STEVE PEARCE hit a two-run homer, Ubaldo Jimenez won his second straight start and the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 victory last night.
Pearce's second homer in three days came off David Price after J.J. Hardy's double in the second inning.
Playing first base in place of injured slugger Chris Davis, Pearce also made an outstanding stretch to catch a throw from Hardy that completed an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, but the ruling that Pearce had kept his foot on the bag was confirmed after a 2-minute review.
Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the third.
Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey was ejected for arguing a check-swing call on Baltimore slugger Adam Jones.
Jones checked his swing as Nelson Cruz was thrown out attempting to steal second base in the first inning.
After Cruz was retired, first base umpire Alan Porter agreed with plate umpire Marty Foster's call that Jones did check his swing in time. If the pitch had been called a strike, Jones would have struck out to end the inning.
Hickey argued the call and was tossed by Foster.
Jones fouled out leading off the second inning.
* At Arlington, Prince Fielder homered and the Texas Rangers took advantage of three errors by the Colorado Rockies to nail down a 5-0 victory.
Meanwhile, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado broke the team record with a 28-game hitting streak, hitting a two-out single in the third inning. The streak is one game longer than teammate Michael Cuddyer's 27-gamer last season.
Arenado's streak is the longest for anyone 23 or younger since Albert Pujols had a 30-game run in 2003 when he was 23.
* At Cleveland, Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBI, Michael Brantley also homered and the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins, 9-4, for their first three-game winning streak this season.
Cabrera, who entered hitting .215, had a solo homer in the second innings and RBI doubles in the seventh and eighth. He also singled in the fifth.
Brantley hit a two-run homer in the fifth and had an RBI grounder in the sixth. He also doubled and scored in the first, then singled in the third.
Justin Masterson (2-1) allowed four runs - two earned - four hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings. Kevin Corriea (1-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Twins.
Minnesota played their fourth straight game without first baseman Joe Mauer, who could be headed to the disabled list because of back spasms. Outfielder Sam Fuld was placed on the 7-day DL with concussion-like symptoms, leaving infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota's only bench player when the game began.
* At Detroit, Dallas Keuchel outpitched college roommate Drew Smyly, and the Houston Astros claimed a 6-2 win to snap the Tigers' eight-game winning streak.
Houston also ended its own five-game losing skid. Keuchel (3-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Keuchel and Smyly were both on the Arkansas team that reached the College World Series in 2009. The two lefthanders were both sharp early yesterday, but Houston broke through with three runs in the fifth off Smyly (2-2) to take the lead.
Houston's George Springer, a first-round draft pick in 2011, hit his first major league homer. Carlos Corporan and Matt Dominguez also went deep for the Astros.
Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers.
* The Yankees will retire former manager Joe Torre's No. 6, leaving Derek Jeter's No. 2 as the last single digit in New York's pinstripes.
Torre, Rich Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill also will be honored with plaques in Monument Park, the team said Thursday.
Torre managed the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 and six AL pennants during 12 seasons as manager that ended in 2007. Currently Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations, he is being inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame this summer.
"I am incredibly humbled," Torre said in a statement. "The Hall of Fame became possible for me because of what our players accomplished in 12 memorable years representing this historic franchise together. I hope that number 6 will stand for everything that our players achieved."
Torre's number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Aug. 23. His number will join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).
Jeter, the Yankees' captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.
Martinez's ceremony will be June 21 as part of Old-Timers' Day weekend followed the next day by the honors for Gossage, one of only a handful of pitchers in the Hall of Fame who primarily were relievers. O'Neill's ceremony will be Aug. 9.
The Yankees said the ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.
* Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis sued the city, saying an ordinance that limits events around the time of Major League Baseball's All-Star game in July is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, claims the city ordinance gives MLB the authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the July 15 All-Star game.
Organizers of the One Day in July Street Festival, which will commemorate the 80th anniversary of a deadly Teamsters strike in 1934, say MLB shouldn't have control over their event.
"It is an insult to me, and to all Americans, that before exercising my First Amendment right to speak and assemble I must first get permission from a private company," event organizer Jim McGuire said in a statement. "It is ironic that in trying to commemorate a horrific violation of our rights in the past, we are now facing further violations."