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Boston's Cody Ross is doused by his teammates as he crosses home plate on his game-winning home run.

BOSTON — Cody Ross hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

It came one night after Ross hit three-run homers in consecutive innings of a 10-1 win.

Matt Thornton (2-6) got one out, but left with runners on first and second before Addison Reed faced Ross, who hit a 1-1 pitch into the Green Monster seats.

RAYS 6, INDIANS 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price became the AL's first 13-game winner and B.J. Upton had three RBIs.

Price (13-4) allowed two hits over seven innings. The All-Star left-hander had seven strikeouts and three walks. Wade Davis pitched the final two innings and completed a two-hitter for the Rays.

TIGERS 5, ANGELS 1: At Detroit, Max Scherzer struck out nine and got plenty of run support as Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered to lead Detroit.

The Tigers won the four-game series and have 10 victories in their last 12 games. The Angels have won just five of their last 13 games.

ORIOLES 4, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Mark Reynolds' two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong performance from Wei-Yin Chen.

Chen (8-5) gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for his first win since June 17, and Jim Johnson picked up his 28th save in 30 chances for the Orioles.

ATHLETICS 4, YANKEES 3: At Oakland, Calif., Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and A.J. Griffin shut down one of baseball's best lineups for five innings to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York.

Seth Smith added a two-run single in the third for the A's, who won for the 11th time in 13 games to move a season-best four games over .500 at 48-44 — the first time the club has been there since it was 28-24 on May 31, 2010.

MARINERS 6, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Felix Hernandez won his fourth straight decision and Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs to lead Seattle.

Hernandez (8-5) is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his past seven starts since a loss to San Diego on June 12. While he leads the majors with 143 strikeouts, Hernandez struck out only three, tying his season low. He allowed one run and eight hits, throwing only 89 pitches in eight innings.

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REDS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6: At Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips homered and had five RBIs, then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Todd Frazier's single to help the Cincinnati Reds rally from a six-run deficit.

METS 9, NATIONALS 5: At Washington, David Wright homered twice and had five RBIs and R.A. Dickey won his league-leading 13th game.

Dickey (13-1) pitched 71/3 innings to break a streak of rare ineffectiveness this season. After throwing consecutive one-hitters last month, Dickey had won just one of four starts — getting no-decisions in three of them. In his past two, he gave up five runs in each game.

BRAVES 3, GIANTS 2: At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman and David Ross hit home runs and the Atlanta Braves made the most of their three hits.

Tim Hudson (8-4) helped an Atlanta bullpen drained by Wednesday night's 9-4 loss in 11 innings. He gave up eight hits and two runs in 71/3 innings to outpitch Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (11-6).

CUBS 4, MARLINS 2: At Chicago, Paul Maholm pitched eight innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and the Cubs ruined Mark Buehrle's return to Chicago.

Maholm (8-6) allowed one run and four hits to win his fourth consecutive start, matching a career best.

PADRES 1, ASTROS 0: At San Diego, Edinson Volquez threw a one-hitter — an infield single in the fourth inning — for the first complete game and shutout of his career.

Alexi Amarista doubled and Logan Forsythe singled in the first inning for the Padres, who have won five of six.

Dempster downplays trade rumors


CHICAGO — Ryan Dempster dropped down to one knee in the infield and carefully lobbed pitch after pitch to his son Brady. He hopped up for each grounder, gloved the ball and chased down Brady as he scampered up the first-base line at Wrigley Field.

All those trade rumors don't seem to be bothering him one bit.

Dempster is scheduled to start for the Chicago Cubs on Friday at St. Louis, and he doesn't know of any reason why he won't be on the mound at Busch Stadium. While trade rumors swirl around the right-hander, he remains focused on his next game with his current club.

"Nothing imminent, not that I know of," said Dempster, who can veto any deal.

Dempster is one of the best pitchers on the market ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He has won five consecutive starts and leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA.

He will carry a 33-inning scoreless streak into the start against the Cardinals, an impressive run he admits to thinking about "all the time."

FEDS URGE COURT TO UPHOLD BONDS' CONVICTION: Prosecutors on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold former major league slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.

The Thursday filing is in response to the home run record-holder's attempt to overturn a felony conviction for misleading a grand jury. The filing with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Bonds' conviction is correct because he gave "false, evasive and misleading" testimony in December 2003.

A jury found Bonds guilty in April 2011 but couldn't decide on three other charges of making false statements, which prosecutors then decided not to pursue. The federal prosecutors also argue that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston properly instructed the jury, despite Bonds' arguments to the contrary.

YANKEES' GARDNER TO HAVE SURGERY: New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right elbow next week, likely ending his season.

The Yankees said Thursday night Gardner would have inflamed tissue removed in a procedure that will be performed by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Gardner had an MRI earlier this week after a third setback in his recovery from an elbow strain that has sidelined him since April 18.

ORTIZ PLANS TO HIT IN CAGE: David Ortiz isn't about to let a protective boot on his right foot keep him from taking a few hacks in an indoor cage at Fenway Park.

One day after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles, Ortiz said before Thursday's game against Chicago that he plans to hit in the cage.

"Actually, I think I might be hitting tomorrow. The doctor told me that," he said in the clubhouse before Boston's series finale against Chicago. "Not on the field, in the cage."

CARDINALS' CARPENTER HAS SURGERY: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is expected to be back for the 2013 season after surgery Thursday to repair a nerve injury in his right shoulder.

The neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas. The Cardinals say rehabilitation should take two to three months.