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By TIMES WIRES
Published April 28, 2006


INDIANS 15 RED SOX 3: CLEVELAND - Ben Broussard drove in a career-high eight, and the Indians handed Josh Beckett his first loss with his new team and first overall since Aug. 28 with the Marlins.

In the first inning, Broussard hit the first pitch he saw from the right-hander for his third homer of the season and fourth career grand slam. Beckett allowed his first slam in 638 career innings.

Broussard opened the third with a 421-foot shot down the rightfield line for his fifth career two-homer game.

Cleveland won the final two games of a three-game series. Boston has lost five of seven.

Mike Lowell had a run-scoring double and David Ortiz two run-scoring singles for the Red Sox.

Broussard's two-run, bases-loaded single off Julian Tavarez in the sixth put Cleveland ahead 11-2 and gave Broussard a .368 (14-for-38) career average and 47 RBIs with the bases loaded.

Broussard added a run-scoring single in Cleveland's four-run seventh to become the first Indians player with eight RBIs since Manny Ramirez on Sept. 24, 1999, at Toronto. The club record is nine by Chris James on May 4, 1991, at Oakland.

Broussard, platooning with right-hander Eduardo Perez, the former Devil Ray, at first base, is hitting .489 (23-for-47) against right-handers with four homers and 17 RBIs. Perez is hitting .346 with three homers and 10 RBIs against lefties.

 

NOTABLE: Beckett gave up three homers for the third time in his career, second in a row.

ORIOLES 7 BLUE JAYS 5: TORONTO - Kris Benson pitched seven strong innings for his third win in his past four starts as Baltimore snapped a four-game losing streak.

Corey Patterson hit a bloop two-run double in a four-run seventh for the Orioles, who salvaged the last game of the three-game series.

Toronto starter Casey Janssen, making his first major-league start, had a rocky first inning. He walked Melvin Mora, allowed a single to Miguel Tejada and hit Jay Gibbons with a pitch to load the bases.

Ramon Hernandez then hit a grounder to first baseman Shea Hillenbrand, whose throw home skipped past catcher Gregg Zaun. Mora scored on the grounder, and Tejada came around on Hillenbrand's throwing error.

Janssen hit Nick Markakis with a pitch in the second inning. Markakis advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Roberts' single to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.

Janssen replaced the injured A.J. Burnett in the rotation.

 

NOTABLE: The Blue Jays repaired the part of the scoreboard that Vernon Wells damaged with a homer Wednesday.

TWINS 7 ROYALS 3: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johan Santana found the perfect cure for his slow start: the Royals.

Santana struck out 10 in eight innings to get his first victory of the season, leading Minnesota.

In his past seven starts against Kansas City, Santana is 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA. The 2004 Cy Young winner has 115 strikeouts against the Royals in his six-plus seasons, his most against any team.

"I felt pretty good," said Santana (1-3), who had never started 0-3. "I was throwing the fastball in and out of the plate and I was able to throw my changeup. It was a nice day."

The Royals said Santana's changeup was particularly baffling. "I was throwing it the whole time," he said. "I knew it was there so I was using it the whole time."

The Twins took a 5-0 lead in the second, and the Royals were quickly in trouble against a pitcher they haven't beaten in almost two years. Mark Grudzielanek was the only Kansas City starter who did not strike out.

 

NOTABLE: Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who has hit safely in 14 of 18 games, was out with a sore hamstring but should play today.