Boston scored 11 runs in the first inning and Pedro Martinez cruised to his major league-leading 14th victory as the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox, 17-1, yesterday in Boston.
Nomar Garciaparra had two homers and five RBI for the Red Sox, who scored their most runs since a 17-1 victory over Texas on Aug. 5, 1997. Brian Daubach homered and drove in four runs and Jason Varitek homered and had three RBI.
Mike Stanley also homered for the Red Sox, who have won seven of their last eight. Boston's five homers tied a season high.
"It's nice to see offense, to say the least," Red Sox Manager Jimy Williams said. "We got a lot of big hits and a lot of people contributed."
It was Boston's biggest first inning since Aug. 13, 1933, against the Philadelphia Athletics, when it scored 11 runs. It was the Red Sox's biggest inning overall since scoring 11 in the third against the New York Yankees on May 31, 1998.
Martinez (14-2) yielded one run and three hits in five innings. He also struck out four, raising his league-leading total to 165.
ROYALS 11, INDIANS 7: Kansas City scored 10 runs in the eighth inning and overcame a seven-run deficit to beat visiting Cleveland for its biggest comeback victory in eight years.
The Royals trailed 7-0 after three innings before scoring once in the seventh and 10 times in the eighth against four Indians pitchers. The 10 runs are one short of the team record for runs in an inning, last achieved Aug. 21, 1995, against Milwaukee.
MARINERS 5, RANGERS 4: David Bell's RBI single in the eighth inning gave Seattle a win in the next-to-last game in the Kingdome.
After Sunday's game against Texas, the Mariners will move across the street into Safeco Field, a $517 million ballpark built on the impetus of the team's 1995 AL West title run.
After allowing the Rangers to tie the score at 4 on Roberto Kelly's three-run double in the top of the eighth, the Mariners rallied to take the lead.
Charles Gipson walked against Mike Venafro (2-1) and John Mabry sacrificed him to second. Bell then hit a grounder through the middle off Tim Crabtree to make it 5-4.
DEVIL RAYS 5, BLUE JAYS 2: Rookie Ryan Rupe won his third straight start and Kevin Stocker drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Tampa Bay won at home.
Stocker's soft liner to right with two outs in the seventh scored Wade Boggs, who had singled, giving the Devil Rays a 3-2 lead. Tampa Bay added two runs in the eighth on a fielder's choice grounder by Miguel Cairo and an RBI single by John Flaherty.
TWINS 1, TIGERS 0: Joe Mays pitched six shutout innings for his first major league win to lift Minnesota on the road.
Mays (1-2), making his second major league start, yielded four hits and three walks and struck out three to win a duel with Detroit's Dave Mlicki.
ANGELS 5, ATHLETICS 4: Garret Anderson's RBI single in the eighth inning completed host Anaheim's four-run comeback.
The Angels trailed 4-0 before rallying with one run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth.
CAPTION: Red Sox slugger Nomar Garciaparra keeps an eye on his two-run homer in first inning against White Sox.