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Pedroia homers to lead Red Sox

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

By The Associated Press

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia homered in the seventh inning to begin Boston's comeback from a four-run deficit, and the Red Sox beat Baltimore 5-4 on Wednesday when pitcher Jim Miller's threw away a bunt for a game-ending error.

Pedroia went 3-for-4 and raised his AL-leading average to .333. He is 21-for-34 (.618) in his last eight games.

Boston, 48-19 at Fenway Park but 34-38 on the road, began the day four games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East and led the AL wild-card race by four games.

Baltimore, which has lost six straight and 11 of 12, took a 4-0 lead in the fourth against Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Alex Cora singled off Miller (0-1) opening the ninth, and took second on Coco Crisp's bunt single. Jacoby Ellsbury, attempting to sacrifice, bunted the ball toward Miller, who threw it past third baseman Aubrey Huff and down the left-field line.

Justin Masterson (5-4) pitched two scoreless innings.

White Sox 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Nick Swisher and Alexi Ramirez homered to help Chicago avert a three-game sweep.

Javier Vazquez (11-12) allowed two runs in six innings and Bobby Jenks recorded the final five outs for his 28th save.

The White Sox, despite losing five of six, entered the game tied with Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.

Vazquez (11-12) held the Indians scoreless until Jhonny Peralta's two-run double in the fifth.

After managing one hit in the first four innings, the White Sox scored four runs on five hits in the next two innings before Jeremy Sowers (2-8) was pulled with one out in the fifth.

Swisher led off the fifth with a homer and Ramirez's two-run shot in the sixth made it 4-0.

Rangers 1, Mariners 0

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas fill-in starter Dustin Nippert allowed seven hits in seven innings, Milton Bradley hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the game's only run.

Making his third start in place of injured Vicente Padilla, Nippert (2-4) struck out four and walked none.

Frank Francisco pitched the ninth for his fourth consecutive save since taking over as closer last week.

Felix Hernandez (9-9) gave up seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

It was the third 1-0 victory for Texas in 15 seasons at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers have seven shutouts this season.

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