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|Thursday, 22 May 2008 11:34|
Drew and Lowell were the first Red Sox to hit slams in the same game at Fenway Park since Tony Armas and Bill Buckner on Aug. 7, 1984. The last time Boston had two slams in a game was when the switch-hitting Bill Mueller hit both - one from each side - at Texas on July 29, 2003.
Matsuzaka (8-0) gave up three runs on six hits, walked six, struck out seven and threw two wild pitches while becoming the AL's first eight-game winner.
Jonathan Papelbon got the final three outs for his 14th save.
Brian Bannister (4-6), who allowed seven runs on 12 hits, couldn't work his daytime magic against the hot Red Sox. Entering the game, he was 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA in day games.
Rangers 8, Twins 7, 10 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Josh Hamilton hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to lift Texas.
Hamilton's drive into the left-field seats against Brian Bass (1-1) gave him 12 homers, matching Chicago's Carlos Quentin for the AL lead. Hamilton went 2-for-4 and moved past Minnesota's Joe Mauer for the best average in the league, .335. He has 53 RBIs, too, by far the most in the majors.
Joaquin Benoit (3-1) loaded the bases in the eighth and surrendered a two-run single to Justin Morneau that tied the game at 7, but he settled down for a scoreless ninth and the victory. Closer C.J. Wilson pitched a perfect 10th for his ninth save.
Tigers 9, Mariners 2
DETROIT (AP) - Brandon Inge and Matt Joyce homered, and after scoring 14 runs in their previous seven games - six of them losses - the Tigers scored 30 in a sweep of Seattle.
Jeremy Bonderman (3-4) won for the first time in four May starts, allowing two runs and eight hits with two walks in six innings. He struck out two.
Freddy Dolsi picked up his first major-league save with three shutout innings.
Miguel Batista (3-6) fell to 1-4 in his last six starts, giving up five runs - four earned - on seven hits in three innings.