ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ryan Dempster pitched eight innings, his longest outing in more than two months and his best since being traded to Texas, and the AL West-leading Rangers beat Baltimore 5-1 on Monday night.
Dempster (2-1 in Texas, 7-6 overall) retired the last 11 batters he faced. The right-hander acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 31 allowed one run and four hits.
David Murphy had two RBI singles for the Rangers, who opened a 10-game homestand. All nine Texas starters had a hit.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-3), who had won his previous three decisions, gave up four runs in five innings.
The Orioles have still won 11 of their last 16 games.
In his 16 starts for the Cubs before the trade, Dempster had a 2.25 ERA and pitched eight innings twice. After giving up eight runs twice, Dempster had an 8.31 ERA in his first three starts for Texas.
RAYS 5, ROYALS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings for his first home win in three months.
Hellickson (8-8) allowed one run and six hits in ending a stretch of seven consecutive home winless starts, dating to a 2-1 victory over Boston on May 16.
Tampa Bay was coming off an 8-2 road trip that concluded with a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rays went ahead 4-1 in the fourth on Jose Labaton's RBI single and a run-scoring double from Desmond Jennings off Will Smith (4-5).
Tampa Bay reliever J.P. Howell worked a scoreless eighth to extend his team record streak to 25 2-3 innings. Kyle Farnsworth got the final three outs in a non-save situation.
Smith lasted 3 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits.
WHITE SOX 9, YANKEES 6
CHICAGO (AP) - Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, Adam Dunn added his major league-leading 36th an inning later and Chicago ended a three-game losing streak.
Ramirez connected with two outs in the seventh off Boone Logan (4-2) for his seventh homer of the season. Brett Myers (2-1) got the win by pitching two-thirds of an inning. Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances as the White Sox won the opener in a three-game series between two first-place teams.
Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham also homered for Chicago.
New York's Derek Jeter homered and had four hits, tying Eddie Murray for 11th place on the career list (3,255). He also took over 13th place on the runs scored list (1,845), passing Craig Biggio.
Wise hit a two-run homer for Chicago as the White Sox scored five times in the fifth for a 5-3 lead. The Yankees went ahead in the top of the sixth on Jeter's solo homer and RBI singles by Mark Teixeira and pinch-hitter Casey McGehee.
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