Sunday, August 8, 2004

AL: Lawton's homer sends Tribe to 2nd in Central

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Matt Lawton hit a three-run homer off Shingo Takatsu in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 to take over second place in the American League Central.

Roberto Alomar and Juan Uribe homered in a five-run sixth to give Chicago a 5-3 lead, but Takatsu blew it.

Takatsu (4-3) took over in the ninth and was trying for his 10th save in 10 chances, but Coco Crisp led off with a single and, after a forceout, pinch hitter Grady Sizemore also singled. Lawton then connected for his 18th homer on a 2-0 pitch, a long shot over the wall in center as the Indians won for the 11th time in 16 games.

Twins 4, Athletics 3

MINNEAPOLIS - Johan Santana outpitched Tim Hudson in a marquee matchup, and Joe Nathan converted his club-record 25th straight save to lead Minnesota. Santana (11-6) won his fourth straight decision and reached double digits in strikeouts for the eighth time in his last 10 starts, increasing his AL-leading total to 183.

Red Sox 7, Tigers 4

DETROIT - Pedro Martinez struck out 11 for the second straight start and David Ortiz drove in two runs for Boston in his first game since serving a five-game suspension. It was Martinez's 69th game with 10 or more strikeouts, breaking the Red Sox record he shared with Roger Clemens.

Orioles 3, Rangers 1

BALTIMORE - Rodrigo Lopez turned in a solid pitching performance, and Baltimore beat former Oriole Scott Erickson for its fifth straight victory. Lopez (9-7) allowed only two hits, walked none and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0

NEW YORK - Orlando Hernandez won his fourth straight decision in a remarkable comeback. Hernandez, who had rotator cuff surgery last year and was released by Montreal in December, allowed five hits in eight sharp innings, pitching the Yankees to their fourth victory in a row.

Mariners 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Ron Villone allowed two runs in six-plus innings, and Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer for Seattle. Villone (4-2) gave up four hits and three walks and struck out two.

Angels 7, Royals 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bartolo Colon won his sixth straight start and Darin Erstad drove in three runs for Anaheim. Colon (11-8) gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out seven for the Angels. Troy Percival pitched out of a jam in the ninth for his 20th save in 25 chances.

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