BOSTON - The World Series champions used power and pitching to finish their sweep of this year's most successful team.
Junior Spivey hit an inside-the-park homer - one of four solo homers by the Arizona Diamondbacks - and Rick Helling pitched them to a 7-3 win Sunday over the Boston Red Sox.
"For three games in a row, this is probably our best streak," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Against that lineup, we pitched as well as we could pitch and we made the plays."
The Red Sox lead the majors with a .290 batting average but totaled just 22 hits in three games started by Miguel Batista, Curt Schilling and Helling. They lost 7-5 and 3-2 then allowed single runs in seven innings Sunday.
"We couldn't have come into a season expecting not to lose three in a row or four in a row or five in a row every once in a while," Boston manager Grady Little said. "But we have a good club. We are 20 games over .500."
Despite its first three-game losing streak of the season and a 15-14 home mark, Boston (40-20) still has the best record in the majors. Pedro Martinez on Saturday and John Burkett on Sunday each fell to 7-1. They were the last two unbeaten regular starters in the majors.
"Against two undefeated pitchers, to come in and sweep this series is a lot more than we expected," Mark Grace said.
Spivey hit a ball to left-center field in the seventh that bounced off the wall as center-fielder Johnny Damon crashed into it. Left fielder Brian Daubach raced to retrieve the ball and slipped. His throw was up the third-base line and Spivey missed the plate as he ran by it. But he went back to touch it for his eighth homer before catcher Jason Varitek could tag him.
Spivey said he didn't see Daubach slip but did see third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez wave him home.
"I thought it was going higher off the wall," Spivey said. "I was going hard all the way."
PHILLIES 7, TIGERS 5
In Detroit, Brandon Duckworth won for the first time in six starts and Pat Burrell drove in two runs with a double and a triple as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Detroit Tigers.
Duckworth (3-4) allowed one earned run and struck out six. He pitched six innings, allowed seven hits and didn't walk a batter.
Philadelphia completed its first road sweep of the season, winning three in a row. It was Detroit's sixth straight loss and 10th its last 11 games.
Scott Rolen's sacrifice fly and Travis Lee's RBI single in the fifth chased Steve Sparks (3-6).
INDIANS 8, METS 3
In Cleveland, rookie Ryan Drese shut out the Mets for 5 2/3 innings and Omar Vizquel had two more RBIs as the Cleveland Indians salvaged the finale of a three-game series by beating the sloppy Mets.
Drese (6-4) bounced back from his worst outing this season with one of his better ones.
Vizquel, who homered twice and had five RBIs on Saturday night, had a two-run single in the Indians' five-run fourth off Shawn Estes (2-5), who hadn't started in 10 days.
The Mets, the majors' worst fielding team this season, made three errors, one by first baseman Mo Vaughn in the seventh that led to two Cleveland runs.
BLUE JAYS 3, ROCKIES 2
In Toronto, rookie Joe Lawrence's sacrifice fly capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Colorado Rockies to complete a three-game sweep.
The Rockies had scored only one run in the series before pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani's two-out, two-run single in the ninth.
PADRES 9, DEVIL RAYS 6
In St. Petersburg, Fla., Randy Winn homered and doubled three times and Julius Matos hit his first major league home run and drove in four runs as the San Diego Padres beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Matos had a three-run homer in the second - in just his 11th big league at-bat - and added a fourth-inning RBI single. He was making his third start and sixth appearance since being called up from Triple-A Portland on May 30.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 4
In Pittsburgh, Pokey Reese hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Pirates swept the three-game series and are 6-0 against the Brewers this year. They are 12-1 in two seasons at PNC Park against Milwaukee and have beaten the Brewers in nine consecutive games overall.
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