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Ramirez wins game, stays put

Posted: Monday, August 01, 2005


  Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez signals to the dugout after his two-out, game-winning pinch hit single during the eighth inning of Boston's 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, July 31, 2005. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

Boston Red Sox' Manny Ramirez signals to the dugout after his two-out, game-winning pinch hit single during the eighth inning of Boston's 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, July 31, 2005.

AP Photo/Winslow Townson

BOSTON — Manny Ramirez began his new life with the Red Sox on Sunday with a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, thrilling the Fenway crowd that thought he might be traded and giving Boston a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Fifty-four minutes after the trading deadline, Ramirez bounced a chopper up the middle to score Edgar Renteria and give the Red Sox their fifth consecutive victory.

Mike Timlin (4-1) allowed two hits and an intentional walk in 1 1-3 innings, striking out one, and Curt Schilling pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Juan Rincon (4-4) allowed one run on two hits and a walk.

Although he is one of the most productive batters in baseball history, Ramirez has been on the trading block every year as the Red Sox try to unload the remainder of his $160 million, eight-year contract. As the trade deadline approached, the Red Sox discussed a three-team trade with Tampa Bay that would have sent him to the New York Mets.

Yankees 8, Angels 7

NEW YORK — Jason Giambi hit two home runs to reach 300 for his career, and Tony Womack had an 11th-inning single through a five-man infield.

Brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homered in a major league game for the first time, connecting against Randy Johnson, but the AL West-leading Angels still lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Derek Jeter had four hits to help the Yankees rally from a four-run deficit for the second consecutive day.

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 1

TORONTO — Gustavo Chacin won his fifth straight start, Vernon Wells homered during a four-run third inning and the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep.

Chacin (11-5) went 5-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six July starts to become the first Blue Jays rookie to win five games in a month. The 24-year-old left-hander gave up one run — none earned — and four hits, while tying a career high with six strikeouts and walking four in 6 1-3 innings.

Newly acquired Phil Nevin went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for the Rangers, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Texas acquired Nevin from San Diego in a trade for Chan Ho Park on Friday.

Devil Rays 6, Royals 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mark Hendrickson took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and Travis Lee homered as Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep.

Pitching with his spot in the Devil Rays' rotation in jeopardy, Hendrickson (5-7) didn't allow a hit until Emil Brown doubled with two outs in the fourth inning. He left after 7 1-3 inning and gave up two runs, four hits and one walk. The left-hander was coming off two starts against Boston where he allowed 11 runs and 11 hits over three combined innings.

The victory moved Lou Piniella (1,492-1,391) past Hall of Famer Clark Griffith into 18th place for career wins as a manager. The Devil Rays are 12-5 since the All-Star break, including an 8-2 homestand that ended Sunday.

Athletics 5, Tigers 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kirk Saarloos took a shutout into the ninth inning and Nick Swisher homered to lead the Athletics to their 11th win in 12 games.

Jay Payton added his fifth homer since joining the A's from Boston at the All-Star break as Oakland won for the 31st time in 38 games to enter August leading the wild-card race by 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.

Saarloos (7-6) was a model of efficiency, coming one out away from the shutout and finishing with his third career complete game.

Indians 9, Mariners 7

SEATTLE — Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run double and finished with a career-high four RBIs for Cleveland, who took three of four from the Mariners.

Jake Westbrook (9-12) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

White Sox 9, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE — Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede had two RBIs apiece in a five-run first inning, Freddy Garcia earned his first win against Baltimore in three years and Chicago breezed past the Orioles.

The free-falling Orioles have lost 11 of 12 to dip two games under .500 (51-53) for the first time this season.

Juan Uribe had three hits and Dye drove in three runs to help Chicago improve the major league's best record to 68-35.

Garcia (11-4) gave up three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The right-hander is 9-1, on the road and 8-1 overall since losing at home to the Orioles on May 14.

Rodrigo Lopez (9-6) was the loser.

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