David Ortiz's first-inning homer helped the Red Sox open a big early lead and gave the Boston fans a chance to watch the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Clay Buchholz didn't mind it, either.

"That's big, going out to a three- or four-run cushion," the Red Sox righthander said last night after pitching host Boston to a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Buchholz (9-4) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk, striking out eight in 52/3 innings. The Diamondbacks have dropped 11 straight on the road.

Tigers 7, Nationals 4

Ryan Raburn, who came into the game hitting .165, had two hits and drove in four runs, including a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the fifth inning for visiting Detroit.

Rangers 3, Marlins 2

Matt Treanor's pinch-hit, two-run triple in the ninth inning lifted visiting Texas.

White Sox 6, Pirates 3

Gordon Beckham drove in three runs and Chicago spoiled former first-round draft pick Brad Lincoln's first start at home and extended host Pittsburgh's losing streak to nine games.

Cardinals 4, Mariners 2

Jeff Suppan was a success in his comeback start and Albert Pujols homered a day after getting bopped in the head by a throw for host St. Louis.

Jones thinking of retiring

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told The Associated Press he was meeting with team officials to discuss his future and acknowledged that he's considering retirement.

Jones declined to comment on whether he'll retire at the end of the season, but he's still owed more than $28 million in guaranteed money.

Jones, 38, who won the NL MVP award in 1999 and led the league in hitting just two years ago, met before batting practice with team president John Schuerholz, general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox. - AP

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