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Friday, 31 August 2007 17:06
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 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Scott Baker came within three outs of a perfect game and two outs of a no-hitter, falling short of history but leading the Minnesota Twins over the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader Friday night.
Baker entered the ninth inning with a chance for just the 18th perfect game in major league history. But he went to a 3-0 count leading off on John Buck, who took a strike before the next pitch went inside for ball four.
Esteban German grounded into a forceout and Mike Sweeney, activated from the disabled list between games, pinch hit and blooped a single to left-center for Kansas City's only hit.
Baker (8-6) struck out a career-high nine and threw 111 pitches in just his second complete game in 44 major league starts.
Gil Meche (7-12) allowed just three runs and seven hits in seven innings, giving up a two-run single to Jason Bartlett in the third and a sacrifice fly to Justin Morneau in the fifth.
In the opener, Ross Gload homered and drove in three runs for the Royals.
Matt Garza (3-5) gave up nine hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings while striking out six. He was charged with eight runs, though only four were earned.
Kyle Davies (2-3) earned the win, beating Minnesota for the second time in three weeks.
Blue Jays 7, Mariners 5
TORONTO (AP) - The slumping Mariners lost their seventh straight game as Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer and Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios also went deep for the Blue Jays.
Jose Vidro hit a two-run drive and Adrian Beltre also connected for Seattle.
Shaun Marcum (12-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to win for the eighth time in 10 starts. He walked two and struck out three.
Brian Wolfe relieved Marcum and worked two scoreless innings. Scott Downs took over in the eighth but was replaced by Casey Janssen after opening the inning by walking Raul Ibanez, who eventually scored. But he got out of the inning and Jeremy Accardo worked the ninth for his 26th save in 30 opportunities.
Jarrod Washburn (9-12) lost for the fifth time in six August starts, allowing six runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked five, matching a season high, and struck out none.
Devil Rays 9, Yankees 1
NEW YORK (AP) - Carlos Pena homered twice and Andy Sonnanstine pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, stopping the Yankees' winning streak at three games.
Carl Crawford capped a huge month with two run-scoring hits, and the surging Devil Rays roughed up an ineffective Phil Hughes to win for the seventh time in eight games. Pena also drew three walks and had his second multihomer game in six days.
Looking hung over from their three-game sweep of rival Boston, the Yankees botched an easy rundown play and mustered only Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the fourth against Sonnanstine (4-9). After that, the rookie right-hander retired his final 14 batters.
Hughes (2-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings, falling to 0-2 in his last four starts.
Indians 8, White Sox 5
CLEVELAND (AP) - Casey Blake's three-run double capped Cleveland's six-run eighth inning as the Indians rallied past the White Sox.
Trailing 5-2, the Indians got an RBI single from Victor Martinez off Mike Myers. Mike MacDougal (1-5) came on and appeared to get an inning-ending groundout, but Ryan Garko's hopper toward Juan Uribe hopped over the shortstop's head, bringing Cleveland within 5-4.
After Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases, pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton drew a four-pitch walk from MacDougal to force in the tying run. Blake went to a full count and the runners were moving when he slapped his double over the bag at first.
Aaron Fultz (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Rafael Betancourt, filling in for overworked closer Joe Borowski, worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 28 last season.
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