Twins out-slug Mariners in meeting of MLB's best

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Mientkiewicz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Seattle Mariners 12-11 Tuesday night in a meeting of the teams with the best records in baseball.

Minnesota's Brad Radke -- staked to an 8-0 lead after three innings -- failed in his bid to become baseball's first eight-game winner. He gave up seven runs -- six earned -- and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings, finishing two outs short of qualifying for the win.

The Twins (30-13) won their 12th consecutive game following a loss and matched the franchise's best start since 1970. The Mariners (32-12) lost for the fifth time in 22 road games.

Tigers 3, Indians 0

CLEVELAND -- Jeff Weaver pitched 7 2-3 shutout innings and Dean Palmer and Robert Fick homered for Detroit.

Weaver (4-5) stymied an Indians' offense that leads the AL in batting, runs and RBIs. The right-hander struck out a season-high 10. He allowed six hits and walked three.

Rangers 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler hit a solo homer and Kenny Rogers (3-3) pitched six shutout innings as Texas beat Tampa Bay to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.

Kapler's sixth homer, off Bryan Rekar (0-6), snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh inning. It was his third in five games and gave the Rangers at least one in 15 straight games -- a team record.

Athletics 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead Oakland to its seventh straight win.

The A's, on their longest winning streak since a nine-gamer last June, have won 14 of 18 to even their record at 22-22.

Johnny Damon and Frank Menechino singled off Jeff Suppan (2-4) before Giambi greeted Jason Grimsley by hitting his 10th homer to break a 1-all tie.

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