Tejada, A's pull out victory over Yankees

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. Miguel Tejada did it again.

The AL MVP hit a two-run double off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, ruining Andy Pettitte's one-hit performance with his second game-ending hit in three days and giving the Oakland Athletics a 2-1 win over New York on Sunday.

Mark Mulder (15-7) pitched a five-hitter but seemed headed for defeat until the dominant Pettitte was removed after walking Mark Ellis to start the ninth.

Eric Chavez moved Ellis to third with a one-out single off Rivera (5-1), then Tejada launched a drive off the elevated wall in deep left field, driving home Ellis and Chavez.

On Friday night, Tejada hit a solo homer in the 10th to end the Athletics' 3-2 win.

The Yankees' bullpen wasted another phenomenal start. Pettitte allowed only Jose Guillen's first-inning infield single and seemed headed to his ninth straight victory.

Mulder retired his first 14 batters, pitching his major league-leading eighth complete game in his third straight victory. He allowed an RBI single to Alfonso Soriano in the fifth.

Rivera blew his fourth save chance in 25 tries this season.

Gil Meche (12-7) won despite throwing 116 pitches in just five innings, helping the Mariners take two of three in a series between playoff contenders.

Seattle remained four games ahead of Oakland in the AL West, while the White Sox fell two games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Buehrle (9-11) had won a career-best seven consecutive decisions.

Guiel hit Kansas City's second inside-the-park shot of the series, and Joe Randa was 2-for-4 with a home run as the Royals stayed atop the AL Central despite managing only four hits.

Gobble (1-0), called up from Double-A Wichita on Saturday, gave up six hits in six-plus innings. Jeremy Affeldt threw two perfect innings for his first career save.

Jeremi Gonzalez (4-5) took the complete-game loss.

Doug Mirabelli, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller also connected for Boston.

Tim Wakefield (9-5) allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings to become the ninth pitcher to win 100 games with the Red Sox. The knuckleballer won his third straight start.

After a pair of rain delays that totaled about two hours, Byung-Hyun Kim got six outs for his seventh save.

One day after the Tigers snapped a 16-game losing streak to Minnesota, the Twins scored two quick runs to extend Detroit's first-inning woes. The Tigers went 1-5 on their trip to Seattle and Minnesota and allowed 22 first-inning runs.

Santana (5-3) had been 0-2 in four starts since replacing Joe Mays in the rotation on July 11. He gave up Bobby Higginson's two-run homer and five hits, striking out seven.

Escobar (7-6) gave up six hits in 8 1-3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and won for only the second time in nine starts.

Bobby Kielty hit an RBI double, and Orlando Hudson had a two-run single.

Escobar left after giving up two hits in the ninth. Trever Miller got one out and Cliff Politte got the final out for his 12th save.

Diaz's fourth homer of the season broke a 4-4 tie in the third inning and sent his former team to its fourth straight loss and 13th in 17 games. Diaz was acquired by the Rangers from Cleveland in a December trade.

Rodriguez and Palmeiro hit back-to-back solo shots with two outs in the first. Rodriguez, who has 28 home runs this season, has homered in four consecutive games. Palmeiro has homered in three straight.



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