Archive for Sunday, September 25, 2005

Red Sox back in first-place tie

September 25, 2005


— The Boston Red Sox had blown a two-run lead, and now they were in the ninth inning of a tie game facing All-Star closer B.J. Ryan.

"A lot of teams lose that game," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We're not a lot of teams."

Edgar Renteria drove in two runs with a broken-bat single in the ninth, and the Red Sox regained a share of first place in the AL East by defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, Saturday.

The victory, coupled with New York's 7-4 loss to Toronto, left the Red Sox and the Yankees tied for the division lead.

After Trot Nixon and Tony Graffanino hit one-out singles off Ryan (1-4), Johnny Damon drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Renteria, who blooped a single to left that broke a 2-2 tie.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 4

New York - Bruised by a line drive, Jaret Wright was ineffective, and Toronto ended New York's five-game winning streak.

White Sox 8, Twins 1

Chicago - Freddy Garcia allowed four hits in eight innings, and Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer for the second straight night to lead Chicago over Minnesota.

Angels 7, Devil Rays 3

Anaheim, Calif. - Steve Finley hit a three-run homer, and Jarrod Washburn won for the first time in a month.

Athletics 7, Rangers 6

Oakland, Calif. - Jason Kendall hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth.

Tigers 7, Mariners 1

Detroit - Jason Grilli pitched seven strong innings.


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