Boston puts up 14 again

DETROIT — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer in a five-run second inning, and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox went on to rout the Detroit Tigers 14-1 in an eight-inning, rain-shortened game Thursday.

The Red Sox, 14-2 winners over Cleveland on Wednesday, scored at least 14 runs in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998. Boston has won 11 of 13.

Carl Crawford's two-run triple gave the Red Sox a seven-run lead and chased Max Scherzer (6-2).

Alfredo Aceves (2-0) allowed a run on five hits and struck out six over six innings. Aceves made his second start with Boston and the seventh of his career.

He has won his last 12 decisions, dating to 2009 when he was a Yankees reliever, for baseball's longest winning streak since Cliff Lee won the same number of consecutive decisions with Cleveland three years ago. Aceves' previous 11 wins were as a reliever.

Orioles 6, Royals 5, 12 innings

At Baltimore, Vladimir Guerrero singled in Robert Andino in the 12th inning to give Baltimore its season-high fifth straight victory.

Nolan Reimold had four hits, including two homers, and four RBIs for the Orioles, who squandered a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the 11th before coming through in the 12th.

Athletics 4, Angels 3

At Anaheim, Calif., Brett Anderson tossed three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings, and Andy LaRoche drove in three runs in last-place Oakland's victory over Los Angeles.

The A's split the four-game series with the second-place Angels, 4-7 in their past 11 games.

Anderson (3-4) struck out four and walked three to beat the Angels for the first time in six career starts. Grant Balfour gave up a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo with two outs in the ninth.

Joel Pineiro (2-1) allowed up 11 hits and four runs in 61/3 innings — the same three totals he had in his previous start against Atlanta.

White Sox 3, Blue Jays 1

At Toronto, Juan Pierre's ninth-inning infield single drove in the tiebreaking run for Chicago in the White Sox's 13th victory in their last 19 games.

Pierre went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Phillies 10, Reds 4

At Philadelphia, Cliff Lee drove in three runs and worked eight effective innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory.

Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer, and Chase Utley also connected to help the Phillies take three of four from the Reds.

Lee (4-4) threw 114 pitches in eight innings. But his biggest contributions came at the plate.

Marlins 1, Giants 0

At San Francisco, Anibal Sanchez threw a five-hitter for another complete game in San Francisco, leading Florida past the Giants.

Sanchez (4-1) struck out eight and walked two for his fifth career complete game and second this season. He pitched a one-hitter against the Giants last July 29 in his previous appearance at AT&T Park.

Logan Morrison's RBI single in the sixth inning off Ryan Vogelsong scored Chris Coghlan for the only run. Vogelsong (3-1) struck out three and scattered eight hits in eight innings for his first loss in six starts.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3

At Denver, Micah Owings pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than a year and Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer, helping Arizona win for the ninth time in 10 games.

Owings (1-0) bottled up the Rockies' struggling offense, allowing just four hits and striking out three. The only run he surrendered came on Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single in the fourth.

Cubs 9, Mets 3

At Chicago, Carlos Zambrano pitched six strong innings, went 3 for 3 at the plate and drove in a run in Chicago's victory over New York.

Zambrano (5-2) allowed two runs — one earned — on six hits and two walks while picking up his first win at Wrigley Field since Sept. 4. He doubled and scored a run, and has four hits in his last four at-bats to raise his average to .375. Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Chicago.

The Mets lost starter R.A. Dickey to a heel injury in the third when he fell trying to cover first base. New York's bullpen allowed eight hits and seven runs after Dickey departed. Pedro Beato (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in 11/3 innings.

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