Ramirez sparks Boston to win

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2005


  Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez flips his helmet back in celebration to teammate David Ortiz after hitting a three-run homer scoring Ortiz and Edgar Renteria during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, June 13, 2005. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez flips his helmet back in celebration to teammate David Ortiz after hitting a three-run homer scoring Ortiz and Edgar Renteria during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, June 13, 2005.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

BOSTON — Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Matt Clement rebounded from his only loss of the season to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 Monday night in the first meeting of the teams since the 1975 World Series.

During a pregame ceremony, the left-field foul pole was named the Fisk Pole in honor of Carlton Fisk, whose 12th-inning homer off the pole gave Boston a 7-6 win in Game 6 of the '75 Series, which the Reds won in seven games.

The right-field foul pole already is known as the Pesky Pole, named after former Boston infielder Johnny Pesky, and Ramirez homered near there in the five-run sixth inning.

Clement (7-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck a season-high nine batters and walked one.

Blue Jays 4, Cardinals 1

TORONTO — Roy Halladay pitched a five-hitter for his major league-leading fifth complete game, and the Blue Jays ended a four-game losing skid.

Halladay (10-3) has won six of his last seven starts, and is tied with Chicago's Jon Garland for the most wins in the AL.

The 28-year-old right-hander, who won the 2003 AL Cy Young Award, struck out five and walked none for his 20th career complete game.

Shea Hillenbrand homered off Jeff Suppan (5-6) for the Blue Jays, who reached .500 again (32-32).

Devil Rays 5, Brewers 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jonny Gomes and Travis Lee homered to back Doug Waechter, helping Tampa Bay to consecutive victories for the first time in more than two weeks.

Prince Fielder, son of former major league star Cecil Fielder, made his big league debut for Milwaukee after being promoted from Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft went 0-for-4.

Waechter (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one. Danys Baez finished for his eighth save in 14 chances.

Rangers 7, Braves 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alfonso Soriano homered twice against Tim Hudson in the pitcher's shortest outing for Atlanta, and the Rangers beat the Braves for the first time.

Chris Young (6-3) pitched seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and one walk while allowing just two singles. The 6-foot-10 right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.78.

Hudson (6-5) was pulled four batters later with two runners on. In 2 2-3 innings, the right-hander allowed five runs on five hits and matched a season high with five walks while throwing 76 pitches — 38 balls and 38 strikes.

Hank Blalock also homered for the Rangers, who extended their home winning streak to nine games in their return after a 4-8 road trip the past two weeks.

Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 1

CHICAGO — Shawn Estes pitched his first nine-inning complete game since 2003, and Luis Gonzalez and Troy Glaus hit consecutive home runs during a six-run second inning for Arizona.

Chicago's Frank Thomas homered in the fourth inning, then limped off the field with a cramp in his left leg after singling in the sixth. The White Sox did not immediately announce more details on the condition of Thomas, who missed the first two months of the season while rehabilitating an ankle.

Estes (5-4) allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked none in his 13th complete game in 264 major league starts.

Jose Contreras (3-3) gave up eight runs and nine hits — including a career-high four homers — in six innings, Contreras, whose ERA rose from 3.13 to 3.81, threw just 55 of 118 pitches from strikes.

Orioles 8, Astros 5

BALTIMORE — Jay Gibbons and Larry Bigbie homered in a six-run second inning, and the Orioles ended the Astros' five-game winning streak.

Orioles rookie Hayden Penn (1-0) earned his first big-league win despite allowing five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. B.J. Ryan, the fourth Baltimore pitcher, worked the ninth for his 17th save.

Playing in his first game since going on the disabled list May 28 with a strained left hamstring, Bigbie hit his first home run of the season and enjoyed his first three-hit game. He also walked and stole a base.

Sammy Sosa drove in two runs and Melvin Mora doubled in a run and walked three times for the first-place Orioles, who had lost four of five to end a 13-game road trip during which they went 6-7.

Angels 11, Nationals 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Paul Byrd pitched six solid innings and the Angels easily ended the Nationals' 10-game winning streak.

The Nationals, playing their first season after moving from Montreal and changing their name from the Expos, had tied a franchise record with their 10-game winning streak.

Coming off a 12-1 homestand that vaulted them into the NL East lead, the Nationals lost for the sixth time in their last seven road games and fell to 13-18 away from home. They're 24-9 in Washington.

National League

CHICAGO — Dontrelle Willis pitched seven strong innings to become the first 11-game winner in the majors, leading the Florida Marlins to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Willis gave up one run and seven hits, struck out five and walked none. He added an RBI single in the fifth, when the Marlins broke open the game with seven runs.

Miguel Cabrera, Paul Lo Duca and Alex Gonzalez each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who won for the third time in four games after losing eight of 10. Luis Castillo hit his first homer of the season in the ninth.

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