Mulder, Athletics walk off with win

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. Mark Mulder earned his 14th victory when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 3-2 Wednesday for the Mariners' team-record 15th straight road loss.

The A's won their fifth in a row as Mulder (14-3) pitched his fifth complete game of the season.

Twins 5, White Sox 4, 10 innings

CHICAGO Jacque Jones hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning right after Chicago shortstop Jose Valentin dropped his foul popup with two outs, and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep.

The Twins won for the 10th time in 12 tries and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox in the AL Central. Minnesota has won four in a row and Chicago has lost four straight.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

BALTIMORE Dave Borkowski took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez hit two homers off Curt Schilling to lead Baltimore past Boston.

Facing a torrid-hitting club that scored 39 runs on 52 hits in its previous four games, Borkowski (2-2) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked none in a brilliant and unexpected performance.

Borkowski was lifted after Kevin Millar led off the eighth with a single. B.J. Ryan struck out Jason Varitek and Bill Mueller before retiring Gabe Kapler on a grounder.

Indians 5, Tigers 4

CLEVELAND Scott Elarton won for the first time in 18 starts, and Casey Blake's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted Cleveland over Detroit.

Elarton (1-2) hadn't won since Sept. 19, 2003, for Colorado. The right-hander went 0-6 this season for the Rockies, who released him on May 17.

Devil Rays 10, Royals 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Mark Hendrickson gave up four hits in his second complete game in three starts and Tampa Bay handed Kansas City its sixth straight loss.

Jose Cruz Jr., Aubrey Huff and Tino Martinez homered for the Devil Rays, who have won two in a row following a six-game losing streak. Tampa Bay hit just 17 homers the previous 24 games.

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2, 10 innings

TORONTO Vernon Wells homered in the 10th inning and Carlos Delgado had a tying RBI double in the eighth to lead Toronto over New York.

Wells homered off Scott Proctor (1-1) with one out as Toronto avoided a three-game sweep. In the top of the 10th, Wells robbed Derek Jeter of extra bases with a running catch at the wall in center field.

Angels 2, Rangers 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. Troy Percival earned his 300th career save, and John Lackey allowed three hits over 8 1-3 innings, leading Anaheim past Texas.

Percival became the 18th member of the 300-save club, getting Mark Teixeira to ground out to second to end the game.

National League

PITTSBURGH Russ Ortiz shut out Pittsburgh for seven innings to win his sixth in a row and Chipper Jones homered for Atlanta's only run off rookie Oliver Perez, leading the Braves past the Pirates 1-0 Wednesday night.

The game matched two streaking pitchers in Ortiz and Perez, neither of whom had lost since June, and two of baseball's hottest teams the Braves have won 21 of 28, the Pirates 21 of 29.

Expos 7, Mets 4

MONTREAL Tony Batista homered and drove in two runs, and Nick Johnson hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning to lift Montreal over New York.

Brian Schneider had two RBIs for the Expos, who have won six of seven.

Brewers 6, Cubs 3

MILWAUKEE Chris Capuano pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Bill Hall and Ben Grieve homered to help Milwaukee snap a four-game losing streak.

The Brewers beat Cubs ace Kerry Wood for just their second win in 10 games.

Astros 6, Diamondbacks 1

HOUSTON Roger Clemens struck out eight and allowed one run in seven innings, leading Houston over reeling Arizona.

Clemens (12-3) bounced back after tying a season high by giving up three homers in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday. He allowed only five hits and got his 322nd win.

Cardinals 11, Reds 10

CINCINNATI Scott Rolen hit two of St. Louis' four homers, repeatedly blunting Cincinnati's comeback and sending the Reds to their eighth straight loss.

Jim Edmonds homered in all three games of the series sweep, which put the Cardinals 11 games up in the NL Central. St. Louis has gone 42-14 since May 27, digging out of a fifth-place hole.

Marlins 6, Phillies 3

MIAMI Mother Nature and Hee Seop Choi made it another miserable night in Miami for the Philadelphia Phillies, who endured two rain delays before losing again to Florida.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4

DENVER Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking single off Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning and Jeromy Burnitz homered in his sixth straight home game to tie a team record, leading Colorado over Los Angeles.

Padres 9, Giants 4

SAN DIEGO Sean Burroughs had a two-run single, and Ryan Klesko added a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, lifting San Diego over San Francisco.

Terrence Long went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, and scored three runs to improve to 12-for-23 (.523) against the Giants this season. Khalil Greene had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice.

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