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Big Unit dominates Red Sox in victory

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2005

 

  New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson celebrates catcher John Flaherty's dramatic catch of a fourth inning Kevin Millar high pop fly by the Yankees dugout in the Yankees 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson celebrates catcher John Flaherty's dramatic catch of a fourth inning Kevin Millar high pop fly by the Yankees dugout in the Yankees 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

NEW YORK — Randy Johnson allowed only a soft single in seven innings and Jason Giambi homered off Tim Wakefield to give the New York Yankees a much-needed 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

After the teams exchanged sloppy wins in the first two games, they played nine crisp and tense innings, and the Yankees moved back within three games of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East with three weeks left.

Angels 6, White Sox 1

CHICAGO — John Lackey (12-5) pitched seven shutout innings, and the Los Angeles Angels hit three first-inning homers to complete a three-game sweep of Chicago.

Chone Figgins led off the game with a homer, and Garret Anderson and Darin Erstad added solo shots in the first off Orlando Hernandez (9-8). Figgins had a sacrifice fly in the second and stole his 50th base in the eighth.

Rangers 7, Athletics 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer that made him the major league RBI leader, and Texas dropped Oakland to third place in the AL wild-card chase.

Teixeira's career-best 39th homer, his fifth in seven games, gave Texas a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning. It increased the All-Star first baseman's RBI total to 125, two more than Boston's David Ortiz.

Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Travis Lee hit a tying infield single with two outs in the ninth, then drove in the winning run on an 11th-inning grounder to help Tampa Bay avoid a three-game sweep.

Joey Gathright had a leadoff single against Scott Schoeneweis (3-4) in the 11th. Gathright went to second on Aubrey Huff's grounder before stealing third. Lee then hit a grounder to first, but the speedy Gathright beat Shea Hillenbrand's throw to the plate.

Tigers 14, Royals 4

DETROIT — Placido Polanco had four hits, including a home run, to power an 18-hit effort that carried Detroit past Kansas City.

Polanco scored four runs and drove in two for Detroit, which won its second straight after a nine-game losing streak. Brandon Inge and Chris Shelton also homered for the Tigers, who broke open a tie game with four runs in the fifth. The 18 hits tied a season high for Detroit.

Detroit starter Jason Johnson (8-12) gave up three runs on eight hits, not walking a batter and striking out four. Kansas City's Jose Lima (5-15) allowed five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.

Orioles 6, Mariners 3

SEATTLE — Bruce Chen overcame a shaky start to pitch six solid innings, and Baltimore roughed up Seattle rookie Felix Hernandez.

The 19-year-old Hernandez, who had a 1.59 ERA through his first seven starts, gave up five runs in the second inning. Bernie Castro and Melvin Mora each drove in two.

Hernandez (3-3) lasted seven innings, allowing six runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

The Mariners scored three first-inning runs off Chen (12-9), but all three were unearned.

Ichiro Suzuki had seven hits in 13 at-bats during the series.

Indians 12, Twins 4

CLEVELAND — Cliff Lee won his seventh straight decision and Cleveland hit for the cycle on the first nine pitches it saw in a rout of Minnnesota, stretching its winning streak to seven games.

Cleveland had 17 hits to win for the 18th time in 23 games and maintain its 1 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card race. The Indians also pulled within 5 1/2 games of first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

Coco Crisp tied a career high with four hits, Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer, Victor Martinez added a two-run shot, and Grady Sizemore had a solo homer among his three hits, three runs and three RBIs for Cleveland.

Lee (16-4), unbeaten in his last 11 starts, allowed two runs and four hits over six innings. He is 10-1 in 18 starts since June 6 and his .800 overall winning percentage trails only St. Louis' Chris Carpenter in the majors.

Carlos Silva (9-8) left after one inning with a sore right knee, a condition he has battled all season and put him on the disabled list in April. He made only 18 pitches, yielding four hits and four runs in the shortest of his 61 career starts for Minnesota.



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