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Rangers continue with power surge

Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout and David Dellucci hit two of Texas's four home runs in leading the Rangers to a 10-0 rout of the Indians yesterday in Cleveland.

Dellucci hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the fourth to tie a career-high with five RBIs.

Michael Young led off the game with a homer and Kevin Mench also hit a two-run shot.

Texas won for the fifth time in six games and remained in first place in the West by taking three of four at Jacobs Field. The Indians lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Rodriguez (2-0), facing his former team for the first time, was in command. He walked two and struck out a career-high six. Rodriguez was traded by the Indians to Texas last July 18 along with outfielder Shane Spencer for outfielder Ryan Ludwick -- who has spent all of 2004 recovering from left knee surgery.

Yankees 7, Devil Rays 1 -- Jose Contreras gave the Yankees the strong start they needed, and Derek Jeter drove home two runs with a pair of doubles at Yankee Stadium to turn back Tampa Bay.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer and Hideki Matsui a two-run double for the Yankees, who had allowed 49 runs in losing five of their past six games.

But Contreras put a stop to the pitching woes, holding Tampa Bay to one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. New York beat Victor Zambrano (9-5) for the first time this season.

Contreras (6-3), who has baffled the Yankees with his inconsistency, retired his first seven batters, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and then sailed through nine straight hitters.

White Sox 9, Angels 8 -- Juan Uribe's single with one out in the bottom of the ninth in Chicago scored Jose Valentin, enabling the White Sox to snap a five-game losing streak.

Twins 7, Tigers 1 -- Cristian Guzman's three-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning and Minnesota won its fourth straight, beating Detroit in Minneapolis.

Guzman drove in four runs, including a tying double in the sixth. He lined a 3-and-2 pitch from Mike Maroth (5-7) over the left-field fence to finish the rally, as the Twins' offense awakened after Maroth retired the first 14 Minnesota hitters to start the game.

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 8 -- Carlos Delgado's three-run homer in the ninth inning rallied host Toronto over struggling Seattle.

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