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White Sox boost lead in AL Central

MAJOR LEAGUES Chicago ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak and handed the Indians a second loss in 15 games

AP , CHICAGO

Puerto Rican Jorge Posada, right, of the Yankees hits a three-run home run on a pitch by John Maine of the Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday.

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Joe Crede hit two home runs, including a game-winning shot leading off the 10th inning, and the Chicago White Sox increased their lead in the American League Central to 3 1/2 games with a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Crede turned on a 1-0 pitch from David Riske (3-4), sending it an estimated 422 feet to left for his 19th homer. It was the fifth game-ending homer of Crede's career and his first since last September against Kansas City.

Dustin Hermanson (2-4) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

Red Sox 15, Devil Rays 2

At St. Petersburg, Florida, David Ortiz hit his AL-leading 45th and 46th homers and drove in four runs to help Boston hang on to first place in the AL East.

Manny Ramirez also homered twice to drive in three runs and join Ortiz, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek with four hits for the Red Sox, who remained one-half game in front of the New York Yankees, who beat Baltimore 12-9.

"The standings don't mean anything right now," Kevin Millar said. "You fight until the end and see where the chips lay."

Boston finished with 21 hits and tied an AL record with four players with four apiece. The Red Sox are the first team to accomplish the feat since Minnesota did it against Cleveland in June 2002.

Ortiz hit two-run homers off Seth McClung (6-11) in the first and third innings, giving him home runs in three straight at-bats over two games and his second consecutive four-RBI game against the Devil Rays.

Curt Schilling (7-8) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out seven and walked one in seven innings to improve to 2-3 in six starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 25. The six-time All-Star gave up a solo homer to Jorge Cantu in the first.

Yankees 12, Orioles 9

At New York, Gary Sheffield hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, Jorge Posada added a three-run homer and New York kept the pressure on in a pair of playoff races with a victory over Baltimore.

Aaron Small (9-0) was not sharp, but didn't need to be to remain unbeaten. The Yankees gave him plenty of early support by scoring four runs in the first and five more in the second, taking advantage of some horrendous Baltimore defense.

The Yankees have won eight of nine and is 24 games above .500 for the first time this season. New York remained a half-game behind first-place Boston in the AL East, and improved to a half-game back of Cleveland in the wild-card race.

Small allowed four runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings, the shortest of his eight starts this season. He became the first pitcher to win his first nine decisions for the Yankees since Tommy John in 1979.

Baltimore rookie John Maine (2-2) didn't get an out in the second inning.

Angels 2, Rangers 1

At Anaheim, Bartolo Colon won his AL-leading 20th game, becoming the first Angels pitcher to reach that mark since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in 1974, and Los Angeles defeated Texas.

The Angels won their fourth straight and remained 1.5 games in front of Oakland in the AL West. The Athletics beat Minnesota 8-3.

Colon (20-7) held the Rangers, who had won five in a row, scoreless through 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander gave up one unearned run and four hits, struck out four and walked none in seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 39th save.

Texas' Juan Dominguez (3-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

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