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Red Sox trounce Tigers as Cubs rule

MLB Boston hit nine doubles and had 18 hits as Manny Ramirez put on a batting exhibition in a 14-5 route of Detroit. The Cubs cut loose on the Braves with a 15-6 win

AP , BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTSAND ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Baltimore Orioles' Tony Batista dives back to first base but is tagged out by Texas Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro in the second inning at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Monday. Batista was picked off first base by catcher Einar Diaz, who threw to Palmeiro who made the tag for the out.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Manny Ramirez went 4-for-4 with his 23rd homer Monday as the Boston Red Sox hit a season-high nine doubles to thrash they beat the Detroit Tigers 14-5.

Boston had 18 hits and batted around twice in a game for the second time this season.

"We needed a game like this," said Kevin Millar, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles. "It's a matter of time with offense. We had a couple of good pitchers that shut us down, but it's not going to last that long."

Ramirez, 0-for-14 before a tying single in Boston's 5-4 win Saturday, has six hits in his last eight at-bats.

"Manny started it off," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "Statistically, they're the best-hitting team in baseball and they proved it."

John Burkett (8-4) allowed three runs in five innings, improving to 6-0 against Detroit.

Jeremy Bonderman (3-14) gave up seven runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.

"I left the ball up in the second inning and that's what happens," Bonderman said.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 0

In New York, former NBA player Mark Hendrickson (6-6), sent to the minors July 9, returned and allowed five hits in seven innings in a game shortened to 7 innings by rain.

Vernon Wells homered twice and drove in three runs, and Eric Hinske and Chris Woodward each had two RBIs.

Jeff Weaver (5-8) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings and ended the Yankees' five-game winning streak. The Blue Jays have won five consecutive games in New York.

Devil Rays 3, Angels 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Rob Bell (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings as Tampa Bay beat Anaheim.

The World Series champion Angels have lost five successive games, their longest skid since dropping six straight from April 8-13 last year.

Angels third baseman Troy Glaus left with a bruised right shoulder during the third inning after falling when he tried to switch directions as Julio Lugo's bunt deflected off Aaron Sele. Anaheim said X-rays were normal and Glaus was day to day.

Sele (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He had been 7-0 against the Devil Rays.

After All-Star closer Lance Carter allowed a ninth-inning sacrifice fly, Travis Harper retired Bengie Molina on a grounder for his first save this season.

Orioles 3, Rangers 2

In Baltimore, Pat Hentgen (2-5) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to give Baltimore a win over Texas and stop a career-high five-game losing streak.

Baltimore has won five straight for the first time since May 2001.

Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 22nd save.

R.A. Dickey (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. B.J. Surhoff homered for Baltimore.

Twins 5, Mariners 4

In Minneapolis, Chris Gomez hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lead Minnesota past Seattle for its fifth consecutive victory. Torii Hunter homered and Shannon Stewart went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Twins, on their best stretch since winning six straight from May 4-9.

Mark McLemore keyed a four-run seventh with a two-run double for the AL West-leading Mariners, who have dropped three straight games for the first time since April 9-11.

Juan Rincon (2-3) struck out both batters he faced in the eighth for the victory, and Eddie Guardado pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save. Arthur Rhodes (2-3) was the loser.

Athletics 6, Royals 1

In Kansas City, Missouri, Rich Harden allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, struck out four and walked two in his major league debut.

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