Mike Lowell hit one of Boston’s three homers for his first RBIs this season as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday behind a wild Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz also connected for Boston, which won its fourth straight game and sent the Tigers to their fourth consecutive defeat.
Matsuzaka (5-0) won despite walking a career-worst eight batters in five innings, which also tied the major league high for walks this season. But he didn’t allow a hit until Curtis Granderson’s two-out RBI single in the fourth.
Craig Hanson gave up two runs in 1 2-3 innings. Hideki Okajima worked 1 1-3 scoreless innings before Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.
Angels 4, Royals 0
At Kansas City, Missouri, Ervin Santana extended his outstanding start by pitching a four-hitter, and Garret Anderson and Brandon Wood hit consecutive homers in a four-run ninth inning to lead Los Angeles past Kansas City.
Santana joined teammate Joe Saunders at 6-0, becoming the third and fourth Angels pitchers to open a season 6-0 or better. Saunders and Santana are just the eighth pair of teammates to start a season 6-0 since 1920.
Santana gave up just four hits, striking out nine without a walk.
It was his second career complete game, his first since hurling a five-hit shutout against the White Sox on May 23, 2005, for his first major league win.
Blue Jays 1, White Sox 0
At Toronto, Dustin McGowan outpitched Javier Vazquez in an entertaining duel, and Matt Stairs homered to help Toronto beat slumping Chicago for a four-game sweep.
Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning but got Pablo Ozuna to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the game, earning his fifth save.
It was Toronto’s first four-game sweep since May 2003 against the New York Yankees.
McGowan (2-2) gave up four hits in seven innings to win for the first time in three starts. He walked none and struck out six.
Stairs hit a leadoff homer in the seventh off Vazquez (3-3), who struck out nine while throwing 120 pitches in seven-and-two-third innings.
Mariners 7, Rangers 3
At Seattle, Wladimir Balentien and Richie Sexson homered to back starter Jarrod Washburn, and Seattle beat Texas to end a five-game losing streak.
Washburn had a 7-0 lead and had allowed just one hit entering the seventh. He gave up three consecutive hits, then left with tightness in his right calf.
Washburn (2-4) beat the Rangers for the first time in three years, a run of 10 starts. It was his first home win in 11 months.
Kevin Millwood (2-3) allowed nine hits and seven runs in three innings, his shortest start of the season, and lost his 10th consecutive road decision.
That tied the franchise record by Joe McClain of the Washington Senators from 1961-1962.
Athletics 2, Orioles 1, 10 innings
At Oakland, California, Emil Brown singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give Oakland a victory over Baltimore.
With two outs, Daric Barton singled against Jim Johnson (0-1), and Frank Thomas followed with a walk to set up Brown’s third hit of the game.
Joey Devine (3-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win, handing the Orioles their third consecutive defeat in a game mostly dominated by the starting pitchers — Oakland’s Dana Eveland and Baltimore’s Garrett Olson.