David Wells wasn't perfect, just pretty good and that was good enough as Chuck Knoblauch's grand slam and Scott Brosius' three RBIs led the New York Yankees to an 12-3 win Saturday over the Boston Red Sox.
In his first start since last Sunday's perfect game against Minnesota, Wells (6-1) had just one bad inning in seven and won his sixth consecutive decision.He lost his bid for the major-league record for consecutive batters retired when Darren Bragg, Boston's second hitter, popped a single into short left that shortstop Derek Jeter lost in the sun.
That was the only hit off Wells in the first three innings while the Yankees built an 8-0 lead. He struck out five and allowed five hits and a walk before being replaced to start the eighth.
Wells increased his own AL record for retired batters to 38 in a row. He fell three short of the major-league record of 41 set in 1972 by Jim Barr of San Francisco.
BLUE JAYS 7, INDIANS 2: At Cleveland, Mike Stanley homered twice and Roger Clemens bounced back from one of the worst starts of his career.
Clemens (5-5) gave up three hits in eight innings.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 1: Hours after the White Sox fired their pitching coach and batting instructor, Mike Sirotka pitched a four-hitter to lead Chicago past Detroit.
It was just the second win in seven games for Chicago (19-26).
RANGERS 7, ROYALS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Aaron Sele become baseball's first eight-game winner and Texas won its 10th straight at home.
Bill Haselman doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and homered for the Rangers.
ORIOLES 9, ATHLETICS 1: At Oakland, Calif., Doug Drabek's pitching and Jeffrey Hammonds' first career grand slam put a stop to the Baltimore Orioles' longest losing streak in a decade.
Drabek pitched a four-hitter in his first complete game in two years, and the Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak.
DEVIL RAYS 6, MARINERS 3: At Seattle, Wade Boggs hit a two-run single in a four-run ninth inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Seattle - the Mariners fifth straight loss.
Seattle's bullpen failed to convert a save chance for the 11th time this season.
TWINS 9, ANGELS 5: At Anaheim, Calif., LaTroy Hawkins, a victim of perfection in his previous start, rebounded with a victory as Minnesota beat Anaheim.
Hawkins was the loser May 17 as David Wells pitched a perfect game at Yankee Stadium. This time, Hawkins won despite allowing five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.