Gail Burton, Associated Press
Baltimore Orioles Ramon Hernandez, left, and Luke Scott celebrate after scoring in the eighth inning.

BALTIMORE — Adam Jones broke a tie with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame another home run by Manny Ramirez to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Monday night, avoiding a four-game sweep.

Baltimore blew a 2-0 lead, then rallied with a four-run eighth against Hideki Okajima (1-1). After a sacrifice fly by Kevin Millar tied it, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs for Jones, who lined a shot off the left-field wall.

Ramirez homered in a third consecutive game to reach 502 for his career, two behind Eddie Murray for 23rd place in baseball history. The last time Ramirez homered in three straight games was May 22-24, 2006.

He also hit a single off Jim Johnson (1-2) to put the go-ahead run in scoring position in the eighth for Mike Lowell, who delivered an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.


TWINS 6, YANKEES 5: At Minneapolis, Delmon Young had three doubles and three RBIs and Joe Mauer hit his long-awaited first homer of the season to lead Minnesota past New York Yankees.

Young's breakout performance at the plate comes after a rough first two months in Minnesota. He entered the game hitting .264 with no homers and just 15 RBIs after coming over in a trade from Tampa Bay.

The 22-year-old had RBI-doubles in the second and sixth innings before giving the Twins the lead for good with another two-bagger off Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) that scored Michael Cuddyer in the eighth.

Joe Nathan picked up his 15th save in 16 chances and Matt Guerrier (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.

Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in two runs.

ANGELS 4, MARINERS 2: At Seattle, Ervin Santana just missed out on his second consecutive complete game in the Angels' win over the Mariners.

After beating Detroit 3-2 last week with his third career complete game, Santana nearly bested himself against Seattle, the popular pick before the season to challenge the Angels in the AL West.

That challenge from the Mariners has never materialized. After Jeremy Reed grounded out with the final out, the Angels moved 13 1/2 games ahead of the hapless, last-place Mariners in the AL West standings.

INDIANS 13, RANGERS 9: At Arlington, Texas, Casey Blake homered twice and matched a career high with seven RBIs before Ben Francisco hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to power Cleveland past Texas.

Francisco's homer in the seventh came on the first pitch by reliever Joaquin Benoit, breaking an 8-8 tie after the Indians had blown a five-run lead.

Blake hit two-run homers in the second and third innings, then added a three-run double in the fourth that made it 8-3.

Josh Hamilton homered in his third straight game for Texas. The two-run shot was his AL-best 16th and increased his majors-leading RBI total to 65 in his 58 games.

Masa Kobayashi (3-2) allowed a hit and a run with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

Eddie Guardado (0-1) started the seventh and gave up a one-out single to No. 9 hitter Asdrubal Cabrera.


PHILLIES 5, REDS 4: At Philadelphia, Ken Griffey Jr. remained one shy of 600 home runs after getting the night off, but Philadelphia's Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 21st homer to help the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Monday night.

Utley went deep for the fifth straight game, tying a club record he shares with Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt and Bobby Abreu. Utley also homered in five consecutive games earlier this season.

Pedro Feliz and Chris Coste also connected for the NL East-leading Phillies. Rookie sensation Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion went deep for the Reds.

BRAVES 7, MARLINS 5: At Atlanta, John Smoltz blew a save in his return to the mound as a closer, but Yunel Escobar picked him up with the first game-ending homer of his career, a two-run shot in the 10th inning to lift the Braves over Florida.

Pitching in relief for the first time since 2004, Smoltz came on in the ninth with a 4-3 lead. The Marlins were down to their last out when Jeremy Hermida drove in two runs with a single.

But Jeff Francoeur hustled home on a wild pitch in the bottom half to get Smoltz off the hook, and Escobar won it in the 10th with a drive that bounced off the top of the wall in right center and into the seats.

In the 10th, Logan Kensing (3-1) walked Kelly Johnson, then surrendered Escobar's fifth homer of the season.

Will Ohman (2-0) earned the win with a scoreless top half of the 10th.

ATHLETICS 3, TIGERS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Bobby Crosby's RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Oakland to a victory over Detroit.

PIRATES 5, CARDINALS 4: At St. Louis, Jason Michaels hit a tying pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh and Jason Bay drove in the winning run an inning later as the Pirates rallied past the Cardinals.

Michaels, batting for Raul Chavez, hit his first home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from starter Adam Wainwright (5-3). The two-out blast landed in the Pirates' bullpen and was just the second hit of the inning. It was his first homer with the Pirates and his first since hitting one against Texas on Aug. 1 while with Cleveland.

Franquelis Osoria (3-1) allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings to earn the victory. Matt Capps pitched the ninth to remain perfect in 11 save opportunities.

DODGERS 8, ROCKIES 2: At Los Angeles, Jeff Kent, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp hit home runs, Derek Lowe pitched eight strong innings for his first win in more than five weeks, and the Dodgers handed the Rockies their eighth straight loss.

Lowe (3-5) allowed a run and five hits, striking out three and walking one to get his first victory in eight starts since April 23.

BREWERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: At Milwaukee, Prince Fielder homered to lead off the eighth and helped scratch across another run with an unlikely steal of third to lift the Brewers over the Diamondbacks.

Fielder, who went 3-for-4, drove a fastball by Arizona reliever Doug Slaten (0-2) deep to left-center field where it bounced off a stadium support just below a "Vote Brewers" All-Star banner to give Milwaukee its first lead, 4-3.

It was Fielder's third homer in the last four games and ninth this year. The Brewers have won fourth in a row.

But pinch hitter Augie Ojeda popped out and Stephen Drew struck out looking for Torres' sixth save.

Brewers reliever Guillermo Mota (2-3) earned the win with a perfect eighth. Salomon Torres survived a shaky ninth to earn his sixth save.

GIANTS 10, METS 2: At San Francisco, Brian Horwitz hit the first home run of his career with a two-run shot in the Giants' six-run first and Ray Durham also drove in three runs to help San Francisco beat the sluggish Mets.

Randy Winn also homered with a leadoff drive in the first, when Aaron Rowand doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

CUBS 7, PADRES 6: At San Diego, Carlos Zambrano was as animated as he was good, helping Chicago to a win over San Diego Padres, the Cubs' eighth straight win.

Zambrano (8-1) allowed three runs in the first inning before settling down. He legged out three hits to tie his career-high and raise his average to .366. He hit a standup RBI triple that tied the game in the fourth, his third career triple.