Thursday, September 18, 2003

Pitcher Zito is back on track for Oakland

American League

The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Barry Zito took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics got RBI doubles from Scott Hatteberg and Billy McMillon to beat the Anaheim Angels 2-1 Wednesday.

"If I'm on my game, I have outings like this one," Zito said. "But if you're not confident and try to be too fine, you get behind in the count and guys hit you."

Zito (13-12) allowed an unearned run, two hits and two walks in 8 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. The left-hander retired his first 15 batters before walking Adam Kennedy to lead off the sixth.

With closer Keith Foulke out because of a sore back, Chad Bradford and Jim Mecir each got one out to finish it. Mecir earned his first save of the season.

The Athletics are confident that with an extra day of rest, Foulke will be ready for the start of a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

Twins 4, White Sox 2

MINNEAPOLIS - Kenny Rogers helped the Minnesota Twins close in on a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. The win put Minnesota 2 1/2 games ahead of Chicago, which will try to avoid the sweep tonight at the Metrodome.

Mariners 5, Rangers 1

Jamie Moyer pitched eight strong innings and Carlos Guillen hit a solo homer as Seattle beat Texas.

Seattle ended a three-game losing streak and moved within 1 1/2 games of Boston in the AL wild-card race.

Devil Rays 7, Red Sox 0

BOSTON - Victor Zambrano allowed three hits in seven innings and Rocco Baldelli homered, leading Tampa Bay. The game marked the first time Boston has been shut out at Fenway Park in more than a year.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 0

DETROIT - Roy Halladay (21-6) threw a six-hitter to tie a Toronto record with his 21st win, and the Blue Jays pushed Detroit one game closer to baseball history.

Detroit (38-113) has lost five straight and needs five wins in its final 11 games to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120 losses set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Orioles 5, Yankees 3

BALTIMORE - Larry Bigbie and Jay Gibbons homered, and Baltimore ruined David Wells' bid for his 200th career victory.

Indians 9, Royals 1

CLEVELAND - Jake Westbrook scattered four hits over six-plus innings, and Travis Hafner and Alex Escobar homered as Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak.

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