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Baseball: Red Sox Recover from 5-Run Deficit, Beat Devil Rays


In Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox recovered from a five-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7-6.

Boston pitcher Curt Schilling started a game for the first time since April, giving up five runs in the first two innings Tuesday. But his teammates rallied, with Trot Nixon driving in the game ending run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Boston increased its lead in the American League East division to two and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees, who lost to the Seattle Mariners, 8-3.

Other AL winners were the Blue Jays, Twins and Athletics, while the Rangers and White Sox each won a game in their doubleheader.

The Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs in the second inning on the way to beating the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 7-2. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals, 7-4. The Oakland Athletics edged the California Angels, 2-1, thanks to an 11th inning home run by Bobby Kielty.

The Texas Rangers took the first half of a doubleheader in Chicago, 8-6, while the White Sox blanked the Rangers in the second game, 8-0.

In the National League, New York's Ramon Castro slammed a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping the Mets come from behind in a 6-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other NL winners were the Nationals, Marlins, Cubs, Pirates, Astros, Padres and Giants.

The Washington Nationals edged the Atlanta Braves, 3-2. The Florida Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-6. Chicago's Nomar Garciaparra hit a solo home run and drove in two other runs in the Cubs' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pittsburgh Pirates blasted the Milwaukee Brewers for five runs in the first inning of a 6-0 win. The Houston Astros snapped Cincinnati's four-game winning streak, downing the visiting Reds, 5-2. The San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, expanding San Diego's lead in the NL West to five and a half games over Arizona. The San Francisco Giants edged the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco, 4-3.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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