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Thursday’s games

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American League

Red Sox 7, Devil Rays 4: At Boston, the Red Sox scored six runs on eight hits off Tampa Bay starter Doug Waechter and came from behind for the third consecutive game to complete a four-game sweep. Bronson Arroyo allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings for his first win since Aug. 10.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3: At Toronto, Jay Gibbons and B.J. Surhoff both homered in the sixth inning to lead Baltimore over the Blue Jays. Baltimore’s Bernie Castro went 2 for 4 with a triple, a walk and stolen base in his major league debut.

White Sox 12, Tigers 3: At Chicago, Jose Contreras won his third straight start and A.J. Pierzynski went 3 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs to lead the White Sox over Detroit. Jermaine Dye and Carl Everett also homered for Chicago, which scored six runs in the eighth. Contreras allowed only one hit until the seventh.

Rangers 5, Royals 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Kenny Rogers won for the first time since July 16, and Rod Barajas homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Texas over the Royals. Barajas has a career-high 16 home runs, giving the Rangers a major league-record nine players with at least 15.

Angels 3, Athletics 0: At Anaheim, Calif., rookie Ervin Santana allowed six hits in 8 1/3 scoreless innings and Robb Quinlan hit a solo home run in Los Angeles’ victory over Oakland. The Angels won the final two games of the three-game series to draw even with the A’s atop the A.L. West.

National League

Phillies 3, Mets 1: At New York, Jon Lieber allowed four hits over seven innings, and David Bell blooped a two-run single in the first to lead Philadelphia over the Mets. Ryan Howard added a ninth-inning homer for Philadelphia, which began the day with a half-game lead in the wild-card race and has won two straight.

Braves 8, Nationals 7 (10): At Atlanta, Andruw Jones led off the bottom of the 10th with his major league-leading 44th homer for the Braves, who squandered a 7-1 lead before salvaging a split of the four-game series with Washington. Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and Chipper Jones added a two-run shot for Atlanta.

Padres 6, Brewers 5: At Milwaukee, Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and San Diego posted a victory over the Brewers. It was the third straight win for the Padres, who are better than .500 for the first time since Aug. 12.

Astros 3, Reds 1: At Houston, Roy Oswalt remained perfect against Cincinnati and the Astros swept the three-game series. The right-hander improved to 15-0 in 19 appearances against the Reds, the most wins without a loss by any pitcher against one team in major league history.

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