Martinez powers Bosox past Angels
BOSTON (AP) – Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs and the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with an 11-6 win Thursday night.
Martinez’s two-run homer in the third cut the Angels lead to 4-2 and his two-run double in the fifth tied it. The Red Sox added three more runs in the fifth, breaking the tie on Jeremy Hermida’s two-run single and making it 7-4 on Darnell McDonald’s RBI double.
Los Angeles dropped its seventh straight game.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-1) retired 13 of the last 16 batters he faced after allowing four runs in the first. Scott Kazmir (2-2) gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Boston improved to 15-14, the first time its been over .500 since opening night.
Blue Jays 2, White Sox 0
CHICAGO (AP) – Dana Eveland allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings and Toronto extended its winning streak to five games.
Eveland (3-1) was in control throughout on a chilly 45-degree night and outdueled another lefty, John Danks (3-1). Eveland gave up a leadoff infield single to Juan Pierre in the first and single to Alexei Ramirez in the fourth, while walking four and striking out three.
Scott Downs pitched a spotless eighth. Chicago’s Alex Rios got a double when Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez couldn’t hold his high pop behind second with one out in the ninth, but Kevin Gregg then struck out Carlos Quentin and Ramirez to get his eighth saves in as many chances.
Orioles 2, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ty Wigginton hit his 10th home run, just one short of his total last season, and Brad Bergesen had his best outing of the season.
Carl Pavano (3-3) lost his second straight eight-inning, two-run performance. He went right at the free-swinging Orioles, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes, but Wigginton spoiled the outing. With the homer, Wigginton moved into second place behind Chicago’s Paul Konerko (12) on the American League home run list.
After failing to last past the fifth in each of his first four starts, Bergesen (2-2) scattered six hits and two walks over 6 2-3 innings.