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 CLEVELAND (AP) -Cliff Lee won his fifth straight start to improve to 5-0 and lead the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Lee's consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 27 on Wladimir Balentien's three-run homer in the seventh. It raised his ERA from 0.28 to 0.96, still lowest in the majors.
Lee was pulled after the homer, the only runs and he allowed in six innings. The left-hander has given up four earned runs in 37 2-3 innings in his five starts.
Franklin Gutierrez drove in three runs on an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth.
Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn (1-4) allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings for his third straight loss.
Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
BOSTON (AP) - Manny Ramirez slid in just ahead of the tag on Jason Varitek's single in the ninth, giving the Red Sox their second straight win in their last at-bat.
Ramirez barely beat the throw from center fielder Vernon Wells, who threw out Jed Lowrie at the plate on the previous play, a single by Brandon Moss. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 1-0 on Tuesday night on Kevin Youkilis' RBI single in the ninth.
Jonathan Papelbon (2-0) won for the second straight night as Boston took the lead in its last at-bat for the fifth time in its last six victories.
Scott Downs (0-1) put runners at first and second with no outs in the ninth on a single by Ortiz and a walk to Ramirez. Mike Lowell then struck out before Moss singled.
Rays 8, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE (AP) - Andy Sonnanstine allowed one run in eight innings, Erik Hinske homered and the Rays completed the first winning April in franchise history.
Sonnanstine (4-1) gave up six hits, walked two and had a season-high five strikeouts in winning his third straight start. He became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win four games in April and tied the team record for wins in any month.
The victory was the seventh in eight games for the Rays, who went 14-12 in April (after going 1-0 in March). Tampa Bay has never been three games over .500 this late in the season.
Baltimore starter Matt Albers (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.
Tigers 6, Yankees 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Placido Polanco homered twice and Marcus Thames also went deep off Andy Pettitte (3-3) to help Detroit to its seventh win in nine games after a horrendous start to the season.
Jeremy Bonderman (2-2) pitched into the eighth inning after getting off to a rough start and Gary Sheffield had two hits for Detroit (13-15). The $139 million Tigers opened the season with seven straight losses.
With Alex Rodriguez sidelined by a strained right quadriceps, slumping New York managed just two hits after the first inning. The Yankees have scored just 15 runs in their last five games.
A-Rod went on the DL for the first time since July 2000 before the game. So was Phil Hughes, due to a strained right oblique muscle.
Twins 4, White Sox 3.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau came through with yet another clutch hit for Minnesota, a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning.
Nick Blackburn (2-1) wasn't sharp, but he lasted seven innings, allowing only three runs to give the Twins consecutive victories by starting pitchers for the first time in 18 days.
Morneau hit a high pitch from Boone Logan to deep left-center to drive in Carlos Gomez for the go-ahead run in the seventh and hang the loss on reliever Ehren Wasserman (0-1).
 

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