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Big hitters put Red Sox back on track

MLB ACTION Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz hit crucial home runs to beat Oakland Athletics 14-5 and stave off a three-game sweep despite the absence of Pedro Martinez

AP , BOSTON

Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz raises his bat as he watches the ball go deep on his three-run home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Harden in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, on Thursday.

PHOTO: AP

With Pedro Martinez sidelined, Manny Ramirez homered and drove in three runs on Thursday as the Boston Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 14-5.

"It was only a matter of time before the Red Sox swung the bats like they did tonight," Oakland's Eric Chavez said.

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer for Boston, which pulled within a game of the Athletics in the American League wild-card race.

Martinez was scratched from his scheduled start because of a severe sore throat and fever. In his place, left-hander Casey Fossum (6-5) gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Rich Harden (3-3) walked seven and gave up eight runs and four hits in 2 2-3 innings. Before the game, the A's put left-hander Mark Mulder on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday with right hip tendinitis.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 3

In Toronto, Mark Hendrickson (8-9) took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, then allowed a two-run homer to Dan Wilson as Toronto beat Seattle.

AL West-leading Seattle opened a seven-game road trip by losing two of three at SkyDome. The Mariners start a four-game series at Boston on Friday.

Angels 10, Tigers 7

In Detroit, Scott Spiezio hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning off Matt Roney (1-9) as Anaheim dealt Detroit its ninth straight loss.

Detroit dropped to 31-95 and is just 6-28 since the All-Star break. The Tigers matched their longest losing streak this season -- they opened with nine straight loses and also dropped nine in a row from June 21-29.

The Tigers are the first team with three losing streaks of nine or more since the 1998 Florida Marlins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeff DaVanon homered and doubled for the Angels, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

Orioles 5, Devil Rays 4

In Baltimore, Tony Batista homered off Jesus Colome (3-7) leading off the bottom of the 10th as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.

Baltimore overcame a 4-0, seventh-inning deficit.

Twins 4, Royals 3

In Minneapolis, Shannon Stewart hit a tying, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help Minnesota knock Kansas City out of first place.

The Royals, Chicago White Sox and Twins all began the day within a half-game of each other in the AL Central. The last time Minnesota was ahead of Kansas City was June 30.

The Royals, who have lost four straight games and seven of nine, play the Twins three more times this weekend.

White Sox 7, Rangers 3

In Chicago, Frank Thomas and Joe Crede homered to back Bartolo Colon as Chicago moved into first place in the AL Central by beating Texas.

Brewers 5, Phillies 2

Keith Ginter hit a go-ahead homer off Vincente Padilla in the sixth inning and Jason Conti hit a two-run homer as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies to complete a three-game sweep.

After a five-game winning streak, including a three-game sweep of St. Louis, the Phillies are 0-3 on a season-high 13-game, four-city road trip. Philadelphia began the day a half-game ahead of Florida in the National League wild-card race.

"Obviously, everything is under the 'scope," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Leo Estrella (4-2) got one out for the win, and Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 10th save. Vincent Padilla (11-9) allowed three runs and four hits in the five innings.

Dodgers 2, Expos 1

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