No Pedro, no problem as Sox top Athletics

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003

BOSTON It was probably a good thing that Casey Fossum got just six hours' notice that he would be pitching in place of Pedro Martinez on Thursday night.

''I got some good sleep last night,'' the left-hander said after pitching Boston over the Oakland Athletics 14-5. ''Maybe if I would have known I would have been thinking about it more.''

Fossum gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. His teammates noticed his attitude.

''Casey was awesome,'' Johnny Damon said. ''He seemed like he was really relaxed before the game, and that's what we needed to see.''

With their ace out, the Red Sox relied on their offense.

Manny Ramirez homered and drove in three runs, and David Ortiz hit a three-run shot as the Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep and pulled within a game of the Athletics in the AL wild-card race.

Martinez was scratched from his scheduled start because of a severe sore throat and fever that sent him to the hospital for tests. He was given medication and was home resting by late afternoon.

''It was a terrible feeling to hear that our ace was sick today,'' Ortiz said.

Fossum (6-5), who hadn't pitched in 10 days, walked three and struck out two.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 3

TORONTO Mark Hendrickson (8-9) took a two-hit shutout into the eighth, then allowed a two-run homer to Dan Wilson.

AL West-leading Seattle opened a seven-game road trip by losing two of three at SkyDome. The Mariners start a four-game series at Boston on Friday night.

Jamie Moyer (15-6) allowed five runs, nine hits and a season-high five walks in six innings.

Angels 10, Tigers 7

DETROIT Scott Spiezio hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh off Matt Roney (1-9) as Detroit lost its ninth straight.

Detroit dropped to 31-95 and is just 6-28 since the All-Star break. The Tigers matched their longest losing streak this season they opened with nine straight loses and also dropped nine in a row from June 21-29.

The Tigers are the first team with three losing streaks of nine or more since the 1998 Florida Marlins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeff DaVanon homered and doubled for the Angels, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

Aaron Sele (7-9) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.

Orioles 5, Devil Rays 4

BALTIMORE Tony Batista homered off Jesus Colome (3-7) leading off the bottom of the 10th. Baltimore overcame a 4-0, seventh-inning deficit.

B.J. Ryan (4-1) got four outs for the win.

White Sox 7, Rangers 3

CHICAGO Frank Thomas and Joe Crede homered to back Bartolo Colon (11-11) as the White Sox won their fourth straight and moved past Kansas City into first place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of Minnesota.

Colon won for the first time in three starts, giving up three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Rafael Palmeiro reached 30 homers for the ninth straight year.and has 520 overall. Alex Rodriguez, who leads the AL with 37, has homered in five straight games.

Tom Gordon got two outs for his eighth save. Colby Lewis (6-8) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for Texas, which had won a season-high eight straight.

Twins 4, Royals 3

MINNEAPOLIS Shannon Stewart hit a tying, three-run homer in the sixth and had a go-ahead RBI single off Al Levine (3-6) in the seventh. Kansas City lost its fourth straight.

Royals starter Paul Abbott (11-6) took a no-hit bid and a 3-0 lead into the sixth.

Kenny Rogers (11-6) gave up three runs, three walks and nine hits in seven innings. Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his 29th save.

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