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|Tuesday, 17 April 2007 16:21|
Dice-K struck out 10 over six innings but forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk to Gregg Zaun in the fourth, and Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Tuesday night despite getting just three hits.
Matsuzaka (1-2) retired his first eight batters and Wily Mo Pena's third-inning homer gave him a lead, but Lyle Overbay's single tied the score in the two-run fourth.
Jason Frasor, taking over as closer while B.J. Ryan is sidelined by a sprained elbow, got four outs for his first save since Sept. 20, 2005, against Seattle.
Matsuzaka allowed three hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out 10 for the second time in three starts - the last pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts twice in his first three major league starts was the Los Angeles Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
Gustavo Chacin (2-0) allowed one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Casey Janssen got three outs before Frasor came in.
Devil Rays 6, Orioles 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Rocco Baldelli had a two-run single during a six-run fourth inning and Tampa Bay stopped Baltimore's four-game winning streak.
Steve Trachsel (0-1) remained winless in three starts with the Orioles, allowing six runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings as his ERA rose from 2.63 to 5.19.
Tampa Bay starter Casey Fossum (1-1), gave up three runs and five hits in seven-plus innings.
Baltimore's Jon Knott hit his first career homer off Devil Rays reliever Brian Stokes. It was his first at-bat with the Orioles and 18th overall.
Al Reyes pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.
Tigers 7, Royals 6
DETROIT (AP) - Placido Polanco hit the tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and Detroit extended Kansas City's losing streak to six.
Polanco also hit a solo home run and tripled, Magglio Ordonez had three hits and three RBIs and Marcus Thames homered.
David DeJesus had four hits with a homer and scored three runs for Kansas City.
With the score 6-6, Omar Infante singled to lead off the eighth and was sacrificed to second by Neifi Perez. One out later, Polanco singled off David Riske (0-2).
Wilfredo Ledezma (3-0) earned the win despite giving up two runs in 2 1-3 innings. Todd Jones allowed one hit in the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.