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RANGERS 6, RED SOX 3

BOSTON — Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Derek Holland pitched seven solid innings and the red-hot Texas Rangers completed a two-game sweep with a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Josh Hamilton had three singles and drove in a run for the Rangers, who won their sixth straight to improve to 10-2.

It was Napoli's fourth home run in three games to go along with a two-run double. He hit a pair of homers in the Rangers' lopsided win Tuesday.

Kevin Youkilis had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who dropped their third consecutive game, and Josh Beckett (1-2) took the loss despite holding the Rangers down one night after they hit six homers in an 18-3 win.

Holland (2-0) held Boston to two runs on four hits, walking three and fanning seven.

Boston has lost eight of its last 10 games at Fenway Park against the Rangers.

TWINS 6, YANKEES 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Morneau hit two mammoth homers and Jason Marquis won his Minnesota debut in the victory over New York.

Joe Mauer and Jamey Carroll each had an RBI double in a four-run first against Hiroki Kuroda (1-2). Marquis threw 87 pitches in five innings and left with a 6-4 lead, earning his first major league win since July 18 with the Nationals at Houston.

Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the season for the Yankees and Derek Jeter his fourth. Kuroda was roughed up for 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings after taking a shutout into the ninth Friday against the Angels.

RAYS 12, BLUE JAYS 2

TORONTO (AP) — Luke Scott hit a grand slam and Ben Zobrist added a two-run homer to lead Tampa Bay over Toronto.

Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez added solo shots for Tampa Bay. Scott hit his third career grand slam and first since 2010 as the Rays broke the game open with a six-run ninth.

David Price (2-1) improved to 10-2 in 14 career starts against Toronto. The left-hander allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is 4-0 in five starts at Rogers Centre.

Brandon Morrow (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings, walked three and matched a career high by giving up three homers.

WHITE SOX 8, ORIOLES 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping slugger Adam Dunn lined a three-run double, A.J. Pierzynski homered and Chicago beat Baltimore to snap a three-game slide.

Dunn was 0 for 15 against left-handers this season before the opposite-field hit.

Jake Peavy (2-0) pitched seven sparkling innings, allowing four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Alejandro De Aza also homered for the White Sox.

Endy Chavez had a run-scoring double for the Orioles, who had won four of five. Tommy Hunter (1-1) matched a career high with eight strikeouts, but was charged with eight runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prince Fielder drove in two runs and Max Scherzer got his first win of the season to lead Detroit over Kansas City.

The Royals have lost seven straight, including their first six games at Kauffman Stadium, the most consecutive home losses in franchise history to start a season. The Royals lost their first five at home in 1993.

Scherzer (1-1) held the Royals to three runs on seven hits and one walk in six-plus innings. Scherzer lowered his earned run average from 10.38 to 7.98.

The Tigers scored two in the seventh off relievers Kelvin Herrera and Jose Mijares (0-1).

ROCKIES 8, PADRES 4

DENVER — Juan Nicasio threw 6 1-3 solid innings for his first win since returning from a broken neck, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Nicasio (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits as he made his second start at Coors Field since Aug. 5, when he was hit in the right temple by a line drive and suffered a fractured skull along with the neck injury.

The hard-throwing righty earned a spot in the rotation with a strong spring — a remarkable recovery considering that doctors were fearful he might not walk again after the accident, let alone take the mound.

Nicasio also singled home a run, the first RBI of the young pitcher's career. That hit finished Clayton Richard (1-1), who didn't have his best command as he surrendered eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.

PIRATES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1

PHOENIX (AP) — Neil Walker's two-out bloop single fell near three players in shallow centre field and drove in Clint Barmes with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.

The Pirates, who won two games in the three-game series with Arizona, got back-to-back two-out singles from Barmes and Andrew McCutchen in the eighth off Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson (1-1) before Walker's hit off reliever David Hernandez.

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