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Boston slugs away at the NY Yankees

AMERICAN BASEBALL All Red Sox runs came on homers, allowing Derek Lowe to achieve a career-high seventh straight win

AP , NEW YORK ANDCHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hits a 2-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 11-8.

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American League

The Boston Red Sox hit a record seven home runs off the New York Yankees, and those weren't the only things flying into the stands.

David Wells tossed his glove and hat into the seats after getting tagged as the Red Sox played their own version of the Boston pops on the Fourth of July, powering past New York 10-3 Friday.

Switch-hitter Bill Mueller homered from both sides of the plate, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz each homered twice and Manny Ramirez also connected.

All of Boston's runs came on homers, making it easy for Derek Lowe (10-3) to win his career-high seventh straight decision.

Mueller's drive into the upper deck in the ninth inning marked Boston's seventh of the game, one more than the Yankees had ever allowed.

Wells (10-3) set a career high for most homers allowed and matched the team record -- in just 5 2-3 innings. He was the fifth pitcher to serve up five, and he and Jeff Weaver are the only ones to do it at Yankee Stadium.

Orioles 8, Blue Jays 5

Brook Fordyce doubled in two runs to give the Baltimore the lead during an eight-run eighth inning, and the Orioles went on to beat Toronto.

All eight runs scored with two outs. The Orioles got seven hits, two walks and sent 12 players to the plate in the inning.

Toronto's Kelvim Escobar took a 5-0 lead into the eighth, then allowed a two-out, two-run single to Jeff Conine and a single by Jay Gibbons before being replaced by Aquilino Lopez (1-2).

Tony Batista hit an RBI double, and B.J. Surhoff tied the game with a double to right-center. Brook Fordyce, who started the inning with a groundout, doubled into the gap in right-center to make it 7-5.

Brian Roberts capped the uprising with an RBI single.

Travis Driskill (2-3) got the win despite yielding Eric Hinske's first career grand slam, and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 18th save.

Devil Rays 4, White Sox 3

Carl Crawford hit his first homer since opening day, a three-run drive with one out in the ninth inning that gave Tampa Bay Devil Rays a victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Crawford also hit a three-run homer in the ninth to beat Boston on March 31. This time he drove an 0-1 pitch from Billy Koch (5-5) into the right-field seats after Javier Valentin walked and pinch-hitter Al Martin singled.

Jesus Colome (2-4) pitched one inning and won despite giving up a solo homer to Brian Daubach in the top of the ninth. Roberto Alomar drove in Chicago's other two runs for his first RBIs with the White Sox.

Tampa Bay won consecutive games for the first time since May 15-16. Chicago, which had won six of its previous seven, came within two outs of climbing over .500 for the first time since May 2.

White Sox starter Bartolo Colon allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings before departing with a 2-1 lead. Koch blew a save for the fourth time in 15 chances.

Twins 9, Indians 2

Justin Morneau and Corey Koskie each hit a two-run homer, and Rick Reed won for the first time since May 25 as Minnesota beat Cleveland in a game that featured five ejections after the benches cleared in the third inning.

Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak and won for only the sixth time in 20 games.

One night after the Twins accused Cleveland pitcher C.C. Sabathia of throwing at their hitters, Minnesota's Torii Hunter took exception to an inside pitch from Jason Davis and shouted at him.

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