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|Tuesday, 21 August 2007 20:01|
Anderson became the 12th player in major league history to have 10 RBIs in a game. He was the first to reach double digits since the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez also had 10 against the Angels on April 26, 2005.
Rodriguez hit a pair of solo shots Tuesday, with his 42nd of the season coming in the ninth inning off Marc Gwyn.
The major league record of 12 RBIs is shared by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993). The AL record of 11 was set by Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees on May 24, 1936.
Anderson had a chance to break the major league mark when he came up in the eighth inning with runners at the corners and two outs, but he grounded out to shortstop.
Kelvim Escobar (14-6) allowed five runs and five hits in six innings for the first-place Angels, who improved to 6-2 against New York this season and stayed two games ahead of Seattle in the AL West.
Los Angeles jumped out to a 7-1 lead against Mike Mussina, who lasted only 1 2-3 innings. Mussina (8-9) allowed seven hits and walked two in his shortest outing of the season.
The Yankees were surging for more than a month before visiting the Angels, a longtime nemesis. New York, which has lost the first two in a three-game series, fell six games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and 2 1/2 back of Seattle in the wild-card race.
Tigers 2, Indians 1
DETROIT (AP) - Jair Jurrjens allowed one hit in his second major league start and the Tigers got consecutive homers from Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen to edge the Indians.
Jurrjens outpitched Fausto Carmona and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning until Jhonny Peralta homered with one out for Cleveland's only hit of the game.
Carmona, who beat Jurrjens in his big league debut last Wednesday, gave up three hits in eight innings. Carmona (14-8) retired his first 12 batters before Ordonez and Guillen homered to start the fifth, helping the Tigers pull within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Indians.
Jurrjens (1-1) walked four and struck out one in 6 2-3 innings. Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless eighth and Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Coco Crisp and Julio Lugo had two-run doubles during a five-run fourth to help the AL East-leading Red Sox past lowly Tampa Bay.
David Ortiz, who hit a rare triple, and Manny Ramirez had first-inning RBIs as the Red Sox improved to 23-16 since the All-Star break.
Jon Lester (2-0) allowed five runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander, who struck out four and walked four, won for the first time since beating Cleveland on July 23, when he returned to the mound after undergoing treatment for lymphoma.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect 1 1-3 innings for his 30th save in 32 opportunities. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to have at least 30 saves in two different seasons.
Devil Rays right-hander Andy Sonnanstine (2-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings. He is 1-9 over his last 13 starts.
Mariners 7, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson hit consecutive home runs, Jarrod Washburn won for the first time in seven starts and the Mariners won their fifth straight.
Jose Vidro finished 3-for-5 and the wild card-leading Mariners pounded out 18 hits. Every starter except Kenji Johjima had a hit by the sixth. Johjima singled in the seventh.
Washburn (9-10) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 4. The lefty yielded two runs and five hits through six innings and made up for his team stranding at least one runner in each of the first seven innings.
Minnesota's only offense came in the sixth on a two-run single with the bases loaded by Michael Cuddyer.
The solo homers off Scott Baker (6-6) were the only runs the Mariners could muster through the first five innings despite 10 hits. Baker pitched around a pair of leadoff singles in the third and coaxed a double play from Johjima with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Orioles 6, Rangers 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Erik Bedard struck out 11 over seven innings to win his ninth straight decision, and the Orioles got home runs from Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff in the victory.
Bedard (13-4) increased his AL-leading strikeout total to 218, matching Mike Mussina's club record in 1997. Bedard, who walked none and struck out at least one batter in every inning, has 26 strikeouts in two games against Texas this season.
He gave up five hits and two runs, both in the seventh inning. The left-hander is 9-0 in 12 starts since June 15.
Jim Hoey worked a perfect eighth and Danys Baez got the final three outs.
The Orioles got all the runs they needed in a three-run first inning against Vicente Padilla (3-9). After Brian Roberts led off with a double and scored on an infield hit by Nick Markakis, Tejada started a three-hit night with his 12th home run.
Padilla yielded six runs, seven hits and four walks in five innings. It was his second start after a 51-day stint on the disabled list.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO (AP) - Dan Haren matched his career high in wins, Dan Johnson drove in two runs and the Athletics overcame three home runs to beat the Blue Jays.
Haren (14-4) allowed all three homers but still snapped a three-start winless streak. The right-hander, who came in with the best ERA in the AL at 2.54, gave up four runs and six hits over six innings. He walked none and matched a season high by striking out nine.
Frank Thomas homered twice for Toronto, giving him 508 career homers. Vernon Wells added a two-run shot, but the Blue Jays lost for the fourth time in six games.
Andrew Brown worked the seventh, Alan Embree pitched the eighth and Huston Street closed it out in the ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
With the game tied at 4, Oakland took the lead for good by scoring twice in the seventh against reliever Brian Tallet (2-3). Nick Swisher singled and scored when Alex Rios bobbled Jack Cust's single to right. One out later, Johnson scored Cust with a single through the right side of Toronto's drawn-in infield.
White Sox 5, Royals 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Jim Thome hit his 493rd career homer and Javier Vazquez won his third straight decision, leading the White Sox past Kansas City and out of the AL Central cellar.
Danny Richar and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox.
Vazquez (11-6) pitched six-plus inning, allowing two runs - one earned - and five hits. He struck out three, walked two and hit two batters.
Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances, one night after the Royals' Joey Gathright broke his string of 41 consecutive batters retired. Jenks had to settle for a share of the record with Jim Barr of the San Francisco Giants.
Thome's RBI double to right off Royals starter Leo Nunez (2-1) gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a double by Josh Fields in the third, Thome homered on a 1-1 pitch for his 21st of the season.