Pettitte outduels Martinez again


Andy Pettitte and Pedro Martinez dueled for the second time this season. And for the second time, the power of the New York Yankees prevailed.

Scott Brosius hit a three-run homer off Martinez (16-5) in the seventh inning, leading the Yankees to a 5 3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday and an eight-game lead over second place Boston in the AL East.

Jose Canseco hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Red Sox reliever Tim Wakefield. It was Canseco’s 14th home run of the season and 445th of his career.

Indians 9, White Sox 3 In Cleveland, Roberto Alomar hit three doubles and drove in three runs and Dave Burba was his usual self, leading Cleveland past Chicago.

Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak at home against first-place Chicago, which still leads the AL Central by 7{ games. But while the Indians may be too late to catch the White Sox, they are 2{ games ahead of Oakland in the AL wild card race.

Burba (14-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings to win for the fourth time in five starts.

Athletics 10, Devil Rays 0 In Oakland, California, Tim Hudson pitched a two-hitter and Jason Giambi hit two home runs as Oakland defeated Tampa Bay.

Terrence Long, Ben Grieve, Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez also connected as the A’s set a season high with six homers. Oakland homered in each of the first five innings.

Hudson (16-6) allowed just two runners in his second shutout of the season. He walked none and struck out four.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 5 In Toronto, reliever Billy Koch blew David Wells’ bid to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, but Toronto won on Brad Fullmer’s RBI single in the ninth.

Fullmer drove in four runs, including a two-run homer in the third, his 30th homer.

Orioles 10, Angels 3 In Anaheim, California, Jose Mercedes overcame rare wildness for his fourth straight win as Baltimore beat Anaheim.

Mercedes (12-5) ran his record since the All-Star break to 9-1 despite allowing eight walks. Mercedes’ previous season high had been three walks, and the right-hander had never walked more than five in 102 major-league games.

Rangers 6, Royals 5 In Kansas City, Missouri, Gabe Kapler had two hits and two RBIs in a six-run fourth inning that carried Texas past the Kansas City.

Mariners 7, Twins 2 In Seattle, Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with four RBIs as Seattle jumped on Minnesota starter Mark Redman (12-9) early.