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Morgan exorcises Fenway demons with solid outing
Last start in Boston 39-year-old served up milestone homer

Rangers 4, Red Sox 1

BOSTON -- In his first start at Fenway Park since giving up Carl Yastrzemski's 400th career home run, Mike Morgan allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday night to lead the Texas Rangers over the Boston Red Sox 4-1.The 39-year-old Morgan last started at Fenway on July 24, 1979, when Yastrzemski homered in Boston's 7-3 win against Oakland.

Morgan (7-5) beat Boston for the first time in seven lifetime decisions. Tampa Bay and Arizona are the only teams in the majors Morgan has not defeated.

Morgan, who had lost his previous three decisions, won for the first time since May 13. He struck out two and walked three.

Morgan left with a runner on first in the seventh. Reliever Jeff Zimmerman got Darren Lewis to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Zimmerman closed for his first major league save, finishing the combined three-hitter.

Lee Stevens hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 lead. He had an RBI single in the eighth after singles by Rusty Greer and Juan Gonzalez. Todd Zeile drove in another run with a groundout.

Stevens' 12th homer landed in the center-field stands and came against Mark Portugal (3-6). Portugal is 0-4 since his last victory May 9 against Anaheim.

Troy O'Leary gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the second with his 13th homer.

MARINERS 9, INDIANS 4: At Cleveland, rookie John Halama took a shutout into the eighth inning and Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 25th homer as Seattle snapped Cleveland's six-game winning streak.

YANKEES 4, ANGELS 1: At New York, Andy Pettitte won for the first time in four starts and a juggled lineup helped the Yankees send the anemic Angels to their fifth consecutive loss. A delayed double steal ended New York's 22-inning scoreless streak against the Angels.

ROYALS 6, BLUE JAYS 5: At Toronto, rookie Jeremy Giambi hit a two-run homer and Mike Sweeney had a two-run double as Kansas City snapped a five-game losing streak.

ORIOLES 3, WHITE SOX 2: At Chicago, Mike Mussina struck out nine and scattered seven hits for his first nine-inning complete game of the season as Albert Belle and B.J. Surhoff hit solo home runs for the Orioles.

TIGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3: At Detroit, Dean Palmer's homer started a three-run sixth inning, and Damion Easley and Gabe Kapler also homered for the Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak while handing the A's their fourth straight loss.

TWINS 8, DEVIL RAYS 5: At Minneapolis, Twins rookie Corey Koskie had a pinch-hit double to start a three-run eighth inning as Tampa Bay blew a five-run lead. Brent Gates and Chad Allen each had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota, which has won all three games against Tampa Bay this season.


REDS 7, BREWERS 1: At Cincinnati, Steve Avery, in his best start in nearly a month, held Milwaukee to three hits in seven innings and Greg Vaughn hit another upper-deck homer.

ASTROS 5, EXPOS 0: At Houston, Shane Reynolds pitched a six-hitter and had an RBI double as the Astros snapped a three-game losing streak. Richard Hidalgo hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Tim Bogar had a solo homer in the fourth.

METS 6, CARDINALS 2: At St. Louis, Mike Piazza homered to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games as the Mets handed the Cardinals their fourth straight victory.

ROCKIES 11, MARLINS 10: At Denver, Todd Helton's second homer of the game capped a three-run ninth inning that lifted Colorado over Florida.

PADRES 4, PIRATES 2: At San Diego, Tony Gwynn moved within 19 hits of 3,000 and Ruben Rivera had his first two-homer game. Gwynn singled in the first inning for hit No. 2,981.

PHILLIES 2, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Curt Schilling pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Mike Lieberthal and Rico Brogna homered for Philadelphia.