Drew, Ortiz power Red Sox past A’s
BOSTON — Stephen Drew hit a two-run triple, David Ortiz had two hits and drove in a run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon to take a three-game series.
It was Boston’s ninth win in 12 games and came after a 13-0 loss to Oakland a night earlier.
Chris Young had a three-run homer and a solo shot for the Athletics, who finished a six-game road trip 1-5. They were swept at the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.
Ortiz is 8-for-16 since returning to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since last August. He missed 71 of the final 72 games last season and all of spring training with an Achilles tendon injury.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 5 (11)
BALTIMORE — Jim Johnson walked Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to force in the tiebreaking run, and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles to avert a three-game sweep and end Baltimore’s run of consecutive extra-inning victories at 17.
The Blue Jays hit four home runs, but the decisive run came without Izturis taking a swing. With two outs in the 11th, J.P. Arencibia and Munenori Kawaski singled before Johnson (1-2) hit Brett Lawrie with a pitch and issued a four-pitch walk to Izturis, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup.
RANGERS 11, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nelson Cruz capped a nine-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, Lance Berkman had four RBIs and the Rangers helped Yu Darvish cruise to a victory over the Angels.
Darvish (4-1) allowed three hits over six scoreless innings, struck out 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.65 after getting staked to an 11-0 lead. It was the right-hander’s 11th double-digit strikeout performance in 34 major league starts.
ASTROS 10, MARINERS 3
HOUSTON — Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno and Brandon Laird homered, Lucas Harrell pitched seven innings, and the Astros beat the Mariners.
The Astros took two of three in the series, and four of their seven wins this season have come against the Mariners, their new AL West foe. Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this season.
WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 2
CHICAGO — Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and the White Sox beat the Indians to stop a four-game losing streak.
TIGERS 7, ROYALS 5
DETROIT — Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save and Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs to help the Tigers beat the Royals.
RAYS 3, YANKEES 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cobb scattered three hits over 8 1/3 innings, Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and the Rays beat the Yankees.