Manny Ramirez is hitting again and so are the Boston Red Sox.
Emerging from a month-long slump, Ramirez homered and drove in five runs yesterday to lead the streaking Red Sox over the White Sox, 10-7, in Chicago for their fifth straight victory.
Boston battered White Sox pitching for the second day in a row and moved a season-high 17 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games.
Until now, the surge came without Ramirez's usual production. The all-star slugger arrived in Chicago batting just .224 with four homers and 10 RBI since the all-star break. But a three-hit game left him 5 for 7 with two homers and nine RBI in the first two games of the series.
"Manny had a quiet spell and it looks like he's heating up," Boston Manager Terry Francona said.
Jason Varitek hit two solo homers and a double, pushing his average to .301. He also scored three runs.
After playing .500 ball for three months and enduring the turmoil of trading Nomar Garciaparra, the Red Sox are 13-6 in August.
* ANGELS 6, YANKEES 1: Esteban Loaiza is pitching his way out of New York's rotation.
Jose Guillen and Jeff DaVanon homered off the newest target of booing fans at Yankee Stadium, and Loaiza failed to make it out of the fourth inning in Anaheim's storm-interrupted victory, its fourth straight.
* RANGERS 5, ROYALS 3: Mark Teixeira (Severna Park) hit his 30th homer, Manny Alexander added a two-run double and visiting Texas won its eighth straight game.
The Rangers matched their longest winning streak of the season and remained tied with Boston for the AL wild-card lead. They trail first-place Oakland by a half-game in the AL West.
* TWINS 8, INDIANS 1: Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter hit consecutive homers, and Terry Mulholland pitched six strong innings to lead Minnesota at home.
Cleveland, which pulled within a game of the first-place Twins last Saturday, dropped six back in the AL Central following its sixth straight loss. The Indians have been outscored 43-12 during their losing streak, and Minnesota has won five of six during that span.
* ATHLETICS 5, DEVIL RAYS 0: Barry Zito scattered four hits over eight shutout innings, leading AL West-leading Oakland past host Tampa Bay.
Bobby Crosby, Marco Scutaro and Mark Kotsay homered for Oakland, which has won five straight. The Athletics have hit 14 homers -- including seven solo shots the last two days -- over the past four games.
* TIGERS 11, MARINERS 10: Craig Monroe hit an RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, leading Detroit to a wild victory at home.
The teams combined for a Comerica Park-record 36 hits, including 21 by Seattle.