AROUND THE HORN



AROUND THE HORN
Friday's other games
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Angels 5, Yankees 0
NEW YORK -- Ramon Ortiz was lights out at Yankee Stadium.
With the main scoreboards blackened by a power problem, Ortiz pitched four-hit ball for eight stellar innings and led Anaheim over New York. Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson homered and Anaheim took advantage of left fielder Hideki Matsui's error to win its third in a row. The playoff-contending Angels won for the eighth time in nine road games. Right after Matsui misplayed the fly ball in the seventh inning, the power on all scoreboards went out, and the public-address and sound effects system went silent. But the stadium lights stayed on, and the game continued without a delay. There was no immediate word on what caused the outage, which lasted until the end of the game.
Red Sox 10, White Sox 1
CHICAGO -- Curt Schilling allowed three hits in seven shutout innings for his 15th win and Manny Ramirez hit a grand slam to lead Boston.
Orlando Cabrera homered and drove in four runs for the streaking Red Sox, who won for the 10th time in 13 games and surged to 16 games over .500. They moved within 7 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, the closest Boston has been since July 30, and remained tied with Texas for the wild-card lead. Ramirez's 31st homer this season was the 16th slam of his career, tying Robin Ventura of the Dodgers for the most among active players. Schilling (15-6) walked none and struck out six in a 79-pitch outing -- 60 of those were strikes.
Rangers 5, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Dellucci hit two solo home runs and Kevin Mench had a three-run drive, powering Texas past Kansas City for its seventh straight win. Ryan Drese (11-6) won his fourth straight decision, a career best, allowing three runs and five hits in seven-plus innings. Drese is 7-1 in his last eight starts, and his 3.35 ERA is third in the league behind Oakland's Tim Hudson (2.95) and Minnesota's Johan Santana (3.23). Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 38th save in 40 chances.
Athletics 9, Devil Rays 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Eric Chavez homered twice and Bobby Crosby went 3-for-5 with a home run to break out of a lengthy slump as AL West-leading Oakland beat Tampa Bay. Crosby had just three hits in 40 at-bats and stopped an 0-for-14 slide with a second-inning double. Chavez homered twice for the 11th time in his career, the second this season, and raised his season total to 23. Adam Melhuse also homered for Oakland, which has 11 homers in the past three games. Rich Harden (8-5) won his fifth straight decision, giving up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. With their fourth straight win, the A's moved a season-high 17-games over .500 at 69-52.
Tigers 8, Mariners 3
DETROIT -- Craig Monroe went 4-for-5 with a tiebreaking homer, and Nate Robertson pitched seven solid innings in for Detroit. Robertson (10-7) allowed two runs, six hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Esteban Yan gave up Edgar Martinez's RBI single in the eighth, and Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless ninth. Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday night's game against Kansas City when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He went 3-for-4.
Randy Winn homered for the Mariners.
Blue Jays 14, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE -- Chris Woodward hit his first career grand slam and Orlando Hudson had three hits to lead Toronto. Eric Hinske also homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who had lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road. Toronto improved to 3-8 under interim manager John Gibbons with its highest-scoring effort since July 1. Woodward's first homer of the season, off Eddy Rodriguez in the ninth, capped the Blue Jays' 14-hit outburst against five Baltimore pitchers. Hudson went 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice. He has eight multihit games in his last 10 starts, going 20-for-43 (.465) over that span, and is 13-for-23 during a six-game hitting streak. Javy Lopez, David Newhan and Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cubs 9, Astros 2
HOUSTON -- Sammy Sosa and Nomar Garciaparra each hit one of Chicago's season-high six homers, and Chicago ended Houston's four-game winning streak. Mark Grudzielanek homered twice, and Moises Alou and Corey Patterson each had a two-run shot. Sosa's 567th homer moved him within six of Harmon Killebrew for seventh place on the career list. It was the 28th homer of the season for Sosa, who also tied Mickey Mantle for 40th place on the career RBI list with 1,509. Glendon Rusch (6-1) won for the first time since July 15, making a successful return to the rotation after working in relief for the past month. The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Phillies 4, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE -- Jim Thome and Bobby Abreu homered and Eric Milton pitched seven solid innings as Philadelphia ended a seven-game losing streak. Thome's 37th home run came in the ninth inning off Dave Burba, and gave the Phillies an insurance run. Tim Worrell pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save. Milton (13-2), whose .867 winning percentage is best in the majors, is the first Phillies' pitcher to win 13 of his first 15 decisions since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1980. Milton allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven.
Associated Press
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