BOSTON -- Derek Lowe allowed two hits in eight innings just 23 days after pitching a no-hitter, leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 9-0 Monday night.
Lowe (7-1) gave up a leadoff infield single to Kenny Lofton in the first inning and a two-out single to Jeff Liefer in the eighth. He faced only two batters over the minimum and lowered his AL-leading ERA to 1.90.
Lowe struck out seven, walked two and allowed just four balls out of the infield as Boston improved its record to 30-11, best in the majors.
Rich Garces pitched the ninth and finished the combined three-hitter.
The Red Sox got the runs they needed in a five-run fifth against Todd Ritchie (3-5). Shea Hillenbrand's three-run homer, his ninth of the year, landed in the first row of the right-field seats just to the left of the foul pole.
Jason Varitek added a two-run homer, his fourth, against Kelly Wunsch in the eighth.
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 3
NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura homered in his third straight game, a tiebreaking drive starting the seventh inning that led the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays for their 12th win in 13 games.
Bernie Williams got the Yankees going with a two-run homer in the first off Brandon Lyon, the fifth straight game New York has scored in the first inning.
Ventura added his 12th, a drive off the right-field foul pole that tied Toronto's Carlos Delgado and Texas' Alex Rodriguez for the AL lead.
The Yankees, who have won five in a row, have homered in 12 straight games and have 24 in their last eight, giving them a major league-leading 72.
Orlando Hernandez was scheduled to pitch for the Yankees but was scratched because of pain in his upper back, giving Sterling Hitchcock his first start of the season.
Ramiro Mendoza (1-2) won in relief and Mariano Rivera got his 14th save. Felix Heredia (0-1) took the loss.
Tigers 4, Indians 3
DETROIT -- Wendell Magee's tiebreaking single in the seventh inning gave the Detroit Tigers a victory over the Cleveland Indians and their first four-game winning streak of the year.
Detroit, which swept Texas over the weekend, helped itself by turning four double plays.
The Indians, who again hurt themselves with a key error, have lost four of five.
Julio Santana (3-0) picked up the win in relief. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.
Detroit trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh, but took the lead with a pair of unearned runs off Ricardo Rincon (0-2). With a runner on first and two outs, Dmitri Young hit a double that sent Jacob Cruz to third.
Randall Simon followed with a grounder to third baseman Travis Fryman, who bobbled the ball for an error as the tying run scored. Mark Wohlers relieved and gave up Magee's second RBI single.
On Sunday, first baseman Jim Thome's error with two outs in the ninth inning gave Kansas City two runs and the Indians lost 5-4.
Angels 6, Royals 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kevin Appier won his fifth straight decision and retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch as the Anaheim Angels beat the Kansas City Royals for their 19th victory in 22 games.
Appier (5-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked two. Troy Percival got three outs for his seventh save in eight chances.
Blake Stein (0-2) lasted 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits in his second start since being inserted into the rotation.
Cardinals 7, Reds 3
ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams pitched six scoreless innings and Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Monday night, taking three of four from the NL Central leaders.
The Cardinals have won nine of 11, shaving the Reds' lead to three games. They outscored Cincinnati 23-12 in the series.
Williams (1-0) hasn't allowed an unearned run in 12 innings after spending more than five weeks on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side. He allowed five hits, striking out five and walking one.
Edmonds hit his 10th homer, a two-run shot off Jimmy Haynes (3-5) in the third, to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. Pujols hit his seventh with two outs in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
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