• Cespedes’ HR puts weary Red Sox past Angels 3-1
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    Boston’s Yoenis Cespedes hits a three-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels during Sunday’s game in Anaheim, Calif.

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, Rubby De La Rosa pitched five-hit ball into the eighth and the Boston Red Sox bounced back from a 19-inning loss with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

    The teams returned just 12 hours after the longest game in the majors this season, a 6 1/2-hour epic won 5-4 by the Angels on Albert Pujols’ homer well after midnight.

    Mike Trout homered in the eighth for the Angels (68-49), who still have the majors’ second-best record despite losing five of six.

    Cespedes broke open a scoreless game with his first homer for the defending World Series champions, driving a pitch from Joe Smith (4-1) into the Boston bullpen in left.

    Smith has been outstanding for the Angels, but Cespedes has either scored or driven in seven of the 14 runs he has allowed this season. Smith hadn’t allowed a run in 23 straight appearances over 23 2-3 innings before the former Oakland slugger connected.

    Brock Holt started the rally by reaching base on Efren Navarro’s error.

    Boston took two of three from the powerful Angels, winning its first series in three weeks.

    Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 25th save, striking out pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton with a runner on.

    Both depleted teams needed strong starts on a hot day at Angel Stadium, and both pitchers came through.

    Hector Santiago threw six scoreless innings of two-hit ball in another strong start for the Angels, allowing just one runner to reach third base.

    De La Rosa (4-4) was even better in his first victory in four starts. With Dan Butler making his major league debut at catcher, De La Rosa had eight strikeouts and blanked the Angels until Trout’s homer on his 110th pitch.

    Trout’s homer was his 27th, matching last year’s total.

    INDIANS 4, YANKEES 1

    NEW YORK — An hour after the final out, a pair of birds pecked for seeds in dead center field at Yankee Stadium and then seemed to settle into the lush grass for a nap.

    Not like the New York hitters would’ve disturbed them much during the game, either.

    The Yankees’ season-worst scoreless streak reached 19 innings Sunday before Jacoby Ellsbury ended it with a two-out home run in the ninth, their lone highlight in a 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

    A day after Cleveland pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and struck out 15 Yankees, Carlos Carrasco (4-4) and four relievers threw another five-hitter.

    Why the sudden slump?

    “Not really sure,” manager Joe Girardi said.

    “We just didn’t swing the bats great today,” he said. “There are days that are just like that. You’ve been in the game long enough, you learn it’s going to happen and you deal with it.”

    Ellsbury’s shot off Indians closer Cody Allen let the Yankees avoid a dubious distinction — not since 1999 had they been blanked in two straight games, STATS said.

    “Hopefully we can go out and string some good at-bats together and take some pressure off the pitchers,” Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said.

    Jason Kipnis got three hits and scored three runs as the Indians finished 4-3 against their fellow AL wild-card contender — only twice in the last 22 years has Cleveland taken the season matchup.

    Carrasco allowed just two singles in five shutout innings. He walked none, struck out four and retired his last 11 batters.

    Pitching in place of the recently demoted Danny Salazar, Carrasco made his first start since being banished to the bullpen in late April.

    Carrasco had gone 0-12 in 17 starts since 2011, and missed the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Cleveland evened its record at 59-59 by taking advantage of a surprisingly shaky Hiroki Kuroda (7-8). Normally one of baseball’s best control pitchers, he walked a season-high four, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

    Kuroda issued his first bases-loaded walk since he was a major league rookie in 2008, STATS said. Gomes drew that walk for a 3-0 lead in the fifth and added an RBI single in the seventh.

    TWINS 6, ATHLETICS 1

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking double and Josh Willingham added two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oakland by beating the Athletics 6-1 on Sunday.

    Brian Dozier connected for his 20th homer in the first before Suzuki and Willingham — both former A’s players — each had a big hit against Luke Gregerson (2-2) in the eighth.

    Minnesota scored two more in the ninth to avoid a four-game sweep with its first win over the A’s since last September.

    Phil Hughes (12-8) allowed four hits in seven innings for his second straight victory. Stephen Vogt’s RBI single in the first accounted for the A’s only run.

    Jason Hammel gave up four hits and one run in 6 1-3 innings for Oakland.

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