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Friday, 18 April 2008 19:15
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 BOSTON (AP) -Slumping David Ortiz hit a grand slam, Daisuke Matsuzaka stayed unbeaten and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-3 on Friday night.
Dustin Pedroia hit his first homer, a two-run shot that capped Boston's five-run fourth inning. The Red Sox won for the sixth time in seven games.
Ortiz entered the game hitting just .111, the lowest of any regular in the majors. He went 2-for-4 with five RBIs. His grand slam was the eighth of his career, seventh with the Red Sox.
Milton Bradley extended his hitting streak to 13 games and Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer for the Rangers.
Matsuzaka (4-0) gave up three runs and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.
Ortiz's slam - his first hit at Fenway Park this season - erased Boston's 1-0 deficit against starter Luis Mendoza (0-1) in the third after Jed Lowrie doubled, Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia walked. It was his second homer of the season.
Angels 5, Mariners 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Torii Hunter shrugged off stiffness in his neck and back from a pregame fender-bender to make a leaping catch above the center-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, denying Richie Sexson of a two-run homer and preserving the Angels win over Seattle. Hunter doubled his first three times up, driving in three runs for the Angels after his new Bentley was rear-ended near the ballpark. He was waiting at a stop light about five hours before gametime when the accident occurred. No one in either vehicle was seriously injured.
Joe Saunders (3-0) allowed four runs and six hits over eight innings with two strikeouts and no walks. All of the runs against the left-hander came on Sexson's two homers.
Francisco Rodriguez benefited from Hunter's catch for his seventh save.
Orioles 8, Yankees 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Jay Payton and Melvin Mora had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run sixth inning, Daniel Cabrera took a four-hitter into the seventh and Baltimore beat New York.
Cabrera and Phil Hughes were locked in a 1-1 duel before the Orioles sent 11 men to the plate in their most productive inning of the season. Baltimore got seven hits, all of them singles, against three pitchers.
Cabrera (1-0) was pulled after giving up a a leadoff homer to Chad Moeller in the seventh. The right-hander allowed two runs, six hits and a season-low two walks.
Hughes (0-3) gave up five runs and a career-high nine hits in his 17th major league appearance. It's also the first time in his professional career he has lost three straight starts.
Indians 4, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Cliff Lee pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, Casey Blake homered and had three RBIs, and Cleveland beat Francisco Liriano and the Twins.
Lee (3-0) struck out eight and walked one.
Rafael Perez gave up a hit in the ninth for Cleveland.
Liriano was making his second start in over 19 months after having Tommy John surgery following a dominant 2006 rookie campaign. The lefty threw 88 pitches in five innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He tied his career high of five walks set in his first outing.
Liriano (0-2) lasted 4 2-3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits in his first start.
Tigers 8, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Edgar Renteria hit a two-run home run, Kenny Rogers won for the first time since July and Detroit handed Toronto its sixth consecutive home defeat.
The Blue Jays have not won at home since April 6, when they completed a three-game sweep of Boston. It's Toronto's longest home losing streak since an eight-game skid from April 5-17, 2004.
Rogers (1-3) worked 6 2-3 innings to win for the first time since July 4, when he beat Cleveland 6-4. He allowed four runs and three hits. He walked four and struck out one.
Detroit erased a 4-3 deficit in the seventh against right-hander Jeremy Accardo (0-3). The Tigers tied it with back-to-back doubles from Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez, then went ahead when shortstop John McDonald couldn't handle Carlos Guillen's grounder.
White Sox 9, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jim Thome hit his 511th career home run and Javier Vazquez won his third consecutive start to help Chicago win for the 10th time in 14 games.
Thome connected in the third inning for a three-run shot off rookie Jeff Niemann, who was making his second career start. The next batter, Paul Konerko, homered to make it 4-0.
The White Sox designated hitter tied Hall of Famer Mel Ott for 21st place on the all-time list with his fourth homer of the season, which hit an overhanging catwalk. Thome has reached base safely in all 26 games he has played at Tropicana Field.
Vazquez (3-1) gave up two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings for the White Sox.
Niemann (1-1) allowed eight runs - five earned - and five hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Athletics 13, Royals 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bobby Crosby homered and drove in five runs, Chad Gaudin had his strongest outing of the season and Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak.
Emil Brown and Ryan Sweeney added three hits apiece for the A's, who broke out of a weeklong offensive slump with their highest run total of the season, including a four-run sixth inning against Royals starter Brian Bannister (3-1).
The A's scored seven runs in their previous seven games before tagging Bannister and four relievers for 15 hits, matching their season-high set in a 9-7 win over Cleveland on April 11.
Crosby led the onslaught with a bases-loaded double and a three-run homer in the ninth.
Gaudin (1-1) scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out eight with one walk. After giving up an RBI single to Billy Butler in the third, Gaudin retired the final 12 batters he faced before giving way to Santiago Casilla to begin the eighth.
 

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