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Sizemore had three hits, including a leadoff homer to start a six-run first inning against Dustin McGowan (2-3). Sizemore added a three-run shot in the fifth off Jason Frasor to make it 12-0. Both came on 3-2 pitches and gave Sizemore his second career multihomer game. He has six home runs this year.
Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games and defeated the Blue Jays for the ninth straight time at home. Before the game, Toronto learned star center fielder Vernon Wells is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks with a broken left wrist.
Laffey (1-2) made his third strong start since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on April 28. The left-hander allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one as he lowered his ERA to 1.83.
Rays 2, Angels 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Scott Kazmir struck out six in six innings and Tampa Bay handed Joe Saunders his first loss of the season.
One day after James Shields shut out the AL West co-leaders 2-0 on a one-hitter, Kazmir (1-1) held the Angels to a single and two doubles in his second start since missing all of April with a left elbow strain suffered during spring training.
Evan Longoria, who won Friday night's game with a two-run, ninth-inning homer, drove in the only run off Saunders (6-1) when he grounded into a force play with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Saunders, trying to become the AL's first seven-game winner, allowed four hits, struck out three and walked a season-high four in six innings.
Troy Percival pitched the ninth to finish off the three-hitter and earn his eighth save in nine opportunities.
Rangers 6, Athletics 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Milton Bradley homered and drove in three runs as Texas won its fifth straight, despite having its shutout streak end at 33 innings.
Rangers pitchers had posted three shutouts in a row and the scoreless streak was the second-longest in franchise history. Oakland ended it with an unearned run in the third inning.
Texas right-hander Kevin Millwood left in the first with a strained right groin. He recorded two outs and threw 12 pitches before exiting.
Josh Rupe (1-1) replaced Millwood and yielded two runs in three innings.
Oakland's Dana Eveland (3-3) allowed three runs and six hits over six innings.
Red Sox 5, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Boston got an unexpected power surge from the bottom of its lineup to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain undefeated.
Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh inning - Crisp's first since Sept. 6 and Lowrie's first of his career - and Matsuzaka (6-0) gave up two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the Red Sox.
Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis also hit solo homers for Boston and Jonathan Papelbon bounced back from two straight blown saves to get his 11th of the season.
Minnesota's Glen Perkins (0-1) gave up three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings in his first big league start.
Yankees 5, Tigers 2
DETROIT (AP) - Derek Jeter hit his first homer of the season, Darrell Rasner pitched six-plus innings and the Yankees ended a six-game losing streak to the Tigers.
Rasner (2-0) gave up two runs and four hits, departing after Magglio Ordonez's leadoff single in the seventh.
Three relievers finished, with Joba Chamberlain pitching the eighth and Mariano Rivera the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances. The Yankees had lost seven of eight against Detroit dating to last season.
Jeremy Bonderman (2-4) lasted just four-plus innings in his shortest start of the year, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks.
Orioles 6, Royals 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer and finished with three hits to help Baltimore earn its 12th straight victory over the Royals.
Millar, who entered hitting just .186 in his previous 15 games, homered just inside the left-field foul pole on a 2-1 pitch from Brett Tomko (1-4) with two out in the first. Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora, both aboard after singles, scored on Millar's fifth home run.
The Orioles have hit three three-run homers in the first three games of the series after coming to Kansas City without a three-run homer this year.
Roberts suffered a left foot contusion and did not return after a rain delay of 1 hour, 52 minutes in the first inning.
Garrett Olson (2-0) went 5 1-3 innings for Baltimore, allowing three runs and eight hits.
White Sox 8, Mariners 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Brian Anderson and Carlos Quentin each homered and combined for five RBIs in the second inning to lead the Chicago White Sox.
Javier Vazquez (4-3) allowed six hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings as the White Sox moved into a first-place tie with Minnesota in the AL Central with their third consecutive win and fourth in five games. The Twins lost 5-2 to Boston.
The White Sox jumped on starter Jarrod Washburn (2-5) for six runs on five hits in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Mariners have lost five in a row, and 10 of 11.