BOSTON - Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers found their offense one day after Jon Lester took it away.

Cruz led a 12-hit attack with a double, triple, and homer, helping the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, yesterday and bounce back from Lester's 61/3 innings of perfect pitching.

"I'm very glad with how the guys recovered," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "You learn from the day before, and you go out there, and it's a different challenge every day."

Michael Young got the Rangers off to a fast start with a solo homer off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Young also had Texas' first hit Saturday night, but that double didn't come until the seventh inning of Boston's 8-1 win as Lester tossed a two-hitter.

The Rangers won a series against the Red Sox for the first time since a three-game sweep in August 1997. They were 0-12-3 in their last 15 series with Boston and 1-9 in their last 10 games at Fenway Park before yesterday's win.

Cruz, playing at Fenway for the first time, went 0 for 8 with two strikeouts in the first two games, then had three straight extra-base hits after striking out in his first at-bat in the series finale.

Cruz doubled and scored in the third, tripled and scored in the fifth and hit a solo shot in the seventh off Hideki Okajima.

Cruz's double ended an 0-for-11 slump. He is tied with Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena and Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira for the AL lead in homers with 17.

Former Phillie Vicente Padilla (4-3), who spent 48 hours last week on the waiver wire, allowed two earned runs and four hits in seven innings for Texas, lowering his ERA to 5.22.

"We all sit around and say we don't know how he has a 5 ERA," Boston's Kevin Youkilis said. "He can dominate a game."

Texas 112 010 100 – 6 12 1

Boston 002 100 000 – 3 4 0

Texas AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Boston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Kinsler 2b 5   0   1   0   .274      Pedroia 2b 3   0   0   0   .318

M.Young 3b 5   2   2   1   .336      Ellsbury cf 3   0   0   1   .302

Blalock dh 4   0   0   0   .253      Baldelli rf 1   0   0   0   .259

N.Cruz rf 4   3   3   1   .292      Youkilis 1b 3   0   1   0   .349

Dav.Murphy lf 4   1   3   2   .250      Bay lf 2   0   0   0   .277

Byrd cf 4   0   1   0   .294      Lowell 3b 4   0   0   0   .296

C.Davis 1b 4   0   0   0   .202      D.Ortiz dh 4   0   1   0   .197

Teagarden c 4   0   0   0   .220      Varitek c 2   1   0   0   .247

Vizquel ss 4   0   2   1   .345      Kotsay rf-cf 3   2   2   1   .286

Totals 38   6   12   5         N.Green ss 3   0   0   0   .271

Totals 28   3   4   2      

E: Kinsler (5). LOB: Texas 5, Boston 3. 2B: Kinsler (13), N.Cruz (12), Dav.Murphy (6), Youkilis (15). 3B: N.Cruz (1). HR: M.Young (8), off Matsuzaka; N.Cruz (17), off Okajima; Kotsay (1), off Padilla. RBIs: M.Young (22), N.Cruz (42), Dav.Murphy 2 (12), Vizquel (7), Ellsbury (16), Kotsay (1). CS: Bay (1), D.Ortiz (2). RLSP: Texas 2 (Kinsler, C.Davis); Boston 2 (Lowell 2). RA: N.Green. GIDP: Lowell. DP: Texas 1 (Kinsler, Vizquel, C.Davis).

Boston walks (5): Pedroia, Youkilis, Bay 2, Varitek.

Texas strikeouts (10): Kinsler, M.Young, Blalock 3, N.Cruz, Byrd, C.Davis, Teagarden 2. Boston strikeouts (7): Baldelli, Youkilis, Bay, Lowell, D.Ortiz 2, Varitek.

Texas IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Padilla (W) 7   4   3   2   4   4   99   5.22

O'Day (H) 1   0   0   0   0   2   11   1.00

C.Wilson (S) 1   0   0   0   1   1   12   3.33

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Matsuzaka (L) 52/3   10   5   5   0   8   102   7.33

Masterson 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   10   4.14

Okajima 2/3   1   1   1   0   1   11   2.55

R.Ramirez 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   1.30

Papelbon 1   0   0   0   0   0   8   2.16

W: Padilla, 4-3. L: Matsuzaka, 1-4. S: Wilson, 5. H: Day, 5.

IR-S: Masterson 1-0. WP: Matsuzaka. Umpires: Home, Tim Timmons; first, Rob Drake; second, Jeff Kellogg; third, Ron Kulpa.

T: 2:49. A: 37,537 (37,373).

Blue Jays 4, Royals 0

TORONTO - Roy Halladay pitched a seven-hitter to become the first 10-game winner in the major leagues as Toronto beat Kansas City.

Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay homered for Toronto, which won the rubber game of the weekend series.

Halladay needed just 97 pitches to record his 43d career complete game and 12th career shutout. He was coming off a career-high 133 pitches in a complete-game victory over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start.

The righthander allowed just seven singles while winning his seventh straight decision. He struck out six and walked none.

Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, has gone at least seven innings in all 13 of his starts and has not lost since April 21, when Texas beat him, 5-4.

Kansas City 000 000 000 – 0 7 0

Toronto 112 000 00x – 4 9 0

Kansas City AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Toronto AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

DeJesus lf 4   0   1   0   .232      Scutaro ss 3   1   1   0   .297

Bloomquist ss 4   0   0   0   .273      A.Hill 2b 2   2   1   2   .311

Butler 1b 4   0   1   0   .281      Rios rf 4   0   2   0   .267

Jacobs dh 4   0   2   0   .240      V.Wells cf 3   0   1   1   .254

J.Guillen rf 4   0   1   0   .255      Lind dh 4   0   1   0   .309

Teahen 3b 4   0   1   0   .275      Overbay 1b 3   1   2   1   .302

Callaspo 2b 3   0   1   0   .293      Barajas c 4   0   0   0   .281

Olivo c 3   0   0   0   .236      Bautista 3b 4   0   1   0   .264

Maier cf 3   0   0   0   .234      Inglett lf 3   0   0   0   .125

Totals 33   0   7   0         Totals 30   4   9   4      

LOB: Kansas City 6, Toronto 7. HR: Overbay (7), off Davies; A.Hill (13), off Davies. RBIs: A.Hill 2 (40), V.Wells (28), Overbay (31). SB: Teahen (2), Scutaro (6), Rios 2 (7). SF: V.Wells. RLSP: Kansas City 4 (Callaspo, Teahen, Maier 2); Toronto 4 (Lind, Barajas, Rios, Bautista). RA: Lind, Overbay. GIDP: J.Guillen, Lind. DP: Kansas City 1 (Callaspo, Bloomquist, Butler); Toronto 1 (Bautista, A.Hill, Overbay).

Toronto walks (3): Scutaro, A.Hill, Overbay.

Kansas City strikeouts (6): Bloomquist, Butler 3, Olivo 2.

Toronto strikeouts (3): Scutaro, Barajas, Bautista.

Kansas City IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Davies (L) 8   9   4   4   3   3   126   5.13

Toronto IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Halladay (W) 9   7   0   0   0   6   97   2.52

W: Halladay, 10-1. L: Davies, 2-6..

HBP: by Davies (A.Hill). Umpires: Home, Bob Davidson; first, Jeff Nelson; second, Mark Carlson; third, Tim Tschida.

T: 2:09. A: 21,071 (49,539).

Tigers 9, Angels 6

DETROIT - Clete Thomas' grand slam broke an eighth-inning tie, and Detroit went on to beat Los Angeles.

The game featured 15 walks, including one to Magglio Ordonez that loaded the bases before Thomas delivered his first career slam.

Los Angeles 300 001 011 – 6 11 1

Detroit 202 000 05x – 9 8 1

Los Angeles AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Detroit AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Figgins 3b 5   1   2   1   .308      Granderson cf 4   1   0   0   .264

Abreu rf 4   1   1   0   .293      Polanco 2b 4   1   1   0   .252

Guerrero dh 5   1   1   0   .253      Ordonez rf 4   2   1   0   .280

K.Morales 1b 4   2   1   0   .273      J.Anderson lf 0   0   0   0   .269

J.Rivera lf 5   1   3   3   .303      Mi.Cabrera 1b 1   1   0   0   .352

Matthews, Jr. cf 5   0   0   0   .246      1-Thmas pr-lf-rf 2   1   1   4   .248

E.Aybar ss 4   0   2   1   .283      Thames dh 5   1   2   0   .261

J.Mathis c 1   0   0   0   .218      Inge 3b 4   0   1   2   .277

a-M.Izturis ph 0   0   0   0   .261      Raburn lf-1b 3   1   0   0   .250

Napoli c 0   0   0   0   .264      Laird c 1   0   1   0   .234

Kendrick 2b 3   0   1   1   .229      Everett ss 3   1   1   2   .264

Totals 36   6   11   6         Totals 31   9   8   8      

a-was intentionally walked for J.Mathis in the 8th.1-ran for Mi.Cabrera in the 4th. E: Matthews Jr. (3), Porcello (1). LOB: Los Angeles 9, Detroit 8. 2B: Abreu (11), K.Morales (14), J.Rivera 2 (10), E.Aybar (10). HR: Figgins (1), off Porcello; J.Rivera (6), off Porcello; Thomas (4), off Bulger. RBIs: Figgins (15), J.Rivera 3 (25), E.Aybar (14), Kendrick (22), Thomas 4 (17), Inge 2 (37), Everett 2 (20). SB: E.Aybar (2). S: Laird. RLSP: Los Angeles 6 (Kendrick, J.Mathis, Guerrero, Figgins 2, Matthews Jr.); Detroit 3 (Raburn, Ordonez, Granderson). RA: Abreu, K.Morales 2, J.Rivera, E.Aybar. GIDP: Guerrero, Kendrick. DP: Detroit 2 (Polanco, Everett, Mi.Cabrera), (Everett, Polanco, Raburn).

Los Angeles walks (6): Abreu, K.Morales, J.Mathis 2, M.Izturis, Kendrick.

Detroit walks (9): Granderson, Polanco, Ordonez, Mi.Cabrera 2, Raburn, Laird 2, Everett.

Los Angeles strikeouts (5): Guerrero 2, Matthews 2, J.Mathis.

Detroit strikeouts (6): Granderson 2, Ordonez, Mi.Cabrera, Thames, Inge.

Los Angeles IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Saunders 6   7   4   4   5   5   112   3.94

Arredondo (L) 11/3   0   2   2   2   1   24   5.55

Bulger (BS) 2/3   1   3   3   2   0   21   5.25

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Porcello 5   5   4   4   3   2   84   3.98

Perry (BS) 1   3   0   0   0   2   25   3.13

Seay 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   5   5.06

Zumaya (W) 12/3   1   1   1   3   1   31   2.89

Rodney 1   2   1   1   0   0   23   3.75

W: Zumaya, 2-0. L: Arredondo, 1-3. . BS: Bulger, 2. BS: Perry, 1.

Porcello pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.Perry pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. IR-S: Bulger 2-2, Perry 1-1, Seay 2-0, Zumaya 2-0. IBB: off Zumaya (M.Izturis). Umpires: Home, Jerry Crawford; first, Dan Bellino; second, Phil Cuzzi; third, Tom Hallion.

T: 3:11. A: 32,074 (41,255).

Yankees 4, Rays 3

NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera bounced back from a poor outing against Tampa Bay, and New York rallied for three runs in the eighth to win.

Nick Swisher hit the 100th home run at the new Yankee Stadium, which has hosted 28 games.

Hideki Matsui beat out a potential double-play grounder to drive in the go-ahead run, then Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

Tampa Bay 001 002 000 – 3 6 1

New York 001 000 03x – 4 6 1

Tampa Bay AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

B.Upton cf 4   0   1   1   .221      Jeter ss 4   0   0   0   .307

Crawford lf 4   0   0   0   .323      Damon lf 4   1   2   0   .300

W.Aybar 3b 4   1   1   0   .250      Teixeira 1b 4   1   1   0   .286

C.Pena 1b 3   1   1   0   .223      A.Rodriguez 3b 3   1   1   0   .255

Zobrist 2b 4   0   0   0   .296      Cano 2b 3   0   0   1   .300

Joyce rf 3   0   0   0   .207      Posada c 4   0   1   1   .306

Gross dh 4   0   1   2   .255      H.Matsui dh 4   0   0   1   .249

Navarro c 3   0   1   0   .206      1-Berroa pr-dh 0   0   0   0   .133

a-Longoria ph 1   0   0   0   .320      Swisher rf 2   1   1   1   .250

Brignac ss 3   1   1   0   .222      Gardner cf 0   0   0   0   .265

Totals 33   3   6   3         Me.Cbrera cf-rf 3   0   0   0   .303

Totals 31   4   6   4      

a-grounded out for Navarro in the 9th.1-ran for H.Matsui in the 8th. E: W.Aybar (3), Posada (3). LOB: Tampa Bay 5, New York 8. 2B: B.Upton (11), Damon (14). HR: Swisher (11), off Garza. RBIs: B.Upton (15), Gross 2 (16), Cano (34), Posada (27), H.Matsui (23), Swisher (33). SB: Gross (3). CS: Brignac (2). RLSP: Tampa Bay 5 (Gross, W.Aybar, B.Upton, Navarro 2); New York 6 (H.Matsui, Teixeira 3, Me.Cabrera 2). RA: Crawford, Joyce, Cano.

Tampa Bay walk (1): Joyce.

New York walks (5): A.Rodriguez, Cano, Swisher 2, Me.Cabrera.

Tampa Bay strikeouts (9): Crawford 2, W.Aybar, C.Pena, Zobrist 3, Gross, Navarro.

New York strikeouts (4): Damon, Cano, Me.Cabrera 2.

Tampa Bay IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Garza 5   4   1   1   2   2   96   3.55

J.Nelson (H) 2   0   0   0   0   1   19   5.55

Balfour (L) 1/3   2   3   2   1   0   19   6.31

Howell (BS) 2/3   0   0   0   2   1   15   2.17

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Chamberlain 6   5   3   3   1   4   100   3.79

Aceves (W) 2   1   0   0   0   4   33   2.70

Ma.Rivera (S) 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   3.33

W: Aceves, 4-1. L: Balfour, 2-1. S: Rivera, 13. H: 1, 8. H: Nelson, 5. BS: Howell, 5.

IR-S: Howell 3-3. HBP: by Chamberlain (C.Pena). Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; first, Ted Barrett; second, Tim McClelland; third, Adrian Johnson.

T: 3:13. A: 46,465 (52,325).

Indians 8, White Sox 4

CHICAGO - Rookies Chris Gimenez and Luis Valbuena hit consecutive home runs off former Cleveland ace Bartolo Colon as the Indians beat Chicago.

Victor Martinez and Shin-soo Choo also hit back-to-back homers off Colon, giving the Indians a 6-0 lead and helping them win a road series for only the second time this season.

Cleveland 120 122 000 – 8 11 1

Chicago 000 030 010 – 4 5 1

Cleveland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Chicago AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

B.Francisco rf 4   1   1   1   .257      Podsednik lf 3   1   1   0   .299

J.Carroll 2b 5   0   3   2   .345      Al.Ramirez ss 5   1   2   3   .247

V.Martinez dh 5   1   2   1   .344      Dye rf 3   1   0   0   .273

Choo lf 3   1   1   1   .298      Konerko 1b 5   0   2   0   .295

DeRosa 3b 4   0   0   0   .262      Fields dh 2   0   0   0   .242

Shoppach c 5   1   1   0   .202      R.Castro c 3   0   0   1   .235

Gimenez 1b 4   2   1   1   .375      Bri.Anderson cf 3   1   0   0   .243

Valbuena ss 2   2   1   2   .200      Getz 2b 3   0   0   0   .248

Crowe cf 4   0   1   0   .200      a-J.Nix ph-2b 1   0   0   0   .200

Totals 36   8   11   8         Beckham 3b 4   0   0   0   .000

Totals 32   4   5   4      

a-struck out for Getz in the 8th. E: DeRosa (8), B.Colon (1). LOB: Cleveland 10, Chicago 9. 2B: J.Carroll 2 (3), Shoppach (6), Konerko (14). HR: Gimenez (2), off B.Colon; Valbuena (1), off B.Colon; V.Martinez (10), off B.Colon; Choo (8), off B.Colon; Al.Ramirez (4), off D.Huff. RBIs: B.Francisco (22), J.Carroll 2 (7), V.Martinez (41), Choo (33), Gimenez (2), Valbuena 2 (3), Al.Ramirez 3 (26), R.Castro (14). SB: Fields (2). S: Crowe. SF: Valbuena. RLSP: Cleveland 5 (DeRosa 3, Shoppach 2); Chicago 5 (Konerko, Getz, R.Castro, Beckham 2). RA: J.Carroll, V.Martinez, Gimenez. GIDP: Dye. DP: Cleveland 1 (Valbuena, J.Carroll, Gimenez).

Cleveland walks (7): B.Francisco, Choo 2, DeRosa, Gimenez, Valbuena 2.

Chicago walks (8): Podsednik 2, Dye 2, Fields 2, R.Castro, Bri.Anderson.

Cleveland strikeouts (8): B.Francisco, V.Martinez, Choo, Shoppach 2, Valbuena, Crowe 2.

Chicago strikeouts (7): Podsednik, Al.Ramirez, Dye, Bri.Anderson, Getz, J.Nix, Beckham.

Cleveland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

D.Huff (W) 5   4   3   3   3   3   96   8.71

Aquino 2   0   0   0   1   0   27   3.27

Vizcaino 0   1   1   1   2   0   17   2.31

R.Perez (H) 1   0   0   0   1   2   13   11.74

K.Wood 1   0   0   0   1   2   20   5.59

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

B.Colon (L) 5   8   6   5   1   3   88   4.23

Whisler 0   0   2   2   2   0   9   13.50

Carrasco 2   2   0   0   2   3   43   2.13

Gobble 1   1   0   0   2   0   29   7.00

Dotel 1   0   0   0   0   2   12   2.29

W: Huff, 1-2. L: Colon, 3-6. H: Perez, 5.

Whisler pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.Vizcaino pitched to 3 batters in the 8th. IR-S: R.Perez 3-1, Carrasco 2-2. WP: Gobble. Umpires: Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; first, Brian Knight; second, Dana DeMuth; third, Doug Eddings.

T: 3:11. A: 25,609 (40,615).

Athletics 3, Orioles 0

OAKLAND, Calif. - Vin Mazzaro pitched seven sharp innings, Jason Giambi drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, and Oakland beat Baltimore for its season-high sixth straight win.

After Adam Jones led off the game with a single, Mazzaro (2-0) retired 15 of the next 16 Orioles hitters - an impressive showing for his second career start and first at home.

The 22-year-old righthander was called up Tuesday to make his major-league debut and earned the win against the White Sox in Chicago. This time, he left to a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the eighth following Robert Andino's one-out single.

Baltimore 000 000 000 – 0 5 0

Oakland 300 000 00x – 3 2 1

Baltimore AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Oakland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Ad.Jones cf 4   0   2   0   .346      O.Cabrera ss 4   1   1   0   .236

Reimold lf 3   0   1   0   .280      Kennedy 2b 4   0   1   0   .339

Markakis rf 4   0   0   0   .286      Cust rf 3   1   0   0   .239

Scott dh 4   0   0   0   .319      Cunningham rf 0   0   0   0   .163

Mora 3b 3   0   0   0   .266      Holliday lf 3   1   0   0   .287

Salazar 1b 4   0   0   0   .000      Giambi dh 2   0   0   1   .217

Wieters c 4   0   0   0   .143      K.Suzuki c 2   0   0   1   .280

Wigginton 2b 2   0   0   0   .221      Crosby 1b 3   0   0   1   .198

a-BRbrts ph-2b 1   0   0   0   .279      Hannahan 1b 0   0   0   0   .173

Andino ss 3   0   2   0   .245      R.Davis cf 2   0   0   0   .211

Totals 32   0   5   0         G.Petit 3b 3   0   0   0   .241

Totals 26   3   2   3      

a-struck out for Wigginton in the 8th. E: Kennedy (6). LOB: Baltimore 7, Oakland 4. RBIs: Giambi (31), K.Suzuki (19), Crosby (12). SB: O.Cabrera (2). RLSP: Baltimore 4 (Scott 2, Markakis, Wieters); Oakland 2 (G.Petit 2). RA: Crosby.

Baltimore walks (2): Reimold, Mora.

Oakland walks (4): Cust, Holliday, Giambi, R.Davis.

Baltimore strikeouts (6): Reimold, Scott 2, Salazar, B.Roberts, Andino.

Oakland strikeouts (2): O.Cabrera, G.Petit.

Baltimore IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

R.Hill (L) 2/3   1   3   3   4   0   39   5.24

Bass 41/3   1   0   0   0   0   50   3.49

Albers 2   0   0   0   0   2   21   4.79

Ji.Johnson 1   0   0   0   0   0   12   3.10

Oakland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Mazzaro (W) 71/3   5   0   0   0   4   105   0.00

Wuertz (H) 1/3   0   0   0   1   0   7   2.39

Breslow (H) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   2   4.76

A.Bailey (S) 1   0   0   0   1   2   19   1.98

W: Mazzaro, 2-0. L: Hill, 2-1. S: Bailey, 4. H: Wuertz, 7. H: Breslow, 5. IR-S: Bass 3-0, Wuertz 1-0, Breslow 2-0. HBP: by R.Hill (K.Suzuki). Umpires: Home, Bruce Dreckman; first, Paul Emmel; second, Gary Darling; third, Bill Hohn.

T: 2:13. A: 17,208 (35,067).