Manny being Manny knocks in three more

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

BOSTON — Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 30th homer then left the game after a collision with teammate Edgar Renteria, and Boston kept on winning, beating Kansas City 8-5 on Wednesday night.

The Red Sox matched their season high with their seventh straight win, while the Royals fell to 0-6 on the road trip that ends Thursday afternoon in Boston.

Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Kyle Snyder (0-3) to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 100. He had bruises on the right side of his face and chest as he made the inning-ending catch on a fly ball to short left in the second.

Tigers 10, Mariners 7

DETROIT — Chris Shelton homered and drove in three runs and Placido Polanco added two RBIs as Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak.

Adrian Beltre homered and drove in four runs for Seattle.

Mike Maroth (9-11) allowed five runs and seven hits over six-plus innings for the win.

Indians 7, Yankees 4

CLEVELAND — Ben Broussard homered to begin Cleveland's six-run fifth inning against Mike Mussina and he ended the rally with an RBI single.

Mussina (10-7) came in 4-0 in his previous six starts against the Indians and lost to them for the first time since April 3, 2000.

Cleveland, which has won five of six, improved to 35-1 when scoring six runs or more.

Twins 4, Athletics 3

MINNEAPOLIS — Lew Ford's triple scored Justin Morneau in the bottom of the ninth, ending Minnesota six-game losing streak and Oakland's six-game winning streak.

Justin Duchscherer (4-2) walked Morneau with two outs. Ford hit a line drive off the wall in right field that barely eluded Nick Swisher's glove. Swisher threw to cutoff man Mark Ellis, who fired home, but catcher Jason Kendall's tag missed Morneau.

Joe Nathan (3-3) pitched a perfect ninth for the victory.

Devil Ray 8, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jorge Cantu drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and Tampa Bay won its season-high sixth straight game. The Devil Rays are 14-5 since the All-Star break and own their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in June 2004.

Rangers starter Ricardo Rodriguez (2-3) retired 11 of 12 batters after Damon Hollins' fourth-inning homer. But with the score tied at 3, Joey Gathright led off the eighth with a single. He went to third on Carl Crawford's single off the glove of third baseman Hank Blalock, and Cantu singled through a drawn-in infield for his third hit.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3

CHICAGO — Gregg Zaun hit a three-run double in the first inning for Toronto and David Bush won for the second time in three starts since being recalled from the minors.

The White Sox had two runners on in the seventh and eighth but did not capitalize. losing their second straight to the Blue Jays.

Angels 8, Orioles 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero had two run-scoring doubles and Garret Anderson and Jose Molina both hit two-run singles to lead Los Angeles.

John Lackey (9-4) improved to 3-0 in his last four starts, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven, including Miguel Tejada his first three times up. Tejada, who leads Baltimore with 70 RBIs, entered the game averaging a strikeout every 9.8 plate appearances — eighth-best in the AL.

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