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Red Sox shut down Tigers

Posted: Friday, May 06, 2005

DETROIT — Bronson Arroyo took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and David Ortiz's tiebreaking double in the ninth sent the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

With two outs, Ortiz hit a line drive to right-center off Ugueth Urbina (0-3) to score Trot Nixon from first, giving the Red Sox their fifth win in six games.

Arroyo (4-0) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out eight in eight innings, his longest outing of the season. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

White Sox 2, Royals 1

CHICAGO — Jose Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and streaking Chicago scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat Kansas City.

Contreras (1-0) outpitched Royals starter Zack Greinke, leading the White Sox to their fifth straight win. They have the best record in the major leagues at 21-7.

Greinke (0-3) allowed two hits in 7 1-3 innings and Tony Graffanino homered in the seventh, but Kansas City couldn't hold the 1-0 lead.

Twins 9, Indians 0

MINNEAPOLIS — Brad Radke pitched a three-hitter, and Jason Bartlett's homer sparked a five-run fifth inning in Minnesota's testy victory over Cleveland.

Both benches emptied when Shannon Stewart and Cleveland reliever Jason Davis got into a confrontation near the plate after Stewart scored in the seventh. Davis had hit Stewart with a pitch, but no punches were thrown and there was no further trouble. Radke (3-3) struck out eight in his 10th career shutout and 36th complete game.

Devil Rays 6, Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York dropped its third straight to low-budget Tampa Bay, falling into a tie for last place in the AL East. Mark Hendrickson (1-1) pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and Alex Sanchez homered and scored four times for the Devil Rays, who won a series against the Yankees for the first time since September 2002 by taking three of four from the seven-time defending division champions.

Aubrey Huff and Josh Phelps drove in two runs apiece off Chien-Ming Wang (0-1).

New York (11-18) has lost seven of its last nine games and four consecutive series to plunge seven games under .500 for the first time since July 18, 1995, when it was 33-40. The Yankees share the AL East cellar with the Devil Rays, who have won four of six meetings between the teams after going 4-15 against New York last season.

Yankees manager Joe Torre held a team meeting before the game, urging his $200 million club to focus on the present. Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer for New York.



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