Freddy Garcia got more run support yesterday than he had in any of his other starts this season. With a strong wind blowing around Fenway Park, he knew better than to feel too confident.
"Five runs here in Fenway Park -- anything can happen," Garcia said after the Mariners beat the host Boston Red Sox, 5-4.
Raul Ibanez homered and Dan Wilson hit a two-run double to help Seattle take a 5-0 lead, and Garcia (3-3) held on for 52/3 innings to earn the victory.
Although he entered with the best ERA in the AL, his record didn't show it because the Mariners had totaled just 20 runs in his first nine starts; they had never scored more than four while he was in a game.
Boston's Manny Ramirez hit his 361st career homer, tying him with Joe DiMaggio on the career list.
* YANKEES 5, DEVIL RAYS 3: Kevin Brown allowed three hits in 72/3 innings as New York earned the road victory and took over first place in the AL East.
Bernie Williams, Ruben Sierra and Enrique Wilson homered for the defending AL champions, who climbed to a season-high 12 games over .500 (30-18) with their sixth straight win on a 12-game road trip that ends today.
Pitching on a week's rest because he left the Yankees for two days to handle a personal matter, Brown (6-1) limited the Devil Rays to Toby Hall's leadoff single in the third until Hall led off the eighth with his third home run of the season.
* ANGELS 5, WHITE SOX 1: Aaron Sele allowed four hits in 61/3 innings to remain unbeaten, and visiting Anaheim ended a four-game losing streak.
Jeff DaVanon had two doubles and a single for the Angels, who scored five runs in the fourth inning off Jon Rauch (0-1).
Making his sixth start since beginning the season in the bullpen, Sele (4-0) gave up three singles and Paul Konerko's 10th homer in the seventh. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth when Carlos Lee was caught off second and got tagged out in a rundown.
* BLUE JAYS 6, RANGERS 2: Miguel Batista struck out a season-high seven in eight innings to lead host Toronto to its fifth straight win.
The Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado left after the fifth inning with an irritated right rib cage. He grimaced after swinging the bat on a groundout.
The Rangers have lost a season-high four straight and have scored in just three of their last 36 innings.
* INDIANS 8, ATHLETICS 6: Jody Gerut singled home Matt Lawton with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as host Cleveland rallied for a sloppy victory.
Gerut's hit off Arthur Rhodes (1-2) came shortly after the A's committed their third error. Oakland's pitchers also issued 10 walks.
* ROYALS 5, TWINS 2: Dennys Reyes won his first decision in 27 appearances, and Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, three-run double that led Kansas City at home.