NEW YORK -- Jason Varitek homered into the upper deck off Orlando Hernandez and the Boston bullpen shut down the New York Yankees on one hit for 6 2-3 innings, giving the Red Sox a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.
Carl Everett contributed a triple, double and single as the Red Sox moved into a virtual first-place tie with the Yankees in the AL East.
A calm crowd of 52,142 came to life with two outs in the sixth inning when Hernandez (6-5) got two strikes on Varitek. But after taking a close, 2-2 breaking ball, Varitek teed off for a two-run homer deep into the upper deck in right field for a 5-3 lead.
White Sox 4, Indians 3
CLEVELAND -- Ray Durham homered off Justin Speier (0-1) in the top of the 10th and Chicago survived a scary bottom half as the White Sox opened up a four-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.
By winning the first two games of the key series and 11 of 13 overall, the White Sox have their largest lead in the division since May 28, 1994, when they also led by four.
Tigers 16, Blue Jays 3
DETROIT -- Bobby Higginson highlighted a rare Detroit power surge with a pair of three-run homers and seven RBIs.
Juan Gonzalez and Brad Ausmus also homered for the Tigers, whose 59 homers rank them next to last in the AL. Higginson was 4-for-4 before being replaced in the fifth.
Angels 5, Devil Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Seth Etherton won his first major league game and Mo Vaughn hit his first homer this month for Anaheim.
Orioles 3, Rangers 2
BALTIMORE -- B.J. Surhoff and Charles Johnson homered, and Scott Erickson (3-3) overcame eight walks as Baltimore extended Texas' losing streak to a season-high six games.
Erickson's eight walks matched a career high, and he also allowed five hits in seven innings. But Texas went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays, all started by shortstop Mike Bordick.
Athletics 6, Twins 5
MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez and Ramon Hernandez each had three hits to lead Oakland.
The bottom third of Oakland's lineup combined for nine hits, four runs and three RBIs to lead the Athletics.
Mariners 7, Royals 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gil Meche (2-4) came off the DL and allowed one hit in five innings to lead Seattle to a rain-shortened win over Kansas City.
The game, halted as the Royals came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, was called after a delay of 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Seattle has won four in a row and seven of nine.
The Royals lost their third consecutive game at home for the first time this season.
Brett Laxton (0-1) took the loss.
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