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Red Sox start relief effort for Dominican Republic


Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe pitches against the Orioles during the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday. Baltimore won the game 13-4.


The Boston Red Sox collected money on Monday to buy food and medicine for flooding victims in the Dominican Republic, the homeland of stars Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

More than 1,000 have been killed by floods near the Haitian border, and thousands more have been left homeless.

"The Dominican Republic has produced wonderful, talented members of our club, and we now have the opportunity to help this country that has given us so much," Red Sox spokesman Charles Steinberg said. "Our players do so much in the Boston community and in their home communities. This is a unique opportunity to support their effort while helping thousands of people in dire need of assistance."

The team set aside an area inside the main gate for fans to contribute. Monday was the final game of a homestand, but the team will continue to accept contributions through the mail.

Checks made out to the Red Sox Foundation should be sent to: Dominican Relief Effort, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.

Orioles 13, Red Sox 4

Rodrigo Lopez had his best game as a starter and B.J. Surhoff had four of Baltimore's 16 hits, including a homer that helped the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 13-4 Monday.

Lopez (4-2) struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings, allowing one run and four hits in his third start since being promoted from the bullpen May 20.

"To shut down a team like Boston, you are doing something," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "This Red Sox team is explosive."

Melvin Mora had four RBIs and three hits, including a homer, and Brian Roberts three hits, including a bases-clearing double in the seven-run sixth inning. Baltimore has 13 or more hits in six straight games.

"It makes you feel more comfortable on the mound," Lopez said. "Knowing that they're going to score runs, it makes you more relaxed."

Derek Lowe (4-5) allowed seven runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings. Boston dropped into second place in the AL East, percentage points behind the New York Yankees.

Mariners 6, Blue Jays 2

In Seattle, Ichiro Suzuki had three hits to give him 50 in May and Randy Winn drove in three runs for Seattle in a victory over Toronto.

Suzuki became the first player since Pete Rose to have two 50-plus hit months in his career. He had 51 in August of 2001. Rose had 52 in July of 1973 and 51 in September of 1979.

Suzuki finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and closed out the month 50-for-125 (.400).

Jamie Moyer (4-2) won his third straight start and lowered his ERA to 4.06 after opening the season with a 1-2 record and a 5.29 ERA through his first eight starts.

Moyer allowed seven hits and two runs over 7 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Toronto starter Pat Hentgen (2-4) lasted five innings, allowing eight his and four earned runs. He walked three and struck out six.

Rookie Nick Green's first career homer highlighted a six-run seventh inning Monday and led the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 8-2.

With the score tied 2-all in the seventh and a runner on third with two outs, Montreal manager Frank Robinson elected to walk Rafael Furcal and pitch to Green, who hit a three-run drive off Livan Hernandez (3-5).

Following much coaxing from teammate Chipper Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton, Green agreed to a curtain call.

"I didn't know I was supposed to go out there until Chipper yelled at me that I needed to go," Green said. "I hope they saw me. I only went up to the top step of the dugout."

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