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American League Roundup: Floyd flirts with no-hitter

May 7, 2008

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White Sox 7, Twins 1

Chicago - Gavin Floyd's no-hit bid lasted until the ninth this time. Joe Mauer doubled with one out off Chicago's young right-hander for Minnesota's only hit, and Floyd had to settle for a victory as the White Sox ended a six-game losing streak.

Floyd (3-1) was taken out to a standing ovation after Mauer's double to left-center, and Bobby Jenks came on to get the final two outs.

Floyd, who held Detroit hitless for 71â3 innings on April 12 before Edgar Renteria singled, walked three and struck out four. The only run the Twins could muster was aided by an error on Chicago left fielder Carlos Quentin in the fourth inning.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 0

Detroit - Tim Wakefield allowed only two hits in eight shutout innings to lift Boston over Detroit. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back homers.

Rangers 10, Mariners 1

Seattle - Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and David Murphy drove in three runs each to support stingy starter Sidney Ponson. Seattle lost for the sixth time in seven games before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history to move back into a last-place tie in the AL West.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 4

Toronto - Andy Sonnanstine won his fourth straight start, Eric Hinske homered, and Tampa Bay snapped Toronto's five-game winning streak. Sonnanstine (5-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, becoming the fastest five-game winner in Tampa Bay's 11-year history. He walked one and struck out two.

Sonnanstine is 4-0 against American League East opponents and has not lost since April 9 against Seattle. He has a 2.45 ERA in his past four starts.

Dan Wheeler worked the seventh and eighth. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Indians 5, Yankees 3

New York - Pinch-hitter David Dellucci stunned New York with a go-ahead homer off Joba Chamberlain, and Cleveland rallied in the opener of a three-game series.

Athletics 4, Orioles 2

Oakland, Calif. - Justin Duchscherer won his second straight start in his third outing since coming off the disabled list, and Oakland beat Baltimore for its third straight victory. Emil Brown gave the A's a quick lead with a run-scoring single in the first, and Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis each drove in runs.

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