Mariners' Martinez ties major league record by hitting three sacrifice flies

Seattle takes sixth straight game

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez tied a major league record with three sacrifice flies, and the Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight game by beating Cleveland 12-4 Saturday, handing the Indians lost their fourth in a row.

Martinez became the 11th player to hit three sacrifice flies in a game and the seventh in the American League. The last player to do it was Juan Gonzalez with Texas on July 3, 1999.

John Olerud went 4-for-5 with his 18th homer and four RBIs.

Cleveland's Ellis Burks homered off Ryan Franklin in the eighth to set a major league record with homers at 41 major league ballparks. It was his 24th homer of the season.

Orioles 8, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO -- Travis Driskill won for the first time in almost a month, and Chris Singleton homered in his second straight game as Baltimore won its fourth in a row.

Singleton, who had a two-run homer as the Orioles rallied from a seven-run deficit in Friday's 9-8 victory, hit a two-run homer off Chris Carpenter (4-3) to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Rangers 8, Red Sox 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 37th homer, and Ivan Rodriguez made up for a key error by scoring the go-ahead run as Texas rallied past Boston.

Alex Rodriguez's home run was his 278th as a shortstop, breaking a tie with Ernie Banks and moving into second place on the career list behind Cal Ripken's 345. Boston's Johnny Damon homered in his third consecutive game and hit an RBI double.

Athletics 8, Tigers 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson (8-9) rounded back into form with seven innings of four-hit ball, and Scott Hatteberg had a three-run double as Oakland beat Detroit.

Mark Ellis had two triples and Eric Chavez hit his 24th homer as the A's beat the Tigers for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Hudson, who won just twice in his previous seven starts, didn't allow an earned run until Carlos Pena's two-run homer in the seventh. Pena hit his second homer in two days, driving in three runs against the team that traded him four weeks ago.

Twins 4, Royals 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Luis Rivas homered with one out in the 10th inning to give Minnesota a victory over Kansas City in Brad Radke's return from the disabled list.

Rivas hit a full-count pitch from Darrell May (2-8) for his second homer of the season, leading Minnesota to its fourth straight win and 33rd come-from-behind victory.

The Twins (68-43) increased their lead in the AL Central to 16 games and moved 25 games over .500 for the first time since 1991.

Following two months on the DL, Radke struck out a season-high eight in six innings. He allowed three runs and four hits, walking two.

Devil Rays 6, White Sox 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Wilson won consecutive starts for the first time in more than a year, and Jason Conti hit a two-run single during a five-run third inning as Tampa Bay beat Chicago.

Wilson (4-7) allowed two runs and five hits over eight innings. He last won back-to-back outings in late July 2001.

Chicago starter Todd Ritchie (5-15), who leads the majors in losses, gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings. He has lost five consecutive starts, allowing 27 runs and 45 hits in 24 2-3 innings.

Angels 5, Yankees 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Tim Salmon hit a tiebreaking home run off Ramiro Mendoza (7-3) in the eighth inning, and Brad Fullmer had a two-run shot as Anaheim beat New York.

The Angels' 10th victory in 15 games gave them a one-game lead over Boston in the AL wild card race and kept them three games behind Seattle in the West Division.

The Yankees, four-time defending AL champions, lead the Red Sox by four games in the East.

Bernie Williams tied it at 4 with a three-run homer off Angels closer Troy Percival (4-1) with two outs in the eighth. Percival closed it out with a perfect ninth.



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