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Devil Rays continue to win

Monday, August 18, 2008

By The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cliff Floyd and Eric Hinske hit two-run homers for Tampa Bay, helping Andy Sonnanstine get his 13th win in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

The first-place Rays won for the eighth time in 10 games, holding off the team with baseball's best record despite another baserunning gaffe by B.J. Upton, who has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling.

The speedy center fielder was caught jogging on the bases again and thrown out at second on what should have been a routine double. But unlike last Friday in Texas, Upton wasn't removed from the game by manager Joe Maddon.

Sonnanstine (13-6) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to pull within one victory of the Rays' single-season record. Rolando Arrojo won 14 in 1998, and Sonnanstine's total matches the 13 Scott Kazmir won a year ago.

Dan Wheeler worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities, enabling the Rays to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Jon Garland (11-8) allowed five runs, four earned, and 10 hits in six innings for Los Angeles.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jon Lester outpitched Jeremy Guthrie, and Jason Bay homered twice for Boston.

Lester (12-4) allowed one run, four hits and a walk in seven innings to improve to 5-0 lifetime against the Orioles. The left-hander is 9-1 since May 25.

Manny Delcarmen issued a pair of two-out walks in eighth before Jonathan Papelbon gave up a double to Aubrey Huff that cut Boston's lead to 4-3. After David Ortiz hit an RBI double in the ninth and scored on a grounder by Bay, Papelbon finished for his 33rd save in 37 tries.

Jason Varitek also homered for the Red Sox, who have won eight of 12 and lead the AL wild-card race.

Guthrie (10-9) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Huff hit his 27th home run, drove in three runs and finished with two of Baltimore's five hits.



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