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Friday, 29 June 2007 19:07
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 BOSTON (AP) -Manny Delcarmen struck out Sammy Sosa on a 96 mph, full-count fastball with the bases loaded on Friday night to preserve the win for Tim Wakefield and give the Boston Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Wakefield (8-8) gave up one run and seven hits, striking out four and walking four. Delcarmen relieved him with two on and two out in the seventh, then walked the bases full before fanning Sosa to end the threat.
Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect eighth before Jonathan Papelbon made things interesting in the ninth.
Papelbon allowed two baserunners before striking out Michael Young for his 19th save.
The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to .500 for June, their worst month this season.
Lofton has stolen four or more bases in a game four times in his career. He has 619 stolen bases, passing George Davis for 16th on the career list.
Jamey Wright (1-2) left with nobody out in the sixth, allowing two runs and six hits, three walks and a hit batter while striking out three.
Yankees 2, Athletics 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Mussina pitched seven sharp innings and New York beat Oakland for its first win in a week.
Alex Rodriguez had three hits as the Yankees opened a big 10-game homestand after a disastrous 1-7 road trip. New York has won nine of its last 10 games at Yankee Stadium.
Shannon Stewart went 3-for-3 and Eric Chavez doubled and scored for Oakland, which has lost seven of eight and 13 of 17.
Mussina (4-5) allowed one run and six hits to stop a personal two-game losing streak. He struck out three and walked one.
Joe Kennedy (2-6) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked three, one intentionally in six innings. He's winless in four starts since beating Boston on June 6.
Indians 2, Devil Rays 1
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ben Francisco led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his first major league home run for Cleveland.
The homer off Shawn Camp (0-2) came on a 2-2 pitch and landed in the left-field bleachers. Francisco, who was making the first start of his career, also got his first major league hit, a fourth-inning single.
The Devil Rays have lost five straight and 12 of 16.
Tampa Bay's baserunning proved costly in the ninth. Ty Wigginton singled with one out off Joe Borowski (1-3). With two outs, pinch-runner Josh Wilson was picked off first by Borowski.
Edwin Jackson gave up one run and six hits in six innings for Tampa Bay. Jake Westbrook allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven, walked two and retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced.
Twins 11, Tigers 1
DETROIT (AP) - Joe Mauer hit his first career grand slam and Johan Santana scattered five hits over six innings for Minnesota.
The anticipated pitching duel between Santana and Justin Verlander never really materialized. Verlander gave up two runs in the first inning and Mauer broke the game open with his grand slam in the fifth.
Verlander (9-3) walked five batters, four of which scored, in five innings. He gave up four hits and struck out five.
Santana (9-6) allowed one run, striking out six and walking one.
Justin Morneau had three hits and drove in two runs for the Twins, playing in his second game after missing almost a week because of a bruised right lung.
Angels 9, Orioles 7
BALTIMORE (AP) - Aubrey Huff hit for the cycle, but Los Angeles got a tiebreaking two-run homer from Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning.
Kendrick connected off Chris Ray (4-6) with two outs. The Angels blew a five-run lead and trailed 7-5 in the seventh before rallying to end a three-game losing streak.
Scott Shields (2-2) got the final two outs in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 23rd save.
Huff tripled in the second inning - his 1,000th career hit - doubled in the fourth, hit a three-run homer in the fifth and singled in the seventh. He left for a pinch-runner after going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. The last Oriole to accomplish the feat was Cal Ripken in 1984.
Teammate Melvin Mora went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
Chone Figgins went 4-for-5 for the Angels and Orlando Cabrera had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs.
Royals 8, White Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Shane Costa and Esteban German drove in two runs apiece, and Kansas City won its fifth straight game for the first time in two years.
Brian Bannister (5-4) went six strong innings, giving up a run and four hits and winning for the fifth time this month. Zack Greinke held the White Sox to one hit in the last 2 2-3 innings to earn the first save of his three-year major league career.
Jose Contreras (5-9) took his fifth loss in his last six decisions as the White Sox saw their season-best four-game win streak come to a halt.
The Royals, coming off their first three-game sweep of the Angels in Anaheim in 11 years, had not won five in a row since June 11-16, 2005.
Mariners 5, Blue Jays 3
SEATTLE (AP) - Jose Guillen had hits in his first three at-bats, Seattle scored all of its runs with two outs, and the surging Mariners won their sixth straight.
Jarrod Washburn (7-6) pitched six innings as the Mariners improved to 43-33, the first time they've been 10 games above .500 since the end of the 2003 season. Seattle's six-game winning streak is its longest since a six-game streak last Aug. 24-29.
J.J. Putz got out of a jam in the eighth and finished off the ninth for his 23rd save.
Dustin McGowan (4-4) gave up a pair of infield singles in the first, followed by Ben Broussard's two-out, two-run single that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead. McGowan was pulled after the fifth, giving up five runs and eight hits.
 

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