Texas can't handle Tigers' hot Sparks

Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2002

DETROIT -- Steve Sparks struck out eight in his third complete game of the season, and Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Tuesday night.

Shane Halter added a solo shot for the Tigers, who won for only the second time in 10 games and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Indians 4, Devil Rays 2

CLEVELAND -- Charles Nagy won at Jacobs Field for the first time in more than a year, and Jim Thome hit his 33rd home run.

Orioles 9, Twins 2

BALTIMORE -- Luis Lopez's second career grand slam highlighted a six-run seventh inning that carried Baltimore past Minnesota.

Royals 6, Yankees 2

NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs to break his hitless stretch at 15 at-bats, and Kansas City pounded Mike Mussina for a career-worst 14 hits.

Athletics 9, Red Sox 1

BOSTON -- Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer, and Olmedo Saenz added a two-run shot in support of Mark Mulder.

Blue Jays 14, Mariners 12

TORONTO -- Rookie Orlando Hudson homered and had a career-high four hits as Toronto built an 11-run lead, then hung on to beat Seattle.

Angels 11, White Sox 2

CHICAGO -- Anaheim's Tim Salmon drove in five runs, four with a grand slam during a six-run fourth inning. Anaheim closed within 1 1/2 games of AL West-leading Seattle.Brad Fullmer added a solo homer for the Angels, and Darin Erstad drove in two runs. Jarrod Washburn (14-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings to win for the 14th time in 15 decisions, allowing a two-run homer to Magglio Ordonez in the sixth.

Al Levine finished with three-hit relief for his fifth save. Dan Wright (7-10) took the loss.

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