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Sunday, 26 August 2007 17:14
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 DETROIT (AP) -Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday.
The Tigers have won two of three from New York and can win their first series since mid-July with a victory Monday night. Detroit began the day 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.
New York began the day 6 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East, and two behind Seattle in the wild-card race.
Bobby Seay (1-0) was awarded the win after pitching two scoreless innings of relief. The Tigers needed five pitchers after rookie starter Jair Jurrjens left in the second inning because of a sore shoulder.
Phil Hughes (2-2) lost for the first time since his major league debut on April 26. He allowed five runs and four hits, including three homers, in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.
The Tigers had only four hits, none after the third inning. Granderson and Carlos Guillen hit home runs in the first, and Marcus Thames hit his 15th of the year in the third.
Jason Giambi hit a solo home run in the second, and Robinson Cano added a three-run shot in the fourth for the Yankees, who were without Derek Jeter resting a sore knee.
Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez was ejected after arguing with home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook after the top of the fourth inning.
Red Sox 11, White Sox 1
CHICAGO (AP) - David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and J.D. Drew and Bobby Kielty ended long homerless droughts to back Julian Tavarez's first win since late June as the Red Sox finished a four-game sweep of the White Sox.
Strangely enough, Drew's last home run was in the same game as Tavarez's last win: June 20 at Atlanta. Kielty homered for the first time since last Sept. 19, when he was with Oakland.
The Red Sox outscored Chicago 46-7 in the series, dropping the White Sox to 18 games under .500. Boston has won four in a row, improved baseball's best record to 80-51 and increased their lead over second-place New York to 7 1/2 games in the AL East.
Tavarez (7-9) was making just his second start since the beginning of August, but struck out seven and handcuffed the White Sox to two hits in six innings. He was 0-5 in his last seven starts, going back to June 25.
Ortiz's 24th homer capped off a four-run fifth inning as the Red Sox ended Javier Vazquez's perfect month and sent the White Sox to their fifth straight loss and 13th in 15 games.
Vazquez (11-7) was 8-1 over his last 12 starts. He matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts but also matched a season-high allowing three home runs.
Angels 3, Blue Jays 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kelvim Escobar recorded his career-high 15th victory, Garret Anderson homered and the Angels beat the Blue Jays to earn a split of the four-game series.
Escobar (15-6) won his fourth straight start, allowing a run and five hits over eight innings with five strikeouts and no walks. The former Blue Jays right-hander was 14-11 with Toronto in 1999, his first full season in the majors, and spent four more seasons with them before signing with the Angels as a free agent in November 2003.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.
Dustin McGowan (8-8) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none. The loss was the right-hander's second to Escobar in a span of 11 days.
Anderson opened the scoring in the fourth with his ninth homer and 250th of his career, becoming the 17th player in history with at least 250 home runs, 2,000 hits, 1,000 RBIs and 450 doubles with one franchise. He doubled in the fourth and scored the Angels' second run on a single by Maicer Izturis.
Indians 5, Royals 3, 11 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez singled home runs with two out in the 11th inning as the Indians rallied past the Royals.
Cleveland, which scored a run in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, remained two games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The Tigers beat the Yankees 5-4.
Hafner's single off John Bale, the sixth Royals pitcher, scored Franklin Gutierrez, who led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Grady Sizemore, who was hit by a Bale pitch, scored the second run of the inning on a Martinez single.
Joel Peralta (1-3), the fifth Royals pitcher, walked Gutierrez and was charged with the loss.
Rafael Betancourt (3-0), who threw 18 strikes out of 22 pitches, struck out three in two perfect innings to pick up the victory. Joe Boroswki got his 37th save in 42 chances.
The Indians were down to their final out in the ninth when Sizemore doubled off Royals rookie closer Joakim Soria. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a single to center to score Sizemore. Soria was charged with his fourth blown save in 18 opportunities. His previous blown save was May 20 at Colorado.
Twins 11, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Twins ended Erik Bedard's nine-game winning streak and completed a season's sweep of the Orioles, getting two triples and two RBIs from Jason Bartlett.
Rondell White homered for Minnesota, which finished 7-0 against Baltimore this year. The Twins' only previous season sweeps in the AL were against Tampa Bay in 2003 and 2005.
The Orioles have been outscored 70-20 during a six-game losing streak that began the day the team announced manager Dave Trembley would return in 2008.
Scott Baker (7-6) allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings. The right-hander flew in from Louisiana to rejoin the team after his wife gave birth to a boy Friday.
Bedard (13-5) was 9-0 in his last 12 starts and was unbeaten since June 10, but he struggled from the outset in falling to 0-5 lifetime against the Twins. The left-hander gave up six runs, six hits and a career high-tying five walks in six innings.
Devil Rays 7, Athletics 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Pena hit two homers, and Joel Guzman had a two-run triple during a three-run fifth inning as the Devil Rays beat All-Star Dan Haren and the Athletics.
B.J. Upton also went deep for the Devil Rays, who won the final three games of the four-game series for their first three-game winning streak since June 9-12. Tampa Bay has scored 33 runs during the streak.
Andy Sonnanstine (3-9) won for the second time in his last three starts. He allowed two runs, five hits, two walks and had seven strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Al Reyes struck out three in the ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Haren (14-5) gave up five runs - three earned - and four hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out a season-high 10 to improve to 7-3 over his last 14 starts.
Kurt Suzuki homered and had two RBIs for Oakland.
Rangers 5, Mariners 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sammy Sosa's 605th career home run was his first in a month, and Vicente Padilla allowed only one run pitching into the seventh inning for the Rangers.
Padilla (4-9) won for the first time since June 15, retiring 18 of 19 batters after Ichiro Suzuki led off the game with an infield single. The right-hander then gave up three straight singles and a run to start the seventh.
Sosa has become a part-time player while the Rangers evaluate younger players, but the 38-year-old slugger hasn't forgotten how to do his trademark hop. He bounded out of the batter's box in the first after hitting a 430-foot drive that ricocheted off a wall at the back of the lower seating section in left field, making it 2-0.
Jarrod Washburn (9-11), who has won only once in his last nine starts, allowed three runs and six hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
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