Red Sox lefty lineup works vs. Blue Jays

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

BOSTON Kevin Millar and Orlando Cabrera each drove in two runs, and former Gold Glove first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz made his first career start at second base in the Boston Red Sox's 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

In an unusual move by manager Terry Francona to load Boston's lineup with left-handed hitters, Mientkiewicz played second for the second time since coming to the majors in 1998. The 2001 Gold Glove winner at first base for Minnesota, had played second for a total of one inning last season.

Mientkiewicz had a rough introduction, getting plowed over and knocked to the ground by Carlos Delgado's elbow after fielding Frank Catalanotto's second-inning grounder. Delgado broke up a potential double play. Otherwise, Mientkiewicz handled one other chance flawlessly starting a double play.

Derek Lowe (11-10) allowed four runs three earned in seven innings. Keith Foulke got six outs for his 20th save.

The Red Sox broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Jason Varitek and an RBI single by Cabrera.

Justin Miller (1-2) gave up five runs four earned and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Athletics 3, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE Mark Redman pitched eight innings of six-hit ball, and Oakland used a three-run fifth inning to win.

Eric Byrnes and Erubiel Durazo both had two hits and an RBI for the A's, who maintained their lead in the AL West with only their second win in six games.

Redman (9-9) allowed one run, struck out two and walked one to improve to 3-1 in his last five starts. Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his 11th save in 15 opportunities.

Javy Lopez homered for the Orioles, who lost for only the third time in 14 games. Erik Bedard (5-7) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Rangers 5, Indians 2

ARLINGTON, Texas Brian Jordan hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and the Rangers extended their winning streak to four games.

With two outs and none on, Jordan hit the first pitch from C.C. Sabathia (9-7) over the center-field fence for his third home run and a 3-2 lead. Limited to 29 games this season because of knee problems, Jordan started the night with a .167 average.

Texas won for the sixth time in seven games against Cleveland in this matchup of playoff contenders. Victor Martinez hit his 20th homer for the Indians.

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