MINNEAPOLIS - Jason Varitek hit two home runs, then was one of four people ejected by young umpire Todd Tichenor during separate arguments in the seventh inning of Boston's 3-1 victory over Minnesota yesterday.

The 32-year-old Tichenor, up from the triple-A Pacific Coast League, gave the boot to both catchers and both managers during a wild seventh inning.

"Everybody handles things differently," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Tichenor. "It looked like he had his hands full today."

In the seventh, Twins catcher Mike Redmond argued a call at the plate, and Tichenor tossed Redmond almost immediately after the catcher approached him.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire jumped out of the dugout to defend Redmond and was ejected himself.

In the bottom of the inning, Red Sox starter Josh Beckett seethed when he didn't get a called strike three. Varitek stood up to intervene, turned around and got in Tichenor's face.

Ejection No. 3.

Then it was Francona's turn to defend his player. See ya.

Boston 000 010 200 – 3 6 0

Minnesota 010 000 000 – 1 5 0

Boston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Minnesota AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Ellsbury cf 3   0   0   0   .302      Span cf 3   0   0   0   .311

Pedroia 2b 3   0   0   1   .333      Mauer dh-c 4   0   0   0   .407

J.Drew rf 3   0   0   0   .252      Morneau 1b 3   0   1   0   .342

Youkilis 1b 2   0   1   0   .375      Kubel rf 4   0   0   0   .331

Lowell 3b 4   0   0   0   .303      Crede 3b 4   1   1   1   .240

D.Ortiz dh 4   0   1   0   .194      B.Harris ss 3   0   2   0   .274

Varitek c 3   2   2   2   .248      Delm.Young lf 3   0   0   0   .245

Kottaras c 1   0   1   0   .200      Redmond c 2   0   0   0   .250

J.Bailey lf 4   1   1   0   .188      Henn p 0   0   0   0   ---

Lugo ss 3   0   0   0   .260      a-Cuddyer ph 0   0   0   0   .284

Totals 30   3   6   3         Ayala p 0   0   0   0   ---

b-Buscher ph 1   0   0   0   .183

Tolbert 2b 3   0   1   0   .200

Totals 30   1   5   1      

a-walked for Henn in the 7th. b-struck out for Ayala in the 9th. LOB: Boston 6, Minnesota 7. 2B: J.Bailey (3), B.Harris (5). HR: Varitek 2 (10), off Swarzak 2; Crede (9), off Beckett. RBIs: Pedroia (17), Varitek 2 (22), Crede (22). S: Span. SF: Pedroia. RLSP: Boston 1 (Lowell); Minnesota 4 (Redmond, Morneau, Tolbert, Buscher). RA: Lugo, Mauer. GIDP: Lowell, J.Bailey, Redmond. DP: Boston 1 (Pedroia, Lugo, Youkilis); Minnesota 2 (B.Harris, Tolbert, Morneau), (Crede, Tolbert, Morneau).

Boston walks (4): J.Drew, Youkilis 2, Lugo.

Minnesota walks (4): Morneau, B.Harris, Delm.Young, Cuddyer.

Boston strikeouts (3): D.Ortiz 2, Varitek.

Minnesota strikeouts (10): Span 3, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel 2, Crede, Delm.Young, Buscher.

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Beckett (W) 7   3   1   1   4   8   111   4.60

Okajima (H) 1   1   0   0   0   1   15   2.57

Papelbon (S) 1   1   0   0   0   1   19   2.45

Minnesota IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Swarzak (L) 6   5   3   3   4   3   103   2.08

Crain 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   6   7.43

Henn 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   11   4.15

Ayala 2   1   0   0   0   0   14   4.37

W: Beckett, 5-2. L: Swarzak, 1-1. S: Papelbon, 13. H: Okajima, 8.

Swarzak pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. IR-S: Crain 1-0, Henn 1-1. HBP: by Henn (Ellsbury). Umpires: Home, Todd Tichenor; first, Jerry Layne; second, Tony Randazzo; third, Chris Guccione.

T: 2:56. A: 23,958 (46,632).

Indians 2, Rays 1

CLEVELAND - Rookie David Huff and four relievers combined to stifle Tampa Bay, and Victor Martinez drove in both runs for Cleveland, which completed a sweep of the defending American League champions.

The Rays have now lost 17 in a row in Cleveland, the longest road losing streak against one team in club history.

Huff allowed four hits through four innings before giving way to rain. Kerry Wood worked the ninth for his eighth save.

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Cleveland 001 010 00x – 2 7 0

Tampa Bay AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Cleveland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

B.Upton cf 4   0   1   0   .192      A.Cabrera ss 4   1   2   0   .321

Crawford lf 4   0   2   0   .317      Sizemore dh 3   0   1   0   .223

Longoria 3b 4   0   1   0   .324      V.Martinez 1b 4   0   1   2   .359

C.Pena 1b 3   0   0   0   .239      Choo rf 3   0   0   0   .289

W.Aybar 2b 4   1   2   1   .284      Jh.Peralta 3b 4   0   1   0   .267

Zobrist ss-rf 4   0   2   0   .304      Garko lf 3   0   0   0   .261

Dillon dh 2   0   0   0   .000      Crowe cf 0   0   0   0   .182

a-Gross ph-dh 2   0   0   0   .250      BFrancisco cf-lf 2   0   1   0   .259

Kapler rf 3   0   0   0   .188      Valbuena 2b 3   0   0   0   .182

Brignac ss 1   0   0   0   .200      Shoppach c 3   1   1   0   .228

Navarro c 4   0   0   0   .215      Totals 29   2   7   2      

Totals 35   1   8   1      

LOB: Tampa Bay 9, Cleveland 6. 2B: Zobrist (12), Sizemore (11), B.Francisco (10), Shoppach (3). HR: W.Aybar (3), off J.Lewis. RBIs: W.Aybar (12), V.Martinez 2 (36). SB: B.Upton (15). S: B.Francisco. RLSP: Tampa Bay 4 (W.Aybar, Navarro, Longoria 2); Cleveland 5 (Choo 2, Valbuena 2, Jh.Peralta). RA: Dillon, A.Cabrera, V.Martinez. GIDP: Choo. DP: Tampa Bay 1 (Zobrist, C.Pena).

Tampa Bay walks (2): B.Upton, C.Pena.

Cleveland walks (2): Sizemore, Choo.

Tampa Bay strikeouts (9): B.Upton, Longoria 2, C.Pena, W.Aybar 2, Zobrist, Gross, Kapler.

Cleveland strikeouts (11): Sizemore, V.Martinez 2, Choo 2, Jh.Peralta, Garko 3, Valbuena 2.

Tampa Bay IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Niemann (L) 3   5   1   1   1   4   53   4.44

Cormier 3   2   1   1   1   4   44   2.19

Howell 2   0   0   0   0   3   22   2.63

Cleveland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

D.Huff 4   4   0   0   1   2   71   10.97

J.Lewis 11/3   3   1   1   0   1   28   5.54

Herges (W) 12/3   1   0   0   0   3   30   1.35

R.Betancourt (H) 1   0   0   0   1   2   17   3.71

K.Wood (S) 1   0   0   0   0   1   7   6.35

W: Herges, 1-0. L: Niemann, 4-4. S: Wood, 8. H: Betancourt, 7. H: 0, 1.

Niemann pitched to 1 batter in the 4th. IR-S: Cormier 1-0, Herges 1-0. WP: Cormier. Balk: J.Lewis. Umpires: Home, Jim Reynolds; first, Angel Hernandez; second, Bill Welke; third, Tim Welke.

T: 2:48 (Rain delay: 2:40). A: 27,356 (45,199).

Orioles 5, Tigers 1

BALTIMORE - Luke Scott homered twice and had four RBIs, David Hernandez pitched into the sixth inning to win his major-league debut, and Baltimore beat Detroit for its season-high fourth straight victory.

Nolan Reimold also homered for the Orioles. The rookie has connected in three straight games and has five in 14 games since he was recalled from triple-A Norfolk on May 14.

Detroit 000 010 000 – 1 5 0

Baltimore 010 010 03x – 5 11 2

Detroit AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Baltimore AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Thomas lf 2   0   1   1   .264      B.Roberts 2b 4   0   2   0   .306

a-Raburn ph 1   0   0   0   .244      Ad.Jones cf 4   1   1   0   .357

Polanco 2b 4   0   0   0   .263      Markakis rf 4   0   0   0   .297

Ordonez rf 4   0   1   0   .263      A.Huff 1b 1   1   1   0   .273

Mi.Cabrera 1b 4   0   0   0   .366      Mora 3b 4   0   2   0   .276

Granderson cf 3   0   2   0   .254      Scott dh 4   2   2   4   .318

Inge 3b 3   0   0   0   .269      Reimold lf 4   1   1   1   .264

Larish dh 3   0   1   0   .228      Zaun c 3   0   0   0   .209

1-JAdrsn pr-dh 0   0   0   0   .302      C.Izturis ss 3   0   2   0   .256

Laird c 2   1   0   0   .238      Totals 31   5   11   5      

Santiago ss 4   0   0   0   .329

Totals 30   1   5   1      

a-flied out for Thomas in the 9th.1-ran for Larish in the 8th. E: Zaun (4), Mora (3). LOB: Detroit 10, Baltimore 5. 2B: Larish (1), A.Huff (14). HR: Scott (7), off Galarraga; Reimold (5), off Galarraga; Scott (8), off Perry. RBIs: Thomas (9), Scott 4 (22), Reimold (10). SB: Granderson (8). CS: A.Huff (4). S: Polanco. RLSP: Detroit 7 (Inge 2, Ordonez, Santiago 2, Mi.Cabrera, Laird); Baltimore 2 (Markakis, Reimold). RA: Ordonez, Markakis. GIDP: Inge, Laird, Ad.Jones, Mora, Reimold. DP: Detroit 3 (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera), (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera), (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera); Baltimore 2 (Mora, B.Roberts, A.Huff), (Mora, B.Roberts, A.Huff).

Detroit walks (7): Thomas 2, Granderson, Inge, Larish, Laird 2.

Baltimore walks (2): A.Huff 2.

Detroit strikeouts (5): Mi.Cabrera 2, Granderson, Larish, Santiago.

Baltimore strikeouts (5): Ad.Jones, Markakis, Mora, Reimold, Zaun.

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Galarraga (L) 7   10   3   3   1   4   100   5.50

Seay 1/3   0   1   1   1   0   8   5.65

Perry 2/3   1   1   1   0   1   11   2.70

Baltimore IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

D.Hernandez (W) 52/3   5   1   1   4   3   108   1.59

Albers (H) 1   0   0   0   2   1   17   4.91

Ji.Johnson (H) 11/3   0   0   0   1   1   14   3.28

Sherrill 1   0   0   0   0   0   14   2.61

W: Hernandez, 1-0. L: Galarraga, 3-5. H: Johnson, 8. H: Albers, 3.

Galarraga pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. IR-S: Seay 1-0, Perry 2-2, Albers 2-0, Ji.Johnson 1-0. HBP: by Galarraga (A.Huff). Umpires: Home, Adrian Johnson; first, Larry Vanover; second, Dan Iassogna; third, Sam Holbrook.

T: 2:46. A: 11,937 (48,290).