BoSox homers hammer Blue Jays

Associated Press • May 10, 2007 at 8:00 AM

TORONTO - Daisuke Matsuzaka won his third straight decision, Manny Ramirez hit his 476th career home run and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 9-3 Wednesday night to hand the Blue Jays their eighth straight loss.

David Ortiz homered and tied a career high with four hits for Boston, which has won six of its last seven. Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo also cleared the fence as the Red Sox hit four homers for the second consecutive game.

Matsuzaka (4-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in his last start, was much more effective against Toronto. He struck out eight in seven innings, allowing just one run and five hits.

BALTIMORE - Aubrey Huff homered with one out in the 10th inning against his former team, giving the Orioles a victory over the Devil Rays.

After James Shields pitched nine brilliant innings for Tampa Bay, Brian Stokes (1-4) faced only two batters before giving up the game's lone run. Ramon Hernandez hit a fly to center before Huff drove a 1-1 pitch over the wall in center, his fourth homer of the season and second against the Devil Rays.

John Parrish (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, retiring B.J. Upton on a slow roller with two outs after yielding three straight singles.

NEW YORK - Derek Jeter drove in three runs, Mike Mussina pitched three-hit ball for six innings and the Yankees extended their domination of the Rangers.

Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui each hit an RBI double in a four-run first off Robinson Tejeda (3-3), helping the Yankees improve to 18-2 against Texas since July 20, 2005 - including 5-0 this year.

New York (16-16) reached .500 for the first time since dropping to 8-8 with a loss at Boston on April 21. The Yankees are 8-3 overall following a seven-game losing streak.

DETROIT - Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer, Cha Seung Baek pitched a six-hitter and Seattle snapped Detroit's eight-game winning streak.

Raul Ibanez had three hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Seattle, which had three runs each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, finished with 16 hits - including a season high-tying six doubles.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike Sweeney hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and Kansas City beat Oakland to stop a four-game losing streak.

Sweeney hit a 1-0 pitch from Justin Duchscherer (3-2) out to left for his 194th career homer, moving him into second place on the Royals' list. Only Hall of Famer George Brett has more with 317.

Jimmy Gobble (1-1) pitched the eighth and rookie Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.

MINNEAPOLIS - John Danks got his first major league victory, pitching Chicago past Minnesota.

Danks (1-4) didn't give up a hit until the fifth and a run until the seventh - the only one he allowed in 6 2-3 innings. He held Minnesota to three hits.

Torii Hunter didn't have one of those, but he extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an infield single in the eighth.

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