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Red Sox knock around Yankees

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Boston's starting pitcher Matt Clement (6-0) benefited from the team's biggest offensive display of the year, as New York got hammered


Edgar Renteria hit a grand slam, Manny Ramirez got four singles and the Boston Red Sox broke out of their slump with 27 hits in a 17-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Trot Nixon homered and drove in five runs for the Red Sox, who backed unbeaten Matt Clement (6-0) with their biggest offensive outburst of the year. Johnny Damon also had four hits and scored three times, and John Olerud had three hits in his first major league game since last fall.

"Our offense took it personally today. This offense, we haven't even seen what they're going to do," Clement said. "We had to respond because the Yankees are playing so good right now."

Carl Pavano (4-3) and Paul Quantrill were roughed up for the Yankees, who had their five-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the third time in 19 games. They had won nine consecutive games at home.

"We'll look for a pick-me-up tomorrow," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully, we'll get back on track and play the type of baseball we've been used to the last three weeks. You've got to brush it off."

Twins 4, Blue Jays 3

In Toronto, Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings, and Juan Castro and Shannon Stewart hit consecutive homers to lead Minnesota.

The Twins have won eight of 11 to move 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Tigers 5, Orioles 3

In Baltimore, Omar Infante homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and Jason Johnson (3-4) earned his first win since April 18, pitching eight solid innings to lead Detroit past Baltimore.

With the score 3-3, Infante homered off Jorge Julio (1-1) after Ivan Rodriguez singled. Infante was in a 1-for-16 skid before connecting.

Mariners 3, Devil Rays 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Aaron Sele took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Pat Borders homered, and Seattle edged Tampa Bay top snap a four-game losing streak.

Sele (4-4) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings for his second straight win. He pitched a four-hitter in his last start, a 5-0 victory over San Diego last Sunday.

Borders, 42, put the Mariners up 3-1 with a solo homer in the seventh. It was his first since July 16, 2004, and second since the start of the 2000 season.

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 opportunities for the Mariners, who also stopped a seven-game road skid.

Indians 6, Athletics 3

In Cleveland, Ben Broussard and Jonny Peralta each drove in two runs and Cleveland extended Oakland's losing streak to seven games.

The Athletics have lost 19 of 23 and are a major league-worst 5-19 in May, their most losses in a month since going 8-19 in July 1997. Oakland dropped eight straight from May 7-15, the Athletics' worst losing streak since 1998.

Scott Elarton (2-2) started, and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge used four relievers. Bob Howry worked the ninth for his first save since Aug. 28, 2001, when the right-hander was with the Chicago White Sox and before he had elbow surgery.

Kirk Saarloos (1-4) allowed four runs and 10 hits over five-plus innings.

Angels 14, Royals 1

In Anaheim, California, Garret Anderson drove in five runs with a homer and a three-run double, and Steve Finley and Chone Figgins each had three RBIs as Los Angeles thrashed Kansas City.

The Angels improved to a season-best nine games over .500.

Rookie Dallas McPherson homered for the third straight game and had an RBI single. Figgins went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by an Angels player this season.

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