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Red Sox get past A's after 10 innings

MAJOR LEAGUES David Ortiz tied the score in the sixth with his 43rd homer as Boston maintained a 1.5-game lead in the AL East over the NY Yankees

AP , BOSTON

Manny Ramirez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Boston a 3-2 victory over Oakland on Friday night.

Mike Timlin (7-2) got out of a jam in the top of the inning when he retired Mark Ellis on a groundout with Marco Scutaro on third.

Juan Cruz (0-3) allowed a leadoff double to Tony Graffanino in the bottom of the inning. Alejandro Machado pinch ran and took third on Johnny Damon's groundout. Oakland manager Ken Macha then removed left fielder Jay Payton for a fifth infielder, Keith Ginter, who played behind Cruz. Cruz hit Edgar Renteria on the right elbow, then intentionally walked David Ortiz to load the bases.

Keiichi Yabu relieved and hit Ramirez on the left elbow with a 1-1 pitch.

Ortiz tied the score in the sixth with his 43rd homer as Boston maintained an 1.5-game lead in the American League East over New York.

Oakland dropped into second place in the AL West, a game behind Los Angeles, which beat Detroit 7-6 in 12 innings.

Yankees 11, Blue Jays 10

At Toronto, Robinson Cano homered twice and drove in five runs and Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 43rd home run as New York held on to win its fifth straight.

Randy Johnson had his shortest start in more than a decade, ejected in the second inning after complaining to the home plate umpire. The Yankees then took an 11-3 lead.

Johnson allowed three runs and two hits in his shortest regular-season start since July 23, 1993, for Seattle at Cleveland, when he lasted 1 1-3 innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Johnson gave up eight runs in that game.

Cano hit a three-run homer off Dave Bush (5-9) in the third that put New York ahead 5-3 and a two-run shot off Brandon League in the fourth that boosted the lead to 11-3, the first multihomer game of his career.

Scott Proctor (1-0) won for the first time since Oct. 3 last year, also at Toronto, despite allowing four runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 40th save.

Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer for Toronto, which has lost four of five.

Indians 3, Royals 1

At Cleveland, Casey Blake and Grady Sizemore hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning and Cleveland beat Kansas City to maintain its AL wild-card lead.

Scott Elarton (10-7) gave up one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings as Cleveland won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Indians remained a half-game ahead of New York in the wild-card race and 4.5 games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 42nd save, completing a six-hitter.

Mark Teahen homered for the Royals, who lost their 97th game, seven shy of the team record set last season.

Aaron Boone drew a leadoff walk in the fifth against Jimmy Gobble (1-1) and Blake homered for a 2-1 lead. Sizemore followed with his 20th homer.

White Sox 2, Twins 1, 10 innings

At Minneapolis, Joe Crede drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the 10th for Chicago, which won for the second time in eight games and maintained their 4{-game lead over Cleveland.

Bobby Jenks (1-0) pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win.

Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski started the 10th with singles, and Jesse Crain (10-5) made an error when he couldn't handle Juan Uribe's sacrifice bunt, loading the bases. Crede followed with a liner that hit Crain's leg and bounced away, scoring Dye.

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