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, last 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.
Lyle Overbay's solo homer in the sixth was all Toronto could manage against Matsuzaka.
The matchup between Matsuzaka and Toronto's Tomo Ohka was just the fourth time in major league history that two Japanese starters have faced off.
Ohka (2-4) got the loss in this one, allowing three runs and six hits over 42/3 innings.
Yankees 6, Rangers 2
NEW YORK - Derek Jeter drove in three runs, Mike Mussina pitched three-hit ball for six innings and New York extended its domination of Texas.
Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui each hit an RBI double in a four-run first off Robinson Tejeda, helping the Yankees improve to 18-2 against Texas since July 20, 2005 - including 5-0 this year.
White Sox 6, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS - John Danks (1-4) got his first major league victory as Chicago beat Minnesota.
Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an infield single in the eighth.
Bobby Jenks got three outs for his 11th save.
Orioles 1, Devil Rays 0
BALTIMORE - Aubrey Huff homered with one out in the 10th inning against his former team, giving Baltimore Orioles the victory over Tampa Bay.
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.
John Parrish (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th to get the win.
Royals 3, Athletics 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike Sweeney hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and Kansas City beat Oakland to snap a four-game losing streak.
Jimmy Gobble (1-1) pitched the eighth and Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Mariners 9, Tigers 2
DETROIT - Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer, Cha Seung Baek pitched a six-hitter, and Seattle snapped Detroit's eight-game winning streak.