BOSTON (AP) – Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday in Boston’s 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Red Sox.
Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart after the game.
Youkilis was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. He was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him, and many of his teammates on the top step of the dugout.
The burley infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted “Yook.”
YANKEES 6, METS 5
At New York, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a victory over the Mets.
Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters _ making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and Yankees ace CC Sabathia were missing their best stuff.
Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel Batista (1-2) over the home run apple in straightaway center for his 16th homer and fifth in seven games. The Yankees won the final two games of the weekend series by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals this season.
Including a sweep in the Bronx earlier this month, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.
TWINS 4, REDS 3
At Cincinnati, Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off shaky closer Aroldis Chapman, rallying Minnesota over the Reds.
Joe Mauer opened the ninth with a double off the left field wall against Chapman (4-4). Willingham followed with his 15th homer of the season.
Willingham’s homer overcame Joey Votto’s eighth-inning, two-run homer that had given the Reds a 3-2 lead.
RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 2
At Arlington, Texas, Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory and Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors as Texas beat Colorado.
Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later.
Harrison (10-3) won his sixth consecutive decision. His outing was cut short because of tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip.
MARLINS 9, BLUE JAYS 0
At Miami, Mark Buehrle pitched effectively for seven innings to become the most successful in interleague play, and John Buck hit a three-run homer as Florida snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.
Greg Dobbs had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Marlins, winners for just the third time in 18 games.
Buehrle (6-8) gave up seven hits in winning his 25th interleague matchup, breaking a tie with Freddy Garcia. Buehrle struck out seven.
ORIOLES 2, NATIONALS 1
At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore’s agonizing offensive struggle in a win over Washington.
Baltimore appeared headed for its third shutout loss in six games before Adam Jones led off the eighth with a single off Sean Burnett (0-1) and Wieters drove an 0-1 pitch over the center-field wall.
Pedro Strop (4-2) got the final out in the eighth for Baltimore and Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 22nd save.
TIGERS 3, PIRATES 2
At Pittsburgh, Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter and Quintin Berry hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run as Detroit avoided a sweep with a win over Pittsburgh.
Berry also scored the go-ahead run on Delmon Young’s single in the eighth, an inning after Garrett Jones tied it with a two-run homer.
Verlander (8-4) had allowed only two infield hits through six innings before Pedro Alvarez singled with one out in the seventh. Jones followed with his homer.
Berry’s homer off of Kevin Correia four pitches into the game was his first in 96 career big league at-bats. Austin Jackson singled ahead of Berry.
RAYS 3, PHILLIES 2, 1ST GAME
RAYS 7, PHILLIES 3, 2ND GAME
At Philadelphia, Brooks Conrad hit a pair of two-run doubles off winless Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee as Tampa Bay swept a day-night doubleheader.
Lee (0-4) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t won a game since last Sept. 26.
Brandon Gomes (2-2) earned the win with 2 2-3 scoreless innings.
In the opener, Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo (2-2). Phillies starter Cole Hamels pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings.
ASTROS 7, INDIANS 1
At Houston, Chris Johnson homered and drove in three runs, and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to lead Houston over Cleveland for their its series since taking two of three from the White Sox in June 8-10.
Houston starter J.A. Happ (6-7) got his second consecutive win by allowing four hits and a run in seven innings.
CARDINALS 11, ROYALS 8
At Kansas City, Carlos Beltran had three RBIs, and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each drove in two runs, powering St. Louis to a victory and its first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.
Mike Moustakas had two home runs for the Royals, who gave up 41 hits and 30 runs to their state rivals in the three games.
WHITE SOX 1, BREWERS 0, 10 INNINGS
At Chicago, pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar lined an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Chicago White made it an adventuresome afternoon, beating Milwaukee.
After the game the White Sox acquired All-Star infielder Kevin Youkilis and cash from Boston in a trade for infielder Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart.
Alejandro De Aza opened the White Sox 10th with a double off Manny Parra (0-2). Adam Dunn walked with one out and Escobar, batting for Lillibridge, singled.
PADRES 2, MARINERS 0
At San Diego, Edinson Volquez pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double as San Diego beat Seattle.
Volquez (4-7) was in command for 6 2-3 innings and was not hurt by the control issues that have hampered him this season.
Volquez, who leads the majors in walks with 55, walked three but was rarely stressed by the Mariners. The right-hander combined with three relievers for the five-hitter.
ANGELS 5, DODGERS 3
At Anaheim, California, Mark Trumbo drove in Albert Pujols with the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning as the Angels won their season series with the Dodgers for the third straight year.
Peter Bourjos hit an early two-run homer and Howie Kendrick added another RBI single in the seventh for the Angels, who won four of six in the Freeway Series.
Bobby Abreu and Dee Gordon drove in early runs for the slumping Dodgers, who have lost six straight series to the Angels.
ATHLETICS 4, GIANTS 2
At Oakland, California, Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run as Oakland walked off with a stunning victory over San Francisco.
Norris hammered a full-count pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-3) over the left-field wall to help the A’s avoid the first three-game sweep by San Francisco in Oakland.
Buster Posey’s two-run homer in the first was all the Giants could squeeze out against A.J. Griffin.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 1
At Phoenix, Wade Miley outpitched Matt Garza in eight strong innings and Justin Upton had three RBIs as Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Miley (9-3) retired 20 of the first 21 batters he faced before giving up a homer to Alfonso Soriano in the seventh inning, then worked out of a jam in the eighth with runners on second and third.
Jason Kubel hit a solo homer off Garza (2-6) and Upton broke open a tight game with a two-run single through the left side off Manny Corpas in the eighth inning.