Yankees hand loss to fading Red Sox 3-2

Saturday, September 8, 2001

NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez lasted just three innings in his third start back from the disabled list, and the New York Yankees beat the fading Boston Red Sox for the fifth straight time, 3-2 Friday night.

New York defeated Boston for the fourth time in eight days to take 11-game lead in the AL East, its largest since 1998. Boston has lost 11 of 12.

Martinez (7-3), who says he has a minor tear in his rotator cuff, allowed three runs in the second inning -- more than he gave up in 13 of his first 17 starts this year.

Orlando Hernandez (2-6) won his second straight start, giving up two runs and four hits in seven innings. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to match his career best with his 45th save.

WHITE SOX 10, INDIANS 7

CLEVELAND -- Ray Durham matched career-highs with four hits and four RBIs as Chicago won the opener of a four-game series. The White Sox trail the first-place Indians by seven games in the AL Central with 21 games remaining.

Rookie Rocky Biddle (7-8) beat the Indians and Dave Burba (10-10) for the second time in a week, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 38th save.

Burba and dropped to 1-4 with a 9.58 ERA in five starts against Chicago this season, giving up five runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

BLUE JAYS 2, TIGERS 1

DETROIT -- Carlos Delgado drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking single in the eighth. Toronto has won three straight over the Tigers, who have lost six of seven overall.

Rookie Brandon Lyon (5-2) won his fourth straight start, allowing six hits in 7 1-3 innings. Billy Koch pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save.

Jose Lima (4-7) gave up two runs, six hits and a season-high six walks in 7 1-3 innings and is 1-5 in his last seven starts.

RANGERS 8, ROYALS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez broke his own AL record for homers by a shortstop with his career-best 43rd -- and 10th in his last 22 games.

Rodriguez, who set the previous mark for shortstops with Seattle in 1998 and matched it the following year, is four short of Ernie Banks' major league mark.

Texas has won nine of 12, while Kansas City has lost four of five.

Doug Davis (9-8) struck out a career-high eight and walked none in seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits

Kris Wilson (6-5) and Blake Stein failed to retire the first nine batters in a seven-run fourth.

-- From wire reports

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