Fossum guides Rays past Tigers

Tampa Bay's Travis Lee, right, gets congratulations from teammate Damon Hollins after hitting a sixth inning, two-run home run.

The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Casey Fossum allowed one run over seven innings, and Damon Hollins and Travis Lee hit two-run homers to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Fossum (5-4) gave up six hits and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in beating All-Star game starter Kenny Rogers (11-5).
Hollins and Lee homered off Rogers, who allowed six runs, five hits and four walks and struck out three over five-plus innings.
Rogers lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his previous start last Tuesday, giving up seven runs, five hits and three walks in a 12-7 loss to Cleveland. He is 0-2 with two no-decisions and a 10.34 ERA since the All-Star game.
Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez returned to the lineup after missing four games with a sore right thumb. He went 0-for-5 and struck out four times.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Dmitri Young's second-inning RBI groundout, but he committed three errors at first base over the first five innings.
Hollins put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1 with his 12th homer in the fourth. Hollins went 3-for-3 against Rogers, and has five hits in six at-bats overall off the left-hander.
The Devil Rays made it 3-1 in the fifth when Rocco Baldelli scored from second after Young misplayed shortstop Carlos Guillen's throw. Guillen was attempting to complete a double play on Jorge Cantu's grounder. Cantu advanced to second on Young's second error during the play, an errant throw to the plate.
Young also mishandled a throw by Rogers on a pickoff attempt in the second.
Tampa Bay went up 7-1 with a four-run sixth. Lee hit his eighth homer before Carl Crawford drove in two runs with a single off Wilfredo Ledezma.
Craig Monroe and Young hit consecutive homers in the ninth off Brian Meadows.
  • RED SOX 9, INDIANS 8: David Ortiz hit a game-ending, three-run homer in the ninth inning to give host Boston a win over Cleveland that kept them in sole possession of first place in the AL East.
    Ortiz, who also hit a solo homer in the third, got his second game-ending hit in three days and fifth of the year. It was his 12th in four seasons with Boston, most in the majors during that span. He leads the majors with 37 home runs this year, and he tied a club record with 14 homers in a month.
    Ortiz's one-out drive to center field followed a single by Alex Cora, a walk to Kevin Youkilis and a popout by Mark Loretta. It came on a 2-0 count against Fausto Carmona (1-5) and helped the Red Sox overcome two homers and five RBIs by Casey Blake.
    It also was Ortiz's eighth career game-ending homer, and seventh with the Red Sox.
    Kyle Snyder (3-2) got the win with 4 1-3 innings of one-hit relief after replacing David Wells. Boston took a one-game lead over the idle New York Yankees.
    The Red Sox also got homers from Manny Ramirez and Wily Mo Pena, but Wells struggled in his first start since being struck on the right knee by a liner on May 26. He allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.
    Blake hit a leadoff homer in the second, a sacrifice fly in the third and a three-run homer in the fifth that put Cleveland ahead 8-6. Blake has 14 homers and three two-homer games this season.
    The Red Sox sustained a potentially costly injury when catcher Jason Varitek departed with a twisted left knee in the third. Their only other catcher, Doug Mirabelli, entered the game with a .182 batting average.
    Wells went on the disabled list May 31, five days after being struck on the right knee with a liner by Tampa Bay's Travis Lee. Problems with that knee had limited Wells to just one appearance before then.
    Boston scored in each of the first four innings against starter Paul Byrd and led 6-5 before the Indians went ahead.
    Boston took a 2-0 lead in the first on Loretta's single and Ramirez's 29th homer. Cleveland went ahead 3-2 in the second on Blake's homer and a two-run double by Kelly Shoppach.
    The Red Sox came back with two runs in the second on a two-run triple by Pena, who was a double short of the cycle.
    The Indians jumped ahead 5-4 with two runs in the third on a single by Jason Michaels, an RBI double by Travis Hafner and a sacrifice fly by Blake.
    Boston went back on top when Ortiz, in the fourth, and Pena, in the fifth, slammed the first pitch of each inning for solo homers.
  • WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 4: Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede and Alex Cintron homered to lead visiting Chicago to a victory over Kansas City.
    Dye hit a solo shot, his 29th, with one out in the third inning off Runelvys Hernandez. Dye has hit nine home runs in his last 28 games and is four shy of his career-best 33 in 2000, when he played for the Royals. Dye, who also hit one Sunday at Baltimore, has homered in consecutive games six times this season.
    Two batters later, Crede hit his 22nd homer following a single by Ross Gload. Crede, who is from Westphalia, Mo., about 180 miles from Kansas City, has 13 home runs and 33 RBIs in his last 37 games.
    Cintron, who had three hits, homered in the second after Scott Podsednik had singled with two outs.
    Jose Contreras, who had lost his previous three starts after having his 17-game winning snapped on July 14, earned the victory. Contreras (10-3) started shaky, allowing three runs in the first two innings, but settled down, retiring 11 straight at one point before Joey Gathright's infield single in the sixth.
    Contreras went seven innings, giving up four runs, three earned, nine hits and two walks, striking out three.
    Hernandez (2-6) was pulled after three innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits, including the three home runs, and two walks. Hernandez also had two balks in the first inning.
    In the White Sox's three-run first, A.J. Pierzynski had an RBI single, his ninth hit in 10 at-bats. Cintron, who had singled, scored on Hernandez's second balk with Dye batting. Pierzynski scored on Gload's infield single.
    The Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Shane Costa's single scored Mark Grudzielanek with the first run. Esteban German was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Mark Teahen with the second.
    The Royals scored an unearned run in the second after a throwing error by shortstop Juan Uribe allowed David DeJesus to reach base. Emil Brown's single drove in DeJesus.
    Gathright stole second after his single in the sixth inning and scored on John Buck's single.
  • TWINS 15, RANGERS 2: Torii Hunter had a homer and four RBIs in his return from the disabled list and Carlos Silva pitched seven strong innings to lead host Minnesota to a victory over Texas.
    Josh Rabe had a homer and three RBIs and Nick Punto had four hits, four runs and three RBIs to back Silva (7-9), who gave up one run and six hits and struck out four.
  • MARINERS 10, ORIOLES 5: Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima homered, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jose Lopez each had three hits, and visiting Seattle used a late scoring surge to beat Baltimore.
    The Mariners trailed 3-0 before scoring all their runs in the final four innings. Sexson and Johjima connected against Eddy Rodriguez in a four-run eighth that made it 9-4 and all but assured Seattle its seventh win in nine games.
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