Red Sox 5, Phillies 3, 10 inn.
BOSTON – David Ortiz hit his seventh career walkoff homer after Jonathan Papelbon pitched 2 1-3 innings of clutch relief and the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
With one out and Alex Cora on first with a single, Ortiz hit a 2-2 pitch from Tom Gordon (2-3) into the center-field bleachers and his teammates poured out of the dugout. Papelbon waved a towel over his head at home plate as the excited players awaited Ortiz’s arrival.
Boston won its season-high eighth straight game as Ortiz produced a win this month for the second time on the last at-bat of the game. He also did it in the opener of a doubleheader against Texas on June 11.
Brett Myers started and went five innings for Philadelphia, one day after being arrested and charged with hitting his wife in the face on a street near Fenway Park just after midnight. He was freed after his wife posted $200 bail and faces a court date of Aug. 4.
Papelbon (2-1) got the Red Sox out of two big jams and matched his longest outing of the year.
White Sox 6, Astros 5, 10 innings
CHICAGO – Joe Crede tied the game with a seventh-inning grand slam and Alex Cintron singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the 10th as the surging White Sox won their ninth straight victory.
Rob Mackowiak led off the bottom of the 10th with a double off Dan Wheeler (1-5), pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski was walked intentionally, Juan Uribe sacrificed and Scott Podsednik got another intentional walk to load the bases.
Cintron then lined a 1-0 pitch to right to give the White Sox their 10th win in 11 interleague games this season and second straight over the Astros, the team they swept in the World Series last year.
Matt Thornton (3-1) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win.
Indians 4, Reds 0
CLEVELAND – Paul Byrd pitched eight shutout innings while Todd Hollandsworth and Grady Sizemore both homered to lead the Indians.
Byrd (6-5) improved to 2-3 in nine starts since May 3 with his longest performance since signing with Cleveland as a free agent in December. The right-hander gave up five hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.
Bob Wickman worked a perfect ninth to complete the five-hitter as Cleveland won for only the second time in eight games all in interleague play. The Reds fell to 4-11 since June 9, but lost for only the third time in their last 13 road games.
Hollandsworth put Cleveland ahead with a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning off Bronson Arroyo (9-4). Victor Martinez drew a one-out walk and Hollandsworth broke an 0-for-10 slump by lining a 3-2 pitch just over the wall in right for his second homer.