Mariners push record to 80-30

Wilson launches three-run dinger to break tie with Cleveland

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2001

CLEVELAND -- Dan Wilson hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning as Seattle Mariners moved 50 games over .500 by beating Cleveland 8-5.

Wilson's homer off Danys Baez (2-1) snapped a 3-3 tie as the Mariners won their fourth straight to improve to a preposterous 80-30. The homer was Seattle's first in 226 at-bats.

Last season, Seattle didn't get its 80th victory until Sept. 13. The Mariners also won their 44th road game -- matching their total from last season.

Bret Boone hit a two-run homer, his career-high 25th, in the eighth for the Mariners, who have won eight of nine and are 17-6 since the All-Star break. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits.

Yankees 5, Angels 4

NEW YORK -- Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees overcame a rare blown save by Mariano Rivera to beat the Anaheim Angels 5-4 Saturday.

After Troy Glaus' two-run homer off Rivera put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the top of the eighth, the Yankees rallied.

Bernie Williams drew a one-out walk from Al Levine (5-6) and Martinez followed with an opposite-field drive to left for his 26th home run.

The previous night, Martinez's two-run homer in the seventh capped a three-run comeback that beat the Angels.

Red Sox 10, Rangers 4, 1st game

Red Sox 6, Rangers 2, 2nd game

BOSTON -- Shea Hillenbrand's RBI single in the seventh inning drove in the winning run, and Mike Lansing had two home runs and three RBIs in Boston's victory over the Texas Rangers that gave the Red Sox a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.

Trot Nixon and Troy O'Leary each had two home runs, and the Red Sox had a season-high six homers, for a victory in the opener.

Boston closed within 4 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, and moved one game ahead of Cleveland atop the wild-card race.

In the nightcap, Tim Wakefield (7-6) went seven innings for the win that ended a four-game losing streak.

Texas starter Doug Davis (5-8) retired his first nine batters, but took the loss.

David Cone (7-1) went 5 2-3 innings to win the first game.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1

TORONTO -- Brandon Lyon pitched into the eighth inning to win his major league debut as Toronto beat Baltimore.

Lyon (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on August 3, allowed just one run on four hits in 7 1-3 innings. The 21 year-old right-hander, who struck out five and walked one, retired his last 14 batters.

Dan Plesac got two outs in the eighth, and Billy Koch pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities to complete the combined four-hitter.

Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson (5-7) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits for his third complete game of the season. Ponson hasn't won since June 26 -- a span of six starts.

Athletics 10, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Barry Zito pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, allowing only a second-inning homer by Wendall Magee, to lead Oakland to a rout of Detroit.

Zito (7-7) walked two and struck out a career-high 10, retiring his last 20 batters. Jeff Tam worked the ninth to complete a combined two-hitter.

Jermaine Dye, Eric Chavez and Greg Myers hit homers to give Oakland its fifth win in six games.

Detroit has lost four in a row, scoring only one run in all four games.

Steve Sparks (8-6) matched a season-worst by allowing eight runs in 4 1-3 innings. He gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out two.

Twins 6, Royals 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Milton pitched 6 2-3 innings on his 26th birthday, and David Ortiz drove in four runs as Minnesota earned its third straight victory.

Ortiz and Doug Mientkiewicz both homered for Minnesota, which extended its lead in the AL Central to 1 1/2 games following Cleveland's 8-5 loss to Seattle. The Twins improved to 36-19 at home, equaling last year's win total.

Former Twins player Dave McCarty was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Royals, 8-15 since the All-Star Break.

Milton (10-4) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out four and walking none. He retired the first 11 batters before Carlos Beltran doubled in the fourth.

Kansas City's Kris Wilson (5-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

White Sox 8, Devil Rays 6

CHICAGO -- Rookie Aaron Rowand hit a three-run homer, and Ray Durham added a two-run shot in a six-run fourth inning as Chicago rebounded from an early five-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay.

Paul Konerko also hit a two-run homer off Tampa Bay rookie starter Joe Kennedy (3-7) to help the White Sox climb back to .500 (54-54). Konerko's homer, his 24th, tied his career-high set in 1999.

White Sox reliever Rocky Biddle (3-7) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings to earn the win after Sean Lowe struggled through his shortest outing since replacing injured David Wells in Chicago's rotation July 3.

Lowe allowed five runs on nine hits and hit two batters before being replaced by Biddle with no outs in the fourth and runners at first and third.



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