperatures reached 100 degrees, both teams worked up a sweat circling the bases. Cleveland had a season-high 16 hits, but the Orioles scored just enough runs to secure their third win in 10 games.
Chris Davis started the seventh-inning uprising with a two-out single off Joe Smith (5-2). After Wieters walked, Flaherty delivered an RBI single to right.
Xavier Avery hit his first major league homer in the eighth to make it 9-7.
MINNEAPOLIS — Luis Mendoza allowed one run over a career-high eight innings, Salvador Perez homered, and the Kansas City Royals won their fourth straight, hanging on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Friday night.
Yuniesky Betancourt, Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer added RBIs for the Royals (35-39), who are four games under .500 for the first time since April 16.
Jonathan Broxton allowed two runs in the ninth, but got Trevor Plouffe to foul out to end the game and earn his 20th save.
Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI double in the ninth that cut Kansas City's lead to 4-2. Josh Willingham followed with an RBI groundout.
The American League-worst Twins lost their third straight and are 2-7 in their last nine home games.
Mendoza (3-4) retired the final 13 batters he faced and 18 of the final 20. He struck out five and allowed one runner to reach second base.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Craig Gentry's bases-loaded triple in the eighth capped a four-run rally and Matt Harrison pitched eight strong innings to win his 11th game, lifting the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.
Gentry, who entered in the seventh, lifted a fly ball to deep left off Oakland reliever Ryan Cook that gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Yoenis Cespedes appeared to misjudge Gentry's ball as he took a few steps in at first before it flew over his head.
Oakland reliever Grant Balfour (1-2) issued a bases-loaded walk to Nelson Cruz with two outs in the eighth before he was replaced by Cook.
Harrison (11-3) threw a season-high 121 pitches, allowing two runs and eight hits. The left-hander joined Tampa Bay's David Price as the American League's only 11-game winners.
TORONTO — Adam Lind drove in four runs with two home runs on Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-5.
Lind hit a three-run homer in the five-run fourth against Ervin Santana and hit a solo shot in the eighth against left-hander Hisanori Takahashi.
They were Lind's fourth and fifth homers of the season and his first two since being recalled from the minors on June 25. John Hester hit a two-run homer for the Angels.
Yunel Escobar had three hits including a run-scoring double in the seventh inning against Jordan Walden (2-2) to end a 5-5 tie.
Francisco Cordero (3-4) allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning to pick up the victory. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
The Blue Jays (39-38) ended a three-game losing streak and the Angels (43-34) ended a four-game win streak.