BOSTON With his shaved head and hustling style, Kevin Youkilis will never be mistaken for Manny Ramirez.
But there is one similarity, at least lately the power Youkilis has brought to the cleanup spot held by Ramirez until he was traded July 31.
Youkilis doubled in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday night, leading another hitting outburst that gave the Boston Red Sox an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.
"You can't worry about where you hit," Youkilis said. "When you go up there it's not like they put a number on you saying you're hitting fourth today."
He delivered a day after his three-run homer gave the Red Sox a 19-17 victory, a win that came after they blew a 10-run cushion. Youkilis homered twice in that wild win.
Youkilis "has had a phenomenal offensive year," Boston's Jason Varitek said. "We've known about him as a hitter, but now he's added some power."
In seven games batting fourth since Ramirez left, Youkilis is 10-for-25 with two home runs, five doubles and eight RBIs. His 22 homers are six more than the career high he set last year, his 83 RBIs match his best total and he's only two points behind AL batting leader Johnny Damon.
"He comes to play hard. He come up with big hits," first baseman Sean Casey said. "The energy he brings, you can't measure it."
TWINS 4, YANKEES 2: At Minneapolis, Minnesota's Delmon Young hit a three-run homer for the second straight day. Kevin Slowey (9-8) pitched six innings, surrendering three hits, one run and one walk against a lineup minus Derek Jeter, who sat out after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 32nd save.
The loss was the seventh in 10 games for the Yankees.
Joe Mauer walked in the fourth and Justin Morneau followed with a bouncer to third, but Robinson Cano drew an error for leaving the base to catch Alex Rodriguez's throw.
One out later, Young hit his seventh homer off Darrell Rasner (5-9).
WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 0: At Chicago, Ken Griffey Jr. hit an RBI single in the first inning and Mark Buehrle allowed five hits in seven innings to lead Chicago. Jermaine Dye added an RBI double to help keep the White Sox a half-game ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central.
The White Sox played without Carlos Quentin for the second straight game. Quentin, who is tied for the major league lead with 32 homers, was struck on the left forearm by a pitch from Josh Beckett on Monday night.
Buehrle (10-10) escaped a one-out, two-on jam in the third to maintain a 2-0 lead. He struck out five and walked none in improving to 7-3 at home with a 2.72 ERA.
Luke Hochevar (6-11) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, TIGERS 3: At Detroit, Vernon Wells hit a grand slam and David Purcey pitched six shutout innings for Toronto. The Blue Jays have won three straight, all in Detroit, while the Tigers have lost 10 of 13. Purcey (2-3) gave up two singles and three walks. He struck out four, and has allowed one earned run in 10 1-3 innings against the Tigers this season.
Kenny Rogers (8-10) lost his fourth straight start, giving up four runs, seven hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Toronto loaded the bases in the third without getting the ball out of the infield and Wells hit his fifth career grand slam.
ORIOLES 6, INDIANS 1: At Cleveland, Jeremy Guthrie went seven innings to win his fourth straight start and Baltimore snapped Cleveland's five-game winning streak. Guthrie (10-8) allowed four hits and struck out four. In 10 starts since June 24, Guthrie is 7-1 with a 2.79 ERA.
Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora both had three hits for Baltimore. Markakis had a two-run single in a four-run ninth. Aubrey Huff opened the second with his 25th homer off Anthony Reyes (1-1).
RAYS 3, ATHLETICS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Eric Hinske had three hits, including a home run, and Ben Zobrist doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Tampa Bay. Carlos Pena hit a home run for the first-place Rays, who maintained their three-game lead over Boston in the AL East.MARINERS 10, ANGELS 7 (12 INNINGS): At Anaheim, Calif. , Wladimir Balentien hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 12th inning after striking out four times for Seattle.
METS 12, NATIONALS 0: At Washington, Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs to help New York rout Washington. Murphy went 3-for-6 and is batting .467 (14-for-30) since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 2. John Maine (10-7), making his first start since July 28 after being on the disabled list with a mild right rotator cuff strain, allowed one hit in five innings. He struck out six and walked four.
CUBS 10, BRAVES 2 (1ST GAME); CUBS 8, BRAVES 0 (2ND GAME): At Atlanta, Rich Harden pitched five innings and Kosuke Fukodome drove in two runs with two hits in the second game and Chicago swept its first road doubleheader since 1992. Geovany Soto and Jim Edmonds homered for the Cubs in the first game. Harden (2-1) allowed two hits as the Cubs pushed their road winning streak to seven, their longest since June 2004. The NL Central leaders improved to 28-30 away from home. The Cubs have outscored the Braves 38-11 and are 5-0 in the season series.
Aramis Ramirez had a run-scoring single and Edmonds drove in a run before Fukodome's two-run single off Jorge Campillo (7-5) in Chicago's four-run first inning.
Jason Marquis (8-7) of the Cubs gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings in the opener.
Soto hit a two-run double in the second against Charlie Morton (3-6) and a two-run homer in the ninth.
CARDINALS 6, MARLINS 4: At Miami, Troy Glaus went 4-for-4 and Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead double in the seventh to lead St. Louis. Braden Looper (11-9) gave up one earned run and five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
PIRATES 5, REDS 2: At Pittsburgh, Paul Maholm pitched eight innings and Jason Michaels and Brandon Moss homered for the Pirates. Ryan Doumit had a two-run double and Michaels and Moss both had two hits for the Pirates. John Grabow pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
Corey Patterson and Jay Bruce homered for Cincinnati, which has lost 15 of 18 games.
Maholm (8-7) allowed seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in an efficient 97-pitch outing. The left-hander has a 2.81 ERA in his last 14 starts and has pitched at least six innings in his past 18 outings.
Josh Fogg (2-5) allowed four runs and six hits in four-plus innings.
ASTROS 6, GIANTS 2: At Houston, Mark Loretta walked and was hit by a pitch during a wild sixth inning, and Houston won its season-high seventh straight. The Astros have won 15 of 19 overall. Randy Wolf (8-10) improved to 2-0 in four starts since the Astros acquired him from San Diego on July 22. Barry Zito (6-15) shut out the Astros on two hits through five innings. The Astros' six runs were driven in by two hit batters, two walks and two sacrifice flies.
ROCKIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: At Denver, Colorado reliever Brian Fuentes issued an intentional walk with two outs in the ninth to load the bases, then retired Adam Dunn on a grounder to preserve the win. Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer in the eighth that put Colorado ahead 6-4. Ian Stewart and Clint Barmes also homered for the Rockies, who had lost three straight and five of six.
DODGERS 7, PHILLIES 6: At Los Angeles, Nomar Garciaparra hit a one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Dodgers to a come-from-behind victory over Philadelphia. The Dodgers moved into a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West. The Phillies, who have lost five of seven, dropped into a first-place tie with the New York Mets in the NL East.
BREWERS 7, PADRES 1: At San Diego, CC Sabathia pitched seven solid innings to remain perfect with Milwaukee, which extended its winning streak to eight games. Sabathia (7-0) allowed one run and nine hits and lowered his ERA with Milwaukee to 1.55.