Pedro misses start, Sox still beat Yanks

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

BOSTON The Boston Red Sox overcame Pedro Martinez's injury and ruined Jose Contreras' return to the majors with a five-run seventh inning and a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Martinez was scratched from his start with a mild strain of a back muscle and is listed as day to day. Contreras, recalled earlier in the day after four minor league appearances, gave up all five runs in the seventh-inning rally.

The key hit was David Ortiz's two-run double that put Boston ahead to stay, 7-6, and sent New York to its seventh loss in nine games.

Indians 6, Tigers 4

CLEVELAND Rookie Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, rallying the Indians past the Tigers.

Phillips' line shot off Matt Roney (0-1) gave the Indians their most dramatic win this season.

Rangers 5, Devil Rays 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Joaquin Benoit pitched seven strong innings as Texas extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with a win over Tampa Bay.

Hank Blalock went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Rangers, who opened a six-game homestand following a three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York last weekend. Blalock leads the majors with a .365 average.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 1

CHICAGO Bartolo Colon cooled off Toronto's bats and Chicago ended a four-game losing by beating the Blue Jays.

Colon (5-3) won his third straight start, allowing nine hits and getting a great catch from left fielder Carlos Lee to shut off a Blue Jays' potential rally in the fifth. Colon pitched his third complete game of the season and 22nd of his career, striking out six and walking two.

Athletics 4, Twins 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Tim Hudson allowed five hits in eight innings as Oakland beat Minnesota in a testy rematch of last October's playoffs.

Benches cleared twice during the game. The teams rushed the field in the fifth inning after Rick Reed (2-5) hit Ramon Hernandez with a pitch, and the benches cleared again in the sixth when Hudson hit Bobby Kielty.

Mariners 7, Royals 4

SEATTLE Randy Winn hit a two-run homer, and Bret Boone and Mike Cameron doubled off the wall as Seattle scored four times in the eighth inning to beat Kansas City.

Winn and Cameron each hit the first pitch they saw from rookie reliever D.J. Carrasco (3-2). So did Edgar Martinez, who singled in Boone to break a 3-3 tie.

Angels 7, Orioles 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. Troy Glaus homered twice, and Scott Spiezio tripled and scored the winning run on shortstop Deivi Cruz's throwing error in the ninth inning as Anaheim rallied past Baltimore.

Brad Fullmer tied it with an RBI single off Baltimore closer Jorge Julio (0-3) after Glaus doubled leading off the ninth. Fullmer was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.

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