Manny Ramirez singled and scored before leaving with a bruised knee, and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 5-3, last night for their 10th victory in 11 games.
Ricky Gutierrez singled three times and drove in two runs, and Mark Bellhorn had a pair of hits to help the Red Sox win for the 13th time in 16 games and improve to a season-high 21 games over .500. The win was tempered by the loss of Ramirez, who fouled a pitch off his left knee. He was day-to-day after X-rays did not reveal any major damage.
Derek Lowe (12-10) yielded three runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking out seven. He won for the sixth time in his last eight decisions while improving to 6-1 lifetime against Detroit, his hometown team.
With Keith Foulke getting some rest after pitching in four of the last six games, the Red Sox used three relievers in the ninth: Mike Timlin, Alan Embree and Curtis Leskanic. Each got one out, and Leskanic retired Brandon Inge with runners at the corners for his third save.
* ANGELS 9, TWINS 6: Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson each hit a two-run homer, and Anaheim, at home, won its ninth straight.
Minnesota's lead in the AL Central was reduced to seven games over Cleveland. A bigger blow to the Twins was losing third baseman Corey Koskie, who injured his left ankle while making a tag play in the fourth inning and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Aaron Sele (8-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, improving to 17-4 in his career against the Twins while helping the Angels match their longest winning streak of the season.
* YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 7: Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams each homered for visiting Yew York.
Esteban Loaiza failed to make it out of the fifth inning in another poor start since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a July 31 trade for Jose Contreras.
Loaiza, 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts for the Yankees, is expected to lose his starting job when New York goes back to a five-man rotation after Monday's off-day. He allowed four runs on seven hits.
* ATHLETICS 8, DEVIL RAYS 7: Erubiel Durazo hit a two-run homer, Eric Chavez also connected and Oakland rallied from a four-run deficit at home.
Marco Scutaro also homered for the A's, who have won five straight and 10 of 11.
Justin Duchscherer (5-4) pitched five scoreless innings of relief for the win. He allowed four hits with no walks and struck out three.
* INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 3: C.C. Sabathia struck out 11 in six innings, and Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer to lead Cleveland at home. The Indians staked Sabathia to a 5-0 lead and went on to win for just the second time in 12 games.
Sabathia (10-8) tied a career high for strikeouts and won for the first time in three starts. The 24-year-old Sabathia became the first Indians pitcher to win 10 or more games in his first four seasons since Luis Tiant did it for five years, 1964-68.
* MARINERS 7, ROYALS 5: Bret Boone hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and host Seattle had a season-high six home runs to end a four-game slide.
The teams combined for nine home runs to match the most ever hit in a game at Safeco Field, which opened July 15, 1999. Cleveland and Seattle accomplished the feat on July 16. The Indians hit eight in an 18-6 win.