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Athletics top Red Sox 15-5, deny Wakefield his 200th win

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Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury, right, beats the throw as Oakland Athletics third baseman Scott Sizemore fields the ball on a triple in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday night, Aug. 26, 2011.
The Associated Press

BOSTON — Scott Sizemore and Josh Willingham each hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 15-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, denying Tim Wakefield’s bid for his 200th win.
The win comes one day after the A’s lost 22-9 at Yankee Stadium, allowing a major league-record three grand slams.
Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers for Boston, which opened a nine-game homestand after going 6-2 on a recent trip through Texas and Kansas City.
Wakefield (6-6), making his sixth try to become the 108th pitcher to reach 200 wins, gave up eight runs — four earned — on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. He’s 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA during the six games.
Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington each had three hits, and Willingham drove in four runs for the Athletics, who won for the seventh time in nine road games after losing 30 of their previous 37 away from home.
Gio Gonzalez (11-11) gave up four runs, seven hits, striking out five and walking three in 5 2-3 innings for his second straight win after losing five in a row. He picked up just his third road win in 10 decisions.
Leading 2-1 in the fourth, the Athletics scored six runs off Wakefield — four coming after Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s passed ball on Weeks’ strikeout with two outs.
Sizemore started the scoring with a home run into the last row of Green Monster seats in left, making it 4-1. After Weeks fanned but reached first, Coco Crisp walked before Hideki Matsui doubled both home with a drive off the center-field wall. Willingham then homered into the Monster seats, his 23rd, making it 8-1.
Boston outfielder Darnell McDonald pitched the ninth, allowing Willingham’s two-run double after walking the first two batters.
For a while it looked as though it could be similar to Thursday afternoon in New York when Oakland opened a 7-1 lead before its pitching staff was pounded.
Boston answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive homers by Pedroia and Ortiz. Pedroia’s was his 17th, tying his career high set in 2008 when he won the AL’s MVP award. Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored.
The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but Gonzalez got McDonald to pop to second. Brian Fuentes relieved and Ellsbury fouled weakly to third. Boston stranded two more in the seventh.
Oakland ended any likelihood of a comeback by scoring four in the eighth against Matt Albers, opening a 13-4 lead.
Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI single before Oakland took the lead with two in the second, coming on RBI singles by David DeJesus and Pennington.
NOTES: Red Sox LF Carl Crawford didn’t start, getting a night off to rest before playing both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. “He was cramping up a little bit (Thursday),” said manager Terry Francona, who hoped to rest some other players but also knew the club has both Sunday and Monday off after Sunday’s afternoon game was moved to Saturday night because of the expected severe weathe r from Hurricane Irene. … Francona said RF J.D. Drew, on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, was scheduled to DH for the Class-A Lowell Spinners on Friday night and he’s also scheduled — along with Kevin Youkilis, on the DL with a strained lower back — to get some at-bats with Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday or Wednesday. … Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks (back) is scheduled to pitch an inning at Class A Salem on Saturday and the hope is he can get in some work at Pawtucket before he returns from his third stint on the DL. … Boston is planning to go with Jon Lester (13-6) in the opener on Saturday against Guillermo Moscoso (6-7), scheduled for a noon start. Erik Bedard (4-9) is slated to face Graham Godfrey (1-1) in the nightcap that’s planned for 5 p.m. Godfrey will b e recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game. He made four starts with the A’s earlier this season. … Oakland recalled left-handers Josh Outman and Jerry Blevins from Sacramento before the game, sending Jordan Norberto and Bruce Billings to the Triple-A club.

Orioles 12, Yankees 5
BALTIMORE — On an emotional night at Camden Yards, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy homered in a six-run second inning against A.J. Burnett, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 12-5 Friday for their fifth straight victory.
Matt Wieters also connected for the last-place Orioles, whose five-game run matches a season high.
It was Baltimore’s first home game since former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan took his own life Wednesday. Moments before the first pitch, there was a moment of silence in honor of the 1979 Cy Young winner, who died at age 59 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Flanagan’s No. 46 was displayed on the right field scoreboard from batting practice to the end of the game. For the rest of the season, the Orioles will wear a black circular patch on their right jersey sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written in white.
“It was pretty appropriate that Friday night is when we wear our black jerseys,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before the game.
Tommy Hunter (3-2) allowed four runs and five hits over seven innings to help Baltimore improve to 2-9 against New York this season.
Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher homered for the Yankees, who tied a season high with four errors. Rodriguez’s homer was his first since June 11 and ended a single-season career long drought of 96 at-bats without a long ball.
Not only did Burnett (9-11) yield nine runs and nine hits in five innings, but he also threw three wild pitches in his second straight horrid performance.
Playing in front of a crowd of 32,762 that included thousands of Yankees fans, Baltimore put on a performance reminiscent of the days when Flanagan and the Orioles were feared by the rest of the American League.
Baltimore got six hits and batted around in the second inning. Reynolds hit his 30th home run with one out before the Orioles rattled off four straight doubles, including one by Matt Angle, who collected his first major league RBI. Hardy capped the uprising with his 25th homer, a two-run drive to left.
A walk, two wild pitches and a run-scoring grounder by Hardy made it 7-0 in the fourth. After Posada homered in the fifth, Nolan Reimold answered with a two-run triple in the bottom half.
Burnett did not come out to pitch the sixth. In his previous outing, he cursed as he left the mound in the third inning of a 9-4 loss to Minnesota. The right-hander has given up 16 runs in his last two starts.
Wieters hit a three-run homer off Luis Ayala in the sixth after a two-out error by second baseman Robinson Cano.
Rodriguez homered leading off the seventh, Cano singled to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, and Swisher homered to make it 12-4. But unlike one day earlier, when New York made up a six-run deficit to beat Oakland, there would be no comeback this time.
NOTES: New York has lost four of six. … Saturday’s split-doubleheader has been postponed because of the expected bad weather associated with Hurricane Irene. The afternoon game will be held on Sept. 8, previously an off day for both teams, and the night game will be part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday. … Reynolds become the first Oriole to hit 30 home runs since Aubrey Huff hit 3 2 in 2008. … Hardy’s homer ended an 0-for-29 drought against New York this season. … Swisher’s homer was the 57th in the 20-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street beyond the right -field scoreboard.

Marlins 6, Phillies 5
PHILADELPHIA — John Buck hit a grand slam and Greg Dobbs had four hits, including two doubles, to lift the struggling Florida Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Clay Hensley (2-5) allowed three runs on three hits in 5 2-3 innings to help Florida win for just the fourth time in 21 games and snap a five-game losing streak in Philadelphia.
Florida (59-72) improved to 4-9 overall against the Phillies and 2-5 at Citizens Bank Park this season. The Marlins were swept in four games during their last trip to Philadelphia, June 14-16, when they scored a total of six runs in the four contests.
Roy Oswalt (6-8) matched his career high by allowing 12 hits, as every Marlins position player recorded at least one off the Philadelphia right-hander. He was lifted after one of his worst outings of the season, giving up six runs — five earned — while striking out two and walking one in 5 2-3 innings.
It’s rare to hear fans’ displeasure directed at Philadelphia’s sterling starters these days, but Oswalt was loudly booed in the sixth in a way that was reminiscent of the days when the Phillies lost often at old Veterans Stadium.
Manager Charlie Manuel was cheered when he emerged from the dugout to lift Oswalt, but the pitcher was given encouraging cheers on his way back to the dugout.
Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies (83-46), who have lost two straight but still maintained a comfortable six-game lead over the Braves in the NL East with Atlanta’s 6-0 loss to the Mets on Friday.
The Phillies trailed 6-4 entering the ninth but scored a run off Steve Cishek on Michael Martinez’s one-out double that scored pinch-runner Cliff Lee. But Cishek stranded the tying run on second when he got Shane Victorino to pop out to left and Placido Polanco to ground out to short for his third save in three chances.
After Dobbs, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Cameron led off the sixth with three straight singles, Buck hit an opposite-field grand slam that landed in the first row in right field for his 16th homer of the season to put Florida ahead 6-1.
The Marlins had scored the go-ahead run in the fourth when Mike Stanton reached on Dobbs’ double to make it 2-1.
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first when Emilio Bonifacio scored on Logan Morrison’s double-play groundout. Bonifacio was on second after singling and stealing second. It looked as if he would be out at third on Omar Infante’s grounder to short, but Wilson Valdez’s throw to third, which easily would have beaten the runner, hit Bonifacio to allow him to reach third.
Valdez’s solo homer in the third was the Phillies’ first hit and tied the game at 1.
Philadelphia didn’t get its second hit until Polanco’s two-out single in the sixth. Chase Utley followed with a double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third for Howard. Hensley was lifted for left-handed reliever Mike Dunn and Howard launched the reliever’s second pitch deep to right to pull Philadelphia to 6-4.
The three-run homer gave Howard 99 RBIs for the season, leaving him one shy of reaching 100 for the sixth straight season. Howard averaged 136 RBIs in the previous five years.
After Dunn was removed for right-hander Ryan Webb, Hunter Pence followed Howard with an infield single and went to third on John Mayberry Jr.’s double to left-center. But Webb got Carlos Ruiz to pop out to right to end the threat.
The Phillies threatened again in the eighth when Hunter Pence’s two-out single put runners on first and third for Mayberry. But Marlins right-handed reliever Edward Mujica struck out the hot-hitting Mayberry on a called third strike to keep Florida ahead by two runs.
Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino went 0 for 5 to snap his 12-game hitting streak.
The Phillies and Marlins postponed their game scheduled for 7:05 Saturday night due to Hurricane Irene and will make it up on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Philadelphia at a time to be determined. The clubs are still scheduled to play what was supposed to be the first game of a day-night doubleheader at 1:05 Saturday.
Notes: Philadelphia RHP David Herndon pitched a 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief to extend his career-best scoreless streak to 13 innings. … Pence went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in 20 of his 24 games with Philadelphia. … The Phillies’ crowd of 45,523 was their 191st straight sellout. Philadelphia RHP Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) is scheduled to start for the Phillies against Florida R HP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01) at 1:05 Saturday afternoon. In nine career starts at Citizens Bank Park, Sanchez is 1-5 with a 7.04 ERA and the Marlins are 1-8 in those games. Halladay, who pitched a perfect game against the Marlins last May, is winless in two starts against Florida this season (0-1, 3.00).

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