Baltimore Orioles pitcher Zach Britton delivers against the Boston Red...

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Zach Britton delivers against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning of a baseball game. (April 26, 2011) Credit: AP

Rookie Zach Britton allowed one run in six innings to earn his fourth win, Derrek Lee had two hits and scored twice, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Red Sox, 4-1, Tuesday night to end Boston's five-game winning streak.

Adam Jones drove in two runs for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in 14 games, and Vladimir Guerrero had his first three-hit game since coming to Baltimore as a free agent during the offseason.

Britton (4-1) became the first rookie starter in franchise history to win four games in April. The lefthander has accounted for nearly half of the Orioles' nine victories this year.

Britton gave up five hits, walked two and struck out two in his fifth career start, all this year. It was the third time he permitted one run or fewer.

Kevin Youkilis drove in the Red Sox's run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Mariners 7, Tigers 3: Miguel Olivo homered and Felix Hernandez extended his dominance of host Detroit. Hernandez (3-2) beat the Tigers for the seventh straight time, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on four hits in six innings.

Phil Coke (1-4) was routed by Seattle for the second time in a week, giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. In his two starts against the Mariners, Coke is 0-2 with 13 runs allowed in eight innings.

Indians 9, Royals 4: Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot for host Cleveland.

Masterson (5-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. A year ago, the righthander started 0-5, lost 11 straight games in two seasons and went winless for a stretch of 17 starts -- a club record of futility.

Hannahan hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Luke Hochevar (2-3), and Choo connected in the seventh on reliever Louis Coleman's(notes) first pitch to make it 7-3.

Marlins 4, Dodgers 2: Gaby Sanchez homered, Mike Stanton drove in two runs, Hanley Ramirez added a pair of hits and two runs and Chris Volstad pitched seven innings for host Florida.

Andre Ethier set a major league record for the longest April hitting streak with an RBI double that gave him a hit in 23 straight games.

Volstad (1-1) allowed a baserunner in all but two innings, but kept himself out of serious trouble. Volstad allowed two runs, seven hits, and one walk. He struck out five.

Leo Nunez got his seventh straight save.

Clayton Kershaw (2-3) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and struck out five.

 

Almonte on new DL

Brewers utility man Erick Almonte became the first major leaguer placed on the new 7-day disabled list for concussions after being hit in the forehead by a thrown ball during batting practice. Milwaukee changed plans and activated All-Star rightfielder Corey Hart.

Almonte was standing at first looking away when a throw from the left side of the infield struck him. The Brewers are also sending reliever Takashi Saito (left hamstring) and outfielder Nyjer Morgan (right thigh bruise) to Triple-A Nashville later this week to begin rehab assignments . . . Former Major League outfielder Carl Everett was in a Tampa jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after putting a handgun to his wife's head, according to police records. Everett, 39, was arrested Monday night at his home in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. He was also charged with tampering with a witness and was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail. -- AP

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