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Boston's Trot Nixon follows through on his solo homer in the second inning against the White Sox.

Boston’s Trot Nixon follows through on his solo homer in the second inning against the White Sox.

Stephen J. Carrera, Associated Press

CHICAGO — Trot Nixon and Gabe Kapler hit solo home runs, and John Burkett finally got his 10th win Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

It was the ninth win in 12 games for the Red Sox, who are four games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Chicago's lead in the AL Central is now down to one game.

Manny Ramirez wasn't in the lineup for a fifth straight game, even though Boston manager Grady Little said the slugger was healthy enough to play DH. Little said Ramirez wasn't being punished, but it's clear the Red Sox aren't happy with him.

Ramirez missed the weekend series with the New York Yankees with pharyngitis — the same ailment that forced pitcher Pedro Martinez to miss a start the previous week — yet was spotted out Saturday night. Then when Little asked him to pinch-hit Monday, Ramirez said he was still "too weak."

Burkett (10-7) scattered three hits and a run over six innings, striking out four. Byung-Hyun Kim pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Bartolo Colon (12-12) was dazzling, allowing only a walk and two hits. But both hits were homers, spoiling his fine effort.

ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 0 (12): At Baltimore, Mark Ellis drove in the tiebreaking run with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly and Chris Singleton added an RBI single as Oakland beat Baltimore to win its 10th straight.

It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Orioles, four of which have come against Oakland. Baltimore is 0-7 against the A's this season.

Miguel Tejada led off the 12th with an infield hit off Jorge Julio (0-7) and took second on a walk to Scott Hatteberg. A tapper to the mound advanced the runners, and a four-pitch walk to rookie Bobby Crosby loaded the bases.

Ellis lofted a fly ball to left field on the 12th pitch of his at-bat, and Tejada scored as Melvin Mora's throw went to third base. Earlier in the game, Tejada was thrown out at the plate by Mora on a fly to left.

Singleton then singled off Buddy Groom for a 2-0 lead.

Ricardo Rincon (8-4) got the final out in the 11th and Keith Foulke worked the 12th for his 38th save.

TWINS 12, ANGELS 6: At Minneapolis, rookie Michael Ryan hit a three-run homer and Cristian Guzman had a three-run triple as Minnesota beat Anaheim.

The Twins, who moved within a game of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, built a 12-1 lead after four innings and finished with 14 hits to make a winner of Kyle Lohse (12-10).

Shawn Wooten went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Anaheim, which lost for the first time in four games on its road trip.

Corey Koskie went 3-for-5 with two runs, Torii Hunter was 2-for-3 with three runs and Matthew LeCroy went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for the Twins, who knocked Angels starter Aaron Sele (7-10) out in a six-run third.

RANGERS 8, ROYALS 7: At Arlington, Texas, Laynce Nix hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira drove in three runs as Texas held on to beat Kansas City.

The Royals scored four runs in the ninth, but fell short when Francisco Cordero struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Guiel and Raul Ibanez to end it with a runner on second for their fourth straight loss. Kansas City fell three games behind the Chicago White Sox and a game back of Minnesota in the AL Central.

Rangers starter Ismael Valdes (8-8) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Jeremy Affeldt (6-6) got the loss in relief of Paul Abbott, who allowed two runs on one hit and six walks over 4 1/3 innings.

MARINERS 10, DEVIL RAYS 8 (11): At St. Petersburg, Fla., Carlos Guillen hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 11th inning as the Mariners beat the Devil Rays.

John Mabry hit a leadoff infield single off Lance Carter (7-4), and pinch-runner Chad Meyers went to third on Bret Boone's double.

Guillen, who tied a career high with five RBIs, followed with a double into the left-center field gap. Ben Davis drove in another run on a sacrifice fly three batters later.

TIGERS 8, INDIANS 6: At Detroit, Cody Ross hit a grand slam for his first major league home run then needed to be carted off the field with an apparent knee injury in the eighth inning, and Detroit beat Cleveland.

Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth as the Tigers won their 35th game of the season. Detroit needs to need to go at least 8-17 the rest of the way to avoid matching the 1962 New York Mets' record of 120 losses in a season.

Ross was injured when he tripped over first base in the eighth, beating out a sacrifice on Cleveland reliever Jack Cressend's throwing error. Ross was writhing in pain, holding both knees while Tigers personnel attended to him.

Brian Schmack (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for his first big league win. Chad Durbin (0-1) got the loss.