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RAYS BEAT RED SOX LATE

Eduardo Perez led off the ninth inning with his seventh career pinch-hit homer, giving the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

The son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez connected on the first pitch from Alan Embree (0-1) after the World Series champions scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game against Danys Baez (3-0).

"I'm not icing my shoulder, I'm icing my pride right now," said after giving up a 459-foot blast to Perez.

Julio Lugo went 3 for 4 and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which was three outs from beating knuckleballer Tim Wakefield for the first time in six years when pinch-hitter Trot Nixon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Mark Bellhorn's double.

Boston made it 4-all on Johnny Damon's RBI single.

Wakefield, who is 11-1 lifetime against Tampa Bay, allowed four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two in his first start since signing a $4 million, one-year contract extension through 2006.

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Elsewhere in the American League, Jay Gibbons homered and drove in five runs, and the Orioles bounced back from consecutive shutout losses with a 13-5 victory over the Blue Jays. Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. . . . Ivan Rodriguez homered leading off the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Twins. . . . Freddy Garcia pitched seven strong innings and Juan Uribe had three hits as the White Sox defeated the Royals, 8-2.

Elsewhere in the National League, Marcus Giles hit his first home run of the season and Andruw Jones snapped an 0-for-28 drought with an RBI double in a three-run third inning as the Braves beat the Phillies, 6-2. . . . Luis Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning and A.J. Burnett struck out a season-high 13 to lift the Marlins over the Reds. . . . Jason Jennings pitched his third career complete game for his first win in 12 starts, Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer and the Rockies routed the Dodgers, 9-1. . . . So Taguchi and Mark Grudzielanek each hit a two-run double as the Cardinals held on for an 8-7 win over the Astros.

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