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Martinez hits N.Y. to a win

2 homers help Yankees beat the Red Sox 5th time

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NEW YORK — Mike Mussina didn't come close to perfection, but he still was too much for Boston as Tino Martinez homered twice to lead the New York Yankees over the Red Sox 9-2 on Saturday.

Mussina, who came within one strike of a perfect game at Fenway Park on Sunday night, struck out the side in the first inning.

Troy O'Leary drew a two-out walk in the second from Mussina (15-11). Trot Nixon ended the no-hit suspense when he led off the fourth with a line-drive double to right-center field.

Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning. He added his 31st homer, a three-run shot, to trigger a seven-run sixth.

The Yankees beat the Red Sox for the fifth straight time and extended their AL East lead over Boston to 12 games.

Mussina gave up three hits and an unearned run in six innings. His string of scoreless innings ended at 23.

For the second straight start, Mussina outpitched David Cone (8-5).

ATHLETICS 10, DEVIL RAYS 4: At Oakland, Calif., even without Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon, the Oakland A's overpowered the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for their sixth straight win.

Miguel Tejada, Ron Gant, Frank Menechino and Jermaine Dye all homered for the A's.

Mark Mulder (18-7) became the A's first left-handed 18-game winner since Vida Blue in 1976.

With Boston's 9-2 loss to the Yankees earlier Saturday, the A's widened their lead in the wild card race to 12 games.

Tampa Bay, already eliminated from playoff contention, has lost three straight and eight of its past 11. The Devil Rays have never won a series in Oakland.

Giambi was scratched from the starting lineup to rest his sore left hamstring. Damon was out with a sore left thumb.

Nick Bierbrodt (1-4) took the loss.

INDIANS 8, WHITE SOX 7: At Cleveland, Kenny Lofton doubled in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning against Keith Foulke (3-8) to lift Cleveland over Chicago.

Juan Gonzalez tied a season high with five RBIs and hit two homers, including a grand slam, for the Indians.

Cleveland's Jim Thome hit a two-run homer, his AL-leading 46th, with two outs in the eighth to tie the score at 7.

Josh Paul and Jose Canseco homered and Ray Durham had three hits for Chicago, which dropped eight games behind the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

Danys Baez (5-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: At Detroit, Heath Murray won for the first time in more than four years and Jose Macias drove in three runs as Detroit beat Toronto.

Murray (1-4) got his first win since June 2, 1997, in his first start of the season. He had made nine starts and 63 relief appearances since beating Greg Maddux and Atlanta for San Diego in 1997.

Roy Halladay (3-2) took the loss despite allowing just one run and four hits in four innings. He left after a rain delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes.

ROYALS 8, RANGERS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez extended his AL record for homers by a shortstop with his 44th for Texas, but Kansas City won behind strong pitching from rookie Chris George (3-5).

Rodriguez, who has 11 homers in his last 23 games, is three homers shy of tying Ernie Banks major league mark for the position. Mike Sweeney homered and drove in two runs off Darren Oliver (11-9) for the Royals, who ended their three-game losing streak.