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Ortiz has 2 homers, one wins it for Boston

Ortiz has 2 homers, one wins it for Boston

David Ortiz hit his second homer of the game to break a ninth-inning tie and give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the American League on Wednesday.
It was Ortiz's 10th career game-ending homer and franchise-record ninth with the Red Sox. Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx had eight.
All-Star Tim Wakefield pitched seven strong innings in his return from the disabled list, but the 43-year-old knuckleballer was deprived of a win when Jayson Nix homered off reliever Ramon Ramirez to make it 2-2 in the eighth.
Daniel Bard (1-1) earned his first career victory with 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.
Tony Pena (1-2) struck out Kevin Youkilis to start the ninth, then gave up the homer to Ortiz, who also went deep in the second.
Alex Gonzalez also homered for Boston, which beat Chicago for the third straight time and dropped the White Sox (63-64) below .500 for the first time since June 28.
Yankees 9, Rangers 2
At New York, Jorge Posada hit a three-run homer and Andy Pettitte finally gave New York a quality pitching performance in a win over Texas.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira both drove in two runs, and Jerry Hairston Jr. added a solo homer for the Yankees, who have scored at least eight runs in four of their last five games.
Pettitte (11-6) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings to win his third straight decision. The crisp performance came after New York pitchers had surrendered 39 runs on 52 hits over the last four games, including a 10-9 loss to the Rangers in the series opener.
David Murphy homered and drove in both runs for the Rangers, who dropped five games behind Los Angeles in the AL West and 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the wild card.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2
At Toronto, Marco Scutaro scored the winning run for Toronto on a wild pitch after Tampa Bay closer J.P. Howell loaded the bases with three walks.
Rod Barajas hit a tying pinch-hit homer off Howell (6-4) with one out in the ninth. After walking three and with rookie Randy Ruiz up, Howell uncorked a wild pitch that bounced high and away from catcher Gregg Zaun. It was Howell's seventh blown save.
Brandon League (2-5) worked one inning for the win.
It was a tough night to be a home plate umpire. Crew chief Jerry Crawford took a foul ball off his face mask and left after two innings while his replacement, Tom Hallion, was struck in the chest by a pitch from Rays lefty Scott Kazmir in the sixth. Trainers and medical staff rushed to Hallion's aide. He eventually stood up and walked off without assistance. After a 21-minute delay, the game resumed with Hallion at third base. First base umpire Brian O'Nora moved behind the plate and Scott Barry moved from third to first.
Orioles 5, Twins 1
At Minneapolis, Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven easy innings and Felix Pie homered as Baltimore ended Minnesota's season-high five-game winning streak.
Guthrie (9-12) won his second straight start, allowing six hits and one run.
Twins starter Nick Blackburn (8-9) let No. 9 hitter and backup catcher Chad Moeller reach three times on a walk, a single and a double. He was 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA before the All-Star break.
The Orioles scored two runs in the first inning and Pie hit his fifth homer in the fourth.
Angels 4, Tigers 2
At Anaheim, California, Torii Hunter's early two-run homer helped Los Angeles end a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
Kendry Morales and Chone Figgins added run-scoring hits for Los Angeles, the only major league club without four straight losses. The AL West-leading Angels also avoided being swept at home for the first time since June 2007 and prevented Detroit's first road sweep of the Angels since August 1993.
Hunter connected for his 18th homer in the first inning against Edwin Jackson (10-6), who took his first loss since July 19.
Joe Saunders (10-7) conceded only Adam Everett's two-run homer for the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Indians 4, Royals 2
At Kansas City, Missouri, Grady Sizemore scored three times to help Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City.
Sizemore reached base four times after a day off, scoring in the first, third and fifth innings to put Cleveland up 3-2. Matt LaPorta hit his second homer of the season in the sixth off Luke Hochevar (6-7) and Jamey Carroll had three hits to give Indians pitcher David Huff (8-7) all the support he needed.
Billy Butler had three hits for Kansas City, which has lost five of six at home.


Updated : 2020-12-01 14:21 GMT+08:00