Beaten by a flurry of home runs in their last game, Manny Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians came back to put on a power display of their own.
Ramirez hit three of Cleveland's five home runs, and the Indians rebounded from a tough loss to beat the Athletics, 12-4, yesterday in Oakland, Calif.
"He can flat-out hit," Oakland's Jason Giambi said. "When he wants to, he can be the show all by himself."
Ramirez, who has 36 homers and a major league-leading 130 RBI, had the second three-homer game of his career. He hit solo shots off Mike Oquist (9-9) in the third and Doug Jones in seventh, then hit a two-run homer off Jimmy Haynes in the eighth, a drive that landed in the second deck.
"I just went out there, was patient and got my hands extended," Ramirez said. "I just got some good pitches to hit."
Omar Vizquel homered and doubled to drive in four runs, matching a season-high, and Jim Thome homered for the second time in as many games.
Cleveland, which lost 11-10 Tuesday night in the opener of the two-game series, was 10-2 against Oakland this season.
Bartolo Colon (14-4) pretty much kept the A's in check, allowing three runs, four hits and five walks in seven innings. He is 7-1 in nine second-half starts.
WHITE SOX 6, DEVIL RAYS 1: Ray Durham went 4 for 5 with three doubles and three RBI to lead visiting Chicago.
"When he plays well, we win. It's that simple," White Sox Manager Jerry Manuel of his leadoff hitter. "He's like a little running back. When he gets going, he breaks the game open."
Tampa Bay's Wade Boggs, who made just his third start in 12 games, went 3 for 3, and with 3,008 career hits, he moved past Al Kaline into 21st place on the career list.
"I'm climbing the ladder and looking at who's next," Boggs said. "That's the fun part of getting there, is to see who you can pass. . . . all the great names that are on that list. You start passing some great people and Al Kaline is one of the greatest gentlemen ever to play the game and ever talk to. That was special."
BLUE JAYS 7, ANGELS 2: Shannon Stewart extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a go-ahead single in the seventh inning and Jacob Brumfield added a three-run homer to lead visiting Toronto.
TWINS 6, RED SOX 3: In Minneapolis, Brad Radke pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and Ron Coomer homered. Coomer and Matt Lawton each drove in two runs for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
RANGERS 7, YANKEES 3: In Arlington, Tex., Esteban Loaiza overcame a shaky start to win his seventh straight decision. Rafael Palmeiro hit his ninth home run in nine games, a solo shot in the sixth, as the Rangers overcame a 3-0 deficit to salvage the finale of the three-game series.
MARINERS 3, TIGERS 2: Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth and John Halama pitched eight strong innings as host Seattle won its third straight.