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Baltimore Orioles fly past Cleveland Indians

AP , BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard delivers against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their game in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday.

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Erik Bedard remained unbeaten, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Javy Lopez, Jeff Conine and Tejada each had two RBIs during a six-run sixth that erased a 4-3 deficit and gave Baltimore its sixth win in eight games.

Eduardo Perez and Victor Martinez homered for Cleveland. Martinez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest in US Major League Baseball this season.

Bedard (4-0) pitched six innings and joined Boston's Curt Schilling and Atlanta's Oscar Villareal as the majors' only four-game winners.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 1

In Boston, Jonny Gomes homered twice, and Scott Kazmir held Boston to four hits before a sixth-inning injury as Tampa Bay handed knuckleballer Tim Wakefield another tough-luck loss.

Kazmir (3-1) allowed one run -- Dustan Mohr's solo homer -- and one walk while striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings to stop Boston's four-game winning streak. He was pulled from the game after 101 pitches with a 2-2 count on Manny Ramirez; the team announced Kazmir had muscle cramps in his left thumb and wrist.

Travis Harper pitched 2 2-3 innings before loading the bases in the ninth, and Dan Miceli got two outs for his fourth save, striking out Trot Nixon and retiring pinch-hitter Jason Varitek on a flyout.

Wakefield (1-3) allowed three runs -- two of them earned -- four hits and two walks, striking out two in eight innings. In his previous start last Saturday, he pitched a complete game but lost 3-0; the Red Sox have scored a total of one run in his three losses.

Tigers 4, Athletics 3

In Oakland, California, Curtis Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Detroit rallied to beat the A's.

Brandon Inge drew a walk from Justin Duchscherer (1-1), filling in for regular closer Huston Street, on a 15-pitch at-bat that loaded the bases for Granderson.

A's manager Ken Macha opted to stick with Duchscherer rather than immediately turn to reliever Kirk Saarloos, who had already been warming up for several minutes.

Fernando Rodney (1-0) pitched two innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to extend his scoreless streak to start the season to 7 2-3 innings.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 1

At Boston, Jonny Gomes homered twice, and Scott Kazmir held Boston to four hits before a sixth-inning injury as Tampa Bay beat Boston and handed knuckleballer Tim Wakefield another tough-luck loss.

Kazmir (3-1) allowed one run -- Dustan Mohr's solo homer -- and one walk while striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings to stop Boston's four-game winning streak. He was pulled from the game after 101 pitches with a 2-2 count on Manny Ramirez; the team announced Kazmir had muscle cramps in his left thumb and wrist.

Travis Harper pitched 2 2-3 innings before loading the bases in the ninth, and Dan Miceli got two outs for his fourth save, striking out Trot Nixon and retiring pinch-hitter Jason Varitek on a flyout.

Wakefield (1-3) allowed three runs -- two of them earned -- four hits and two walks, striking out two in eight innings. In his previous start Saturday, he pitched a complete game but lost 3-0; the Red Sox have scored a total of one run in his three losses.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3

At Seattle, closing pitcher Eddie Guardado walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning and then walked Phil Nevin to force in Texas pinch-runner Gerald Laird with the go-ahead run to beat the Mariners.

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