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Sheffield powers Detroit over Orioles

Sheffield powers Detroit over Orioles

Gary Sheffield went 4-for-4 with a home run and an RBI single, and Craig Monroe hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in the American League on Wednesday.
The Tigers earned their first sweep of the year and have won a season-high four straight. Baltimore has lost four in a row and nine of 10.
Nate Robertson (3-1) gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings. His 2.48 ERA ranks among the AL leaders.
Jason Grilli replaced Robertson and struck out Jay Payton with a runner on second. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless eighth and Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
Steve Trachsel (1-3) gave up three runs and eight hits over seven innings, losing for the third time in four starts. Payton had an RBI double and Melvin Mora drew a bases-loaded walk for the Orioles.
Mariners 3, White Sox 2
At Seattle, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Miguel Batista pitched surging Seattle over Chicago.
Jose Guillen also homered and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double to help the Mariners send Chicago to its fourth consecutive loss.
Betancourt hit a 1-0 fastball into Seattle's bullpen beyond left field off rookie John Danks, who looked to Safeco Field's closed roof in exasperation. Danks (0-4) allowed six hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings.
Batista (3-2) allowed solo homers to Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko but just three singles besides that against a lineup missing injured Jim Thome and Scott Podsednik.
Red Sox 6, Athletics 4
At Boston, Josh Beckett became the first Boston pitcher to win his first six starts since Roger Clemens in 1991, allowing three runs in seven innings.
Beckett (6-0), the first six-game winner this season, gave up six hits and two walks and had seven strikeouts.
Hideki Okajima, the AL rookie of the month for April, pitched the eighth, his 14th consecutive scoreless inning in 14 games. Mike Timlin pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
The Red Sox went ahead 4-3 with two runs in the sixth. Julio Lugo's sacrifice fly against Jay Marshall (1-1) brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Royals 3, Angels 1
At Kansas City, Missouri, light-hitting Esteban German hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and Kansas City snapped Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.
German had only three major league home runs in 441 at-bats before taking Ervin Santana (2-4) over the wall in left for his first homer in 144 at-bats.
Jorge De La Rosa (3-2) went seven innings, giving up five hits and one run, with two strikeouts and a walk as the Royals won for just the third time in 10 games.
Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
Devil Rays 4, Twins 3
At St. Petersburg, Florida, pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro drove in the winning run with a grounder in the 10th inning after Tampa Bay rallied to tie in the ninth against Minnesota closer Joe Nathan.
The Devil Rays scored twice against Nathan, who blew his first save opportunity, on two-out RBI singles by Elijah Dukes and Ty Wigginton.
Carlos Pena had a one-out infield single in the 10th off Matt Guerrier (0-1) that hit an overhanging catwalk and landed between first and second. Ben Zobrist pinch ran for Pena and appeared to be heading home with the game-winning run but stumbled rounding third on Brendan Harris' double and had to stay at third.
Zobrist then scored on Navarro's grounder when he beat a throw to the plate by shortstop Jason Bartlett.
Al Reyes (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Tampa Bay.
Indians 7, Blue Jays 6, 11 innings
At Cleveland, Travis Hafner dribbled an RBI double down the third-base line, out of the reach of Toronto's overshifted infield, for Cleveland to win in the 11th inning.
With Toronto playing the Indians' powerful pull hitter to the right side, Hafner stuck out his bat and got enough of a low, outside pitch from Shaun Marcum (1-2) to send a slow roller toward third. David Dellucci scored easily from first to give Cleveland its ninth victory in 10 games.
Indians starting pitcher Jake Westbrook was forced out in the second inning with tightness in his abdominal muscle, and Tom Mastny (2-0), the eighth and final available pitcher, pitched one inning for the win.
Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer and Ryan Garko added a solo shot for Cleveland.
RBI doubles to Troy Glaus and Aaron Hill tied it 6-6 for Toronto.