Rangers hold off A's, snap eight-game skid

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas Carl Everett hit a three-run homer and Mario Ramos earned his first major league victory as the Texas Rangers halted an eight-game losing streak by holding off the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Rangers reached agreement to trade two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez to Montreal but his attorney, Jeff Moorad, said the slugger ''in all likelihood'' would reject the deal.

Expos general manager Omar Minaya, who has a long history with Gonzalez, was to meet with the slugger Wednesday in Texas.

Gonzalez has 72 hours to exercise his no-trade clause. His window of decision begins at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday. He did not appear in Tuesday night's game.

The A's rallied for four runs in the ninth before Ugueth Urbina got his 19th save.

Red Sox 10, Tigers 1

BOSTON Nomar Garciaparra went 5-for-5 and Derek Lowe pitched eight strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers.

Garciaparra singled five times and scored three runs before he was removed for a pinch-runner in the seventh. The only other time in his career he has had at least five hits in a game was Saturday, when he went 6-for-6 in a 13-inning game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kevin Millar matched a career high with four hits and five RBIs for Boston.

Yankees 10, Devil Rays 9

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Juan Rivera hit a three-run homer and Todd Zeile added an RBI double as the New York Yankees scored four times in the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Jason Anderson (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for his first major league victory. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 opportunities as the Yankees won for just the second time in 28 tries when trailing after eight innings.

White Sox 2, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS Esteban Loaiza pitched eight impressive innings to move into a tie for the major league lead in wins, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins.

Loaiza (11-2) allowed only an unearned run and six hits, striking out six and walking one. He joined Toronto's Roy Halladay and Colorado's Shawn Chacon as the only pitchers in the majors with 11 wins.

Damaso Marte got two outs in the ninth, and Billy Koch retired Torii Hunter for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Rick Reed (3-8) took the loss.

Royals 3, Indians 1

CLEVELAND Chris George pitched out of trouble for most of his 5 2-3 innings and the Kansas City Royals won another game in the AL Central, beating the Cleveland Indians.

George (9-4), who is among the league leaders in wins despite a 6.18 ERA, allowed one run and seven hits to win his fourth straight start.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO Jeff Conine and Tony Batista homered as the Baltimore Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 23rd homer in the ninth inning for the Blue Jays. He leads the majors with 81 RBIs the most ever by a Toronto player before the All-Star break.

Conine hit a two-run homer off Kelvim Escobar (5-4) in the fourth to cut Baltimore's deficit to 3-2.

Escobar hit Conine on the left shoulder with a pitch in the sixth. Conine glared at Escobar as he walked to first base, and plate umpire Ed Rapuano warned both dugouts.

Baltimore starter Rick Helling (5-5) was the winner. Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances, allowing Delgado's homer.

Mariners 6, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. Freddy Garcia won his sixth straight start to tie a career best and Seattle got home runs from Mike Cameron and Bret Boone in a victory over Anaheim.

The AL West-leading Mariners extended their lead over the defending World Series champions to 13 1/2 games. The third-place Angels lost for the seventh time in nine games.

and dropped two games under .500.

Garcia (9-6) improved his career record against the Angels to 9-2, pitching 6 2-3 innings and allowing three runs on nine hits including a solo homer by Bengie Molina.

Jeff Nelson worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, four shy of his career best. Boone connected off Aaron Sele (3-6) for his 21st home run.

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