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AL roundup: Red Sox's stars shine brightly

Published: Sunday, June 5 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

Adrian Gonzalez, left, and Carl Crawford, right both homered in the Red Sox win.

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BOSTON — Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to reach 50 RBIs for the season, and Carl Crawford had a three-run shot, powering John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Lackey pitched into the sixth inning in his first start in nearly a month as Boston swept the A's to salvage a split of a six-game homestand that started with three losses to the White Sox.

Matt Albers, Tommy Hottovy and Dan Wheeler combined for 2 1-3 innings of two-hit ball before Daniel Bard worked the ninth for his first save — one day after closer Jonathan Papelbon blew a save opportunity and was ejected in the ninth inning of Boston's 9-8 victory.

Kevin Kouzmanoff homered for the Athletics, who have lost six straight. Brett Anderson (3-6) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.

Lackey (3-5), coming off a stint on the disabled list with a strained elbow, gave up three runs and three hits.

Rangers 2, Indians 0: At Cleveland, C.J. Wilson pitched into the eighth inning, Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus homered, and Texas earned its first four-game sweep in Cleveland in nearly 33 years. Wilson (6-3) allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings. The left-hander fanned seven, walked two and hit a batter. Darren Oliver struck out the only batter he faced to end the eighth, and Neftali Feliz finished the three-hitter for his 13th save in 16 chances. Texas has won five in a row and eight of nine to extend its lead in the AL West. The slumping Indians still lead the AL Central despite dropping nine of 12. Moreland hit his eighth homer off Mitch Talbot (2-2) with one out in the second inning. Andrus hit his third leading off the third. The Rangers' only other four-game sweep in Cleveland came in August 1978 — two years before Wilson was born.

Texas outscored the Indians 24-6 in the series. Cleveland has lost six in a row at home since opening the season 19-4 there.

Tigers 7, White Sox 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Raburn hit a grand slam, Miguel Cabrera homered for the second straight day, and Detroit topped Chicago.

The Tigers captured the last two in the weekend series to move within 20x00BD> games of AL Central-leading Cleveland. They have won 11 of 12 against the White Sox.

Brad Penny (5-4) rebounded from a shaky first inning to win. He allowed three runs and eight hits, struck out five and walked two in five innings.

White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (2-1) left with a strained right groin after allowing six runs in the fourth inning, including Raburn's grand slam. Peavy's 2010 season ended when he injured his right shoulder on July 6.

Twins 6, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian Duensing pitched eight sharp innings, and Jason Repko snapped an 0-for-14 skid and drove in three runs, giving Minnesota a victory over Kansas City and its first four-game sweep in almost four years.

The four-game winning streak is a season best for the Twins, who were without Justin Morneau and Denard Span for the second straight day.

Duensing (3-5) gave up six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in his longest outing of the season and avoided becoming the first Twins starter in four years to lose six straight decisions.

Jeff Francis (2-6) was charged with four runs, one earned, in seven innings.

The Twins hadn't recorded a four-game sweep since winning four in a row against Oakland from July 12-15, 2007. They hadn't swept four from Kansas City since Aug. 3-6, 2006.

The slumping Royals managed only six runs in the four games and were shut out for the third time. They are 3-12 in their last 15.

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