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|Tuesday, 22 May 2007 17:14|
Santana (5-4) broke a personal two-game losing streak, shutting down a Texas offense that had produced 28 runs in its two previous games. Santana reached double digits for strikeouts for the 35th time and fell one short of matching his career high.
Santana allowed one run and four hits, and walked two.
Sammy Sosa hit his 598th career homer for the Rangers, who struck out 18 times in the game.
The Twins had scored a total of five runs in Santana's three previous starts, but Morneau provided plenty of support with his seventh career multihomer game and third this season.
Morneau hit a two-run shot in the fourth and a three-run drive in the fifth to give him 13 homers for the season.
Torii Hunter added a two-run homer in the eighth off C.J. Wilson to extend Minnesota's lead to 7-1.
Kameron Loe (1-4) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings for Texas.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 3
NEW YORK (AP) - Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Boston jumped on Mike Mussina right away.
Mike Lowell also connected and Julian Tavarez (3-4) won on his 34th birthday, helping the AL East leaders beat their top rivals for the sixth time in eight tries this season.
One night after losing the series opener, Boston extended its cushion over the Yankees to 10 1/2 games once more. The Red Sox have won eight of 10 meetings starting Sept. 17 last year and are 9-3 against New York since a five-game sweep at Fenway Park in August sent the Yankees on the way to their ninth straight division title.
Mussina (2-3) lost his second start in a row following consecutive wins. He allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Angels 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) - Orlando Cabrera homered and made a leaping catch to end Detroit's comeback, leading the Los Angeles Angels to their sixth straight victory.
Down 6-1, the Tigers' rally in the ninth inning fell short. Placido Polanco hit an RBI single and Magglio Ordonez drew a bases-loaded walk from Francisco Rodriguez with two outs. Carlos Guillen followed with a hard liner up the middle, but Cabrera saved the Angels. The former Gold Glove shortstop cut over and caught the ball at the top of his jump.
Earlier in the game, Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. made two sparkling catches. Mike Napoli and Robb Quinlan also homered for Los Angeles. John Lackey (7-3) gave up a run and three hits in five innings, and Rodriguez held on for his 14th save.
Magglio Ordonez homered for Detroit, which had won three in a row. Mike Maroth (3-1) allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits in seven innings.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE (AP) - Alex Rios had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning for Toronto.
A.J. Burnett (5-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to win his third straight start. He struck out eight and walked two. Jason Phillips homered for the Blue Jays, who have won five of seven - including 4-0 against the Orioles.
Brian Roberts connected for Baltimore, and Nick Markakis had three hits.
Daniel Cabrera (3-5) allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Jeremy Accardo worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Mariners 5, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Richie Sexson hit a two-run single and Yuniesky Betancourt snapped a sixth-inning tie with a solo homer for Seattle.
Jarrod Washburn (4-4) settled after a shaky first inning to improve to 10-2 lifetime against the Devil Rays, who have lost four straight. The left-hander allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Betancourt's homer off Chad Orvella (0-1) made it 3-2. It was his fourth, and all have come with the score tied.
Seattle's Kenji Johjima hit a solo homer off Gary Glover in the eighth.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth, earning his 11th save in as many opportunities.
Royals 4, Indians 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mark Teahen drew a bases-loaded walk with two out in the seventh inning to force in the winning run for Kansas City.
The Royals won for the seventh time in their last nine games, while the Indians - whose 17-4 home record is the best in the majors - fell to 10-12 on the road.
Teahen, who walked on four straight pitches, was the only batter to face reliever Aaron Fultz. He forced in John Buck, who singled with one out against Tom Mastny (3-2).
Mastny opened the seventh in relief of starter Fausto Carmona, whose scoreless streak ended at 19 innings. He got a no-decision after winning his previous five starts.
Zack Greinke (2-4), the fourth pitcher the Royals used in the seventh inning, stayed on through the eighth and earned the win with his fifth straight scoreless relief appearance.
Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries.