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Red Sox get tough with the Athletics

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Boston's starting pitcher allowed only two A's batters to reach second base. He struck out six and walked one in a big win over Oakland

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Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox gestures towards the dugout after getting on base in the first inning against the Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday.

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Tim Wakefield pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for his first win in six weeks, and Johnny Damon singled five times Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a horrible trip to rout the Oakland Athletics 11-0.

"This is the 2004 Red Sox that you see," Boston first baseman Kevin Millar said. "This is the first time we're back in our house with our lineup."

Wakefield (5-5) allowed only two batters to reach second base. He struck out six and walked one.

"It was huge for all the guys in the clubhouse in there," said Wakefield. "We needed to win this one."

Bill Mueller hit a three-run homer in the second, and the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth off Barry Zito (4-6).

Zito allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and three walks in four innings, walking in two runs in the fourth.

The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park after going 1-5 on the road, including a three-game sweep by the American League East-leading Yankees.

Tigers 9, Yankees 1

In New York, Jason Johnson pitched eight dominant innings and Rondell White and Bobby Higginson hit two-run homers to help the Detroit beat New York and five game losing skid.

Dmitri Young had three doubles and scored two runs, Carlos Guillen had a two-run single, and White added an RBI single against his former team as the Tigers won for the first time at Yankee Stadium since Sept. 7, 2002.

Johnson (6-7) retired his first 12 batters. He allowed six hits and a run without walking a batter. He struck out four.

Mike Mussina (9-6), working on three days' rest, gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Devil Rays 3, Orioles 1

In Baltimore, Mark Hendrickson pitched eight shutout innings as Tampa Bay halted a three-game losing streak with a win over Baltimore.

Hendrickson (6-6) allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed only two runners to reach third base. Danys Baez pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-5) gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 innings.

Blue Jays 7, Mariners 6

In Toronto, Carlos Delgado doubled in his first at-bat off the disabled list, and Reed Johnson and Josh Phelps homered in a six-run first inning as Toronto defeated Seattle.

Delgado, who missed 33 games because of a strained ribcage, went 1-for-3. Toronto went 13-20 while he was sidelined.

Miguel Batista (8-5) won this fourth straight start despite allowing four runs, six hits and six walks in six innings. Rookie Jason Frasor pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Randy Winn and Scott Spiezio homered for the Mariners, who have lost four straight and six of eight. Jamie Moyer (6-5) lost his third straight decision, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.

Indians 4, Rangers 1

In Cleveland, the Indians halted a three-game losing streak and relief pitcher Bob Wickman pitched for the first time in almost two years as Cleveland downed Texas.

Wickman allowed one hit in the eighth. He hadn't pitched in the major leagues since Aug. 10, 2002, after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery.

Starter Cliff Lee (8-1) allowed four hits, struck out five and improved to 7-1 in starts following an Indians' loss. David Riske picked up his third save.

Texas starter Nick Bierbrodt (1-1) allowed three runs and just one hit, but walked seven. Mark Teixeira hit his 16th homer for the Rangers.

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