NEW YORK — Ian Kinsler homered twice, the Texas bullpen pitched shutout ball and the Rangers became the first visitors to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June, beating New York 7-2 on Thursday.
Kinsler and Chris Davis both had three-run homers for Texas, which took two of three from the club with the best record in the majors. Jason Grilli (2-2), C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1-3 innings of two-hit relief.
A.J. Burnett (10-8) lost despite striking out a season-high 12 in six innings. Texas’ Dustin Nippert was pulled after walking seven in 3 2-3 innings.
Kinsler got Texas’ first hit, a three-run homer in the fourth. Kinsler connected for a solo homer in the eighth, giving him a career-high 28.
Davis hit his three-run homer in the seventh off Phil Coke.
BALTIMORE — Andy Marte hit a two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch from Jim Johnson with two outs in the ninth inning, giving Cleveland a victory over Baltimore.
Johnson (3-5) got the first two outs in the ninth before allowing a single to Matt LaPorta. After going 3-0 on Marte, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, Johnson worked the count full before Marte hit a liner that barely cleared the 7-foot wall in left field.
It was his second home run in 69 at-bats this season.
Johnson, who took over as Baltimore’s closer after George Sherrill was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30, had been 4 for 4 in save opportunities.
Rafael Perez (3-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief and Kerry Wood got three outs for his 17th save. Baltimore had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Nick Markakis struck out on a checked swing.
BOSTON — Jayson Nix drove in three runs and Chicago scored four times in both the second and third innings, beating Boston to avoid a four-game sweep.
Chicago battered rookie Junichi Tazawa for all nine runs just five days after he pitched six scoreless innings in a 14-1 win over the New York Yankees. Infielder Nick Green pitched two scoreless innings for Boston.
John Danks (12-8) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last four starts and 5-1 in his last eight outings on the road.
J.D. Drew hit two solo homers and Alex Gonzalez added one as the Red Sox hit more than one homer for the 11th time in 13 games and have 48 in August.