Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Shilling delivers a pitch in the fourth inninng of the Red Sox game against the New York Yankees Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
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NEW YORK Curt Schilling allowed five hits in eight sharp innings for his first victory since returning to Boston's rotation, and Manny Ramirez busted out of a rare slump with a homer and three RBIs to lead the Red Sox past New York 9-2 Saturday.
Schilling (6-7) struck out six and walked two in his seventh start this year. He did not allowed a hit until Jason Giambi's 28th homer with one out in the fourth.
Boston piled up 16 hits and rebounded a sloppy 8-4 loss in the series opener. The Red Sox regained a four-game lead in the AL East over the Yankees, who began the day a half-game behind Cleveland in the wild-card race.
John Olerud also homered off Shawn Chacon (4-3), who allowed five runs and six hits in three-plus innings, his shortest start this season. The Yankees made errors in a six-run fourth and blew a pair of potential double plays that could have limited the damage.
Angels 10, White Sox 5
CHICAGO Bartolo Colon (19-6) won his eighth straight decision to become the AL's first 19-game winner and Garret Anderson backed him with a three-run homer.
Questionable for the start because of tightness in his lower back, Colon allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
Jon Garland (17-9) failed to hold a two-run lead and gave up seven runs and eight hits in six innings. He is 9-9 with two no-decisions since winning his first eight starts.
Blue Jays 3, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Gregg Zaun and Russ Adams hit consecutive RBI singles off Danys Baez (5-4) as Toronto overcame a 3-2, ninth-inning deficit.
Dave Bush (5-8) gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings. Miguel Batista pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 33 chances.
Scott Kazmir struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings and Damon Hollins hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.
Indians 7, Twins 5
CLEVELAND Coco Crisp and Jhonny Peralta homered as the Indians rallied.
Scott Elarton (9-7) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings for Cleveland, which overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to extend its winning streak to six. The Indians have won 17 of their last 22 games.
Minnesota has lost four of five, falling 7 1/2 games back in the wild card. The Twins trailed 7-2 before pinch-hitter Justin Morneau's three-run homer off David Riske with two outs in the ninth. Bob Wickman struck out Juan Castro for his 39th save.
Scott Baker (1-2) gave up four runs three earned and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Athletics 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas Rookie Dan Johnson hit his first career grand slam. Oakland remained one game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and trails Cleveland by 1 1/2 games in the wild-card race.
Rookie Joe Blanton (9-11) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, and Huston Street got five outs for his 20th save in 24 chances.
Texas rookie Kameron Loe (8-5) gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Tigers 4, Royals 3
DETROIT Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking home run off Andrew Sisco (2-3) leading off the eighth as Detroit stopped a nine-game losing streak, its longest since September 2003.
Chris Spurling (3-1) allowed a hit and struck out a batter in two innings. Fernando Rodney struck out two in the ninth for his eighth save.
Orioles 5, Mariners 3
SEATTLE Melvin Mora drove in three runs, two on a first-inning home run, and the Baltimore Orioles held off the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Saturday night.
Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez (14-9), who had lost three of his previous four starts, beat Seattle for the third time in three meetings this season. He went 7 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, and improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in eight starts against AL West teams this season.
Richie Sexson hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Chris Ray, his 34th. But B.J. Ryan got the final four outs for his 30th save in 35 opportunities.
Ichiro Suzuki had four of the Mariners' eight hits, raising his batting average to .302. Three of the hits were infield singles.
Mariners starter Jeff Harris (2-3), who went just three innings in his previous start Monday against the Angels, allowed two runs after the first two batters.
Brian Roberts opened with a single to right before Mora drove a 2-1 pitch over the left-field scoreboard.
The Orioles scored two more in the third. Roberts hit a ground-rule double with one out and moved to third when Harris' pickoff throw went into center field.
Mora followed with a single just inside the third-base bag.
Javy Lopez added an RBI single later in the inning, but Baltimore failed to add to its lead when Walter Young singled to left his first major league hit but Jay Gibbons was tagged out at the plate on a nice one-hop throw from Raul Ibanez to Yorvit Torrealba.
The Mariners threatened in the fourth after back-to-back one-out singles by Sexson and Adrian Beltre. But Lopez induced Greg Dobbs to bounce to shortstop Miguel Tejada, who turned the double play.
Yuniesky Betancourt tripled with two outs in the seventh, but pinch-hitter Dave Hansen hit a hard line drive to center.
The Mariners finally scored in the eighth. Suzuki opened with a single to short, and an error by second baseman Roberts put runners on first and second. The runners moved up on a groundout and Lopez was replaced by Ray, whose first pitch was hit by Sexson into the right-center field seats.
The Orioles added a run in the ninth on Tejada's two-out RBI double off Rafael Soriano.
Notes: Mariners manager Mike Hargrove received a quick ejection in the first inning for protesting a call at second base. Suzuki was called out by umpire Mike Winters on a steal attempt. Hargrove trotted out to argue and was tossed less than a minute later. It was just his second ejection this season. ... Entering the game, the Mariners had made just one error in their previous 14 games. Baltimore, on the other hand, had made at least one error in 12 of its previous 19 games. Each team committed one error Saturday. ... Torrealba was 0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats.
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