BALTIMORE Mike Lowell singled in the tiebreaking run during a 13th inning in which the Baltimore Orioles made three errors, and the Boston Red Sox turned the miscues into a 5-2 victory Friday night.
Lowell had three hits, and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and half of Boston's club-record six stolen bases. Manny Ramirez, bidding for his 500th home run, went 1-for-6 but scored the go-ahead run in the 13th.
The Red Sox were held scoreless for 11 straight innings before breaking through against Chad Bradford (2-2) with plenty of help from the shoddy-fielding Orioles.
With one out, Ramirez reached on a bouncer to third. Melvin Mora's throw soared over the head of first baseman Kevin Millar, and Ramirez advanced to secomd. Lowell then lined a single to left, and Ramirez scored. Two more unearned runs scored on a throwing error by shortstop Freddie Bynum.Mike Timlin (3-3) worked the 12th and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his 15th save. The victory was only the second in Boston's last 11 road games.
RAYS 2, WHITE SOX 1: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Cliff Floyd lined a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Floyd's fourth homer of the season came against Scott Linebrink (2-1). It ended a stretch in which the White Sox bullpen had not allowed an earned run in 28 innings.
RANGERS 3, ATHLETICS 1: At Arlington, Texas, Kevin Millwood allowed one run through six innings in his first start in almost three weeks and rookie Brandon Boggs matched a career high with three RBIs for the Rangers. Millwood (3-3) gave up five hits, struck out five and didn't issue a walk in his first start since May 10 against Oakland. He was forced to leave that outing due to a strained right groin after throwing 12 pitches and recording two outs.
YANKEES 6, TWINS 5: At Minneapolis, Bobby Abreu tripled twice and scored all four times he reached base, backing Mike Mussina and the Yankees to another win. Abreu tied his career high with those four runs, helping Mussina (8-4) overcome a four-run first inning for his seventh win in eight starts. Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera each had three hits and two RBIs for further support. Mariano Rivera stayed perfect with his 14th save in as many tries.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Grady Sizemore homered twice and made a game-saving catch for the final out, and Cleveland handed the woeful Royals their 12th straight loss.
Cliff Lee (8-1) moved into a tie for the AL lead in victories despite giving up four runs and 10 hits in six innings. His ERA crept to 1.88, still good enough to lead the league.
Kansas City blew a 4-1 lead, committed a costly baserunning blunder and was robbed by Sizemore in the ninth. The star center fielder hauled in Jose Guillen's liner with the tying run on second in the ninth and held on after he crashed into the wall, ending the game.Casey Blake hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Brett Tomko (2-7) in the sixth for the Indians, who had lost 10 of 12 heading into their season-high 11-game road trip.
TIGERS 7, MARINERS 4: At Seattle, Curtis Granderson singled and doubled in the first inning alone, Brandon Inge added a two-run triple and the Tigers got all their runs in the opening frame of a 7-4 win over the Mariners. The Tigers had 12 of their 14 hits in the first five innings, including one by every starter in the lineup.
PHILLIES 12, MARLINS 3: At Philadelphia, Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 18th homer to help Brett Myers win for the first time in six weeks, and Philadelphia beat Florida. Ryan Howard and Chris Coste each had three-run shots for the Phillies, who won their fifth straight game and moved into first place in the NL East a half-game ahead of the surprising Marlins.
Myers (3-6) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings, striking out a season-high 11. Myers, the Phillies' opening-day starter, hadn't won since beating Houston on April 17. He lost his previous five decisions.
Philadelphia scored seven off Mark Hendrickson (7-3) in the second inning and chased the left-hander with four more in the fourth. Hendrickson lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing 10 runs and seven hits.Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left with a bruised thumb in the fifth after getting hit by Shane Victorino's liner an inning earlier.
CUBS 10, ROCKIES 9: At Chicago, Jim Edmonds and Mark DeRosa delivered key hits and the Cubs overcame an eight-run deficit to earn their fifth straight victory. With the wind blowing out at 15 mph, the hitters ruled at Wrigley Field. There were seven total home runs, and Jeff Baker hit a team-record four doubles for the Rockies. Down 8-0 in the fourth inning still trailing 9-1 in the sixth, the Cubs came back and sent Colorado to its fifth loss in a row.
DODGERS 9, METS 5: At New York, Russell Martin went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to lead Los Angeles to the win. After prized prospect Clayton Kershaw was chased in the fourth inning of his second major league start, Chan Ho Park (2-1) shut down the Mets to give manager Joe Torre a victory in his return to New York.
REDS 3, BRAVES 2 (11): At Cincinnati, rookie Jay Bruce had four hits three of them off 300-game winner Tom Glavine and scored on Chipper Jones' error in the 11th inning to give the Reds the win. Bruce added to his remarkable debut week by opening the 11th with a single off Royce Ring (1-1). Ken Griffey Jr. then singled past Jones, and the third baseman also failed to come up with Brandon Phillips' grounder for a game-ending error. Bruce also doubled home a run and scored in the sixth, adding to his growing lore. Cincinnati's top prospect has become the fans' favorite while going 8-for-14 in his first four games.Kent Mercker (1-0) went one inning, got his first victory since June 30, 2006, and extended Atlanta's road woes. The Braves are 0-12 in one-run games on the road.
NATIONALS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4: At Phoenix, Willie Harris snapped out of a slump with a tiebreaking three-run homer, helping Washington beat the Arizona. Harris went deep with one out in the seventh to put the Nationals in front 6-3. He had one hit in his previous 18 at-bats before the drive over the right-field fence.