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Tuesday, 22 April 2008 19:18
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 BOSTON (AP) -Dustin Pedroia's tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning helped the Boston Red Sox rally for their sixth straight win, 7-6 over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night after ace Josh Beckett was scratched from his start with a stiff neck.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit two solo homers and Kevin Youkilis added a two-run shot for Boston, while Pedroia went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a single.
Beckett started the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back before making his first start April 6. It wasn't immediately known when he'd make his next start.
Boston emergency starter David Pauley, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Pawtucket, gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Ellsbury reached on a bunt against Darren Oliver (1-1) and scored the winning run when Pedroia hit a grounder off a pitch from Scot Shields that went just inside the third-base bag.
Mike Timlin (2-1) retired one batter in the eighth for the win and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his eighth save.
Tigers 10, Rangers 2
DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez homered and reached 1,000 RBIs for his career, and Ramon Santiago homered for the first time since 2003 and drove in three runs to help Detroit beat Texas.
Edgar Renteria had four hits for the Tigers, who have won six of nine. Santiago went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in place of the injured Placido Polanco.
Justin Verlander (1-3) pitched six innings, allowing a run and six hits. He lowered his ERA to 5.93.
Vicente Padilla (2-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings. Seven of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.
Indians 15, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Casey Blake had a grand slam and six RBIs and C.C. Sabathia struck out 11 in his first victory, leading Cleveland to a rout of slumping Kansas City.
Blake, the No. 9 hitter, was 4-for-4 with a grand slam, a single and two RBI doubles to pace the Indians' 17-hit attack. David Dellucci and Jhonny Peralta also homered and Franklin Gutierrez had a three-run double for Cleveland, which came in with the 10th-worst run total and lowest slugging percentage in the league.
Sabathia (1-3) went six innings and gave up only four hits and two walks. Mark Teahen and Jose Guillen each struck out three times against the reigning Cy Young Award winner.
Gil Meche (1-3) lasted just 3 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs and nine hits. His ERA ballooned to 8.00 and the Royals lost their fifth straight.
Yankees 9, White Sox 5
CHICAGO (AP) - Bobby Abreu hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, Chien-Ming Wang earned his 50th career victory and New York did just fine without A-Rod, beating Chicago.
Abreu connected for his seventh career grand slam off Octavio Dotel with two outs in the seventh to rally New York from a 3-2 deficit. It was his sixth homer in only 14 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer off reliever Matt Thornton in the eighth to make it 9-4, and Jason Giambi had a solo shot in the second.
Wang (4-0) worked six innings to become the first Yankees starter to win his first four decisions since Kevin Brown won his first five in 2004.
Jose Contreras (1-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 4
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Eric Hinske drove in two runs and finished a single shy of hitting for the cycle Tuesday night, helping Tampa Bay beat Toronto at Disney World.
Hinske doubled in the second inning and added a RBI triple off Jesse Litsch (2-1) in the fourth before leading off the sixth with a solo homer - his sixth of the season - off reliever Jesse Carlson.
The first baseman's bid to hit for the cycle fell short when Scott Downs struck him out in the eighth.
Rookie Evan Longoria had a solo homer - his second of the season - off Litsch. Dioner Navarro returned from a stint on the 15-day disabled list and had two RBI singles.
James Shields (2-1) allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings to win for the first time since beating Baltimore in Tampa Bay's season opener. Two of Toronto's run were unearned, and the right-hander struck out five and walked two.
Mariners 4, Orioles 2
SEATTLE (AP) - Jose Vidro's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth broke a tie, and Arthur Rhodes picked up his first win in nearly three years as Seattle beat Baltimore.
Seattle closer J.J. Putz returned after missing 18 games with a ribcage injury to pitch the ninth for his second save in three chances in his first appearance since April 1.
Jeremy Guthrie (0-2) went 7 2-3 innings, his longest outing of the season, but got very little offensive support. Guthrie allowed just five hits and three earned runs, striking out five, but walking four.
Rhodes (1-0) allowed a leadoff single to open the eighth in relief of Seattle's Felix Hernandez, but got a double-play and strike out for his first win since May 23, 2005, while pitching for Cleveland.
Twins 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Kubel hit a go-ahead bloop single in the eighth, and Craig Monroe drove in three runs and homered for the first time this season in Minnesota's victory over Oakland.
A's starter Joe Blanton (1-4) remained winless at home in 2008, dropping to 0-4 in the Coliseum. The A's had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Juan Rincon (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory and Pat Neshek had a perfect eighth. Joe Nathan then finished for his seventh save in as many tries despite allowing Mike Sweeney's pinch-hit single. Nathan struck out three.
Emil Brown hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth - only the eighth for Oakland this season - but Blanton then gave up a tying solo shot to Monroe.
 

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