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Red Sox beat Tigers despite Wakefield

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Boston's Tim Wakefield allowed two home runs to Ivan Rodriguez and one each to Eric Munson, Craig Monroe, Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young

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Shortstop Orlando Cabrera of the Red Sox avoids Jason Smith of the Tigers to turn a double play on Alex Sanchez at first base in the seventh inning in Detroit, Michigan, Sunday. David Ortiz's three-run shot capped a six-run fourth inning as the Red Sox won 11-9.

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Tim Wakefield gave up six homers, matching a modern major league record last set 64 years ago, but wound up with a win because the Boston Red Sox outslugged the Detroit Tigers 11-9 on Sunday.

David Ortiz's three-run shot capped a six-run fourth inning, and Kevin Youkilis homered twice to help the Red Sox overcome seven Detroit home runs.

Ivan Rodriguez and Eric Munson each connected twice for the Tigers on an unusual day at spacious Comerica Park. The teams combined for 10 homers, the most in the stadium's five-year history. Detroit's seven homers were the most ever hit by one team at Comerica.

Wakefield (8-6) allowed two homers to Rodriguez and one each to Munson, Craig Monroe, Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young. Yet the knuckleballer left after five innings with a 10-7 lead.

He's the sixth pitcher since 1900 to yield six homers in a game, but the first since George Caster of the Philadelphia Athletics against the Red Sox on Sept. 24, 1940. In 1886, Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons in the National League gave up seven homers in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 23 chances.

Nate Robertson (9-7) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- in three-plus innings.

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2

In New York, Bernie Williams hit the 10th grand slam of his career, leading the Yankees to their fifth straight victory.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for Toronto, which fired manager Carlos Tosca after the game and replaced him on an interim basis with first-base coach John Gibbons.

Jon Lieber (8-7) extended the Yankees' streak of eight-inning efforts by starting pitchers to four, limiting the Blue Jays to four hits.

Williams connected in the first inning against Miguel Batista (9-7), who gave up infield hits to Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui and hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch to load the bases. Williams then took over fourth place on the Yankees' career grand slam list, one ahead of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, trailing only Lou Gehrig (23), Joe DiMaggio (13) and Babe Ruth (12).

Orioles 11, Rangers 5

In Baltimore, Melvin Mora went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to back a strong pitching performance by a rejuvenated Sidney Ponson, and the Orioles beat the Rangers for their season-high sixth straight victory.

The Orioles roughed up 13-game winner Kenny Rogers and defeated the Rangers for the eighth straight time over two seasons.

Ponson (7-12) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings to improve to 7-1 lifetime against Texas. He's 4-0 in his last five starts after losing nine straight.

Rogers (13-5) gave up eight runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, dropping a second straight decision for the first time this season. Brian Jordan homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who made three errors for the second time in three games.

Devil Rays 5, Mariners 1

In St. Petersburg, rookie shortstop B.J. Upton hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for his first major league RBI, and Rob Bell allowed one unearned run in seven innings for Tampa Bay.

Upton, the Devil Rays' top pick in the 2002 draft, went 2-for-4 after sitting the previous two games. With the game tied at 1 in the sixth, Upton and Rey Sanchez hit consecutive run-scoring singles off Jamie Moyer to give the Devil Rays a 3-1 lead.

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