Manny Ramirez hit two of Boston's five home runs, and the Red Sox used a season-high 21 hits to rout the Texas Rangers, 14-6, last night at Fenway Park for their fifth straight victory.
Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Bellhorn and Jason Varitek also homered for the Red Sox, who have their longest winning streak since also winning five in a row May 21-26. Boston roughed up Kenny Rogers, who entered leading the majors with 12 wins.
The Red Sox' Nos. 1-4 hitters -- Johnny Damon, Bellhorn, Garciaparra and Ramirez -- went a combined 15 for 21 with four homers and 10 RBI. Bellhorn, Garciaparra and Ramirez each had four hits.
Derek Lowe (7-8) got off to a rough start, allowing six unearned runs in the second inning that included Hank Blalock's grand slam.
But the Rangers' 6-3 lead didn't last long. The Red Sox scored five runs off Rogers (12-3) in the bottom of the second. Bellhorn and Ramirez each hit two-run homers in the inning to put the Red Sox up 8-6 and end the night for Rogers.
* ATHLETICS 16, INDIANS 7: Pinch hitter Erubiel Durazo hit a grand slam to help Mark Mulder win his 10th straight decision, and visiting Oakland defeated Cleveland.
Mulder (12-2) was sharp early, then faltered and gave up six runs over 62/3 innings. He still managed to tie San Francisco's Jason Schmidt for the longest winning streak in the majors this year. The all-star left-hander has not lost in 13 starts since a 5-1 setback April 28 in New York. He tied teammate Barry Zito and three former Athletics for the second-longest streak in Oakland history. Hall of Famer Jim (Catfish) Hunter won 13 in a row in 1973.
* ANGELS 11, BLUE JAYS 2: Bengie Molina hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh, and Kelvim Escobar had nine strikeouts against his former team, leading visiting Anaheim to victory. Tim Salmon got his first hit against a left-hander this season by doubling off Ted Lilly in the fifth -- ending an 0-for-40 stretch.
* YANKEES 6, DEVIL RAYS 3: Derek Jeter's three-run double snapped a seventh-inning tie and Alex Rodriguez homered into the left field upper deck in the win at Yankee Stadium.
Jon Lieber (7-5) gave the Yankees their best start in more than two weeks, pitching seven solid innings to win his second consecutive outing. New York has beaten Tampa Bay three straight times after dropping five of six against the New York Mets and Detroit.
The Devil Rays lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games at Yankee Stadium and fell to 4-7 in July after going 20-6 in June. It's only the second series they've lost in their past 15.
* WHITE SOX 3, MARINERS 2: Mark Buehrle pitched eight effective innings, and Paul Konerko homered to lead host Chicago over Seattle. The Mariners have lost a season-high eight straight games. The losing streak is Seattle's longest since September 1992, when it lost a club-record 14 in a row.
* TIGERS 4, TWINS 2: Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth, and Nate Robertson pitched effectively into the seventh to help visiting Detroit beat Minnesota.