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|Monday, 20 August 2007 20:34|
Wakefield improved to 19-2 - including a 9-0 mark at Tropicana Field - all-time against the Devil Rays. It's the most wins by any Tampa Bay opponent. Wakefield (15-10) struck out five and walked one, and moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins this season.
The Devil Rays lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 47-77, two games worse than they were at this time last year.
Mike Lowell had a homer and drove in three runs, and Manny Ramirez had two RBIs for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who are 11-8 in August. Ramirez has 39 RBIs in 38 games since the All-Star break.
Lowell put the Red Sox up 2-0 on a two-run double in the first. His solo homer off Scott Kazmir (9-8) extended the Boston lead to 6-0 in the fifth. The blast ended Kazmir's stretch of not allowing a homer in nine straight starts.
Angels 7, Yankees 6, 10 innings
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Howie Kendrick and Ryan Budde hit back-to-back doubles in the 10th and Los Angeles snapped New York's four-game winning streak.
Budde hit a 2-0 pitch from Sean Henn (2-1) into right-center to score Kendrick, who had doubled to right with one out.
The AL West-leading Angels' second straight victory kept them two games ahead of Seattle. The Yankees dropped five games behind Boston in the AL East.
Darren Oliver (0-1) pitched a perfect 10th to get the victory. The Angels overcame two-run homers by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada en route to their eighth walkoff victory of the season.
Posada's 16th homer off Justin Speier tied it at 6 in the eighth after a leadoff single by Rodriguez, who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Mariners 9, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Raul Ibanez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead Seattle to its fourth straight win.
Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima also went deep for the Mariners, who also have won seven of nine to improve to a season-high 18 games over .500.
Seattle's Horacio Ramirez (8-4) allowed nine hits and four earned runs in 7 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the season.
The Mariners chased Minnesota starter Matt Garza (2-4) in the third inning. He was charged with seven runs and nine hits, recording just seven outs.
Ibanez is hitting .431 (28-for-65) in August. He leads the league with nine home runs this month, all in his last 13 games. He hit six in his first 97 games.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Jack Hannahan hit his first major league home run and Joe Blanton remained unbeaten in August for Oakland.
Nick Swisher also homered for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Swisher singled twice and went 3-for-4.
Blanton (11-8) allowed one run and six hits over seven innings, walking none and striking out six to improve to 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA in four August starts.
Toronto scored three in the eighth against reliever Andrew Brown. Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored on Lyle Overbay's double. Two outs later, Frank Thomas and Troy Glaus hit back-two-back RBI doubles, chasing Brown.
Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum lost for the first time in six starts. Marcum (10-5) allowed six runs and nine hits over three innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. He walked one and struck out four.
White Sox 4, Royals 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Bobby Jenks settled for a share of the record when Joey Gathright broke the Chicago closer's string of 41 straight outs, and then stopped the White Sox's worst skid in 16 years.
Jenks, who tied Jim Barr's mark of 41 for San Francisco in 1972 on Sunday, gave up a single to Gathright to lead off the ninth. Jenks responded by retiring the next three batters for his 34th save in 39 chances.
Josh Fields broke a 3-all tie in the seventh inning with an RBI single for Chicago. Danny Richar had tied the game earlier in the inning with his second home run of the year. Scott Podsednik also homered for the White Sox as they avoided losing nine in a row for the first time since Aug. 19-28, 1991.
The White Sox trailed 3-2 with one out in the seventh inning when Richar homered to right to tie the game off Royals reliever David Riske (1-3). Owens followed by reaching on a bunt and stole second. Fields then drove him in to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.
Matt Thornton (4-4) gave up a game-tying RBI single to Gathright in the sixth, but rebounded to pitch a scoreless seventh to earn the victory.