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Red-hot Rays blank White Sox

April 19, 2011
From AP wire reports

David Price allowed four hits in eight dominant innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the slumping Chicago White Sox 5-0 Monday night in St. Petersburg.

Price (2-2) struck out nine and walked two. The left-hander entered 0-4 with a 4.88 ERA in four starts against the White Sox.

Felipe Lopez homered and drove in three runs, helping Tampa Bay win for sixth time in seven games. Ben Zobrist had a two-run homer.

Edwin Jackson (2-1) gave up four runs and 11 hits in seven innings for the White Sox, who have lost five in a row. Jackson, while with Arizona, walked eight during a 149-pitch no-hitter against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field last June 25.

Joel Peralta pitched the ninth to complete the four-hitter.

Twins 5, Orioles 3: Francisco Liriano took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, and Minnesota beat Baltimore to extend the Orioles' losing streak to eight games.

Drew Butera had a career-high three RBI for the last-place Twins (6-10), who have won two in a row for the first time this season.

Minnesota led 3-0 before Liriano yielded solo homers to Adam Jones and Matt Wieters in the seventh. Baltimore got two on with two outs later in the inning before Derrek Lee to hit a routine fly to center against former Oriole Jim Hoey.

The Twins made it 5-2 in the ninth off Kevin Gregg. After Butera singled in a run, Danny Valencia scored on a wild pitch.

Liriano (1-3) gave up two runs, five hits and five walks in 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander came in with a 9.42 ERA and had not pitched into the sixth inning of any of his previous three starts.

Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched one-hit ball for seven sharp innings, Jed Lowrie got four more hits and Boston got an early start on beating Toronto for its third straight win.

Matsuzaka (1-2) gave up a clean single to center to Jose Bautista with two outs in the first. The Red Sox righty walked Travis Snider with two outs in the second, then set down his final 16 batters.

Matsuzaka struck out three. In his previous start, he allowed seven runs in two innings.

Toronto finished with two hits. Yunel Escobar homered off Tim Wakefield in the ninth.

Lowrie hit his second homer, a two-run shot in the fifth off Ricky Romero (1-2) that made it 5-0, and finished with four RBI. He now has 15 hits in his last 24 at-bats. Romero allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury also homered.

Carl Crawford, who signed a $142 million, seven-year contract in the offseason, broke an 0-for-15 slump with an RBI double that made it 8-0 in the sixth. Crawford, booed after his previous at-bat, received a standing ovation as he raised his batting average to .136 (8 for 59).

The Red Sox appeared to have straighten out their season since losing their first six games and going 2-10 to match their worst 12-game record ever. Then got three straight outstanding pitching performances from Josh Beckett in a 4-1 win Saturday and Jon Lester in an 8-1 win Sunday.



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