Mulder notches win 15 as A's beat Yankees

Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2004

NEW YORK Scott Hatteberg homered twice and drove in five runs, while Mark Mulder hung on for his major league-leading 15th win, leading the streaking Oakland Athletics over the New York Yankees 13-4 Tuesday night.

Jorge Posada and Gary Sheffield hit early home runs that put New York ahead 4-1, but the A's stormed back to win for the ninth time in 10 games in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Mulder (15-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings for his 13th win in 14 decisions. AL player of the week Eric Byrnes got three more hits, and Adam Melhuse also homered for Oakland.

Red Sox 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Curt Schilling pitched a six-hitter for his third complete game of the season and Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer to lead Boston.

Schilling (13-5) struck out seven and walked one in his 82nd complete game.

Bill Mueller drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who have won two straight since dropping a pair to AL Central-leading Minnesota. They remained a half-game behind Texas in the AL wild-card race.

Rangers 5, Tigers 4

DETROIT Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench homered, and Eric Young hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning to lead Texas.

Young went 3-for-5 for the struggling Rangers, who won for just the third time in 10 games.

Frank Francisco (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings in relief of Kenny Rogers, who failed in an attempt to become the American League's second 14-game winner. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 34 tries.

Twins 10, Angels 0

MINNEAPOLIS Backed by sound defense and a burst of power, Carlos Silva pitched his first career complete game and shutout.

The Twins hit four home runs and turned a season-high five double plays, winning for the 12th time in 14 games and handing the Angels just their second loss in seven games.

Silva (10-7) gave up 11 hits, struck out three and walked two. Torii Hunter, Corey Koskie, Justin Morneau and Henry Blanco all went deep for Minnesota.

Blue Jays 7, Indians 6

TORONTO Pinch-hitter Frank Menechino drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning after Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer to tie it.

Down 5-3, Toronto sent 10 to the plate in the eighth and scored four times to take the lead.

Alex Rios led off with a single against Rafael Betancourt (4-5) before Delgado hit his 16th homer.

Chris Gomez followed Menechino's walk with an RBI single, giving Toronto a 7-5 lead.

Orioles 9, Mariners 7 Orioles 5, Mariners 4

BALTIMORE Rafael Palmeiro passed Babe Ruth on the career hits list, and the Orioles swept a doubleheader against the Mariners for the first time in 16 years.

After going 2-for-3 in the day game to tie Ruth for 36th place, Palmeiro moved past the Bambino in the night game with his 2,874th career hit, a fourth-inning single to right off Jamie Moyer. Palmeiro also drove in three during the first game.

Javy Lopez hit a three-run home run in the first game, and Melvin Mora and Larry Bigbie went deep in the second for the Orioles, who clinched their first home series win since May 7-9.

Seattle, which stranded 25 runners over the two games, has lost five straight and eight of nine.

White Sox 12, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jose Contreras won his debut for his new team, and Paul Konerko hit a grand slam to tie for the AL home run lead.

Contreras (9-5), obtained from the New York Yankees on Saturday for slumping All-Star Esteban Loaiza, was given a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning and left after the sixth, when Chicago extended its lead to 10-4 lead on Aaron Rowand's three-run homer.

He gave up four runs two earned and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.



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