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BOX; TWINS 8, INDIANS 6

Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer and Luis Rivas drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied Thursday for an 8-6 win over the Indians.

Hunter left the pitching to others this time, using his bat to get back at the Indians as the Twins erased a 6-2 deficit and swept the two-game series.

MINNESOTA CLEVELAND

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; JJones lf 5 2 3 1 Mgrder; rf 5 0 0 0

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; CGzmn ss 4 1 1 0 Vizquel; ss 5 1 2 0

; Koskie 3b 5 0 0 1 Burks; dh 4 1 1 1

; DOrtiz dh 5 1 2 1 Thome; 1b 1 1 1 0

; THnter cf 4 2 2 2 Stevens; 1b 2 0 1 0

; Mntkw 1b 3 0 2 0 Selby; 3b 4 1 1 0

; LeCroy ph 1 0 1 0 Brdley; cf 4 2 2 4

; Hcking 1b 1 1 0 0 Gterrez; 2b 4 0 2 0

; Kielty rf 4 1 1 1 Brssrd; lf 3 0 0 0

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; Przyns c 5 0 1 0 EPerez; c 3 0 0 0

; Rivas 2b 4 0 2 2

; Totals 41 8 15 8 Totals 35 6 10 5

; Minnesota 101 030 300 -- 8

; Cleveland 114 000 000 -- 6

; DP--Minnesota 2. LOB--Minnesota 9, Cleveland 7. 2B--DOrtiz (17). 3B--CGuzman (4). HR--JJones (14), THunter (23), Burks (18), Bradley (5). CS--Gutierrez (1). S--CGuzman.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Minnesota

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Rincon 3 7 6 6 2 0

; Frederick 2 0 0 0 1 0

; Fiore W,8-2 2 2 0 0 0 1

; Hawkins 1 0 0 0 0 1

; Guardado S,31 1 1 0 0 1 1

; Cleveland

Drese 5 10 5 5 0 4

; Westbrook 2-3 2 0 0 0 0

; Rincon L,1-4 1 2 3 3 1 2

; Shuey 1-3 1 0 0 0 0

; Wohlers 2 0 0 0 1 2

; HBP--by Fiore (EPerez).

Umpires--Home, Brian Runge; First, Tim McClelland; Second, Chuck Meriwether; Third, Ted Barrett.

T--3:06. A--33,573 (43,368).

RED SOX 4, DEVIL RAYS 3

Rickey Henderson and Lou Merloni hit solo home runs and Trot Nixon hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Tim Wakefield (3-3) pitched three hitless innings in relief of Frank Castillo as Boston won its third straight following a four-game losing streak. Ugueth Urbina finished the five-hitter with a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

BOSTON TAMPA; BAY

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; Hndrsn lf 3 1 1 1 Winn; cf 5 0 2 0

; Damon cf 5 1 1 0 Abrnth; 2b 1 1 0 0

; Grcprr ss 4 0 2 1 Grieve; ph 1 0 0 0

; MRmrz dh 3 0 0 0 Cox; 1b 3 1 1 1

; Hlnbrn 3b 5 0 0 0 JSmith; pr 0 0 0 0

; Dubach 1b 4 0 1 0 Huff; dh 4 0 0 0

; Offrmn 1b 0 1 0 0 Hall; c 3 1 1 2

; Mrbelli c 3 0 0 0 Conti; rf 4 0 1 0

; Varitek c 1 0 1 0 McCty; lf 2 0 0 0

; Nixon rf 4 0 1 1 Gomez; ss 4 0 0 0

; Merloni 2b 4 1 2 1 Sndbrg; 3b 4 0 0 0

; Totals 36 4 9 4 Totals 31 3 5 3

; Boston 000 020 110 -- 4

; Tampa Bay 111 000 000 -- 3

; LOB--Boston 10, Tampa Bay 10. 2B--Damon (18), Garciaparra (32). 3B--Conti (1). HR--Henderson (4), Merloni (2), Cox (11), Hall (4). SB--Henderson (7), Winn 2 (19), Abernathy 3 (9). SF--Hall.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Boston

FCastillo 4 3 3 3 4 2

; Wakefield W,3-3 3 0 0 0 0 5

; Haney 1 1 0 0 1 1

; Urbina S,23 1 1 0 0 1 1

; Tampa Bay

Sturtze 7 5 3 3 3 3

; Yan L,5-5 1; 2-3 4 1 1 0 1

; Colome 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

; FCastillo pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

HBP--by Wakefield (Abernathy), by FCastillo (Abernathy), by Yan (MRamirez), by Sturtze (MRamirez). WP--Sturtze.

Umpires--Home, Alfonso Marquez; First, Tim Welke; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Brian O'Nora.

T--3:17. A--22,012 (43,772).

ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 3

Michael Tucker capped a ninth-inning rally with a two-run homer, and the Kansas City Royals stretched a winning streak to seven for the first time in seven years by defeating the Chicago White Sox.

Kansas City trailed 3-2 before Carlos Beltran homered leading off the ninth against Mark Buehrle, who allowed five hits in the first eight innings.

CHICAGO KANSAS; CITY

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; Drham 2b 4 0 0 0 Alicea; 3b 4 1 2 0

; Thmas dh 4 0 1 0 Beltran; dh 4 1 1 1

; Ordnez rf 4 0 2 0 Ibanez; 1b 4 1 2 1

; Knerko 1b 4 1 2 0 Tucker; cf 4 1 1 2

; Vlentin 3b 4 0 0 0 Berger; lf 3 1 1 1

; Liefer lf 4 1 1 0 NPerez; ss 3 0 1 0

; Rwand lf 0 0 0 0 Febles; 2b 3 0 0 0

; SAlmr c 4 0 1 0 Hinch; c 3 0 0 0

; Clayton ss 4 0 2 2

; Totals 37 3 10 3 Totals 32 5 8 5

; Chicago 120 000 000 -- 3

; Kansas City 100 010 003 -- 5

; No outs when winning run scored.

E--Guiel (3). LOB--Chicago 7, Kansas City 3. 2B--Konerko (20), Clayton (10), Ibanez (21). HR--Lofton (7), Beltran (14), Tucker (8), Berger (5).

IP H R ER BB SO

; Chicago

Buehrle 8 6 3 3 0 4

; Marte L,1-1 0 2 2 2 0 0

; Kansas City

Byrd W,13-6 9 10 3 3 0 3

; Buehrle pitched to 1 batter in the 9th, Marte pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

WP--Buehrle, Byrd.

Umpires--Home, Ron Kulpa; First, Dale Scott; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Jeff Nelson.

T--2:06. A--15,522 (40,793).

YANKEES 6, TIGERS 5

Shane Spencer hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers.

Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff homer and Raul Mondesi also hit a solo shot for the Yankees, who have won 11 of 15 and lead the Red Sox by three games in the AL East.

DETROIT NEW; YORK

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; Easley 2b 5 0 3 1 Jeter; ss 5 0 2 0

; Hggnsn lf 5 1 1 1 JaGbi; 1b 3 0 1 1

; Simon dh 4 2 2 2 BWllms; cf 4 0 0 0

; Fick rf 4 0 1 0 Mndesi; rf 4 1 1 1

; CPena 1b 3 0 0 0 White; dh 4 2 2 0

; Halter 3b 4 0 1 1 Coomer; 3b 3 1 2 1

; Wlbeck c 4 0 0 0 Vntura; 3b 0 0 0 0

; RStiago ss 3 2 2 0 Spncer; lf 3 0 2 1

; Widger; c 3 0 1 1

; Posada; c 1 0 0 0

; Totals 37 5 10 5 Totals 34 6 13 6

; Detroit 001 001 300 -- 5

; New York 100 300 11x -- 6

; E--ASoriano (13). DP--Detroit 2. LOB--Detroit 7, New York 8. 2B--Easley (4), Higginson (14), Fick (24), Halter (13), RSantiago (4), White (8), Coomer (6), Spencer 2 (11), Widger (1). HR--Simon (11), ASoriano (25), Mondesi (17). SB--RSantiago (6). SF--JaGiambi.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Detroit

Maroth 3; 1-3 8 4 4 1 2

; JSantana 2; 2-3 1 0 0 0 1

; Rodney L,1-3 1; 1-3 3 2 2 1 1

; Henriquez 2-3 1 0 0 1 1

; New York

DWells 6; 1-3 7 3 3 1 7

; Karsay 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

; Stanton 2-3 2 2 2 0 1

; Mendoza W,7-2 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

; MRivera S,24 1 1 0 0 0 3

; HBP--by DWells (CPena). PB--Walbeck.

Umpires--Home, Mike DiMuro; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Lance Barksdale; Third, Ed Montague.

T--3:11. A--54,725 (57,478).

BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 4

Jose Cruz Jr. homered in Toronto's four-run third inning and the Blue Jays held to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

The Blue Jays swept the two-game series and have won six of seven overall.

BALTIMORE TORONTO

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; Snglton cf 5 0 1 1 Hinske; 3b 3 0 0 1

; Mathws rf 3 1 2 2 JoCruz; rf 3 1 1 2

; TBtsta 3b 5 0 1 0 Wise; rf 0 0 0 0

; Gbbons 1b 3 0 1 0 CDlgdo; 1b 4 1 1 0

; JLeon 1b 1 0 0 0 Wells; cf 4 0 1 0

; Crdova lf 4 0 2 1 Wdwrd; ss 4 0 2 1

; Clark dh 4 0 2 0 JPhlps; dh 4 0 0 0

; Frdyce c 4 1 1 0 Berg; 2b 2 2 1 0

; Hrst Jr 2b 4 0 0 0 Hckaby; c 3 0 1 0

; Totals 35 4 10 4 Totals 30 5 8 5

; Baltimore 000 120 100 -- 4

; Toronto 004 100 00x -- 5

; E--Mora (9). DP--Baltimore 2, Toronto 1. LOB--Baltimore 10, Toronto 5. 2B--Singleton (19), Cordova (19), CDelgado (22), Berg (14). 3B--Huckaby (1). HR--JoCruz (15). SF--Matthews, Hinske.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Baltimore

Driskill L,6-3 4 7 5 5 2 3

; Brock 2 1 0 0 0 0

; BRyan 1 0 0 0 0 2

; WRoberts 1 0 0 0 0 0

; Toronto

Carpenter W,3-1 7 8 4 4 1 2

; Politte 1 1 0 0 1 1

; KEscobar S,16 1 1 0 0 0 1

; HBP--by KEscobar (Mora), by Carpenter (Mora 2), by Driskill (Berg).

Umpires--Home, Dana DeMuth; First, Marvin Hudson; Second, Kerwin Danley; Third, Charlie Reliford.

T--2:32. A--17,004 (50,516).

MARINERS 5, RANGERS 3

Charles Gipson Jr.'s suicide squeeze bunt brought home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners rallied to beat the Texas Rangers.

Ben Davis, who had reached on a one-out single, scored when Gipson bunted to the first-base side of the mound. Juan Alvarez (0-2) fielded the ball cleanly, but his only play was to first base.

Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI single with two outs.

SEATTLE TEXAS

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; Cmeron cf 3 2 2 1 Ctlnotto; dh 4 0 1 0

; Cirillo 3b 3 0 0 0 Perry; 3b 4 0 0 1

; ISuzuki rf 2 1 1 1 ARdrgz; ss 4 0 0 0

; BBoone 2b 5 0 1 2 JGnzlz; rf 4 0 0 0

; EMrtnz dh 3 0 1 0 RPlmo; 1b 4 1 1 1

; Olerud 1b 3 0 0 0 IRdrgz; c 4 1 1 0

; Sierra lf 4 0 1 0 Mench; lf 3 0 2 1

; CGillen ss 0 0 0 0 RRvera; cf 2 0 0 0

; BDavis c 3 0 1 0 MYong; 2b 3 1 1 0

; Ugueto pr 0 1 0 0

; DWilsn c 0 0 0 0

; Rlaford ss 4 1 1 0

; Gipson rf 3 0 1 1

; Totals 33 5 9 5 Totals 32 3 6 3

; Seattle 000 001 022 -- 5

; Texas 011 000 100 -- 3

; DP--Seattle 1, Texas 2. LOB--Seattle 7, Texas 3. 2B--EMartinez (8). 3B--Mench (2). HR--Cameron (18), RPalmeiro (24). SB--Relaford (6). S--Gipson.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Seattle

Baldwin 7 6 3 3 0 3

; Hasegawa W,5-1 1 0 0 0 0 0

; Sasaki S,24 1 0 0 0 0 2

; Texas

Rogers 7 4 2 2 3 2

; JPowell 2-3 2 1 1 0 0

; JAlvarez L,0-2 1 2 2 2 0 1

; Van Poppel 1-3 1 0 0 1 0

; Rogers pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP--by Baldwin (RRivera), by Rogers (BDavis). WP--JPowell.

Umpires--Home, Fieldin Culbreth; First, Bill Miller; Second, Bill Hohn; Third, Larry Young.

T--2:41. A--31,716 (49,115).

ATHLETICS 2, ANGELS 0

Barry Zito won his team-record 16th straight at home, and Miguel Tejada hit his fourth homer in six games as Oakland beat Anaheim.

Eric Chavez snapped a career-worst 0-for-26 slump with two hits, and Terrence Long ended an 0-for-18 skid as the A's pulled back into a tie with Anaheim for second place in the AL West by winning for the ninth time in 12 games.

ANAHEIM OAKLAND

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; Eckstin ss 4 0 0 0 MEllis; 2b 3 0 1 0

; OPlmro lf 3 0 1 0 Httberg; 1b 4 0 0 0

; Salmon rf 4 0 2 0 Byrnes; lf 0 0 0 0

; GAndsn cf 4 0 2 0 Tejada; ss 3 1 1 1

; Glaus 3b 4 0 0 0 Justice; dh 2 0 1 0

; Wooten dh 4 0 0 0 Dye; rf 4 1 1 0

; BGil 2b 3 0 1 0 EChavz; 3b 4 0 2 0

; AKndy ph 1 0 0 0 Mabry; lf 3 0 1 1

; Spiezio 1b 2 0 0 0 Saenz; 1b 0 0 0 0

; Molina c 2 0 0 0 RaHrdz; c 4 0 0 0

; Long; cf 3 0 1 0

; Totals 31 0 6 0 Totals 30 2 8 2

; Anaheim 000 000 000 -- 0

; Oakland 110 000 00x -- 2

; DP--Anaheim 1, Oakland 1. LOB--Anaheim 7, Oakland 9. 2B--Dye (19). HR--Tejada (19). SB--OPalmeiro (2). S--Molina, MEllis.

IP H R ER BB SO

; Anaheim

Sele L,7-7 7 8 2 2 1 5

; Schoeneweis 2-3 0 0 0 1 2

; Donnelly 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

; Oakland

Zito W,13-3 7; 1-3 4 0 0 2 4

; Bradford 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

; Koch S,24 1 2 0 0 0 1

; HBP--by Donnelly (Saenz), by Sele (Tejada).

Umpires--Home, Mark Hirschbeck; First, Paul Schrieber; Second, Matt Hollowell; Third, Jim Reynolds.

T--2:41. A--15,733 (43,662).

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