Curt Schilling became the first 19-game winner in the majors and Manny Ramirez homered twice, including his second grand slam of the season, to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 13-2 rout of the Mariners last night in Seattle.
David Ortiz hit a go-ahead homer in a five-run sixth inning, and Johnny Damon had three RBI for the Red Sox, who cut the New York Yankees' AL East lead to 21/2 games.
Ramirez tied Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for fifth on the career grand slam list at 17, passing Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. The only players ahead of Ramirez are Lou Gehrig (23), Eddie Murray (19), and Willie McCovey and Robin Ventura (18 each).
Ramirez, who hit a solo homer in the fourth off Ryan Franklin (3-15) and the grand slam in the seventh against Aaron Taylor, reached 40 homers for the fourth time in his career.
Ramirez has 387 homers, 45th on the career list, one ahead of Dwight Evans.
Schilling (19-6) won his sixth straight start. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, walking none for the fifth consecutive start. Schilling is 10-3 following Boston losses.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 4, ending his 14-game hitting streak ended.
* TWINS 4, TIGERS 1: Carlos Silva won for the first time in more than a month, and Jacque Jones drove in two runs to lead visiting Minnesota.
Silva (11-8) allowed one run and nine hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none for his first victory in seven starts since Aug. 3 against Anaheim.
J.C. Romero pitched the seventh to extend his scoreless streak to 352/3 innings, Juan Rincon threw the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his 40th save in 43 chances. Minnesota, heading to its third straight AL Central title, has won three straight and eight of 10.
Mike Maroth (10-11) dropped to 0-3 against the Twins this season, allowing four runs, eight hits and four walks in 62/3 innings. Detroit outhit Minnesota 10-9.
Minnesota pitchers struck out 12 hitters.
* RANGERS 10, BLUE JAYS 3: In Arlington, Tex., Ryan Drese held Toronto to one run and six hits over seven innings and Kevin Mench homered twice for the Rangers.
Drese (12-8), who struck out seven and walked one, lost a bid for his first shutout when he allowed Carlos Delgado's solo homer in the seventh.
Mench has homered in his last three games and has four in 10 at-bats. He extended his career-high home run total to 23.
Mench's homer in the second made it 3-0. In the fourth, when the Rangers had six straight hits, Mench homered to make it, 4-0.
* ANGELS 7, WHITE SOX 5: In Anaheim, Calif., Garret Anderson hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning and Vladimir Guerrero had a three-run homer, powering the Angels.
The Angels, who entered two games behind Oakland in the AL West, rallied to win for the 38th time this season. They remained five games back of Boston in the wild-card race
David Eckstein, who began the game on the bench because of a 4-for-30 slump, led off the eighth with a single against reliever Jeff Bajenaru (0-1). He was sacrificed to second before Demaso Marte came in and intentionally walked Guerrero with two outs and Eckstein at third.
Guerrero moved up to second without a throw and was not credited with a stolen base. Anderson drove in both runners, lining a pitch off the glove of third baseman Joe Crede.
* ROYALS 8, DEVIL RAYS 5: Dee Brown and Desi Relaford doubled during a six-run seventh inning that rallied host Kansas City from a five-run deficit. Tampa Bay's losing streak reached 12 games.