With shutout, Red Sox back in top spot

Associated Press
Published June 25, 2005

PHILADELPHIA - Tim Wakefield's knuckleball fluttered, floated and baffled hitters all night.

Wakefield allowed two hits in eight innings, and Doug Mirabelli and Manny Ramirez hit three-run homers, to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-0 on Friday night.

Wakefield struck out six and walked two. Alan Embree allowed one hit in the ninth to complete the three-hitter.

David Ortiz hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who have won five straight and 10 of 11 to move into first place in the AL East for the first time since April 21.

Wakefield struggled earlier in the season, but has allowed just one run in his last three starts, spanning 22 innings.

Wakefield's only jam came in the eighth. He retired 12 straight batters before David Bell reached on an error by third baseman Mueller leading off the inning. Bell went to second on a passed ball, and pinch-hitter Endy Chavez walked with one out.

After Jimmy Rollins grounded to first base, Jason Michaels walked to load the bases, but Wakefield struck out Abreu to end the threat.

REDS 5, INDIANS 4: Felipe Lopez doubled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning and Ken Griffey Jr. hit two homers as visiting Cincinnati remained unbeaten under interim manager Jerry Narron.

Wily Mo Pena singled to open the ninth against Bob Howry and was sacrificed to second. After Edwin Encarnacion struck out, Lopez hit a 1-1 pitch the opposite way off the left-field wall to score Pena.

Griffey tied the score 4-4 with a one-out shot into the right-field stands in the eighth for his 14th homer this season and 515th of his career.

WHITE SOX 12, CUBS 2: Freddy Garcia allowed three hits in seven innings, Frank Thomas, A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede homered, and the host White Sox extended their winning streak to eight games.

The 10-run win was the largest for either team in the series. Garcia, making his 200th start, struck out eight and walked one. He retired 12 of the first 13 batters, and threw a season-low 93 pitches.

Thomas hit a solo homer in the first to tie Luke Appling's White Sox record for runs in a career with 1,319.

BRAVES 7, ORIOLES 5: Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones hit first-inning home runs as host Atlanta took an early six-run lead and beat Baltimore to knock the Orioles out of first place in the AL East.

Giles had two hits and drove in three runs. Jones moved into a tie with Chicago's Derrek Lee for the NL homer lead with his 22nd.

Atlanta's Kyle Davies outpitched Baltimore's Hayden Penn in a matchup of rookies. Davies, 21, gave up eight hits and five runs in six innings. Penn, 20, gave up eight hits and seven runs in only two-plus innings. NATIONALS 3, BLUE JAYS 0: Esteban Loaiza hit a two-run double and pitched six shutout innings to lead host Washington, with President Bush in attendance, to its 11th straight win at home.

Loaiza allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five, combining with three relievers on the Nationals' fourth shutout of the season.

ASTROS 5, RANGERS 2: Roy Oswalt pitched 71/3 strong innings, Jason Lane broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and Houston handed Texas its fifth straight loss.

Rookie outfielder Chris Burke went 3-for-3 and Brad Ausmus went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks to send the Astros to their seventh straight win at home.

BREWERS 3, TWINS 1: Chris Capuano pitched 62/3 shutout innings and Damian Miller snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a solo home run as host Milwaukee won its third consecutive game.

Joe Mauer grounded out to end the seventh inning, making Minnesota 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

ROCKIES 12, ROYALS 4: Preston Wilson drove in three runs and Dustan Mohr ended a 2-for-26 slump with a two-run homer, helping host Colorado end a five-game losing streak.

Brad Hawpe added three hits and two RBIs, and Byung-Hyun Kim won for just the second time since last October to help the Rockies spoil the return of former manager Buddy Bell.

ATHLETICS 4, GIANTS 3: Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer, Bobby Crosby also connected and Joe Blanton won his third straight start for host Oakland.

Blanton, who is finally living up to expectations after having a rough time early, retired the first 10 Giants before Omar Vizquel lined a single to right in the fourth. Vizquel was caught stealing moments later and J.T. Snow fouled out to third, so Blanton still faced the minimum through four.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, TIGERS 1: Tony Clark had an RBI single, Shawn Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and host Arizona rallied for a 2-1 victory.

Shawn Estes worked 61/3 effective innings, allowing one run and six hits to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in four games since snapping a five-game losing streak.

ANGELS 7, DODGERS 0: John Lackey combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, Garret Anderson and Dallas McPherson homered for the host Angels.

Lackey allowed three hits in seven innings and won his third straight decision over a span of eight starts. Adam Kennedy drove in two runs, helping increase the Angels' lead in the AL West to a season-best 51/2 games over the Rangers.

MARINERS 14, PADRES 5: Bret Boone hit a three-run triple and Richie Sexson, playing while he appeals a two-game suspension, had a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners embarrassed the slumping San Diego Padres 14-5 on Friday night.

The Mariners hit three triples in a five-run fifth -- the first time in franchise history.

CARDINALS 8, PIRATES 1: Jeff Suppan took a two-hitter into the ninth inning and host St. Louis backed him with five home runs in the win.

Jim Edmonds hit two two-run homers and So Taguchi also connected twice to help the Cardinals end a three-game losing streak that matched their longest of the season.