Red-hot Athletics sweep Rangers

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2005


  Oakland Athletics' Scott Hatteberg follows through on a single to right off of Texas Rangers' Chan Ho Park that scored Mark Kotsay in the third inning, Sunday, July 24, 2005, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Oakland Athletics' Scott Hatteberg follows through on a single to right off of Texas Rangers' Chan Ho Park that scored Mark Kotsay in the third inning, Sunday, July 24, 2005, in Arlington, Texas.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

ARLINGTON, Texas — Scott Hatteberg drove in three runs, and the streaking Oakland Athletics finished a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8-3 victory Sunday.

Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis each had three hits to help the A's extend their winning streak to six. They've won 26 of 32 overall to tie Minnesota for the wild-card lead and build a 4 1/2-game edge over the Rangers for second place in the AL West.

Texas lost its fifth straight and fell to 2-9 since the All-Star break. The Rangers, who've dropped seven of eight to Oakland since the break, dipped under .500 (48-49) for the first time since they were 13-14 on May 2.

Rich Harden (8-4) wasn't nearly as dominant as his last start against Texas, but he was good enough to win. He allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking four. The right-hander threw 111 pitches in temperatures that reached the mid-90s.

Yankees 4, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Mussina shut down the Angels, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer and New York avoided a four-game sweep.

White Sox 6, Red Sox 4

CHICAGO — Tadahito Iguchi homered and Jose Contreras threw 116 pitches over 5 2-3 innings in sweltering heat to get the win as Chicago beat Boston in a matchup of division leaders.

Tigers 5, Twins 2

DETROIT — Jeremy Bonderman pitched into the ninth inning for his 13th win, and Curtis Granderson homered and tripled to lift Detroit over Minnesota.

Minnesota has lost 11 of 18.

Devil Rays 6, Orioles 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Casey Fossum took a three-hitter into the seventh inning and Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Tampa Bay finished a three-game sweep of the struggling Orioles.

Indians 6, Mariners 3

CLEVELAND — Kevin Millwood won for the first time in five July starts and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer, helping Cleveland beat Seattle.

Royals 6, Blue Jays 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Angel Berroa homered during a four-run outburst with two outs in the fourth inning, leading Kansas City past Toronto.

Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly retired his first 11 batters in the 96-degree heat and looked almost unhittable while carrying a 4-0 lead. Then the next four batters combined to hit for the cycle, starting with Emil Brown's two-out double.

National League

Astros 4, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON — Eric Bruntlett hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 14th inning Sunday to give the Houston Astros a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Bruntlett fouled off three straight pitches before pulling Hector Carrasco's 3-2 pitch over the left-field fence and into the Nationals bullpen to give the Astros their seventh win in eight games.

Mets 6, Dodgers 0

NEW YORK — Kris Benson pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for New York.

Carlos Beltran tripled, Cliff Floyd had an RBI double and Piazza had three hits as the Mets won for the sixth time in seven games.

Phillies 5, Padres 1

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Myers (8-5) allowed one run in six innings for San Diego.

Pirates 3, Rockies 0

PITTSBURGH — Mark Redman (5-10) ended a six-week winless streak by allowing six hits over eight innings as Pittsburgh won its first series since the All-Star break.

Reds 3, Brewers 2

CINCINNATI — Adam Dunn led off the ninth inning with his 28th home run as Cincinnati beat Milwaukee.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

PHOENIX — Javier Vazquez (9-9) struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings.

Marlins 4, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO — A.J. Burnett homered and pitched into the eighth inning, and Miguel Cabrera connected for the third straight game to lead Florida.

Juan Encarnacion added a two-run shot as Florida took two of three to win its first series in San Francisco since 1997, when the Marlins earned the NL wild card and won the World Series.

Carlos Delgado singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games as the Marlins concluded a 10-game road trip in impressive fashion.

Burnett (7-6), whose name has come up in trade talk for weeks, hit his third career homer on the first pitch he saw from Kevin Correia

Cubs 8, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Neifi Perez hit a grand slam in the 10th inning after Chicago blew a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth, and the Cubs took two of three from the NL Central leaders.

David Eckstein's single off Ryan Dempster (3-3) in the ninth made it 4-4 when Hector Luna slid around a tag at the plate.

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