Sunday, August 17, 2003

AL: Twins clobber KC, trail Royals by 2



The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Torii Hunter drove in three runs for the second straight game and the Minnesota Twins routed the Kansas City Royals again, 14-5 Saturday.

Kyle Lohse (10-9) went seven innings for the win, which brought Minnesota within two games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

"We know the Royals are in first place and we're trying to get back into first place," Hunter said. "That's why we've been playing with intensity."

Luis Rivas scored three runs for the Twins. Doug Mientkiewicz, Corey Koskie, Jacque Jones and A.J. Pierzynski each had two RBI.

Carlos Beltran, who missed five starts with a sore elbow, homered twice and drove in the Royals' first three runs. Beltran also had a single and is hitting .356 with three doubles, three triples, nine homers and 28 RBI in his last 28 games.

Yankees 5, Orioles 4, 12 innings

BALTIMORE - Rookie Jack Cust fell down and was tagged out 10 feet from an uncovered home plate, ending a wild 12th-inning rundown and clinching New York's victory.

Jason Giambi hit his 35th homer of the season, with two outs in the top of the 12th, to put the Yankees ahead.

Rangers 12, White Sox 8

ARLINGTON, Texas - Todd Greene hit a three-run homer, Jason Jones and Hank Blalock added two-run shots, and Texas rallied after wasting an early five-run lead.

The Rangers scored nine runs in three innings against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon (10-11) as Texas improved its record in August to a major league-best 11-4.

Devil Rays 5, Indians 3

CLEVELAND - Jared Sandberg hit a two-run homer and Aubrey Huff had two RBI as Tampa Bay ended Cleveland's winning streak at four games.

Tampa Bay, which has the best record (16-10) in the AL East since July 20, has played in a major league-leading 70 games decided by two runs or fewer, going 35-35.

Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4

OAKLAND, Calif. - Tim Hudson won his fifth straight decision and Jose Guillen homered twice to lift Oakland.

Mark Ellis hit a three-run homer for the A's, who snapped a three-game skid. Hudson (12-4) left with a bruised right hand after getting hit by a line drive in the seventh inning; X-rays were negative, but it's not known if he'll miss a start.

Mike Bordick drove in three runs for Toronto.

Red Sox 5, Mariners 1

SEATTLE - Pedro Martinez extended his dominance of Seattle, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings. Martinez (9-3) improved to 11-0 lifetime against Seattle, his most wins against any team.

Angels 11, Tigers 7

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Garret Anderson got three singles to tie the Angels' franchise record for career hits and Scott Spiezio's bases-loaded triple capped a six-run fifth inning as Anaheim rallied to beat Detroit for the 10th straight time.

Anderson, who made his big league debut in 1994, tied Brian Downing with 1,588 hits when he beat out an infield single to first baseman Carlos Pena.

Gary Glover (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for his first victory since joining the Angels in a July 29 trade that sent Scott Schoeneweis to the Chicago White Sox.

Dmitri Young hit two home runs and drove in three runs for Detroit. His 24th homer of the season off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth made it 11-7.




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