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Victory for Red Sox

August 03, 2004|From Associated Press

Tim Wakefield pitched seven solid innings and David McCarty hit a three-run homer to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-3, Monday night at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kevin Youkilis had a two-run double during a three-run fifth as the Red Sox rebounded from two straight losses to AL Central-leading Minnesota. Boston trails the Yankees by nine games in the AL East and the Texas Rangers by a half-game in the wild card race.

Wakefield (7-6), who turned 38 Monday, gave up three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out three.

McCarty gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead with his home run in the second.

It was his first homer since May 30 against Seattle, a span of 63 at-bats.

Toronto 6, Cleveland 1 -- Ted Lilly won for the first time in more than a month and Vernon Wells homered before leaving with a calf injury at Toronto.

Cleveland starter Cliff Lee (10-4) threw his cap and glove into the stands after giving up six runs, two earned, and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, the third straight start he has been rocked.

Wells left the game after fouling a ball of his left calf in the fifth inning. He was listed as day-to-day with a bruise.

Lilly (8-7) won for the first time since June 28, a span of six starts. The left-hander gave up one run and three hits in seven innings.

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