Wednesday, August 25, 2004

AL: Red Sox keep grip on wild-card lead

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Doug Mirabelli hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Mike Timlin pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Tim Wakefield (10-7) allowed three runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings for his fifth win in his last six starts. Keith Foulke got four outs for his 23rd save as the Red Sox won for the seventh time in eight games and maintained at least a tie with Anaheim for the lead in the American League wild-card race.

Boston is 6 1/2 games behind New York in the AL East.

"Mike deserves the win, not me today," said Wakefield, who loaded the bases in the bottom half of the sixth inning by walking Gregg Zaun, allowing an infield single to Gabe Gross and hitting Chris Gomez with a pitch.

In came Timlin, who threw 10 of his 13 pitches in the inning for strikes.

"I'm just happy I got out of it," Timlin said. "As a middle reliever, there are a few things you want to be able to do, and that's not let inherited runners score."

Said Mirabelli: "He has one of the top five sinkerballs in baseball. It moves a lot and he showed it today."

Rangers 5, Twins 4

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mark Teixeira singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Texas rallied to stop Minnesota's winning streak at four games.

With the Twins in front 4-3, Gerald Laird led off the ninth with a single off Joe Nathan (1-2). After Alfonso Soriano and David Dellucci struck out, Michael Young doubled into the left-field corner to tie the score, giving Nathan just his third blown save in 37 chances. Hank Blalock was walked intentionally, Nathan threw a wild pitch and Teixeira singled just inside the right-field foul line.

Yankees 5, Indians 4

CLEVELAND - Derek Jeter homered leading off the game for his 1,000th career run, then stole a pair of bases in the ninth inning and scored on Hideki Matsui's two-out single to help New York give Cleveland its ninth straight loss.

New York, which rallied from a 4-1 disadvantage, has won two straight games after losing six of seven. It was the Yankees' 48th come-from-behind win, the most in the majors.

Cleveland, which had been one game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota on Aug. 15, is eight games behind the Twins. The Indians are on their longest losing streak since dropping 10 straight games in 1979.

White Sox 9, Tigers 5

DETROIT - Juan Uribe homered, scored the go-ahead run and had three RBI to help Chicago end a five-game losing streak and give Jon Garland (9-9) his second win in nine starts since July 9.

Carlos Pena hit a third-inning grand slam for Detroit.

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