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American League Roundup: Crisp delivers for Red Sox

June 4, 2008

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Red Sox 7, Rays 4

Boston - The Red Sox kept winning at home even without David Ortiz. Coco Crisp hit a tie-breaking double, and Boston won the matchup of the AL East's top two teams with a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Crisp snapped a 1-for-25 slump with the two-run double in a four-run sixth inning and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a sacrifice fly.

With Ortiz sidelined for at least three weeks by a left wrist injury, Sean Casey was in the original lineup as the designated hitter with Crisp on the bench. But when left fielder Manny Ramirez was shifted to DH because of sore legs, Crisp started in center and Jacoby Ellsbury went from center to left.

The Red Sox won their 11th straight game at home, matching the longest AL streak of the season held by the Rays. Boston cut Tampa Bay's lead in the division to one-half game, although the Rays are 12 games over .500, eight more than their previous best during their 11-year history. Justin Masterson (2-0) allowed four runs in six innings, and Craig Hansen got out of a first-and-second jam with no outs in the eighth.

Rangers 12, Indians 7

Arlington, Texas - Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley hit consecutive homers.

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 3

New York - Joba Chamberlain lasted just 21â3 innings in his first major league start, and Roy Halladay held New York in check despite some control problems of his own.

Alex Rios extended his hitting streak against the Yankees to 24 games and David Eckstein had three RBIs for Toronto, which patiently concentrated on Chamberlain's pitch count and forced New York to use six pitchers total.

Halladay (7-5) won his fourth straight decision and improved to 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA in his last seven games. He allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

Orioles 5, Twins 3

Minneapolis - Radhames Liz made a solid 2008 debut, and Kevin Millar and Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore.

Angels 5, Mariners 4

Seattle - Joe Saunders, a Triple-A traveler last season, allowed one earned run in seven innings, and Maicer Izturis drove in three runs. The Angels scored all of their runs early off Erik Bedard.

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