Carlos Baerga’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 9-8 win Friday night after they pounded Roger Clemens before squandering a six-run lead over the New York Yankees.
With the bases loaded, Baerga hit a liner on an 0-2 pitch from Steve Karsay (1-2) to medium center field and Rickey Henderson scored easily as Bernie Williams’ throw hit the mound and went to the first-base side.
Rolando Arrojo (3-1), Boston’s sixth pitcher, threw two perfect innings.
The Red Sox’ second straight win over the Yankees and fifth in six games this season gave them a three-game lead over New York in the AL East and assured them of at least a split of the four-game series. White Sox 12, Tigers 1 In Chicago, Mark Buehrle pitched a five-hitter to become the American League’s first eight-game winner and Frank Thomas hit one of four Chicago homers as the White Sox routed the Tigers.
Thomas, Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko hit three-run homers and Kenny Lofton added a solo shot as the White Sox won their third straight game.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 2 In Toronto, rookie Ryan Drese won his third straight start as the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays to end a four-game losing skid.
Jim Thome went 3-for-3 with two walks for the Indians, who also ended a six-game road losing skid.
Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel reworked an Indians’ lineup that came into the game hitting .241.
Drese (5-3) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Athletics 9, Devil Rays 8 In Oakland, California, Adam Piatt hit a tiebreaking two run homer in the eighth inning as Oakland beat Tampa Bay.
Ramon Hernandez followed Piatt with a solo home run for the A’s, who have won just five of their last 20 games. With the score tied at 6, Olmedo Saenz doubled off Victor Zambrano (1-4) and Piatt homered. Hernandez added a solo shot to right.
Twins 5, Angels 1 In Anaheim, California, Rick Reed pitched a three-hitter and was backed by three homers as Minnesota beat Anaheim.
Jacque Jones led off the game with a home run against Ramon Ortiz (4-5), and Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the Twins. The Angels lost for just the fourth time in 25 games.
Mariners 6, Orioles 2 In Seattle, Mark McLemore and Ruben Sierra homered off Scott Erickson (3-5) in the fifth inning and Seattle maintained its mastery of Baltimore at home.
The Orioles dropped to 0-14 at Safeco Field and have lost 15 straight in Seattle dating to a win June 1, 1999, in the Kingdome.
In Kansas City, Texas and Kansas City were rained out for the second straight day Friday night, costing the Rangers’ Rafael Palmeiro a two-run homer that gave him 1,500 career RBIs.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 15. Thursday’s rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Rangers were leading 3-1 with one out in the top of the fourth when play was halted at 803 p.m. local time. It was called at 1000 p.m. The start of the game had been delayed 25 minutes by rain.