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Ross HR caps four-hit game, D’backs top Red Sox, 7-6

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz raises his arms as he crosses home plate on a two-run home run in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz raises his arms as he crosses home plate on a two-run home run in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz raises his arms as he crosses home plate on a two-run home run in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester heads to the dugout after getting pulled in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli is hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Cody Ross capped his four-hit return to Fenway Park with a tie-breaking homer that gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox last night.

Ross, Boston’s regular right fielder last season, drove in three runs, doubled twice and singled once. His big hit came with the score tied at 6 when he led off the seventh inning against Pedro Beato (1-1) with his seventh homer of the year.

In his only season with the Red Sox, Ross hit .267 with 22 homers and 81 RBI last year. But they let him leave as a free agent and signed Shane Victorino to take his spot in right.

Last night, he doubled in the first then singled in a run in the third, cutting Boston’s lead to 4-3. He hit another RBI double in the three-run fifth when Arizona went ahead 6-4. He finished his night by grounding out in the ninth.

Brad Ziegler allowed singles to Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury in the ninth but got his sixth save in six chances by retiring the last two batters.

The Red Sox had tied the game 6-6 in the sixth on Drew’s two-run homer, his eighth of the year, after a single by Mike Napoli.

Randall Delgado (4-3) got the win despite his worst performance of the season. He gave up six runs in six innings, the first time in his nine starts this year that he allowed more than three. He entered the game with a shutout streak of 14 2∕3 innings after tossing the first shutout and complete game of his career in his last start, a 10-0 win over San Diego.

But he got out of trouble in the third when the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out but didn’t score.

Boston’s Jon Lester also struggled after a solid stretch in which he posted a 2.29 ERA in his previous three starts. In his last start before last night, he pitched seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 win at Baltimore. But against the Diamondbacks he allowed six runs and 11 hits in a season-low 4 1∕3 innings.

Both teams got off to strong starts, each scoring twice in the first inning.

Paul Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 2-0 lead with his 25th homer after a single by Aaron Hill. Boston tied it in the bottom of the inning when Ellsbury tripled and scored on David Ortiz’s 21st homer.

The Red Sox made it 4-2 in the second when Daniel Nava reached on a throwing error by shortstop Didi Gregorius, Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled him to third and Drew and Brock Holt hit sacrifice flies.

Ross’s RBI single scored Martin Prado, who had doubled in the third. Then the Diamondbacks took a 6-4 lead with three runs in the sixth on RBI doubles by Prado and Ross and a run-scoring single by Jason Kubel.

NOTES

∎ Ortiz has reached base in 16 straight games.

∎ Arizona SS Gregorius struck out in all four at-bats.

∎ J.J. Putz pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief of Delgado and held the Red Sox scoreless for the 13th straight game, starting in Aug. 26, 2006.

∎ Lester didn’t issue a walk for the second time in three games.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Orioles 11, Mariners 8

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run and Nate McLouth contributed his first career grand slam to a power display that carried Baltimore past Seattle.

Ryan Flaherty also homered and had a career-high three hits for the Orioles, who never trailed but had to withstand four homers by Seattle.

McLouth connected off Brandon Maurer to make it 11-6 in the sixth, and that was enough offense to fend off the Mariners, who closed the gap in the eighth with solo shots from Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.

Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 38th save and secure the win for Chris Tillman (14-3).

TIGERS 2, WHITE SOX 1

Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers over Chicago.

The White Sox lost their eighth straight, while AL Central-leading Detroit has won 10 of 11.

Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.

Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.

INTERLEAGUE

GIANTS 4, RAYS 1

Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 in seven innings, Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer and San Francisco beat Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay has lost two in a row, including its first game in August. The Rays went 21-5 in July.

Bumgarner (11-7) gave up one run, working around seven hits and three walks. Sergio Romo got two outs for his 26th save.

Brandon Belt had three hits, including a solo homer, as the Giants won their third straight.

Chris Archer (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He had permitted just two runs – one earned – over 31 innings in winning his previous four starts.

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