BOSTON (AP) -Josh Beckett returned from the disabled list to win his eighth consecutive decision, pitching seven innings of three-hit ball to lead Boston to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Beckett (8-0) faced the minimum number of batters in the first six innings before allowing two runs in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one.
Hideki Okajima pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Jeremy Sowers (1-5), coming off his only win of the year, allowed four runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Kevin Youkilis doubled and homered - his ninth consecutive multihit game, the most by a Red Sox since Jim Rice in 1978. He extended his hitting streak to 21 games.
Youkilis hit an RBI double in the first and led off the sixth with a homer.
Beckett won his first seven starts before a no-decision on May 13, when he lasted four innings because of a torn flap of skin on his right middle finger. He went on the 15-day disabled list and missed two starts.
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2
TORONTO (AP) - New York's losing streak reached five as Alex Rios hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for Toronto.
New York (21-29) has lost 13 of 18.
Aaron Hill stole home in the seventh for Toronto, which has won three of four.
Adam Lind led off the eighth with a double off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Rios' fly ball to center off Scott Proctor.
Pettitte (3-4) allowed three runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Jeremy Accardo (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win.
Tigers 14, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Gary Sheffield homered twice and drove in five runs, and Jeremy Bonderman won his fourth straight start for Detroit.
Sheffield's 34th multihomer game helped the Tigers stop a four-game losing streak. He has 467 homers, moving him past Dave Winfield into sole possession of 29th place on the all-time list.
Bonderman (4-0) gave up two runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Sheffield hit a two-run shot off Casey Fossum (3-5) during the Tigers' three-run first. He added a three-run drive in a five-run sixth.
Detroit tied a season high for runs and had a season-best 22 hits.
Fossum allowed five runs and seven hits in one-plus inning.
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