The Red Sox are back together and back home, and they think that may be the solution to their problems.
"This is the 2004 Red Sox that you see," first baseman Kevin Millar said last night after Boston turned the halfway point in the season with an 11-0 rout of the Oakland Athletics. "This is the first time we're back in our house with our lineup."
Tim Wakefield pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and Johnny Damon singled five times as Boston rebounded from a horrible trip to beat a potential rival in the playoff race. Oakland and Texas are tied for first in the AL West, two games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild-card standings.
The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park after going 1-5 on the road, including a three-game sweep by the division-leading New York Yankees. Boston trails New York by seven games in the East.
"We both know where we stand and we both know we are fighting for the same thing right now," said Wakefield, who won for the first time since May 23. "It was huge for all the guys in the clubhouse in there. We needed to win this one."
Winless in seven previous starts, Wakefield (5-5) did not allow a runner until Marco Scutaro hit a liner that drifted away from right fielder Trot Nixon for a double with two outs in the third. Only one other batter reached second against Wakefield, who struck out six and walked one.
Bill Mueller hit a three-run homer in the second, and the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth off Barry Zito (4-6) and again in the fifth off Justin Lehr.
Zito allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and three walks in four innings, walking in two runs in the fourth. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner is winless in five starts.
Nomar Garciaparra, who had struggled since missing the first 57 games of the season with Achilles' tendinitis, had a pair of hits and is 9 for 18 in his last four games.
* BLUE JAYS 7, MARINERS 6: Carlos Delgado doubled in his first at-bat after coming off the disabled list, and Reed Johnson and Josh Phelps homered in a six-run first inning at home for Toronto.
Delgado, who missed 33 games because of a strained rib cage, went 1 for 3. Toronto went 13-20 while he was sidelined.
* TIGERS 9, YANKEES 1: Jason Johnson (6-7) pitched eight dominant innings and Rondell White and Bobby Higginson hit two-run homers to help visiting Detroit end its five-game losing streak.
Dmitri Young had three doubles and two runs scored, Carlos Guillen had a two-run single and White added an RBI single as the Tigers won at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Sept. 7, 2002.
* ANGELS 6, WHITE SOX 2: Jeff DaVanon hit a three-run homer off Freddy Garcia to lift visiting Anaheim. Garcia (5-8) struck out his first four batters and seven in eight innings, but allowed seven hits, two walks and four earned runs.
* INDIANS 4, RANGERS 1: Cliff Lee (8-1) continued to be Cleveland's stopper and Bob Wickman pitched for the first time in almost two years as the host Indians halted a three-game losing streak.
* TWINS 4, ROYALS 0: In Minneapolis, Johan Santana (7-5) pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and tied his high with 13 strikeouts. Torii Hunter homered in the second inning and went 2 for 3 for the Twins.