Detroit's Curtis Granderson led off the first inning against the Yankees with an inside-the-park home run, starting the Tigers on their way to a 5-4 victory over New York in a key Major League Baseball matchup.

The Yankees' loss dropped them to seven-and-a-half games behind Boston for the American League East division lead, as the Red Sox crushed the Chicago White Sox, 11-1. Boston - with the best record in the majors at 80-51 - completed a four-game sweep of the White Sox.

The Central division-leading Cleveland Indians scored two runs with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to rally past the Kansas City Royals, 5-3. Cleveland scored in the ninth to tie the game.

The Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-1. The Minnesota Twins ended Baltimore pitcher Erik Bedard's nine-game winning streak with an 11-3 thumping of the Orioles. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays downed the Oakland Athletics, 7-4. And the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners, 5-3.

In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-2 rout of the San Diego Padres. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-1. The Colorado Rockies doubled the Washington Nationals, 10-5. The San Francisco Giants edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4.

The Arizona Diamondbacks eked out a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs in a battle of division leaders. The Cincinnati Reds used Ryan Jorgensen's first career grand slam to down the Florida Marlins, 9-3. The Houston Astros rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4. And Los Angeles pitcher David Wells led the Dodgers over the the New York Mets, 6-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP.