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 CLEVELAND (AP) -Kelly Shoppach's pinch-hit three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning rally and gave the Cleveland Indians an 8-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Shoppach hit a 1-0 pitch from Alan Embree (1-1) into the left-field bleachers for his fourth homer and lifted the Indians to their sixth win in nine games.
Oakland has now dropped five straight games.
Travis Hafner's two-out, two-run double tied it.
Grady Sizemore drew a one-out walk off Embree, who had blown only one of nine previous save chances. With two outs, Victor Martinez walked on four pitches and pitching coach Curt Young went to the mound to speak with Embree.
Hafner lined the next pitch to right-center to tie it at 5.
After Jhonny Peralta was intentionally walked, Indians manager Eric Wedge called on Shoppach to bat for utility infielder Mike Rouse and the reserve catcher delivered the Indians' sixth win of the season in their last at-bat at Jacobs Field.
The rally kept Athletics ace Dan Haren from earning his 10th consecutive win and gave the victory to Rafael Betancourt (1-0), who yielded Shannon Stewart's fifth homer in the top of the ninth that put Oakland ahead 5-3.
Mariners 8, Red Sox 7
SEATTLE (AP) - Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Seattle its third and final lead, and the Mariners beat Boston.
The Mariners also got a homer from Willie Bloomquist and overcame yet another shaky start by Felix Hernandez to win for the sixth time in seven games. They beat Boston for the seventh consecutive time in Seattle.
Sexson's home run to the opposite field off Javier Lopez (1-1) was his fifth in eight games on Seattle's homestand.
J.J. Putz fanned Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek and pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez in the ninth for his 22nd save in 22 chances, the longest current streak in the majors.
Eric O'Flaherty (5-0) relieved Hernandez, who allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings, the third time in five starts he's given up at least that many hits.
Royals 12, Angels 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Billy Butler, John Buck and Alex Gordon homered, and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of two throwing errors by Angels third baseman Chone Figgins.
Gil Meche (5-6) won his second consecutive decision after going 0-5 with a 5.73 ERA in his previous five starts. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings and struck out six while improving to 7-2 against the Angels and 6-1 in Anaheim.
The AL West-leading Angels, who had tied a franchise record with nine straight series victories, lost a series for the first time since AL champion Detroit took two of three from them in May. The 12 runs allowed equaled a season high.
Ervin Santana (5-8) gave up seven runs - five earned - and nine hits in five-plus innings.
Orioles 3, Yankees 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Corey Patterson capped a xperfect night at the plate by scoring the winning run on Scott Proctor's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving Baltimore a 3-2 victory over skidding New York.
Patterson led off the ninth with a walk and Brian Roberts singled. Proctor (1-5) then made a sensational diving catch on a bunt by Chris Gomez, but missed an opportunity to double up Patterson, who had strayed three-quarters of the way to third base. After a walk to Nick Markakis loaded the bases, Proctor missed on a 3-2 pitch to Ramon Hernandez.
Patterson went 3-for-3, scored two runs and drove in one.
Johnny Damon homered for the Yankees, who have lost three straight and six of seven.
Chris Ray (4-5) worked the ninth to complete a solid performance by the Baltimore bullpen.
Twins 2, Blue Jays 1, 12 innings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo's bases-loaded bloop single lifted Minnesota to a victory.
Cirillo hit a flare to shallow center field off lefty Brian Tallet (2-2). Vernon Wells and shortstop John McDonald both dived for the ball, but it landed just in front of Wells and allowed Michael Cuddyer to score from first base.
Cirillo snapped an 0-for-8 skid with Minnesota's seventh game-ending hit of the season.
Juan Rincon (3-1) pitched a perfect 12th to support starter Scott Baker, who struck out a career-high nine and allowed just one run and four hits in seven-plus innings.
Rangers 9, Tigers 6
DETROIT (AP) - Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking triple in the ninth inning and Texas beat Detroit after blowing a three-run lead in the eighth.
Brad Wilkerson hit a three-run homer and Sammy Sosa had two RBIs for the last-place Rangers, who won for the sixth time in seven games and beat AL Central-leading Detroit for the second consecutive night.
Tigers closer Todd Jones (1-4) retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Michael Young walked and Sosa singled before Byrd hit a sharp liner to right that got by Magglio Ordonez and scored both runners. Ramon Vazquez followed with an RBI single.
Akinori Otsuka (2-1), who allowed three runs in the eighth, got the win. Eric Gagne struck out Ordonez, the major leagues' batting leader, with two on to earn his eighth save.
White Sox 6, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Andy Gonzalez and Jim Thome homered to back Jon Garland's strong pitching and help Chicago snap a season-worst, five-game losing streak.
Gonzalez, who had four hits and drove in two runs, hit his first career homer - a two-run shot off James Shields (6-3) in the fifth inning. Thome hit the 482nd of his career for a 5-0 lead.
Garland (5-5) allowed three singles, a double and Greg Norton's home run in seven-plus innings.
Shields (6-3) won his first six decisions, but has dropped the past three.
 

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