Traber beats Yankees with one-hitter
Billy Traber pitched the game of his career against the New York Yankees.
''It was Greg Madduxlike,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Traber's one-hitter led the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.
Traber (4-5), who got his first career complete game, dominated a Yankees' lineup that was missing Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano, who didn't start after getting hit by pitches thrown by Pedro Martinez a day earlier.
After giving up a leadoff single to John Flaherty in the third, Traber retired his final 21 batters, 27 of 28 overall. He walked none, struck out five and didn't allow a Yankee to reach second base.
''He had no predictability, and that was impressive,'' said Torre, whose team was coming off two emotional wins over the Boston Red Sox. ''Don't say it was a letdown after a big series, there was none of that. It was all him.''
Matt Lawton homered and Casey Blake had three hits off Jeff Weaver (4-7).
Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
Jason Varitek hit a go-ahead single in the 12th off Jeff Tam (0-3) following a double by Johnny Damon, dropped from leadoff to No. 8 in the order. Damon went 3-for-4 with a walk after entering in a 4-for-37 slump.
Todd Jones (1-0) pitched two hitless innings at SkyDome, and new closer Byung-Hyun Kim got three straight outs for his second save in two chances.
Boston managed just one run off Roy Halladay, who has won 12 straight decisions.
Mariners 6, Orioles 5
Joel Pineiro (10-5) won his fifth straight start, allowing five hits and four walks in six innings and leaving with a 6-1 lead. He joined Jamie Moyer (11-5) and Gil Meche (10-4) as the Mariners' third 10-game winner.
Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff homer off Jason Johnson (7-4), helping drop the Orioles to 1-15 at Safeco Field.
Rangers 8, Twins 6
Texas center fielder Kevin Mench broke his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Juan Rincon in the fifth inning and will miss at least a month, according to Rangers manager Buck Showalter.
At Arlington, Texas overcame a 5-0 deficit. Juan Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking homer, Rafael Palmeiro hit his 511th homer and Michael Young had three hits.
Jay Powell (2-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings in relief of Tony Mounce, and Ugueth Urbina got three outs for his AL-leading 25th save.
Royals 4, Angels 0
Aaron Guiel hit a two-run homer and Darrell May (3-4) allowed four hits in seven innings, winning a third straight decision for the first time in his career.
Jason Grimsley pitched a 1-2-3 eighth at Anaheim, and D.J. Carrasco was perfect in the ninth as the AL Central-leading Royals won for the sixth time in seven games.
John Lackey (6-8) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.
Devil Rays 9, Athletics 3
Travis Lee had three hits and three RBIs, and Ben Grieve doubled and drove in two runs as visiting Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak.
Barry Zito (8-6) gave up a career-high 15 hits and seven runs in 5 1-3 innings. Rob Bell (1-2) won in his fifth start since being called up from Triple-A Durham on June 14, giving up three runs and four hits in six innings.
An 8-year-old boy watching the game was burned on one of his legs when a fan tossed an explosive device from the upper deck. The boy was taken to a hospital.
Tigers 2, White Sox 1
Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Jon Garland (6-7), and reliever Chris Spurling (1-1), making his 36th major league appearance, got his first big league victory.
At Detroit, Wilfredo Ledezma made his first major league start and allowed five hits in five shutout innings. Chris Mears got his first career save.