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Tribe use error to end Boston streak

THE Cleveland Indians capitalized on a ninth-inning error to end the Boston Red Sox's 11-game winning streak with a 9-8 victory on Tuesday.

Mark DeRosa raced home with the game-winning run when losing pitcher Javier Lopez mishandled a throw to first base on Asdrubal Cabrera's grounder.

Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis fielded the ball on the play with two outs in the ninth and flipped it to Lopez (0-2), who dropped the ball as DeRosa scored from second.

"Both infielders were really playing back and I was able to get a good secondary lead," DeRosa said.

"Then it's just trusting (third base coach) Joel Skinner to tell me what to do. The play was behind me, he was on top of it and he told me to just keep going."

Elsewhere in the American League, it was: Yankees 11, Tigers 0; Angels 7, Orioles 5; Rangers 5, Athletics 4; Twins 4, Rays 3; Blue Jays 8, Royals 1; White Sox 2, Mariners 1 (first game); and Mariners 9, White Sox 1 (second game).

In the National League, it was: Phillies 7, Nationals 1; Braves 2, Cardinals 1; Astros 8, Reds 3; Marlins 7, Mets 4; Brewers 6, Pirates 5; Padres 4, Rockies 3; Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 3; and Dodgers 5, Giants 3.

In Cleveland, Ohio, DeRosa also homered in the seventh inning to tie the contest and went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs.

"We needed a win like this," the Indians' third baseman said after the four-hour, 19-minute game. "It was a long night. We were able to keep grinding."

Two-run double

Boston grabbed a 5-1 lead in the second inning off a Youkilis double and went ahead 7-3 in the third on Jason Varitek's two-run double and a ground out.

Ben Francisco's three-run homer in the bottom of the third knotted the score at 7-7.

The Red Sox regained the lead on Julio Lugo's RBI single in the top of the seventh before DeRosa tied things up again with his homer in the bottom of the inning.

Reliever Kerry Wood (1-1) survived runners on first and third with one out to get the win.

"Kerry Wood really bowed his neck and stepped up for us," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "That was good to see."

The Indians won for only the second time in their last 11 games against the Red Sox.

In Philadelphia, Chase Utley homered twice and drove in three runs and Pedro Feliz added a three-run shot as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-1 for their fifth straight victory.

Raul Ibanez also went deep for the Phillies, who won despite losing ace Cole Hamels early for the second consecutive start.

Hamels came out in the fifth inning after spraining his left ankle trying to field John Lannan's bunt.

Making his fourth start, Hamels appeared to be on his way to his first win.

He allowed four hits and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings, leaving with a 5-0 lead.

Chad Durbin (1-0) came on in relief of Hamels and allowed only Adam Dunn's sixth-inning homer in 3 2/3 innings.


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