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By The Associated Press
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 and dropped a season-high 14 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. The Yankees are tied for last in the division with Tampa Bay.
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.
Orioles 6, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and Ramon Hernandez drove in two runs as Baltimore handed Kansas City its sixth straight loss.
Guthrie (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits as the Orioles won their fourth in a row after losing four of five.
Jorge De La Rosa (4-5) gave up eight hits and five runs in five-plus innings.
The Royals, who held a players-only meeting before the game, took their first lead in a game since Saturday when Mark Teahen homered with two outs in the first. But it lasted only until Baltimore scored two in the second on Millar's solo homer and Hernandez's RBI single.
Hernandez, who hit a grand slam Monday night, also singled in a run in the sixth.
Twins 9, White Sox 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Justin Morneau homered and drove in four runs for Minnesota in its third straight win.
Morneau went 3-for-4 and Jason Kubel added a two-run homer, while Michael Cuddyer and Luis Castillo each had three hits.
Minnesota (26-25) has won six of seven to move over .500 for the first time since May 9.
Morneau's towering home run in the third gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Kubel hit a two-run drive later in the inning.
Boof Bonser (4-1) won his fourth straight, allowing two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
John Danks (3-5) lasted just 3 1-3 innings for the White Sox, allowing six runs and nine hits.
Chicago's struggling pitching staff has allowed 47 hits over the last three games. White Sox pitchers allowed a season-worst 16 hits for the second consecutive game, and walked seven.
Rangers 4, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sammy Sosa lined a two-run single that got by charging left fielder Shannon Stewart, breaking a scoreless tie in the sixth and helping Texas end a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Marlon Byrd singled in a run during that four-run sixth for one of his three hits and Mike Wood pitched five innings in an impressive spot start against his former club.
Sosa ended an 0-for-8 stretch with the single.
Wood (1-1), recalled by Texas from Triple-A Oklahoma to make his third 2007 start, remained unbeaten against the A's, allowing them five hits. C.J. Wilson, Joaquin Benoit and Eric Gagne completed the nine-hitter.
Stewart was charged with his third error of the season after Sosa's hit got past him, allowing another run to score.
Lenny DiNardo (1-2) allowed four runs - one earned - and four hits in 5 1-3 innings in his first start this season and 12th appearance overall.
Angels 4, Mariners 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ervin Santana allowed one run over seven innings, Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles.
Santana (4-6) gave up four hits and walked two as the Angels extended their AL West lead over the second-place Mariners to 4 1/2 games. He improved to 4-1 at home. Scot Shields pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 17th save.
Ryan Feierabend (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in his third big league start and first since Sept. 29, 2006.
Ichiro Suzuki, a six-time Gold Glove right fielder playing his first season as a full-time center fielder, lost Robb Quinlan's towering flyball in the twilight - leading to two runs in the fourth.
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