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Blown call helps Bosox top Tigers

Jim Leyland watched Boston score three times to take the lead and couldn't hold back anymore. He argued with the umpires until they ejected him, then erupted in the visitors' clubhouse.

"There shouldn't have been a second-inning rally," the Tigers' manager said after the Red Sox beat Detroit, 7-4, Monday at Fenway Park. "There were three outs. I've been in the game a long time . . . You guys need to write something and hold people accountable."

With two outs, a runner on second and two strikes, plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that Mike Aviles had foul-tipped a pitch, and on appeal to first-base ump Bill Welke, it was ruled that the ball hit the dirt before catcher Gerald Laird could glove it.

Replays appeared to show that Laird caught the ball before it hit the ground, which would have made it a strikeout.

Given another chance, Aviles lined an RBI single to center. Daniel Nava doubled him home and scored on Dustin Pedroia's single to make it 4-1.

After the game, third-base umpire and crew chief Tim Tschida said: "The glove moved and a little dirt kicked up at the same time. But in looking at the replay, you can see that he caught it and the glove is what spit up a little dirt. It wasn't the ball.''

Pedroia left in the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb.

White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale struck out 15 in 71/3 innings and Adam Dunn hit his 16th homer for the visiting White Sox. Sale (6-2) allowed one run and three hits. Chicago's Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to 14.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2: Kelly Johnson drove in three runs for host Toronto.

Cardinals 8, Braves 2: Lance Lynn (8-1) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings as the Cardinals extended host Atlanta's losing streak to eight.

Marlins 5, Nationals 3: Giancarlo Stanton hit his 11th homer in May for the host Marlins.

Miami pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo was suspended for eight weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud. Oviedo played under the fake name of Leo Nuñez for seven seasons.

Mickelson seeking Padres

Phil Mickelson has joined a group of investors who want to buy his hometown Padres. Mickelson said he is involved with Kevin and Brian O'Malley and their cousins, Peter and Tom Seidler, all grandchildren of former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley. -- AP


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