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Red Sox break a 6-game slide

Tiger Placido Polanco, right, scores against Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez.
Tiger Placido Polanco, right, scores against Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez.
Charles Krupa, Associated Press

BOSTON — Nick Green hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and one of Boston's three homers as the Red Sox ended their three-game power outage and six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over Detroit on Monday night.

The Red Sox, who scored two runs in the final three games of a four-game sweep by the Yankees in New York, squandered a 5-3 lead when Manny Delcarmen allowed two runs in the seventh. They went back in front in the bottom of the inning on singles by J.D. Drew and Casey Kotchman and Green's sacrifice fly.

In the eighth, Detroit put runners at second and third with one out. Ramon Ramirez (6-3) struck out Adam Everett, and Jonathan Papelbon retired Curtis Granderson on a foul out. Papelbon got his 28th save.

Reliever Zach Miner (5-2) allowed Green's sacrifice fly in two innings.

Boston moved within 5 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East tied and moved one-half game in front of Texas in the wild-card race.

BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4: At New York, Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill hit solo homers and Toronto snapped New York's seven-game winning streak. Overbay drove in two runs, and Edwin Encarnacion and Joe Inglett also drove in runs for the Blue Jays, who played an inspired game about 30 minutes after learning that teammate Alex Rios had been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Shawn Camp (1-5) picked up the win in relief of ineffective starter Marc Rzepczynski, who allowed three homers and didn't make it out of the fourth. The Blue Jays bullpen allowed four hits over 5 2-3 shutout innings, helping Toronto win for just the third time in 10 tries against the Yankees this season. Jason Frasor worked the ninth for his fifth save. Derek Jeter hit a homer on the third pitch of the game, and Robinson Cano and Jerry Hairston added back-to-back homers in the fourth for the Yankees. Yankees starter Sergio Mitre (1-1) allowed five runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings.

ANGELS 8, RAYS 7: At Anaheim, Calif., Vladimir Guerrero homered twice, including the 400th of his career to put the Angels ahead in the seventh inning, Kendry Morales also hit two homers, and the Los Angeles Angels went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

Guerrero extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games a week after coming off the disabled list for the second time this season. He is one of seven active major leaguers with 400 homers and 2,000 hits.

ATHLETICS 9, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Rookie Gio Gonzalez took a five-hit shutout into the seventh inning, and Mark Ellis had a career-high five hits and four RBIs for Oakland, which extended its winning streak against Baltimore to nine games. After giving up two hits to start the seventh, Gonzalez (4-2) was pulled following a rain delay of 52 minutes. When play resumed, Craig Breslow got three straight outs to strand both runners in scoring position. Gonzalez has won four straight decisions over a seven-game stretch. The Athletics are 4-0 against Baltimore this season, and their nine-game run against the Orioles is the longest in Oakland history. Jeremy Guthrie (7-12) allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings and took over the AL lead in losses. Luke Scott hit his 19th home run in the ninth to ruin Oakland's shutout bid, but the Orioles fell to 6-18 since the All-Star break.

MARINERS 6, WHITE SOX 4: At Seattle, recently mothballed Kenji Johjima hit his first home run since May, a tie-breaking two-run shot in the sixth inning, to send the surging Seattle Mariners past the Chicago White Sox.

Playing on consecutive days for the first time since July 4-5, Johjima hit the third pitch of the game from reliever Tony Pena for his first home run since May 25.

Johjima has played in 17 games since then. Seattle has chosen to have its established starting pitchers work with young catcher Rob Johnson.