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San Diego Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett gathers in a late throw as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) steals second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) San Diego Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett gathers in a late throw as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) steals second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP) — The Boston Red Sox lost to the lowly San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon, but stayed atop the American League East after the New York Yankees split a day-night doubleheader at Cincinnati.

The Bosox are a half-game ahead of the Yanks after Will Venable led off with a homer and Clayton Richard worked five innings to lead the Padres over Boston 5-1 in a game called by rain after 7½ innings. Adrian Gonzalez drove in the Red Sox's lone run and collected four singles against his former team to raise his major league-leading average to .359.

The Yankees took the opener of their twinbill 4-2 as Jorge Posada smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth. Posada had gone 126 at-bats without a home run before helping the Yanks win their fourth in a row.

Freddy Garcia allowed a pair of unearned runs and only three hits in seven innings for the victory.

Game 2 was a rout as Chris Heisey belted three homers and drove in five runs to lead the Reds' attack in a 10-2 pounding of the Yanks. Johnny Cueto held New York to a run and two hits in seven innings.

In other interleague play, Josh Tomlin pitched into the seventh and Travis Hafner socked a two-run homer as Cleveland topped Colorado 4-3 to stay one game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. Tomlin is 9-4 after giving up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Arizona has a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West after the Diamondbacks scored three times in the fifth inning to beat Kansas City 3-2. Ian Kennedy gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings but limited the Royals to one run.

The Giants were 5-1 winners over Minnesota as Eli Whiteside drove in three runs as San Francisco ended the Twins' eigiht-game winning streak. Ryan Vogelsong is 5-1 wiht a 1.73 ERA after holding the Twins to three hits and an unearned run in seven innings.

Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run home run and Elliot Johnson added a three-run shot to lead Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-3 win over Milwaukee. David Price is 8-6 after striking out 10 while limiting the Brewers to two runs and five hits in eight innings.

Brandon Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list to help Atlanta down Toronto 5-1. Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each hit a two-run home run as the Braves won their fourth in a row to stay 4½ games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

Jake Peavy was also a winner just hours after coming off the DL, giving up three runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cubs 4-3. A.J. Pierzynski ignited a three-run fourth by lacing a two-run triple and scoring on a bunt single by Brent Lillibridge.

Pinch-hitter Matt Downs clubbed a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth while Houston scored four times off Neftali Feliz in the ninth to beat Texas 5-3. Nelson Cruz homered for the Rangers, who still lead the AL West by two games over Seattle.

Casper Wells starred in Detroit's 7-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers by hitting a leadoff homer and making an over-the-shoulder catch on a bases-loaded drive for the final out. Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez and Don Kelly, also homered as the Tigers halted the Dodgers' three-game winning streak.

Washington won for the 10th time in 11 games by scoring a pair of unearned runs in a 2-1 triumph over the Mariners. John Lannan allowed a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Nationals reached the .500 mark for the first time since May 11.

Justin Turner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th, allowing the New York Mets to walk away with a 3-2 win over Oakland. Turner also singled home a go-ahead run in the eighth, but the Athletics forced extra innings on Connor Jackson's RBI single with two out in the ninth before ending their six-game winning streak.

Florida has a 12-game losing streak in one-run games after Mark Trumbo hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels past the Marlins 6-5. The Marlins are 2-20 in June, tying the club record for most losses in a month.

An error by Blake Davis in his major league debut allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over Baltimore. Kevin Correia  picked up his ninth win to tie him for the major league lead.

Philadelphia won the lone National League game as Cliff Lee picked up his second straight shutout by firing a six-hitter in the Phillies' 4-0 win at St. Louis. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard each went 2-for-4 with fourth-inning homers as the Phils kept St. Louis a half-game behind the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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