Aaron Rowand hit two home runs, the second a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-7 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night in Boston.
It was Rowand's first career two-homer game and his four RBI tied a career high. His big night helped Jose Contreras (10-5), making his third start for the White Sox since being acquired from the New York Yankees, earn his first career victory against the Red Sox.
"It's a big relief," Contreras said through an interpreter. "It's the best outing I've ever had in Boston."
The Yankees and Red Sox got into a bidding war for Contreras's services last winter before he signed with New York. Contreras (10-5) was 0-4 with a 16.43 ERA against Boston before Friday, when he allowed four runs and four hits.
* INDIANS 8, TWINS 2: Ben Broussard homered for the second straight night and host Cleveland pulled within two games of first-place Minnesota.
The Indians have won five straight and nine of 10, gaining six games on the Twins in nine days. Minnesota has lost seven of nine.
Scott Elarton had his finest start of the season and Cleveland roughed up Minnesota early in the first of 13 games remaining between the two clubs.
"It was important for us to come out and get this first one tonight," Indians Manager Eric Wedge said. "We recognize who we're playing and what time of year it is."
* YANKEES 11, MARINERS 3: In Seattle, Ruben Sierra hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, and Jon Lieber pitched eight strong innings to lead New York.
Bernie Williams added a three-run homer and Jorge Posada hit a solo shot for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 178 homers.
The Yankees routed the last-place Mariners and improved to a season-high 33 games over .500 at 74-41.
Lieber (9-7) won his second straight start. He gave up three runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked none.
* RANGERS 5, DEVIL RAYS 3: Laynce Nix and Alfonso Soriano each homered, and Kenny Rogers earned his 14th victory to lead Texas at home.
Nix, who was just 3 for 21 in his last seven games, hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Rob Bell. Soriano added a solo shot in the fifth.
Rogers (14-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in 52/3 innings for the Rangers, who had lost six of their past seven games.
* ROYALS 10, ATHLETICS 3: Abraham Nunez hit a grand slam for his first home run of the season, spoiling Mark Mulder's bid to become the majors' first 16-game winner and leading Kansas City on the road.
Nunez connected on full-count with two outs in the sixth to break a scoreless tie.
It was only his second career homer and his first grand slam.
* TIGERS 5, ANGELS 3: Craig Monroe drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the ninth to lead Detroit.
Brandon Inge broke out of a long slump by going 4 for 4 with three RBI in the Tigers' first win at Anaheim in 12 games.
Esteban Yan (2-3) allowed two runs and four hits in two innings, but picked up the victory.