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Rookie Davis solid as Tribe dents AL East leaders

BOSTON (AP) -- Jason Davis pitched into the eighth inning and
Milton Bradley drove in three runs with a pair of doubles as the
Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Sunday.

Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 25 games --
longest in the majors this season -- with a two-run double off Davis
(4-4) in the eighth. The rookie retired 17 consecutive batters
before Johnny Damon's two-out single, and the Red Sox rallied for
three runs before falling short.

The loss kept Boston's AL East lead at 1½ games over the
Yankees, who lost to Toronto on Sunday. The Red Sox open a
three-game series in New York on Monday when Roger Clemens goes for
his 300th victory.

Todd Walker's double sent Damon to third in the eighth, and
Garciaparra's double cut the lead to 6-3. Kevin Millar added an RBI
single off David Riske, but Trot Nixon struck out to end the
inning.

Davis allowed four runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck
out four and did not walk a batter.

Danys Baez got three outs for his ninth save in 12 tries.

Davis gave up just three hits through the first seven innings,
and two led to a first-inning run. Walker singled, went to second
when Garciaparra was hit by a pitch and scored on Millar's single.

The Indians went ahead 2-0 in the first against Casey Fossum
(4-3) on a two-run double by Bradley. In his last start, Fossum
allowed five runs in the first inning.

Cleveland made it 4-1 in the third on a single by Ellis Burks,
an RBI double by Bradley and a sacrifice fly by Shane Spencer. The
Indians added a run in the fourth on a double by Matt Lawton.

Fossum gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.

The Indians went up 6-1 in the seventh against Rudy Seanez on
singles by pinch-hitter Bill Selby and Bradley and another
sacrifice fly by Spencer.

Game notes
DH Burks left in the seventh with a cramped left hamstring.
Selby pinch-hit and singled with one out. ... Five of the eight
hits off Fossum were doubles. ... Manny Ramirez wasn't in the
starting lineup, despite not being hurt. He pinch-hit and has
played in all of Boston's games this year. ... David Ortiz, who had
a three-run homer and two other hits Saturday, batted fourth in
Ramirez's place and went 0-for-3. ... Bradley has reached base in
34 of his last 35 games. ... Davis was picked by Cleveland in the
21st round of the June 1999 draft. ... Boston ended its homestand
with a 7-5 record.