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By The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis received a bit of help from the New York Yankees on his three-run homer and Frank Francisco closed out the Mets' 6-4 victory Friday night after calling their crosstown rivals "chickens."
Justin Turner had a two-run single and the Mets scored five runs in the first inning off Andy Pettitte (3-3) with two outs after a rainstorm delayed the start of the season's second Subway Series by 53 minutes.
Davis followed Turner's hit with a fly to right that a leaping Nick Swisher got his glove on. But when he hit the wall, the ball was nudged off the top of the fence and over for a 5-0 lead.
Still, the homer-happy Yankees rallied with three late drives to set up a chance to see Francisco.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 641st homer and Andruw Jones also connected for the Yankees against Jonathon Niese (5-3). Robinson Cano added a two-run shot off Miguel Batista in the eighth to cut it to 6-4 after David Wright had an RBI double in the seventh.
Francisco made headlines in New York this week by saying "I can't wait to face those chickens" and expressing his desire to strike out the side against the Yankees. He explained Friday afternoon what he meant by his strange comment, saying he thinks the Yankees often complain about umpires' calls.
In a heavy drizzle, Francisco retired Mark Teixeira on a game-ending popup with two runners on for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.
The Yankees lost their third in a row following a 10-game winning streak that began against the Mets.
BRAVES 4, RED SOX 1
BOSTON -- Jair Jurrjens made an impressive return to the majors by limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in Atlanta's win.
Jurrjens, an All-Star last season when he topped the Braves with 13 wins, worked 7 2-3 innings and left after allowing an RBI double by Daniel Nava that drove in Will Middlebrooks, who led off the eighth with a double. Adrian Gonzalez's single in the first was Boston's only other hit.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 22 opportunities.
The Braves got at least one hit in each of the seven innings pitched by Jon Lester (4-5).
RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 1
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Roy Oswalt pitched efficiently into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and Texas won its seventh straight.
Oswalt (1-0) allowed one run and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 27. The 34-year-old pitched with Philadelphia last season and signed with the Rangers on May 29.
Christian Friedrich (4-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for the Rockies, who have lost 13 of 15.
Oswalt won for the first time since Sept. 27 against Atlanta. His last start in the majors was Oct. 5 for Philadelphia -- a loss to St. Louis in Game 4 of the NL Division Series. He struck out six and walked one.
ORIOLES 2, NATIONALS 1
BALTIMORE -- Jason Hammel pitched eight innings of five-hit ball and had a career high-tying 10 strikeouts to lead Baltimore.
Coming off a one-hit shutout against Atlanta, Hammel (8-2) allowed an unearned run in improving to 5-0 lifetime against Washington. The right-hander has gone 19 straight innings without giving up an earned run, a streak that began on June 10 against Philadelphia.
Hammel did not walk a batter and was removed after 96 pitches. He came within one inning of becoming the first Oriole to throw two straight complete games since Sidney Ponson in May 2004.
Jim Johnson got three outs for his 21st save.
Mark Reynolds homered to help Baltimore end a three-game losing streak.
Ryan Zimmermann (3-6) allowed two runs and eight hits over seven innings.
BLUE JAYS 12, MARLINS 5
Brett Lawrie had three hits and scored four times to help the Blue Jays end an eight-game losing streak to the Marlins, who own a 17-5 advantage in the series. Miami has lost five straight and 14 of 16 overall.
Ricky Romero (8-1) provided the Blue Jays with seven much-needed innings after Toronto placed three starters on the disabled list in the last week. Romero allowed four runs and struck out five.
Anibal Sanchez (3-6) gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings.
TWINS 5, REDS 4
Doumit hit a solo shot off Homer Bailey (5-5), who angrily left the field after failing to get through the sixth inning. Revere broke a 0-for-15 slump with four singles.
Revere, who grew up in neighboring Kentucky and had a lot of friends and family in the stands, also stole two bases, scored a run and had a sacrifice fly off Bill Bray that made it 5-4 in the sixth.
Minnesota's bullpen made it stand up. Alex Burnett escaped a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the sixth. Glen Perkins worked out of a ninth-inning jam with a pair of strikeouts for his second save in place of injured Matt Capps.
The Twins are making their first visit to Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003.
BREWERS 1, WHITE SOX 0, 10 INNINGS
The Brewers finally pulled out a close win after dropping five of the previous nine by one run, thanks to one dominant pitching performance and one clutch hit.
Aramis Ramirez led off the 10th by lining his second double of the game down the left-field line against Jesse Crain (1-1). Nyjer Morgan ran for him and advanced on a wild pitch before Weeks drove a single past a diving third baseman Orlando Hudson to make it 1-0.
Greinke (8-2) picked up the win and John Axford came on in the 10th and got his 13th save in 17 chances
CARDINALS 11, ROYALS 4
Joe Kelly (1-0) gave up three runs over six innings to pick up his first major league victory in his third career start.
Mazzaro (3-2) allowed seven runs, six hits, two walks and a hit batter while recording just four outs.
The Cardinals' 17 hits matched a season high.
Beltran, a six-time All-Star, was drafted by the Royals in 1995, and drove in 100 or more runs four times over six-plus seasons.
PIRATES 4, TIGERS 1
PITTSBURGH -- A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and Pittsburgh won for the fifth time in six games.
Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight consecutive outings in 1974.
Burnett matched his career high by winning a seventh consecutive decision.
Ramon Santiago had an RBI double for the Tigers, who had won four of five.
Burnett improved to 5-0 at home this season, allowing six earned runs in 48 2-3 innings at PNC Park (1.11 ERA).
INDIANS 2, ASTROS 0
HOUSTON -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning with eight strikeouts to lead Cleveland past Houston.
Shin-Soo Choo scored after a leadoff triple and Michael Brantley drove in a late run for the Indians, who managed only two hits in seven innings against Lucas Harrell (6-6) in the first meeting between the teams since 2001.
Jimenez (7-5) went 6 2-3 innings. Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his major league-leading 23rd save.
Harrell struck out a career-high nine.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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