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Pedroia lifts Boston to 1-0 victory

AP, ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Adrian Gonzalez, left, of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during their game on Sunday in St Petersburg, Florida.

Photo: AFP

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs in the top of the 16th inning to snap a scoreless deadlock and give the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Josh Beckett and five relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter for the Red Sox, who won for the eighth time in nine games, retaining a 1-1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Pedroia lined a single to right field off Adam Russell (1-2), driving in Josh Reddick from third base. Reddick drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on Marco Scutaro’s infield hit.

Alfredo Aceves (5-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. Jonathan Papelbon worked the bottom of the 16th for his 21st save in 22 opportunities.

RANGERS 3, MARINERS 1

In Seattle, Matt Harrison allowed one run in 7-2/3 innings and Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer as Texas beat Seattle for their 11th consecutive victory.

The Rangers’ streak is baseball’s best since Philadelphia won 11 in a row in September last year and is tied for second-best in team history.

Harrison (8-7) allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one, continuing Texas’ run of dominant pitching. The Rangers held Seattle to two runs over 36 innings in the four-game set.

Going back to before the All-Star break, Texas has allowed just two runs in their last 47 innings.

Neftali Feliz struck out a pair in the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.

TWINS 4, ROYALS 3

In Minneapolis, Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run and Joe Nathan picked up the save for the second day in a row to lift Minnesota over Kansas City.

Thome’s tiebreaking three-run drive off Felipe Paulino soared into the upper deck in right-center field in the sixth inning, leaving him four shy of becoming the eighth player to hit 600 home runs.

Jeff Francoeur homered and Melky Cabrera added two hits for Kansas City. Paulino (1-3) struck out eight in seven innings, yielding four runs and seven hits.

TIGERS 4, WHITE SOX 3

In Detroit, Carlos Guillen hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Detroit’s three-run sixth inning to lead Detroit past Chicago.

The Tigers came back from a 3-0 deficit and avoided a three-game sweep.

Chicago led 3-1 when Victor Martinez tied it with a two-run single in the sixth. Jhonny Peralta then singled and Guillen followed with a line drive to right field that drove in Martinez.

Detroit’s Brad Penny (7-6) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6-2/3 innings. Three relievers finished for the Tigers, with Jose Valverde working the ninth for his 25th save in 25 chances.

YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 2

In Toronto, Phil Hughes pitched six effective innings to earn his first win of the season as New York salvaged a split of the four-game series with Toronto.

Brett Gardner had three hits and Curtis Granderson finished with three RBIs for the Yankees, who were outscored 23-8 over the first two games in the set.

Making just his fifth start of the season and his second since missing 84 games with a sore right shoulder, Hughes (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits to win for the first time since Oct. 2 last year in Boston.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Athletics 9, Angels 1

‧ Orioles 8, Indians 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AFP, WASHINGTON

In NL action on Sunday, it was:

‧ Reds 3, Cardinals 1

‧ Phillies 8, Mets 5

‧ Braves 9, Nationals 8

‧ Pirates 7, Astros 5 11 innings

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