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Sunday, 09 September 2007 18:01
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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Alex Rodriguez homered for the fifth straight game, connecting for the seventh time during that span and sending the New York Yankees past the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Chien-Ming Wang earned his 18th win to remain tied for the major league lead, and Jorge Posada hit a tiebreaking, two-run double that helped New York extend its AL wild-card lead to four games over Detroit.
Wang (18-6) gave up a three-run double to rookie Alex Gordon but went seven innings to win his fifth start in a row. Against the Royals, the right-hander is 4-0 in six career starts.
Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.
The Yankees, with Rodriguez on a home run tear that's helped him move past several Hall of Famers on various career lists, have won five straight and 23 of 35 to reach a season-high 19 games over .500. New York went 8-1 against Kansas City this season.
A-Rod's two-run shot off Zack Greinke in the first inning was his major league-leading 52nd homer and it raised his RBI count to 140, also best in the big leagues. It's the third time in his brilliant 13-year career that he's homered in five consecutive games.
Brandon Duckworth (2-5) pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief and took the loss.
Red Sox 3, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Josh Beckett allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his 18th victory, and the Red Sox completed another successful season at Camden Yards.
Coco Crisp singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Mike Lowell drove in two runs and Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the Red Sox, who went 6-3 in Baltimore this year.
Beckett (18-6) yielded seven hits, struck out eight - including Brian Roberts three times - and walked none. The right-hander is 4-1 lifetime against the Orioles, including 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts at Baltimore.
Hideki Okajima worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 35th save in 37 chances.
Boston snapped a 2-all tie in the eighth against Chad Bradford (3-7). J.D. Drew hit a leadoff single and reached third with two outs before Crisp lined an RBI single to center. Crisp went 5-for-13 with five RBIs in the four-game series.
Indians 6, Angels 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Garko hit a three-run homer, Asdrubal Cabrera had two RBIs and Cleveland beat Los Angeles to split a four-game series between AL division leaders.
Cleveland's 13th victory in 16 tries increased its AL Central lead to six games over Detroit. The first-place Angels, who played without ailing right fielder Vladimir Guerrero again, have an eight-game cushion over Seattle in the AL West.
Aaron Laffey (3-1) pitched five innings for the Indians, allowing two runs - one earned - and six hits in his sixth major league start. Jensen Lewis, Rafael Perez and Joe Borowski combined for four scoreless innings of three-hit relief.
Jered Weaver (11-7) threw 97 pitches over five innings, allowing six runs and nine hits.
Mariners 14, Tigers 7
DETROIT (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki scored in each of the first four innings and the Mariners won for only the second time in 15 games to remain five back of New York in the AL wild-card race.
Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer, Adrian Beltre had four RBIs and Jose Guillen drove in three runs as Seattle scored 13 times in the first four innings.
Felix Hernandez (12-7) earned the win despite giving up seven runs - six earned - and 10 hits with three walks over five-plus innings.
Detroit's Curtis Granderson joined Willie Mays and Frank Schulte as the only players in major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season.
Jeremy Bonderman (11-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings - matching the shortest outing of his five-year career. Bonderman was 10-1 after beating Seattle on July 13, but he is 1-8 since and has given up at least six earned runs in five of his past nine starts.
Twins 5, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer and added an RBI single, Johan Santana struck out 10 in seven innings, and the Twins snapped a six-game losing streak.
Jim Thome hit his 498th career home run, a solo shot off reliever Juan Rincon in the eighth inning. It's the third straight game Thome has homered, giving him 26 on the season.
Santana (15-11), who had given up eight runs in 12 innings in losing his last two starts, yielded only one run on four hits. He walked two while throwing 116 pitches.
Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 30th save in 34 opportunities.
Jon Garland (9-11) gave up five runs in eight innings, but only one of them was earned because of two fielding errors by Alex Cintron. The White Sox have lost 20 of their last 27 games and are guaranteed their first losing season since 1999.
Devil Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning, and James Shields allowed four hits through seven to lead the Devil Rays.
Tampa Bay has won four straight series for the first time since winning six straight in June 2004. The Devil Rays have won nine of their last 12 games and 12 of 16 since Aug. 24.
Shields (12-8) gave up two runs and struck out five. The 25-year-old allowed no walks and hasn't walked more than one batter in 22 of his 30 starts this season.
Al Reyes picked up his 23rd save in 25 opportunities.
Jesse Litsch (5-8) pitched five-plus innings and gave up seven hits, including three solo homers, while striking out five.
Rangers 12, Athletics 9
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run second inning, then drove in another run as the Rangers held off the Athletics to complete a three-game sweep.
Sosa's 607th career homer and 19th of the season came on the second pitch he saw from Oakland reliever Colby Lewis. The shot, estimated at 442 feet, landed in the second deck.
The Rangers have won five straight to move into a tie for third place with the A's in the AL West. Texas had been in last place since April 25.
Bill White (1-0) allowed a run in two innings of relief to earn his first career win in a game that ended more than five hours after it started and included two rain delays.
Nick Swisher had two homers as the slumping A's lost for the 11th time in 15 games.
Oakland starter Lenny DiNardo (8-9) allowed seven runs, three earned, in 1 2-3 innings.
 

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