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|Saturday, 30 June 2007 19:49|
Light-hitting Jason Kendall was 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk to lead an Oakland offense that ranks 13th out of 14 AL teams in runs scored. Shannon Stewart and Dan Johnson also homered for the A's, who won for only the second time in nine tries and are 5-13 in their past 18 games.
Johnny Damon's single in the sixth was the only hit for the Yankees (37-40), who have dropped eight of 10 after an 11-1 stretch. New York lost for the second time in its past 11 home games.
Damon hit a grounder up the middle off Gaudin with one out in the sixth. Gaudin (7-3) walked Bobby Abreu with two outs, but came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Alex Rodriguez and keep the score 4-0.
Igawa (2-2) was pulled in the seventh, and the A's broke it open on Nick Swisher's two-out, two-run double off Scott Proctor and Eric Chavez's RBI double against lefty Mike Myers.
Twins 8, Tigers 5
DETROIT (AP) - Michael Cuddyer and Lew Ford homered and drove in three runs apiece in Minnesota's victory over Detroit.
Cuddyer hit a three-run homer, went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Ford hit a two-run drive and a run-scoring double.
Minnesota has won the first two games of the series between the AL Central rivals. Detroit has lost four of its past five.
Curtis Granderson, Marcus Thames, and Ivan Rodriguez homered for the Tigers.
Kevin Slowey (3-0) outpitched fellow rookie Andrew Miller (3-2) to get the win. Slowey gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings, struck out two and walked one. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
Rangers 5, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) - Sammy Sosa hit his 602nd career homer to break a fifth-inning tie, leading Texas and spoiling Josh Beckett's last start before the All-Star rosters are announced.
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Ron Mahay (1-0) earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief.
Indians 8, Devil Rays 6
CLEVELAND (AP) - C.C. Sabathia became the majors' first 12-game winner and Grady Sizemore drove in three runs to lead Cleveland.
Sabathia (12-2) matched last season's win total, and is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in his past 10 starts.
The Indians, with baseball's best home record at 29-12, won for the fifth time in six games to take a 1 1/2 game lead over Detroit in the AL Central. The Devil Rays have lost six straight and 13 of 17.
J.P. Howell (1-2) allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings for Tampa Bay.
Orioles 6, Angels 3
BALTIMORE (AP) - Brian Burres took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer and Baltimore improved to 6-4 under interim manager Dave Trembley.
Kevin Millar drove in two runs and scored twice, and Melvin Mora had his second straight three-hit game for the Orioles.
Burres (4-2) gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in 7 2-3 innings, the longest outing of his big league career.
Paul Shuey got the last four outs to earn his first save since 2002.
Angels starter Bartolo Colon (6-4) allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out six, including Jay Gibbons and Corey Patterson twice.
White Sox 3, Royals 1, 10 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Tadahito Iguchi poked a two-run single into right field with two out in the 10th inning, helping Chicago snap Kansas City's five-game win streak.
Octavio Dotel (0-1) started the 10th and gave up a pinch single to A.J. Pierzynski and hit Scott Podsednik, who reached for the fourth time in the game. With two out, Paul Konerko was walked intentionally, loading the bases.
The winner was Matt Bukvich (1-0), who threw one pitch in the ninth.
Bobby Jenks pitched the 10th for the White Sox and got his 21st save in 23 opportunities.
The loss snapped the Royals' five-game winning streak, their longest in two years.
Mariners 8, Blue Jays 3
SEATTLE (AP) - Miguel Batista pitched into the seventh inning, Ben Broussard tied a career-high with four hits and the Seattle Mariners won their seventh straight.
It's Seattle longest win streak since a nine-game win streak from May 27 to June 5, 2003.
The Mariners also snapped Roy Halladay's win streak. The former Cy Young winner had not lost since May 10 against Boston, going 5-0 in his last six starts. Halladay (9-3) gave up 10 hits, three runs and struck out three.
Batista (8-6) left with one-out in the seventh, walking five and throwing almost half of his 116 pitches for balls.