ORIOLES 6, RED SOX 3

BALTIMORE - Adam Jones broke a tie with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame another home run by Manny Ramirez to beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, last night and avoid a four-game sweep.

Baltimore blew a 2-0 lead, then rallied with a four-run eighth against Hideki Okajima (1-1), who came in with an 0.72 ERA. After a sacrifice fly by Kevin Millar tied it, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs for Jones, who worked the count to 3-1 before hitting a liner off the left-field wall.

"I was just patient with him," Jones said. "He threw a good pitch up and in, 2-1. I've been swinging at that pitch, but I just laid off of it."

Jones is 3 for 5 with three doubles and nine RBIs with the bases loaded this season.

Ramirez homered in a third consecutive game to reach 502 for his career, two behind Eddie Murray for 23d place in baseball history. The sixth-inning solo shot, on an 0-2 pitch from Jeremy Guthrie, extended Ramirez's hitting streak to eight games and got Boston to 2-1.

Tim Wakefield allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Red Sox, who were denied their first four-game sweep of the Orioles since Sept. 20-23, 2002.

Guthrie gave up two runs and eight hits in 61/3 innings. His lone walk, to Alex Cora, turned into the tying run when Kevin Cash followed with an RBI double to end Guthrie's outing at 120 pitches.

Guthrie is 0-3 with a 2.33 ERA in his last four starts.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley was ejected by home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez in the third inning for protesting ball and strike calls. Before leaving, Trembley took a stab at illustrating Marquez's strike zone, running his finger along the inside stripe of each batter's box.

Boston not only lost the game, but also lost designated hitter David Ortiz, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn tendon in his left wrist.

Ortiz leads the Red Sox with 13 home rus and 43 RBIs.

"He's a big part of the team," Ramirez said. "We have to keep battling without David. Let's wait for him and pray that he'll get better soon."

Boston 000 001 110–3 10 0

Baltimore 000 200 04x–6 9 0

Boston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Baltimore AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Ellsbury lf 5   0   1   0   .287      BRoberts 2b 4   0   1   0   .262

Lugo ss 4   0   1   0   .279      Markakis rf 3   1   1   0   .263

Youkilis 1b 3   1   1   0   .305      Mora 3b 2   1   1   0   .248

MRamirez dh 5   1   2   1   .296      Huff dh 4   2   2   1   .254

Lowell 3b 4   0   2   1   .285      Millar 1b 3   0   1   2   .238

JDrew rf 4   0   1   0   .288      Scott lf 3   1   2   0   .267

Crisp cf 2   0   1   0   .250      Payton lf 0   0   0   0   .239

Cora 2b 3   1   0   0   .303      RHernandez c 3   1   0   0   .218

Cash c 3   0   1   1   .304      AJones cf 4   0   1   3   .250

a-JBailey ph 1   0   0   0   .000      Bynum ss 4   0   0   0   .210

Totals 34   3   10   3         Totals 30   6   9   6      

a-struck out for Cash in the 9th. LOB: Boston 10, Baltimore 6. 2B: Cash (5), Huff (14), AJones (11). HR: MRamirez (12), off Guthrie. RBIS: MRamirez (39), Lowell (25), Cash (6), Huff (31), Millar 2 (28), AJones 3 (21). SB: BRoberts 2 (16). CS: Mora (5). S: Crisp. SF: Millar. GIDP: Lugo, Cora. RLSP: Boston 6 (Lugo, MRamirez, Lowell 2, Cora, Cash); Baltimore 2 (AJones, Bynum). RA: MRamirez. DP: Boston 1 (Cash and Lugo); Baltimore 2 (Bynum, BRoberts and Millar), (Mora, BRoberts and Millar).

Boston walks (5): Lugo, Youkilis 2, Crisp, Cora.

Baltimore walks (5): Markakis, Mora 2, Scott, RHernandez.

Boston strikeouts (8): Ellsbury 2, Lugo, Youkilis, JDrew 2, Cash, JBailey.

Baltimore strikeouts (4): BRoberts, Markakis, Huff, Bynum.

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   Wakefield 7   5   2   2   4   3   110   4.50   Okajima (BS) (L) 2/3   4   4   4   1   0   24   2.10   JLopez 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   4   3.10   Baltimore IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   Guthrie 61/3   8   2   2   1   5   120   3.58   JWalker 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   5   4.32   Albers 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   3   2.06   JJohnson (W) 1   2   1   1   2   0   24   1.44   Sherrill (S) 1   0   0   0   2   2   26   3.28   W: JJohnson, 1-2. L: Okajima, 1-1. S: Sherrill, 18. BS: Okajima, 5.

IR-S: JLopez 1-0, JWalker 1-0, Albers 1-0. WP: JJohnson. PB: Cash. Umpires: Home, Alfonso Marquez; first, Andy Fletcher; second, Bob Davidson; third, Rob Drake.

T: 2:55. A: 25,711 (48,290).

TWINS 6, YANKEES 5

MINNEAPOLIS - A pair of former No. 1 overall picks finally showed some power for Minnesota.

Delmon Young had three doubles and three RBIs, and Joe Mauer hit his long-awaited first home run of the season to lead the Twins over New York.

Young's breakout performance at the plate came after a rough first two months in Minnesota. He entered the game hitting .264 with no homers and just 15 RBIs after coming over in a trade from Tampa Bay.

Joe Nathan picked up his 15th save in 16 chances.

New York 200 002 100–5 15 1

Minnesota 011 002 11x–6 13 0

New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Minnesota AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Damon lf 5   0   2   1   .293      CaGomez cf 5   1   1   0   .280

Jeter ss 5   1   3   0   .279      ACasilla 2b 4   0   1   1   .328

BAbreu rf 5   0   0   0   .292      Mauer c 4   2   2   1   .319

ARodriguez 3b 4   2   3   2   .300      Morneau 1b 4   0   0   0   .303

HMatsui dh 4   0   1   0   .328      Cuddyer rf 4   3   3   0   .258

Giambi 1b 5   0   2   1   .250      Monroe dh 3   0   1   1   .238

Cano 2b 4   1   1   0   .220      a-Punto ph-dh 0   0   0   0   .264

Moeller c 4   1   1   0   .254      DYoung lf 4   0   3   3   .273

MlCabrera cf 4   0   2   1   .270      BHarris ss 4   0   1   0   .249

Totals 40   5   15   5         Macri 3b 3   0   1   0   .500

b-Lamb ph-3b 0   0   0   0   .250

Totals 35   6   13   6      

a-sacrificed for Monroe in the 8th. b-walked for Macri in the 8th. E: Pettitte (1). LOB: New York 10, Minnesota 7. 2B: Jeter (8), ARodriguez (12), Moeller (4), Cuddyer (7), DYoung 3 (10), Macri (1). HR: Mauer (1), off Pettitte; ARodriguez (8), off LiHernandez. RBIS: Damon (26), ARodriguez 2 (23), Giambi (28), MlCabrera (25), ACasilla (14), Mauer (22), Monroe (19), DYoung 3 (18). CS: DYoung (3). S: Punto. GIDP: Damon, HMatsui. RLSP: New York 6 (Jeter, BAbreu, HMatsui, Giambi, Cano, MlCabrera); Minnesota 6 (CaGomez, ACasilla, Morneau, BHarris, Macri 2). RA: BAbreu 2, HMatsui, Mauer, Morneau, Monroe. DP: Minnesota 2 (BHarris and Morneau), (ACasilla, BHarris and Morneau).

New York walks (2): ARodriguez, HMatsui.

Minnesota walks (1): Lamb.

New York strikeouts (2): Moeller 2.

Minnesota strikeouts (3): CaGomez, BHarris 2.

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Pettitte 7   10   5   4   0   2   94   4.21

Farnsworth (L) 1   3   1   1   1   1   21   4.44

Minnesota IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

LiHernandez 6   13   5   5   1   1   107   4.81

DReyes 1/3   0   0   0   1   0   12   2.50

Guerrier (W) 12/3   1   0   0   0   1   20   3.00

Nathan (S) 1   1   0   0   0   0   11   1.46

W: Guerrier, 3-1. L: Farnsworth, 0-2. S: Nathan, 15.

LiHernandez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. IR-S: DReyes 1-1, Guerrier 2-0. WP: LiHernandez, DReyes. Umpires: Home, Gary Darling; first, Jerry Meals; second, Bill Miller; third, Chris Tiller.

T: 2:54. A: 20,168 (46,632).

INDIANS 13, RANGERS 9

ARLINGTON, Texas - Casey Blake homered twice and matched a career high with seven RBIs before Ben Francisco hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to power Cleveland past Texas.

Francisco's home run in the seventh came on the first pitch by reliever Joaquin Benoit, breaking an 8-8 tie after the Indians had blown a five-run lead.

Blake added a three-run double that made it 8-3.

Texas 012 050 100– 9 15 0

Cleveland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Texas AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Sizemore cf 4   0   0   0   .254      Kinsler 2b 5   1   3   0   .305

BFrancisco lf 5   1   2   3   .309      MiYoung ss 5   2   3   1   .296

VMartinez c 5   1   1   0   .289      Hamilton rf 4   2   2   2   .331

Garko 1b 6   2   2   0   .234      Bradley dh 3   1   0   0   .317

Peralta ss 6   2   3   0   .242      DaMurphy lf 5   1   1   0   .280

Dellucci dh 5   2   2   2   .229      MByrd cf 4   1   2   4   .217

Blake 3b 5   2   3   7   .236      Shelton 1b 3   1   2   1   .235

Choo rf 2   2   1   0   .200      a-Catalantto ph 1   0   0   0   .294

FGutierrez rf 0   0   0   0   .247      Sltalamacchia c 5   0   2   1   .246

ACabrera 2b 4   1   2   1   .195      Metcalf 3b 4   0   0   0   .000

Totals 42   13   16   13         Totals 39   9   15   9      

a-grounded out for Shelton in the 9th. LOB: Cleveland 11, Texas 8. 2B: Peralta (9), Dellucci (8), Blake (12), ACabrera (7), Kinsler (15), Shelton (5). HR: Dellucci (6), off Benoit; BFrancisco (3), off Benoit; MByrd (2), off Laffey; Hamilton (16), off Laffey; Blake 2 (6), off Mathis 2. RBIS: BFrancisco 3 (15), Dellucci 2 (19), Blake 7 (36), ACabrera (14), MiYoung (26), Hamilton 2 (65), MByrd 4 (8), Shelton (8), Sltalamacchia (12). CS: MByrd (1). GIDP: Dellucci, Metcalf 2. RLSP: Cleveland 6 (Sizemore, VMartinez 3, Peralta, ACabrera); Texas 4 (DaMurphy 3, Sltalamacchia). DP: Cleveland 2 (Peralta, ACabrera and Garko), (ACabrera and Garko); Texas 1 (Kinsler, MiYoung and Shelton).

Cleveland walks (9): Sizemore 2, BFrancisco, VMartinez, Dellucci, Choo 3, ACabrera.

Texas walks (4): Hamilton, Bradley, MByrd, Shelton.

Cleveland strikeouts (8): Sizemore 2, VMartinez 2, Garko, Peralta, Dellucci, ACabrera.

Texas strikeouts (8): Kinsler, Hamilton 2, Bradley 2, Shelton, Sltalamacchia, Metcalf.

Cleveland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Laffey 5   11   8   8   2   2   88   3.02

Kobayashi (W) 12/3   1   1   1   1   3   33   2.89

RPerez (H) 11/3   3   0   0   1   3   29   3.00

Borowski 1   0   0   0   0   0   10   9.00

Texas IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Mathis 32/3   12   8   8   3   4   100   9.00

Tejeda 21/3   0   0   0   2   1   46   11.57

Guardado (L) 2/3   1   1   1   0   1   11   3.38

Benoit 1   3   4   4   4   1   43   5.53

CWilson 11/3   0   0   0   0   1   24   4.13

W: Kobayashi, 3-2. L: Guardado, 0-1. H: RPerez, 9.

IR-S: RPerez 2-1, Tejeda 1-0, Benoit 1-1, CWilson 3-0. HBP: by Laffey (Bradley). WP: Benoit. Umpires: Home, Fieldin Culbreth; first, Jim Reynolds; second, Tim Timmons; third, Gary Cederstrom.

T: 3:41. A: 17,247 (48,911).