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Tigers pounce early to edge Indians

MAJOR LEAGUES Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman kept up his winning streak on the road. Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-7 at home

AP , CLEVELAND

The Oakland Athletics' Mark Ellis, bottom, breaks up a double play as the Boston Red Sox's Alex Gonzalez vaults over him after getting the force at second on a ground ball by Jason Kendall in the third inning of their baseball game on Monday in Oakland, California.

PHOTO: AP

American League

Jeremy Bonderman remained unbeaten on the road this season as the Detroit Tigers got off to another fast start and held on for a 9-7 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

Bonderman (11-4) lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and five hits before leaving with a 7-4 lead. The right-hander is 7-0 in 11 road starts, and hasn't lost anywhere since May 29, going 6-0 in a span of 10 outings.

The Tigers, who improved to a major league-best 34-15 on the road, pounced on a first-inning error behind Cliff Lee (9-8) to score five unearned runs, giving them three straight games with at least that many runs in their first at-bat.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Detroit is the first team since the 1891 St. Louis Browns to score five runs or more in the first inning of three straight games.

Todd Jones finished up for his 26th save.

Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer in the first and Dmitri Young added a solo shot in the fifth for Detroit.

Ramon Vazquez and Ben Broussard homered for Cleveland, 3-8 since the All-Star break.

Yankees 6, Rangers 2

At Arlington, Texas, Randy Johnson struck out seven to win the matchup of the last two pitchers to throw no-hitters and slumping Alex Rodriguez returned to Texas with two hits and an error-free game.

Lustily booed by the fans of his former team that gave him the record US$252 million contract, Rodriguez snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a single in the fourth and then scored the go-ahead run. The two-time AL MVP finished 2-for-5, adding an RBI double in the seventh, but still has only six hits in his last 32 at-bats.

A-Rod, the converted Gold Glove shortstop who had five errors in a five-game stretch at third base last week, cleanly fielded the three balls hit his way by the Rangers -- two of them infield singles.

Johnson (11-8) threw 101 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits with two walks.

Kevin Millwood (10-6) allowed five runs, two earned. He struck out two and walked two in six innings.

There have been more than 5,700 major league games since Johnson's perfect game for Arizona against Atlanta on May 18, 2004. Millwood threw his no-hitter for Philadelphia against San Francisco on April 27, 2003.

Buck Showalter missed his second consecutive game, a precaution advised by a team doctor after the Texas manager sat out a game in Chicago and spent a night in the hospital for dehydration.

Angels 8, Devils Rays 4

At St. Petersburg, Florida, John Lackey allowed five hits in eight innings and Adam Kennedy drove in three runs.

Lackey (9-6) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and struck out seven to win for the fifth time in his last six starts.

Juan Rivera homered for the ninth time this month, hitting a solo shot off Jae Seo (0-5) for a 6-0 lead in the fifth. He also had a sacrifice fly in the third, while Kennedy delivered a sacrifice fly in the second and a two-run double in the third.

Seo fell to 0-11 lifetime in the month of July, including losses in all five of the starts he made for the Devil Rays since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade on June 27.

Twins 7, White Sox 4

At Chicago, Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer, and Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau also connected.

Brad Radke pitched six solid innings for the Twins, who pulled within two games of second-place Chicago in the AL Central with their 32nd win in 40 games. Chicago lost for the 10th time in 13 games and fell 7.5 games behind first-place Detroit.

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