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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night

"Listen, the Red Sox had our number, but we changed cell-phone providers."

-- Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher after New York wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Red Sox

New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 2

Boston was finally able to score a couple of runs but couldn't come away with a victory as the Yankees pulled off their first four-game home sweep of their division rival in 24 years. The sweep gave New York a 6½-game lead over Boston in the American League East. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back homers as part of a four-run eighth inning that put the Yankees ahead for good. Boston had ended a 31-inning scoreless streak against New York earlier in the inning as Victor Martinez delivered a two-run blast that gave the Red Sox their short-lived lead. Boston has now lost six straight and fallen into a tie with Texas for the wild card lead and will next play host to the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

Toronto Blue Jays 7, Baltimore Orioles 3

After winning his major league debut, the Blue Jays were more than happy to give Orioles starter Brian Matusz his first "welcome to the big leagues" moment. Matusz lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, seven hits and three home runs to take the loss. Marco Scutaro went 4 for 5 with a two-run homer to back a typically solid outing by Toronto's Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays ace picked up only his second win since the all-star break by allowing three runs over eight innings.

Texas Rangers 7, Los Angeles Angels 0

Rangers rookie Derek Holland carried a no-hitter into the sixth as he tossed a complete game shutout to pick up his fifth win. Holland registered eight strikeouts to help Texas get a three-game series win over the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels. Marlon Byrd led the Rangers' offense, going 3 for 4 with three RBI to help Texas pull itself within 3½ games of Los Angeles. John Lackey made the start for the Angels and while he also managed to strike out eight, he gave up four runs over his 6 2/3 innings of work to pick up his first loss since July 7.

Seattle Mariners 11, Tampa Bay Rays 2

Russell Branyan hit his first grand slam in six years to cap Seattle's scoring binge as the Mariners pounded Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir. Charged with seven runs over 4 1/3 innings, Kazmir failed in his attempt to win three straight starts for the first time this season. Once one of the few major-league ready talents on the Rays, Kazmir is now in the midst of his worst season at 6-7 while sporting a 6.10 ERA.

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By CJ Holley  |  August 10, 2009; 7:58 AM ET
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