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Roundup: Johnson wins it for Rays; Red Sox pound A's
Updated 5/1/2012 12:55 AM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Elliot Johnson hit an RBI single with one out in the 12th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-2, comeback victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Playing before a crowd of just 9,458 — smallest at Tropicana Field since September 2007 — the Rays twice rallied from one-run deficits before winning it against Brandon League (0-2), who failed to hold a 2-1 lead the Mariners took on Jesus Montero's homer in the 11th.

J.P. Howell (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Ben Zobrist drew a one-out walk in 12th, moved to second on Carlos Pena's single and scored when Johnson lined a 1-0 pitch to left field.

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Red Sox 11, Athletics 6

BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz finished the best April of his career with a pair of solo homers, Mike Aviles hit a three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 on Monday night.

Darnell McDonald had a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd drove in a pair of runs to support a decent start by Clay Buchholz, who held Oakland to one run until he gave up five in his last inning.

Ortiz hit .405 in April with six homers and 20 RBIs. He hit .543 in Fenway Park (19 for 35).

It was Boston's seventh win in eight games, coming off a 6-1 road trip.

Former Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer for Oakland, which dropped its third straight.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven neat innings and teamed with catcher Russell Martin to nab Nick Markakis at the plate in the key play of the game, lifting the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Monday night.

Eric Chavez hit an early two-run homer as the Yankees beat Baltimore once again. They are 4-0 against the Orioles this year, 43-15 over the O's since 2009 and have not lost any of the last 14 season series to them.

The loss denied Buck Showalter his 1,000th win as a big league manager — his first victory came in 1992 next door at the old Yankee Stadium. Baltimore lost for the second time in eight games.

Angels 4, Twins 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning, Torii Hunter homered and drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Angels returned from a rough road trip with a 4-3 victory over the miserable Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Chris Iannetta also homered in the Angels' second victory in eight games, scoring at least four runs for the first time in that stretch. Albert Pujols had a first-inning double for his first extra-base hit in 11 days, but went 1 for 4 while finishing his first month with the Angels without a homer.

Alexi Casilla and Denard Span broke up Wilson's shutout bid with run-scoring hits in the eighth for the Twins, who opened a six-game West Coast road trip with their seventh loss in eight games. Minnesota snapped a six-game skid Sunday, but the Twins have the majors' worst record at 6-16.

Royals-Tigers rained out

DETROIT (AP) — The scheduled game between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of rain.

It will be made up Sept. 24 at 7:05 p.m., which had been a mutual off day for both teams just before facing each other the following day in Detroit.

Luke Hochevar had been slated to pitch Monday night for the Royals against Tigers left-hander Duane Below. Hochevar was pushed back a day, but Detroit will skip Below and start Rick Porcello as scheduled on Tuesday night.

Play never started Monday night and the game was called after a delay of about 40 minutes.

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Posted 4/30/2012 11:30 PM ET
Updated 5/1/2012 12:55 AM ET
Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, left, and Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero look for the call after Zobrist scored on a 12th-inning single by Elliot Johnson during a their game Monday.
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Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, left, and Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero look for the call after Zobrist scored on a 12th-inning single by Elliot Johnson during a their game Monday.

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