Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 26th home run and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of a season-high four Boston errors to score five unearned runs to beat the Red Sox, 9-2, yesterday at Fenway Park.
"You like to get in a groove," said Thome, whose 73 homers over the past two years are the most in baseball. "You're trying not to think about it too much. We know how this game can go."
A day after Boston broke out with an eight-run inning and 12 runs in all -- Philadelphia's worst loss of the season -- the Phillies responded with a big inning of their own. They scored five in the fourth to break open the game -- four unearned, thanks to errors by pitcher Bronson Arroyo and first baseman Kevin Millar.
Johnny Damon had two errors for Boston. He had only one error last season, and the same in 2002.
Thome's homer was his 14th of the month, one shy of the franchise record set by Cy Williams in May, 1923. Bobby Abreu reached base four ways: on a walk, single, error and hit by pitch.
* RANGERS 8, ASTROS 7: Hank Blalock matched a career high with four hits, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth, and host Texas beat Houston for its eighth straight win.
Blalock went 4 for 5 and his 18th homer came with two outs off Dan Miceli (3-3). He's hitting .528 (28 of 53) over his last 15 games.
* METS 9, YANKEES 3: Al Leiter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first and the Mets beat up rookie Brad Halsey in a six-run fourth that propelled them past the Yankees.
In his first major league game against Hideki Matsui, Kaz Matsui -- who is not related -- hit a two-run single that opened up a 6-2 lead. Jose Reyes had a big single and a key stolen base, and every Mets starter except Mike Cameron had a hit.
* DEVIL RAYS 6, MARLINS 4: Carl Crawford drove in three runs, including a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh, and host Tampa Bay tied a major league record with its 13th straight interleague victory.
The Devil Rays also became the first team in major league history to climb above .500 at any point in a season after being 18 games below, continuing a surge during which they've compiled baseball's best record -- 26-7 -- since May 20.
The Devil Rays improved the majors' best interleague record to 13-1 by matching the 13-game run the Yankees began against NL opponents last year.
* BLUE JAYS 10, EXPOS 5: Miguel Batista pitched seven strong innings, and Frank Menechino and Reed Johnson hit home runs to lead Toronto at home.
Toronto took advantage of three errors by Montreal, which entered with the fewest errors in the majors, leading to four unearned runs.
Jose Vidro homered for Expos, who have the worst record in the majors at 24-48.
* ANGELS 7, DODGERS 5: Garret Anderson's second two-run homer drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth, and Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run shot and scored three times to help host Anaheim rally. Anderson's sixth homer off Guillermo Mota followed a leadoff single by Guerrero and snapped a 5-5 tie. The win was the Angels' sixth straight against Los Angeles dating from last season.
* PIRATES 1, REDS 0: Randall Simon hit his first home run of the season in the top of the ninth, and visiting Pittsburgh snapped Cincinnati's three-game winning streak. Simon hit the first pitch from Todd Jones (5-2) into the right field bleachers, giving the Pirates their second win in nine games.
* TIGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6: Eric Munson homered to lead off the ninth, giving host Detroit the victory.
"Just really was trying to make good contact," Munson said. "The first pitch, I swung too hard. Just told myself to make contact, just try to get a single."
Carlos Guillen also homered and drove in four runs for Detroit, and Omar Infante added a solo shot as the Tigers handed Arizona its eighth straight loss.
* BREWERS 7, TWINS 2: Jeff Liefer homered for the first time since July 30 and tied a career high with four RBI to lead visiting Milwaukee. Victor Santos won for the fourth time in five starts and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs with his major league-leading 30th double to help Milwaukee snap a three-game losing streak.
* INDIANS 4, ROCKIES 3: Ben Broussard lined a game-winning double in the 12th to give host Cleveland the win. The Indians lost ace C.C. Sabathia, who left with a sore shoulder after retiring the side in the first on only eight pitches. Sabathia was taken for an MRI exam.
* CARDINALS 3, ROYALS 1: Edgar Renteria's RBI single drove in the tiebreaking run in the 10th and lifted visiting St. Louis past Kansas City.
* ATHLETICS 8, GIANTS 7: Marco Scutaro singled in Bobby Kielty for the winning run in the 10th, and host Oakland snapped San Francisco's seven-game win streak. The game attracted a sellout crowd of 55,989, the largest in the majors this season.
* MARINERS 7, PADRES 3: Julio Mateo set a Seattle record by winning his first five career decisions, and Jolbert Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the sixth, leading the Mariners to victory at home.
Randy Winn had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh for Seattle. Cabrera tripled in the eighth and scored on Dan Wilson's RBI double. Ichiro Suzuki had a double and two singles in Seattle's 13-hit attack.
* WHITE SOX 6, CUBS 3: Paul Konerko and Joe Crede homered in a five-run third to back a solid six-inning effort from rookie right-hander Felix Diaz at U.S. Cellular Field.